|The entrance to the festival|
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival celebrated 35 years in 2011! This festival has something for everyone - juggling, magic, comedy, swordplay, dancing, jousting, rides, games, crafts and more. The event is held every fall from Labor day weekend through the middle of October (Sat & Sun only). Parking is free and the gate fee is $18.95 with discounts available online and through various outlets. There is a facebook page for this festival and they offer contests with free tickets and lots of information about the different weekend themes and performers. Check out the website for all the details about this fun place www.kcrenfest.com .
|Part of the jousting competition|
|Human powered rides|
|You can ride an elephant, camel and more|
Period clothing is not required, but it can be a fun part of your visit. We saw everything from beggars, Celtic kilts, royalty, serving wenches, pirates, fairies, knights, robin hood and his merry men and others. Pets are welcome and there are many options for food and drink.
|The Queen, King and Prince of Bulgaria|
|A few of the citizens of the realm|
|Dennis DOES believe in fairies!|
The website states that there are over 100 artisan booths and 20 entertainment venues. Make sure you get a map/program if you go. The festival is situated in a wooded and hilly area with winding streets and paths. This makes for a realistic venue...but not very handicap or stroller friendly. It can be muddy if it rains - or dry and dusty as it was when we were there (more reason to drink a beer!).
|Many areas to take a break and enjoy the area|
|Some of the art available|
Plan your day and check the schedules in order to make sure you see your favorite performers. The joust happens only a couple times daily and the parade only once. Some of the shows are definitely PG13 with adult humor and signs are posted at the areas. Some of the musical acts have CDs and t-shirts for sale also.
|King Henry VIII and his royal family entertain with songs|
|Dennis helps to hold the tightrope for a juggler|
|Jolly Rogers is a popular group - definitely PG13!|
There are living history tours available through the day (free) and deals like the Feaste of Fools, Royal Smoker and the Queen's Tea that include food, entertainment and drink (some have adult beverages too) for one price. We enjoyed the Feaste of Fools this trip. Two hours of entertainment with a 5 course lunch, a goblet to keep and admission to the festival for one price. Maybe we will see you next year at the faire!