Tips for Enjoying the Ren Fest Near You
I love the renaissance festival. Here in MN we have a decent sized fair with a variety of shows, vendors and everything in between. Both Bork and I spent 9 years working in vendor booths prior to 2020 and in 2022 we were able to return to fest as “playtrons.”
No lunch legs. The turkey legs are an easy go-to meal that makes you feel like your living your best Renaissance life but trust me on this one, avoid the long lunch lines. We have seen our fair share of food poisoning from turkey legs that haven’t been cooked long enough. Right after opening (cannon for MN) or during the “off” times for food (2-3 pm) when the lines aren’t long for food are the safer time frames to get your traditional turkey leg.
Arrive early. This lets you get better parking and allows you to get in lines for the more popular attractions before the mass majority of people get there. (For Mn it means you're within walking distance of the gates instead of needing to take the parking lot bus and you can be the first dozen in line for the Mermaid Cove instead of the 50th +). Earlier is also usually cooler weather and you can get more individualized interactions with the cast when it's quiet.
CLOSED TOED SHOES. Always avoid heels. NEVER wear flip flops, you're asking get hurt as there are wood chips and turkey bone shards waiting to stab you.
Tickets in advance can be cheaper. There are days that are free/cheaper for specific job groups in case someone in your party qualifies. For Minnesota Fest there are usually coupons off at Holiday or Cub.
Safe space reminder: If you ever feel uncomfortable, you can say no/leave. Speak up for yourself. Costume is not consent. Many shop people will try to sell you things, as it is their job. Costume shops may put you into pieces, other shops may say hold this, try this. Etc. and be pushy. But remember it is their job to sell, not harass. Whether it is another patron or a worker, no should always mean no. If a street act is trying to engage you and you don’t want to participate, be blunt.