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May 3-4:
12th annual
Nebraska Ren Faire
Omaha, NE

May 10-11:
12th annual
Nebraska Ren Faire
Omaha, NE

May 17-18:
7th annual
Dubuque Ren Faire
Dubuque, IA

Labor Day Weekend:
23rd annual
Iowa Ren Fest

Amana Colonies, IA

June 7-8:
13th annual
Siouxland Ren Fest
Sioux Falls, SD
and
Tristate Ren Faire
Keokuk, IA

June 27-28:
30th annual
TrekFest
Riverside, IA

August 9-10:
3rd annual
IA-MN Pirate Fest
Clear Lake, IA

August 23-24:
7th annual
Midlands Pirate Fest
Omaha, NE

Mem Day Weekend:
12th annual
Des Moines Ren Faire
Des Moines, IA

September 6-7:
12th annual
Des Moines Ren Faire

Des Moines, IA

September 13-14:
12th annual
Des Moines Ren Faire
Des Moines, IA

Oct 4-5:
11th annual
Sioux City Riverssance
Sioux City, IA

2015:
Oct 10-11, 2015
new event
Greater Quad Cities Ren Faire
Orion, IL

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Monday, March 30, 2015 8:27AM
FestivalNews icon 8:27 AM - Fire at Des Moines Renaissance Faire (posted by JohnPaul )
Des Moines TV station KCCI is reporting a small fire at the Des Moines Renaissance Faire site last night:

http://www.kcci.com/news/overnight-fire-under-investigation/32083054

From the photos, the two buildings look to be Ye Old Pizzas, Off With Your Bread (soup in a bread bowl shop) and the Bavarian Cafe (larger red building, German food) at the start of the food court lane. The article says the damage is estimated at $10,000.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 8:19AM
News icon 8:19 AM - Pirates of the Carribean 5 (posted by JohnPaul )
I have been out of the loop for years, and had no idea they had started shooting Pirates of the Caribbean part 5 until I read headlines of Johnny Depp hurting his hand on set.

I did not know about part 4 either until someone at the Des Moines Renaissance Faire (was it Captain Rick?) told me it was in the works.

The articles quote a release date of July 7, 2017.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:31PM
FestivalNews icon 12:31 PM - KCRF easter egg hunt with booze. (posted by JohnPaul )
A press release was sent out announcing an adult easter egg hunt with booze on the grounds of the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.

There was a time when KC supported a huge Renaissance festival full of Renaissance-themed acts. Over the year, the popularity of such events seems to have declined so much that today, the schedule has things like "pet weekend" and Oktoberfest as well as other things not associated with Renaissance. They had also done other seasonal events like a zombie marathon race, and now an easter egg hug.

To the old KCRF, we miss you. There is a new generation growing up that has never known it from when it was strictly a Renaissance festival.

Ya gotta do what ya gotta do to keep the lights on. There used to be six individual Renaissance festivals a year in Iowa, but those days are gone.

http://www.kegsneggskc.com

News icon 7:02 AM - Pirates of the Caribbean 5 (posted by JohnPaul )
Welcome back, Captain.

http://www.ksl.com/?sid=33519700&nid=1205&title=pirates-of-the-caribbean-5-gets-official-synopsis-starts-filming
Friday, November 21, 2014 6:32PM
FestivalNews icon 6:32 PM - Magridal Banquet in Clear Lake, Iowa (posted by JohnPaul )
N O R T H I O W A C I V I C T H E A T E R

-News Release-

-for immediate
release

"Inaugural Banquet with Entertainment"

To celebrate St. Nicholas Day (Dec. 6th) and the 20th anniversary of Christmas by the Lake, the Best Western Holiday Lodge in association with North Iowa Civic Theater will present the first 'Holiday Madrigal Banquet'. This Christmas themed feast along with an array of performers will take place after the fireworks on that saturday night of Clear Lake's festive weekend.

This theater-in-the-round traditional olde-English banquet will be set in the Victorian era and will include pre-show contest games, a multi-course meal of unique servings, a cash bar, and professional Renaissance festival performers from around the region.

The performing roster will feature Queen Victoria & Prince Albert, Gilbert O'Sullivan as master of ceremonies, magician Lord Drake, an authentic 'Punch & Judy' puppet show, singer Katia del Rio as Eliza Doolittle, the Mixed Doubles Twins with their "Sherlock Holmes" comedy, the swordplay stunt show by Sons of the Mist, strolling minstrels & vocalists, a juggler, comic characters and surprise shenanigans.

The seating will be at round tables of eight settings for individuals, couples, groups or company parties. Tickets will be $30 per person, and must be reserved/purchased in advance.

The doors open at 6:30pm for early seating choices and a half-hour of warm-up games, contests and libations. The main food courses and floor show acts start at 7:00 with the banquet expected to conclude by 8:30.

"We'd like to take the traditional madrigal banquet to another level, and present it as a dinner feast with theatricals. It'll be somewhat of an indoor Renaissance faire with a nostalgic expression for Christmas of old," states the event's producer Gregory Schmidt, who runs four Renaissance festivals around the Upper Midwest.

Interested attendees to the inaugural 'Holiday Madrigal Banquet' can secure their tickets and seating by contacting Mandy VanVoorhis at the Best Western Holiday Lodge via mvanvoorhis@kinseth.com or tel. #641-357-5253 ext 488.

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CONTACT: Greg Schmidt
greg@festint.com
641-357-5177
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 6:55PM
News icon 6:55 PM - ABC's upcoming musical Renaissance comedy (posted by JohnPaul )
ABC is rapidly becoming the Renaissance/fairy tale network, with shows like Once Upon a Time (and the Wonderland spinoff), The Quest reality series, and coming soon.... Galavant - the music epic, with music by Alan Menken who did many great modern Disney animated classic music.

http://abc.go.com/shows/galavant/video/most-recent/VDKA0_3ha8t53w

Check out the trailer.
Sunday, August 10, 2014 10:02PM
FestivalNews icon 10:02 PM - Iowa-Minnesota Pirate Festival has concluded. (posted by JohnPaul )
The 2014 Iowa-Minnesota Pirate Festival has concluded. This was the first year I got to visit, and it sounds like this may have been the final year for the event. In spite of very nice weather, attendance was low on Saturday, and even lower on Sunday. It's a pity - it was a small, fun little event with large trees and easy access to the beach (and restaurant/Tiki Bar). I will post photos to AtTheFaire.com when I have a chance.

Up next: Midlands Pirate Festival near Omaha, Nebraska...
Saturday, August 2, 2014 1:10AM
News icon 1:10 AM - A renfest reality show? (posted by JohnPaul )
A renfest reality show? Check out ABC's The Quest. http://abc.go.com/shows/the-quest
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:28PM
FestivalNews icon 6:28 PM - Midlands Pirate Fest radio ad (posted by JohnPaul )
The latest AtTheFaire production, featuring voices of Willa (!), St. Chris (NJ) and John-Paul (IA).
Monday, July 14, 2014 6:23PM
FestivalNews icon 6:23 PM - 2015: Greater Quad Cities Ren Faire (posted by JohnPaul )
A new event for 2015 is coming to IA/IL - Oct 10-11, 2015 in Orion, IL. Details when we get them...

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