Friday, August 17, 2012

Tickets, Themes & Entertainment - 2012 MN Ren Fest

First held in 1971, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival has grown each year. Now in it's 42nd season, MN Ren Fest is the oldest and largest of the annual Medieval celebrations which have since sprung up in several states. For 2012, expect plenty of fun and entertainment with 7 themed weekends and 16 live entertainment stages!

The 2012 Minnesota Renaissance Festival will be held on weekends from August 18 through September 30. It will also be open on Labor Day and Friday, September 28. Specific Ren Fest dates and themes are as follows:

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - Italian Carnival: 9:00AM-7:00PM
Saturday, August 18, 2012 - Ye Old Pet Fest: 9:00AM-7:00PM
Sunday, August 19, 2012 - Italian Carnival: 9:00AM-7:00PM
Sunday, August 19, 2012 - Ye Old Pet Fest: 9:00AM-7:00PM

Saturday, August 25, 2012 - Royal Ale Fest: 9:00AM-7:00PM
Sunday, August 26, 2012 - Royal Ale Fest: 9:00AM-7:00PM

Saturday, September 1, 2012 - Silk Road, Discover the Riches: 9:00AM-7:00PM
Sunday, September 2, 2012 - Silk Road, Discover the Riches: 9:00AM-7:00PM
Monday, September 3, 2012 - Silk Road, Discover the Riches: 9:00AM-7:00PM

Saturday, September 8, 2012 - Highland Fling: 9:00AM-7:00PM
Sunday, September 9, 2012 - Highland Fling: 9:00AM-7:00PM

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - Wine, Chocolate & Romance: 9:00AM-7:00PM
Sunday, September 16, 2012 - Wine, Chocolate & Romance: 9:00AM-7:00PM

Saturday, September 22, 2012 - Oktoberfest: 9:00AM-7:00PM
Sunday, September 23, 2012 - Oktoberfest: 9:00AM-7:00PM

Friday, September 28, 2012 - Festival Friday: 9:00AM-7:00PM

Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Shamrocks & Shenanigans: 9:00AM-7:00PM
Sunday, September 30, 2012 - Shamrocks & Shenanigans: 9:00AM-7:00PM


Featured Acts:

Tortuga Twins- Crown Stage
Johnny Phoenix - Crown Stage
Puke & Snot - Legend Stage
Danger Committee - Bakery Stage
Brother Paul - Treetop Stage
Franko the Hypnotist - Treetop Stage
Zilch the Tory Steller - Witchwoood Stage
The Wacky Chickens - Witchwoood Stage
Tuey - Juggling and Ropewalker - Grove Stage
Washing Well Wenches - Folkstone Well
MooNiE - Bear Stage

Stage Acts:

Pizpor the Magician - Witchwood Stage
Royal Navy Experience- Folkstone Well
Fandazzi Fire Circus - Gypsy Stage
The Robin Hood Show - Gypsy Stage
Nature of Mercy - Front Gate Kiosk
I Arroganti - Commedia - Kings Arbor
Allen-A -Dale - Kings Arbor, Troubadour Stage
Caravan Belly Dance Troupe - Gypsy Stage
2 Children Left Behind - Witchwood Stage
Riddle Masters of Hollow Hill - Gypsy Stage

Musical Groups:

The Dregs
Langers Ball
McDougal's Pride
4 Pints Shy
Laughing Hearts
Court Revelers
Black Velvet Band
Too Broke Blokes
Brother Seamus
Elizabethan Syngers
Bardz at Large

Dance Groups:

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
MN Traditional Morris Dancers

And of course, everyone's Ren Fest favorites Puke and Snot will be there!

There are several sources of discount tickets for the 2012 Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Get your discounted tickets in advance at SuperAmerica, Walgreens, Menards, Whole Foods Market, Subway, Dunn Bros. Coffee, and Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza.

In addition, Celebration of the Cities offers a BOGO 2-for-1 deal to residents of specific communities. Just show your ID or other proof-of-residency on the date(s) indicated and get one FREE admission ticket when you buy one at the regular price:

August 18-19: Shakopee, MN; Chaska, MN; Chanhassen, MN; Jordan, MN
August 25-26: Detroit Lakes, MN; Brainerd, MN; Fergus Falls, MN; Bemidji, MN
September 1-2-3: Thunder Bay, ON; Winnipeg, MB (Welcome, Canadians!)
September 8-9: Des Moines, IA; Davenport, IA; Cedar Rapids, IA
September 15-16: Winona, MN; Rochester, MN; La Crosse, WI; Eau Claire, WI
September 22-23: Fargo, ND; Moorhead, MN; Sioux Falls, SD; Brookings, SD
September 28-29-30: Omaha, NE; Lincoln, NE

Don't miss the 2012 Minnesota Renaissance Festival, happening August 18 through September 30 near Shakopee. Parking is always FREE. Huzzah!