2014 Des Moines Renaissance Faire XII
In 2014, we are celebrating nine years at Festival Park (though this is actually the 12th festival)! Learn more about this event, including what entertainment, shopping and food you can expect at this year's festival.
(Labor Day Monday at the 2013 Des Moines Renaissance Faire.)
- August 30-September 1 - Knights and Royals
- September 6-7 - Highlanders and Lucky Lasses
- September 13-14 - Pirates and Wenches
- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine!
2014 Pricing and Discounts
|A full day (10 a.m to 6 p.m.), rain or shine! If the forecast just looks drizzly, we will entertain you all day long in our various covered stage locations.|
|Buy discounted tickets online via credit card. (Ticket sales at the front gate are cash only. ATM available.)|
|Adult One Day Pass||$16|
|Adult Two Day Pass||$25 (Good for admission on any two days of the festival.)|
|Season Pass (all 7 days)||$35|
|Parking (secured and patrolled)||$1 per vehicle.|
|Group discounts||Pre-register your group of 15 or more for a $2.00 discount off each admission. Company discounts also available. Have your company or employer contact Mary at 515-262-4100 to get your coupon code.|
|All shows||Included in price of admission!|
But why pay full price? Group discounts are available, and coupons are available at Des Moines-area Casey's General Stores (and some further away). Check our news postings or Facebook for the latest locations that have been delivered coupons.
NOTE: Prices and event details subject to change at the front gate. Your image (photos, video) may be captured while at the faire, and may be used for future promotion in ads, posters, etc.
See also: Tickets and Discounts
- "Festival Park" is an 18-acre outdoor event center (and permanent home of the Des Moines Renaissance Faire). Located at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, just south of the state fairgrounds at 4051 Dean Ave.
- See also: Maps and Directions
Feel free to e-mail us with any questions, or call Sleepy Hollow Sports Park at (515) 262-4100.
Saturday, August 30 2014
Day one was a surprising success considering the rain and poor weather we had leading up to opening. Even with the loads of sand brought in to dry the paths, there were still plenty of soggy mud puddles around the village, but our visitors lined up to buy tickets, and lined up to buy home made root beer, and lined up to see the joust and... By the end of the day, there were many patches of former mud that was now just slightly damp. This was a far leap from our first few opening years were we seemed to have rain all seven days and raced boats down the middle of our Royal Food Court. (Photos on AtTheFaire.com from 2006 will show you how things looked back then, when Canterbury-on-Sherwood was made up of mud and wood chips and some shiny new buildings... We didn't even have the restroom building that first year, or the row of merchant shops at the far end.)
On Sunday, we will do it all again, and we will repeat this on Labor Day Monday as well. Come out and join us for two more days of "Knights and Royals" at the Des Moines Renaissance Faire!
Friday, August 29 2014
Things are almost ready. Our Saturday will start at the crack of dawn, preparing the lanes for visitors (sand, gravel and other things to take care of the rain). We have a news crew (KCCI?) coming out and doing doing some live remotes between 8am and 9am with our Queen. The Torture Chamber Tour is ready to go. Food merchants are getting all the condiments lined up and the new tavern location is figuring out it's new drink menu.
This is going to be a GREAT season! There is so much going on out there.
We hope to see you this weekend!
Thursday, August 28 2014
The opening weekend show guide is now available for those who want to start planning. This *should* be the final version you will receive at the front gate, but last minute changes can (and have, and do) occur so always double check with the physical copy at the event.
DMRF 2014 Show Guide for Weekend 1
Wednesday, August 27 2014
Tune in to KCWI TV 23 Thursday around 8:20am to hear the latest DMRF info from producer Greg Schmidt.
The DMRF Street Team is making another pass through the metro to restock Casey's locations (let us know if yours is out). Coupons will be in Ankeny shortly, and someone will have them at the Valley Junction Farmer's Market as well as the Merle Hay Farmer's Market. If you see them, say hi and pick one up!