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The Minnesota Renaissance Festival Opens This Weekend

It’s that time of year again! The popular festival is back this weekend. Meet a mystical unicorn, take on the zip line and check out the zoo. Here’s everything you need to know about themed weekends, what’s new and more. 

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New this year, you can get a picture with Magic, the mystical unicorn. He’ll be roaming the grounds, so keep your eyes open.

You can also enjoy the festival through “new eyes” as you will follow clues, solve puzzles and engage with all sorts of mystical folks for Merlin’s Mystical Quest. 

That’s not all! Enjoy Cock-a-doodle Zoo, Throne of Swords Tavern and Wizard’s Flight School Zip Line – all new this year.



Aug 19th & 20th: Highland Fling (celebration of Scottish and Celtic culture)

Aug 26th & 27th: Once Upon a Time (travel to a land of Witches & Wizards, Fairies, Unicorns, Mermaids, and Steampunk Creations)

Sept 2nd – 4th: International Bazaar (Belly Dancing, PLUS Christmas in September on the 4th)

Sept 9th & 10th: Wine, Chocolate and Romance (Free wine tasting and vow renewals, plus cupcake battle)

Sept 16th & 17th: Pets and Pirates (11th Annual Pet Fest)

Sept 23rd & 24th: Shamrocks and Shenanigans (Celebrate Irish and Celtic culture with a number of unique vendors, Irish Dancers, and themed competitions)

Sept 29th: Festival Friday (Discounted admission AND ladies shopping day!)

Sept 30th & Oct 1st: Oktoberfest (Eating competition, Weiner dog races, best beard competition)


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