Minnesota Renaissance Festival

145th St W & Chestnut Blvd
Shakopee, MN 55379

Field tripsDiscountsGetting there

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is modeled after a 16th Century English village with King Henry and Lady Elizabeth.

Phone: 952-445-7361
Email: info [at] renaissancefest.com

Hours of Operation: Eight weekends plus Labor Day, from late August through early October


Festival Friday

Festival Friday, also known as Education Day is generally held the last Friday of September.

Skilled craftsmen demonstrate a variety of crafts, such as ...

  • glass blowing
  • print making
  • candle making
  • face painting
  • musical instruments
  • pottery
  • sculpture
  • and more!

There are many educational events and entertainment including ...

  • Creative Writing Contests
  • Renaissance History
  • Live Action Jousting
  • Courtly Dance Lessons
  • Renaissance Games
  • A Juggling School
  • and more!

Study guides, maps, games, and the Creative Writing Contest registration can all be found at renaissancefest.com/educationday.html and at renaissancefest.com/festivalfriday.html

Note: All major stages are open, but the vendors are not required to be open for Festival Friday, so expect to see a few closed booths.


Discount Tickets

Each spring, a volunteer organizer from Homeschool Adventures arranges for individual homeschool families to purchase tickets to Festival Friday at the steeply discounted group rate. Check the Calendar and/or Yahoo Group for pricing, date and purchase information.


Getting there

Parking: Free parking in the lots on site, but expect to walk a ways from your car to the gate. Accessible parking for the disabled is available.

Directions: The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is located in Shakopee. The turnoff into the parking lots is on MN-41, about ½ mile northwest of its intersection with US-169.

Google map: goo.gl/maps/zIlv1

GPS coordinates: 44.750832°, -93.598960°
44°45.04992', -093°35.93760''
44°45'02.9952", -093°35'56.2560"

You may also enter the street address 12364 Chestnut Blvd, Shakopee, MN 55379 — just be aware that this address is for GPS/map location purposes only and is not a mailing address for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

Driving directions:

From the North: Follow US-169 south to MN-41 and turn right onto MN-41. Drive 0.5 mile and turn left at the Renaissance Festival sign. Follow the signs to Queen's Gate.

From the South: Follow US-169 north to MN-41 and turn left onto MN-41. Drive 0.5 mile and turn left at the Renaissance Festival sign. Follow the signs to Queen's Gate.

From the East: Head west on MN-13 south, then follow the signs to merge onto US-169 south (Mankato). Drive 8.5 miles on US-169 to MN-41 and turn right onto MN-41. Drive 0.5 mile and turn left at the Renaissance Festival sign. Follow the signs to Queen's Gate.

From the West: Follow US-212 east to the MN-41/Chestnut St exit. Turn right onto MN-41/Chestnut St and drive 3.4 miles. Turn right at the Renaissance Festival sign. Follow the signs to Queen's Gate.


Information subject to change. Please check with Minnesota Renaissance Festival for the most current information. Last updated on Wed, Feb 17, 2016.