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Iowa Renaissance Festivals and Faires

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Iowa renaissance festivals and faires are a great place to show off your handmade medieval garb and accessories. These are listed by date they occur. Dates are not exact because they change every year, check the official festival websites for exact dates, times and admission rates.

Dubuque Iowa Renaissance Festival

Dubuque Iowa Renaissance Festival
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Meet Queen Catherine, King Edward and their royal court - photograph your child being knighted or selected a lady in waiting or learn about renaissance manners, dances and weapons. Be thrilled by swordplay, jugglers, and storytellers. Sing along with madrigals, celtic music and pub songs. Laugh at the comedy of the Wenches of Canterbury, the pirate troupe Predators of the Sea and be enchanted by Robin Hood, Little John, Queen Titania and her fairy court, Mother Earth and other colorful village characters.

Iowa Renaissance Festival & Gathering O'Celts

Iowa Renaissance Festival & Gathering O'Celts
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Come join us for three days of family fun in the heart of Iowa's number one tourist destination.

Renaissance Faire of the Midlands

Renaissance Faire of the Midlands
Kathy Castrovinci

High hilarity and medieval mischief await you at the annual Renaissance Faire of the Midlands, presented by the Bluffs Arts Council. Take a step back in time and experience an authentic 16th-century English village, complete with period entertainment, music and food-all nestled in a forested glen beneath the grandeur of the castle gates.

Des Moines Renaissance Faire

Des Moines Renaissance Faire
Kathy Castrovinci

Browse through more than 50 specialty shops. Attend the spectacle of the coronation at the Royal Court. Shout the battle cry of your favorite knight at the jousting arena. Partake in demonstrations by glass blowers, blacksmiths, potters, wood carvers, and painters. Bring a purse full of coin, for our merchants offer the finest in jewelry, weaponry, leather goods, candles, clothing, children’s items, chocolates, pottery and more.

Kingdom of Riverssance

Kingdom of Riverssance
Kathy Castrovinci

Engage thyself in the revelry of a 16th century English harvest festival in Riverside Park. Embrace the merrymaking of the moment as the jesters, knights, maidens, peasants, magicmakers, musicians, archers, minstrels, storytellers, dancers, gypsies, and even the royal court of our Beloved King and Queen stroll about.

Interactive Map of U.S. Renaissance Festivals

Map of US Renaissance Festivals
Map of US Renaissance Festivals

Find renaissance festivals in your state or in the neighboring states, or plan a weekend of costume fun on a medieval vacation across the country. This map of U.S. renaissance festivals will help you in your quest.

Show us Your Renaissance Garb

Iowa Renaissance Festivals and Faires
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We want to see what you wore and what you plan to wear to the next renaissance faire. Tell us... was it handmade? Who made it? Did you add your own touches to an existing piece bought at a renaissance faire? We already know ren folk aren't shy, so it's time to upload ye olde photos!

What to Wear to a Renaissance Faire

Iowa Renaissance Festivals and Faires
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There are people from all walks of life who attend renaissance festivals, and that calls for a lot of crazy costuming. Find out what is generally appropriate and learn how to create some of your own renaissance festival 'garb'.

Share your Ren Fest Experience

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Do you regularly visit ren fests or have a festival that I should post? Have you sewn together a difficult renaissance festival costume or accessories? Ever bought a costume that was outrageously expensive? Have a bad experience you want to dish on?

Tell us about it. Ask questions on where to get gowns, how to sew bodices. The forum awaits thee.

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