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.