F.A.Q.

New Location!

Now in Saylorville behind Puttmasters At The Pines:
2977 NW 66th Ave
Des Moines IA 50313
(Follow signs to free parking.)

Aug 7-8-9, 2020

Friday 4:30 – 8:30
Saturday 10:30 – 8:30
Sunday 10:30 – 5:30

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Covid-19 impacting this event?

Not yet. We are still on for August, and will update this site with any changes that might impact the event schedule.

Which festival is this?

Des Moines has been home to four different Renaissance festival events, produced by three different organizations. This event is the “Des Moines Renaissance Faire” that began in 2004 and used to be at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park. If you attended any of the Renaissance festivals at Sleepy Hollow from 2006 to 2015, you were at our event, the Des Moines Renaissance Faire. If you attended any of the events out there in the past four years (2016-2019), you were at their new event. We hope whichever event you attended, you had a great time!

We started out in 2004 with several one-weekend events held at Water Works Park and two locations at the Iowa State Fairgrounds before we went to Sleepy Hollow for ten years. We moved to Puttmasters At The Pines near Saylorville in 2019.

Why is this event no longer at Sleepy Hollow?

We had a ten year agreement to operate at Sleepy Hollow. At the end of that term, we signed a no compete contract with them and agreed to not host our event for three years.

At that time, Sleepy Hollow renamed the Des Moines Renaissance Faire Facebook page to their event. Any posts you see on their page from 2015 and earlier were about our event, the Des Moines Renaissance Faire, even though today Facebook will now show their event name in all posts, tagged photos, etc. That’s just how the tech works, folks 😉

Adding the confusion is both events being called the “15th annual”, even though the Sleepy Hollow event only started it in 2016. Counting the ten years our event the Des Moines Renaissance Faire was out there, they have indeed had 15 “renaissance faires” at Sleepy Hollow, even though the official Sleepy Hollow Renaissance Faire has only been there since 2016.

Is this event safe for kids?

Yes, the Des Moines Renaissance Faire is family friendly. While there is a local Renaissance event that is “21+ only”, we are not associated with that event. Please feel safe bringing your kids to our event! (We always try to warn if any shows lean closer to PG ratings.)

Do you offer group discounts?

Yes. Contact our producer, Greg, for details. We will also be offering a special Family Pass to make things more affordable for larger families.

How do I become a Merchant / Performer?

Please contact our producer for details. It helps if you include a photo of your booth and merchandise, or a link to a YouTube audition video if you are a performer.