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.


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


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

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?


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


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.


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
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

Crest Country Inn
crest128340 W Evans St
Williamsburg, IA 52361

Sudbury Motel & RV Park
Marengo, Iowa  52301

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

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


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


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


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.


Last Updated:  5/18/2017

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


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

Contact Us

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