F E S T I V A L S I N T E R N A T I O N A L
“Des Moines to Celebrate Its Renaissance”
After ten years on the east side of the metro, the 15th DES MOINES RENAISSANCE FAIRE has moved to its new location for August 7-8-9th. It will be established at the currently developing event venue known as The Pines in Saylorville, just behind Puttmasters park.
This year the festival will run into evening hours and offer specialized comedic entertainment under the theme of ‘MidSummer Night’s Dream’.
Professional touring performers from around the Midwest will be showcased on five stages. Some of those acts include “Crazy Boy Coy” from the St. Louis Renaissance Festival, magician “Marvelous Matt” from the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, the popular Celtic pub band “Pog-Mo-Thon” from the Omaha area and “Guardians of the Black Forest” armored combat from eastern Iowa.
The two unique presentations slotted for just the later hours on Friday and Saturday are central Iowa’s renowned improv troupe “Kitten Bomb Comedy” and “A MidSummer’s Romance”, an original Shakespearean story by Lorenzo Sandoval, MFA, Artistic Director of the Iowa Shakespeare Experience.
They will be joined by various other stage show companies and strolling entertainers, such as the 7-foot tall “Gandolf” character, Kansas City stilt walker “Claire Up There” and “Captain J.P. Boyd Legendary Pirate.”
A living-history outdoor museum experience will be presented by Warwick, along with their swordplay demonstrations.
Some of the other activities in the large festival village will be the premiere of a children’s ride from Legendary Carousels of Nebraska, selfie stations such as the Bubble Man Cart, and bocce ball play time with Stulto Mori the royal entourage.
The artisan merchant’s bazaar will feature unique goods from jewelry to weapons and leather works to metal ware. Some of these only-to-be-found-at-a-Renaissance-faire vendors will be coming from Michigan, Texas and California.
The food court will offer a full menu of feast fare & turkey legs from Amos Foods and British dishes from the Mucky Duck Pub in Ames. The Brits will also be providing the beer and libations.
The DES MOINES RENAISSANCE FAIRE daily hours will be Friday [4:30pm-8:30pm], Saturday [10:30am-8:30pm], Sunday [10:30am-5:30pm].
Tickets at the gate are $12 for adults, $6 for kids from 8 to 14 and free for children under 8 years old. Additional day passes are $3 for each day. Parking is free.
The wearing of protective masks on the festival grounds will not be mandatory, but certainly will not be discouraged. And for the first time patrons can carry in their own camp chairs for separated seating. *With such a large area to fill, the merchant tents will be spread out and show seating will be adjusted for social distancing.
This year’s producers, Gregory Schmidt and Allen Huffman, will be producing the new “Doing Des Moines” streaming TV series. They will also be developing the 70 acre park at The Pines into an expanded festival and wedding venue for 2021. This includes plans for a stage deck and gondola ride on the park’s Fisher Lake.
The Des Moines Renaissance Faire LLC is a production of Iowa-based Festivals International.
For directions to The Pines at 2977 NW 66th Avenue and full details on the festival offerings, see www.dmrenfaire.com.
Direct information links are firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. #641-583-2209.
CONTACT: Greg Schmidt