The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is celebrating its 43rd Season! Come and be a part of this long-standing tradition by visiting the festival grounds in Shakopee, MN. Minnesota's History with the Faire The Minnesota Renaissance Festival began its journey in September of 1971 on a 22 acre field in Jonathan, MN. More than 25,000 people visited the two weekend grand opening of the festival than named “A Celebration of Nature, Art, and Life!” That celebration has since relocated to Shakopee, MN and has grown to be the largest Renaissance Festival in the United States with an annual attendance of 300,000. EXPERIENCE:  7 Themed Weekends! 16 Stages of Live Entertainment! Live Armored Jousting Food & Drink Fit for a King! Over 250 Artisan Booths! Family Friendly Activities And Much More! What does the admission price include? Free parking, all entertainment shows, including the Tournament Jousting and Theme Weekend Events. You may choose to purchase arts and crafts items, food or beverage, or enjoy some rides and games (costs vary). You may also choose to attend one of our Daily Royal Events at an additional cost   Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2013