Last Updated: 4/29/2021
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“Celebrating the End of The Plague”
The 16th ‘Des Moines Renaissance Faire’ will serve as the central Iowa festival for heralding the impending end of the COVID pandemic.
The event’s producers have designed the faire to be a safe open-air experience, especially for families and children.
More than 100 stage shows by unique touring performers will be offered through the three-day weekend of May 14-15-16th. In addition some 200 costumed village characters will be interacting with the public and hosting a dozen different photo op settings.
Add to that a new faerie realm, a “Romeo & Juliet” play by Lorenzo Sandoval, several outdoor living history museums, games of skill, a large artisan merchant market, a carousel ride, craft demonstrations, treasure hunts, costume contests, an expanded food court with beer garden — and you’ve discovered only a portion of what this festival contains.
The Location – Puttmasters-at-the-Pines event park at 2977 NW 66th Avenue, Des Moines north side near Saylorville, is being redesigned with the intent of making it one of the metro’s premiere special event and wedding venues. Ideally, the Saylorville Event Center was recently opened right next to the faire’s grounds, and can handle a variety of indoor receptions.
*Calling all gondoliers for future gondola rides on the property’s Fisher Lake.
This new metro area event park will grow into one of the Midwest’s largest Renaissance festival complexes. New for 2021 is a scenic entrance forest path, a third shaded woods expansion, and a fortress setting for the Guardians of the Black Forest.
For years the Des Moines Renaissance Faire has been touted as “the metro’s Best Family Fest.” In order to hold to that designation, children are admitted free of charge and parking is free. Plus, if paying adults want to catch a second or third day of festivities because of so much on hand, the cost is only $3 for each additional day.
Hours – May 14th [4:30-8:30pm], 15th [10:30am-7:30pm], 16th [10:30am-5:30pm]
Admission – $13 for adults, $7 for kids from 8 to 14, children free. +$3 Active Military discount with I.D.
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DES MOINES RENAISSANCE FAIRE
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“FIRST ANNUAL DES MOINES RENAISSANCE FAIRE FOOD DRIVE”
Due to the COVID pandemic, many people in the metro are still struggling financially and with their supply of healthy foods. Yet, so have their pets which often suffer the cut-back in the regular food supply. So, cast members of the Des Moines Renaissance Faire have organized their initial food collection day to be at the new site of the up-coming festival.
People food and pet food can be brought to the festival grounds parking lot, and then it will be turned over to both the Food Bank of Iowa and the Animal Rescue League.
It is being organized as a simple drive-through procedure, whereby costumed characters from the cast of the city’s longest running Renaissance faire will pull the donations from your car trunk. It will then be organized and delivered to the public agencies mentioned.
WHEN: Saturday, April 24th. 9am to Noon.
WHERE: Puttmasters at the Pines, west of Saylorville Township
2977 NW 66th Avenue, Des Moines 50313
“Normally, we are here to act as a fun and entertaining distraction from the issues of daily life. This is an opportunity for us to do more than that. Due to Covid, many people have struggled, including many of our own festival family that lost income due to cancelled events last year. And with that, their pets have too. Covid is still going on, and people are still out of work. We are asking the public who can to help them,” states Rasel Hall of the Pink Flamingo Crew who initiated the idea.
“Folks wishing to donate canned goods and non-perishable human or pet food items can put them in their trunk, drive up to our event parking lot and we will unload them.”
CONTACT: Allen Huffman
*Special Resources Manager*