Latest News: Friday, September 6 2019 - DMRF 2019 Status

Des Moines Renaissance Faire Latest News

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

See also: All News , Construction News, Website News , or Yearly History.

Friday, September 6 2019

9:38 AM - DMRF 2019 Status (posted by Webmaster)
We are led to believe that the producer of this year’s Des Moines Renaissance Faire has cancelled the final two weekends of the event at The Pines in Saylorville. You can verify this at or

Wednesday, July 17 2019

9:12 AM - Des Moines Ren Faire 2019 info (posted by Webmaster)
This is the foundational resource for news and information on the Des Moines Renaissance Faire, BUT for current day-to-day updates on everything you want to know about the up-coming weekends go to the active page hosted by the faire's management team:

Wednesday, September 19 2018

1:19 PM - 2019 news coming soon! (posted by Webmaster)
Details on the dates and location of the 2019 (14th!) Des Moines Renaissance Faire will be announced soon. Sign up to the mailing list, and follow our Facebook page for the latest:

Saturday, March 12 2016

3:48 PM - 2016 Announcement (posted by Webmaster)
Please visit and read the announcement on the first page. It is repeated here for your convenience:

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 event, 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
Festivals International
Clear Lake, Iowa

Thursday, September 17 2015

3:34 PM - This weekend (Sept 19-20) is our last weekend this year! (posted by Webmaster)
Be sure to join us THIS WEEKEND (September 19-20, 2015) for our final weekend of 2015. The theme will be "Pirates and Wenches" so feel free to dig out that Jack Sparrow T-Shirt you've been wanting to wear.

The entertainment guide was posted last night, and we will have some new acts joining us this weekend. We hope to see you!

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