The Des Moines Renaissance Faire is owned and produced by Festivals International of Clear Lake, Iowa. It was established in 2004, and held three events at Water Works Park and the Iowa State Fairgrounds before moving to Sleepy Hollow Sports Park in 2006. After the 10-year lease agreement with Sleepy Hollow ended in 2015, Sleepy Hollow began a new Renaissance festival at that location in 2016.
Festivals International has signed a non-compete agreement and will not host its own Des Moines based festival for three years. Visit
for information about Sleepy Hollow's new Renaissance festival, and check back with us for more news in 2019.
This Des Moines Renaissance Faire website will contain information on the history of the thirteen Des Moines Renaissance Faires (including the ten held at Sleepy Hollow). We thank all of you who came out and joined us whichever location you attended.
Greg & Bonnie Schmidt
Clear Lake, Iowa