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Bring your family and have a reunion as a Celtic Clan!
26th Annual Iowa Renaissance Festival & Gathering o’ Celts
May 27-29 & June 3-4, 2017
Middle Amana Park (“Medici Grove”) – Amana Colonies, IA

The Iowa Renaissance Festival celebrates 26 years of family fun! Come experience two weekends of live entertainment featuring comedy, swordplay, music, magic, and even horseback jousting. Explore a marketplace full of unique merchandise from around the land. Enjoy tasty treats and drinks in the royal food court (including adult libations like honey mead). The village awaits your visit!

Free admission on Memorial Day for current and retired military with their military ID.

Festival Facts

Stroll through our marketplace full of unique merchandise.
Stroll through our marketplace full of unique merchandise.

Dates

May 27-29 & June 3-4, 2017
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rain or shine!

Tickets

Lil Ones (0-5) – Free
Kids (6-13) – 6$
Adults (13 and up) – 12$
2 day pass – $20/10$
3 day pass – $27/17$
5 day pass – $39/21$
BUY TICKETS NOW!

All current or retired military with their military ID will get in free on Memorial Day.

NEW THIS YEAR: The King’s Smoker! Daily (5pm to 6pm) following the last joust. ADULTS ONLY (21 and up). 10$ entrance fee, which includes a free IRF mug filled with Beer 🍻.  There will be Bad Jokes, Beer, Bad Jokes, Beer, Cigars, Beer … and did we mention Bad Jokes?

Location

Middle Amana Park, Middle Amana, IA.
Approximate GPS Location: 27th Ave and H St, Middle Amana, Iowa

Parking

Free parking is available onsite with overflow parking at the Amana Colonies RV Park & Event Center. (3890 C St, Amana, IA 52203)

A free shuttle van will be running from the south side of Amana RV Center starting at 11 a.m. each day until 6:30 p.m.

Policies

Pet Policy: Well behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Muzzle if needed.Please clean up after your dog. Management reserves the right to ask dog & owner to leave if any aggression or problems with dog are seen.

Outside Food: No outside food or drinks, please. (They’d let you bring in a water bottle, though.)

Weapons: Any weapons that are part of your costume must be safely peace tied at all times.

Lodging

Please consider supporting one of our lodging sponsors:

Die Heimat Country Inn B&BDie Heimat Country Inn B&B
4434 V Street
Homestead, IA 52236
319-622-3937
Conveniently located right in the Amana Colonies, just minutes from the Festival. Rates starting at $85. Stay two nights and get a 2-day entrance pass to the Festival ($20 value) or equivalent in food tickets. Stay three nights and get a 3-day entrance pass ($27 value) or food tickets.

americinn_128AmericInn Lodge & Suites at Cedar Rapids Airport.
8910 6th St SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
319-632-1800

Crest Country Inn
crest128340 W Evans St
Williamsburg, IA 52361
319-668-1522
866-819-8329

Sudbury Motel & RV Park
Marengo, Iowa  52301
319-642-5411

If your hotel would like to be listed here, contact us about becoming a lodging sponsor.

For more hotel/motel information, please contact the Amana Colonies Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-579-2294.

Special Thanks

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DJ Shane – www.djshanecb.com
Coca-Cola products will also be available.
Coca-Cola.

Entertainment

Last Updated: 5/22/2017

Stage Entertainment

  1. Bawdy Buccaneers
  2. Brotherhood of Steele
  3. Captain Rapier Whit
  4. Clans Mcswade
  5. Dagorhir Battlegames
  6. Drunk & Sailor
  7. Evangard Improv
  8. Fae For Hope
  9. Faerie Queen Titania
  10. Fandazzi Fire Circus
  11. Guardians of the Black Forest
  12. Have Court Will Travel
  13. Joust Evolution
  14. Lord Drake’s Magic Show
  15. Olskipan Vikings
  16. Orcs & Trolles
  17. Pass Four Productions
  18. Pictus
  19. Shattock
  20. Sons of the Mist
  21. Sons of Valhalla
  22. Stulto Mori
  23. Viking Re-enactment
  24. Warwick
  25. Wililam & Blackjack

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Village Characters

  1. Albrecht Von Aachen
  2. Captain Jack (unable to join us)
  3. Forking Queen
  4. Gaston LeGrey, of the Full Moon Players
  5. Herr Karl (15th Century Knight) and Friends
  6. Lady Stephanie
  7. Merry the Fairy (blue fairy)
  8. Robin Hood
  9. Scarlett – Mermaid
  10. Shaylee the Red Fairy

History

2017 marks the 26th anniversary of the Iowa Renaissance Festival. Here is a brief timeline:

  • 1992Festival International of Clear Lake, Iowa, is founded and the first Iowa Renaissance Festival is held at the North Iowa Fairgrounds in Mason City.
  • 1993 — Iowa Renaissance Festival became a two weekend event, with the first weekend in Mason City, and the second weekend at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.
  • 1993-1999 – The festival operated as a two weekend Fall event at the Iowa State Faireground in Des Moines.
  • 2000 — Iowa Renaissance Festival moves to Middle Amana Park in the heart of Iowa County.
  • 2006 — Iowa Renaissance Festival moves from its traditional Labor Day Weekend to new Spring dates. (The original dates were now being used by the Des Moines Renaissance Faire, also produced by Festivals International.)
  • 2016 — Iowa Renaissance Faire will celebrate 25 years of family fun as it transitions to new ownership for the next 25 years (and beyond!).
  • 2017 – The festival returns to being a two weekend event! It was originally two weekends during its years in Des Moines.

Check back for more updates to this page, including photos from past events.

Merchants

Last Updated:  5/26/2017

Food & Drink

  • Amos Fabulous Foods
  • Bud’s Rootbeer
  • Dragonz Lair Vittlez BBQ
  • Humphrey’s Concessions
  • Little Shop of Cheesecakes
  • Renear Inc
  • Royal Treats – Kettle Korn & Sno Cones
  • The King’s Favorite

Merchants

  1. A Celtic Tradition – 1st weekend
  2. A Pinch of Pixie Dust
  3. Axed In Time/Son of Blades
  4. Candy’s Creations 4U – 1st weekend
  5. Captain Squeaky’s Magical fish & duck pond
  6. Celestial Windz Bizaar
  7. Dead on Target
  8. DeRosa Boots
  9. Dragon Dales Sand Art
  10. Dragon’s Apothecary
  11. Dragonrose Designs
  12. Dundee Bee Honey- 2nd weekend only
  13. Dusty Tear Creations
  14. EaGenies Scots N’ Knots
  15. Enchanted Gifts
  16. Fae For Hope
  17. Fairy Tale Market
  18. Flower Fynery
  19. Flying Cloud
  20. Fox Hollow Renaissance
  21. Funny Face Designs by Lori
  22. Fyne Hats by Felicity
  23. Gold Tooth’s Pirate Drinking Vessels
  24. Hearthstone Arts – 1st weekend only
  25. Hook & Jill – 1st weekend only
  26. Iowa Henna
  27. Iron Ranger Arts
  28. J & L Trading Company – 1st weekend only
  29. Joyas Melita – 1st weekend
  30. Keltic Karavan
  31. Kings Carvings
  32. Knight Fantasies
  33. Lady of the Lake Silks – 1st weekend
  34. LaGazza Pazza
  35. Legends of Sherwood
  36. Little Spaniel’s Crafts
  37. Lords of Leather
  38. Mudbugs Maille
  39. Noble Bee Honey – 1st weekend
  40. Nordic Inn
  41. Not The Usual
  42. Pickle Cart
  43. Pirates & Pixies – 1st weekend
  44. Primitive Origins – 1st weekend only
  45. Rogue Maille
  46. S&R Pony Rides
  47. Sara B Illustration – 1st weekend only
  48. Shadow Rouge Originals
  49. The Bawdy Shoppe
  50. The Dragon’s Horde
  51. The Green Cauldron
  52. The Knight’s Bizare
  53. The Mercenary Mercantile
  54. The Potter’s House – 1st weekend
  55. The Traveling Crafters
  56. Three Oaks Pottery – 1st weekend only
  57. Weapons of the Wood
  58. Wearable Coinage
  59. Wise Woman Designs
  60. Wolfram’s Wonderous Wares
  61. YorkShire Dragon

Contact Us

If you have questions not answered on this website, you may contact us by e-mail (info@iowarenfest.com).