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Des Moines Renaissance Faire Entertainment

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 16, 2015 6:49 PM

See some of the best local and regional acts, as well as some of the best entertainment from events such as the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, Minnesota Renaissance Festival and Bristol Renaissance Faire. (Wanting to join us?)

Entertainment Schedule

Here is a preview of the weekly entertainment guides: Weekend 1 Show Guide (PDF file), Weekend 2 (PDF file) and Weekend 3 (PDF file). (NOTE: Sometimes last minute changes happen, so be sure to pick up the final guide when you enter the faire.)

The following acts will be performing all three weekends unless specifically noted.

  1. 3 Pints Gone - nationally popular Celtic pub band and recording group (2nd weekend)
  2. Bawdy Buccaneers - nautical theatrics, stage combat and singing pirates
  3. Cecil's Harp - Celtic music group with dance (2nd weekend)
  4. Comedy Hamlet - nationally touring Shakespeare experience, not to be missed (2nd weekend)
  5. Crazy Boy Coy - comedy stunts, juggling and fire-breathing
  6. Danza Mystique - ethnic dance, tribal percussions and frivolity (2nd & 3rd weekends)
  7. Dead Pirate Comedy Show - burlesque comedy, animatronic pirate and audience interaction (3rd weekend)
  8. Evengard Improv - improv comedy at 1:00, 3:00, and 4:30 on the Minstrel Stage (weekend #1)
  9. Faerie Queen Titania - children's dance, treasure hunts and stories
  10. Have Court Will Travel - royal entourage, knightings and photo ops
  11. Joust Evolution - equestrian stunts, tournament combat and theatrical thrills
  12. Lord Drake's Mystic Magic - illusions, mystery tricks and humor (1st weekend)
  13. Orckes & Trolles - music trio, minstreling and sing-alongs (1st & 3rd weekends)
  14. Pirate Merlyn's Majik - magical theatrics, jesting and escapist stunts (3rd weekend)
  15. Pog-Mo-Thon - Celtic pub band, recording artists and minstrel mayhem (3rd weekend)
  16. Sassypants Sisters - comic theater, charming lasses and audience interaction (2nd & 3rd weekends)
  17. Sons of the Mist - comedy swordplay, highland hijinks and stage combat (2nd weekend)
  18. Warwick - sword battles, weapons skills and foil fencing
  19. William & Blackjack - dragon stories, kids sing-alongs and photo ops


  1. Albrecht von Aachen - master of minstrels
  2. Arthur Northwood - viola minstrel
  3. Athren the Red - mercenary for hire and insult artist
  4. Blue Rose Mermaid - wondrous creature in her villa pool, gifts and photo ops
  5. Capt. Billy Rogers - gate greeter and lost seafarer (weekend #3)
  6. Capt. J.P. Boyd - an annoying legendary pirate (weekend #3)
  7. Evengard Improv - commedia dell'arte (weekend #3)
  8. Faerie Queen Titania - empress of numerous faeries, elves and treehouse fun
  9. Gregorio D'Medici - gate greeter and distant cousin to the Medici fortune
  10. Grendle - life-sized puppet creature from the Hidden Forest (weekend #2)
  11. Have Court Will Travel - royals and nobles meet and greet
  12. Jaden Drake - yeoman and defender of the castle or part-time Scotsman
  13. Killian the Foole - he knows folly, he knows fables, he has no job
  14. Lady Addilay & Lord Gauwyn - visiting nobles and fyne friends
  15. Lionel Wafer - commedia dell'arte and other various sundries (weekend #3)
  16. Lord Mayor Randall Sukup - keeper of the gate
  17. Added 9/9: Lute Master Geoffrey - minstrel
  18. Mad McCrakken Brothers - insult golf or your game is insulting (weekend #2)
  19. Added 9/9: Martin Hill Show - street carnivale
  20. Master Lee d'Trash - trolling for trash or that last turkey leg
  21. Nasira & Company - frolicking wilderness gypsy dancers
  22. Pickle Cart Man - the man with the pickle cart
  23. Pirate Malcolm - a ladde gone badde (weekend #3)
  24. Pirate Merlyn - strolling magician and hand tricks (weekend #3)
  25. Plague Doctor - still just practicing the medical arts
  26. Robert the Orcke - minstrel of mayhem, songs of delight
  27. Robin Hood - Sherwood's honorary citizen and giver of gifts to children
  28. ROGO - manly juggling, fire, whips, wenches and . . . .
  29. Satyrus Jeering - joining us in the afternoon on September 13th only
  30. Siren Stefanie d'Flute - minstrel of the nuptials
  31. The Cossack - Ivan the Terrible's 2nd cousin (weekend #3)
  32. The Forking Queen - various delightful children's activities
  33. The Jester King - not a pauper, not a peasant but a royal among jesters
  34. The Marty Show - one man street theater from Tribal Circus (weekend #2 & #3)
  35. Twins d'Pontier - gate greeters, larks and masters of the jest
  36. William & Blackjack - dizzying display of dancing sticks
  37. Zachary the Cannoneer - fire in the hole!


There will be a daily parade starting 15 minutes before the second joust.

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