Latest News: Monday, March 30 2015 - Note from Sleepy Hollow about fire.

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Here's a list of all recent Des Moines Renaissance Faire news and updates.

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Monday, March 30 2015

1:47 PM - Note from Sleepy Hollow about fire. (posted by Webmaster)

As you may have heard, crews responded to a fire at Festival Park (home of the Des Moines Renaissance Faire and Sleepy Hollow’s Haunted Scream Park) around 2:00am this morning. The fire was contained to three vendor buildings, and did not spread to any of Sleepy Hollow’s main buildings or attractions. Although the cause of this fire is under investigation, nobody was present at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. We are all shocked to hear this news, however, this occurrence will NOT affect any of Sleepy Hollow’s activities or festivals held throughout the year. We plan to have these three small buildings rebuilt in time for the 2015 Des Moines Renaissance Faire, held the first three weekends of September.

Monday, September 15 2014

6:36 PM - Thank you! (posted by Webmaster)
We would like to thank everyone who helped make this year's Des Moines Renaissance Faire one of the best ever! We will soon begin the fountain to opening day next year for the 10TH ANNIVERSARY at the Festival Park location.

Stay tuned!

Friday, September 12 2014

9:30 AM - Entertainment correction (posted by Webmaster)
I was just informed that PassFour Productions will not be able to join us this weekend. It is probably too late for us to update the show guide, so please be aware of this if you are attending specifically to see their show.

Monday, September 8 2014

9:56 AM - TWO MORE DAYS! Pirates and Wenches invade! (posted by Webmaster)
With five days down, and only TWO MORE to go, get ready to join us for our final weekend this year - Pirates and Wenches (9/13-9/14/2014). We will have some new acts joining us including:

Knotty Bits Sideshow - their performance resume is quite long (aerial acrobatics, fire eating, glass walking, bed of nails and similar sideshow displays, etc.) This will be one not to miss.

Bawdy Buccaneers - our own local pirate troupe will be have 10% more scurvy this weekend. They swish! They poke! The sing and tell jokes! But in all these years, they still haven't managed to get their ship out of dry dock.

Dead Pirate Comedy Show - the Dead Pirate Robert and his pirate sidekick return after their popular debut last year. This show features an undead reanimated talking skeleton (interactive animatronic, like those Disney attractions, but with PG-13 humor).

PassFour Productions - more swordplay, you say? Okay, we say.

Plus the return of...

Sassypants Sisters - new this year, this pirate wench comedy show is one you should not miss. And sit up front. It's funnier that way.

Crazy Boy Coy - likely our most requested act, he will be back for a second weekend of juggling and general balancing skills

Danza Mystique - our jingling gypsies (sometimes with fire, sometimes a sneak, and sometimes swords and board breaking) is ready to entertain.

Joust Evolution - three shows per day with horseback challenges in the morning, and jousts (to the death?) the rest of the day.

Jester Puppets - a recreation of a truly olde school puppet show.

Mixed Doubles - swords and comedy, comedy and swords. If you saw their altercation at closing gate this past Sunday, you can come back and see their full show this weekend.

Warwick Living History - set up between the jousting field and children's realm, they often have various demonstrations and will take the field a few times each day for some sword combat.

Blackjack and William - the village's favorite pet dragon returns, this time with his keeper, William, along to help with the story telling. If you ever wondered what a hundred adults looks like pretending to use imaginary swords, you obviously haven't seen William at closing gate.

Orckes & Trolles - Iowa's premier pub sing band is back, with fun songs and silliness.

Faerie Queen Titania and Court - next to Oberon's Treehouse you will find their faerie encampment. Wings are optional to visit.

And last, but certainly not least:

Have Court, WIll Travel - our highly praised royal court (people dig the outfits) is ready to knight your boys or make your girls in to ladies in waiting. They also do other presentations during the day.

Are we done? Sure, if you don't count the various entertainers roaming the lanes, such as:

The Marty Show - he visited us in past years as part of Tribal Circus, and this weekend you just may stumble in to a large ring of people watching Marty juggle flaming torches or razor sharp swords while balancing on a board while wearing a blindfold. It's a living. Tip heavily, as he is not getting paid to do this.

Evengard Improv - all the way from the port of Nebraska, these folks will be roaming around trying to make you part of their interactive improv comedy skits.

Firemoon the Faerie - only the pure of heart can see a faerie, of course, which makes her antics quite baffling to the pirates.

Katie the Blue Rose Mermaid - where else can you talk to a living mermaid? Or learn how to use a wishing stone?

Forking Queen - we aren't quite sure how to describe her, but do drop by her Kingdom of Dinnerdome.

Ivan the Russian - we hope he is bilingual.

Siren Stefanie d'flute - she will be roaming around playing tunes in the lanes throughout the weekend.

Albrect von Aachen - a renowned area minstrel playing instruments most of us do not recognize.

Plus many others. SO are we done yet?

The torture chamber will be getting its annual PIRATE THEME with new music, lighting and narration.

The daily archery and knife tossing tournaments will be held. Do you have what it takes to take home a prize?

And if that is not enough, let me leave you with one final item:


We'll see you there this weekend, September 13 and 14, 2014.

Sunday, September 7 2014

6:01 AM - THREE MORE DAYS TO GO! (posted by Webmaster)
Day two of our "Highlanders and Lucky Lasses" Celtic themed weekend continues today, which means you have only THREE more chances to visit us this year! The weather was absolutely perfect yesterday, with wonderful temperatures and dry paths through the village. Knowing our luck with bad weather over these past eight years, always take advantage of a good weather day to come play.

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