Kansas City Renaissance Festival
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival celebrates the fall harvest and its 35thanniversary for 7 fantastical weekends, just north of I-70 and K-7 highways in beautiful Bonner Springs, Kansas.
This grand scale, imaginarium show opens September 3rdand runs through October 16, 2011: on the weekends, Labor Day and Columbus Day from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., rain or shine. Hear the cannon BOOM! The village welcomes 180,000 visitors each fall.
Join Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men, as they work to undermine the Evil Duchess. She has raised taxes again, and is terrorizing the village with the equally evil Sherriff of Canterbury. Robin Hood, Maid Marion, Little John, and many other beloved characters step out of the books of legend and into the lanes around you.
New this year, The Green Man will catch you by surprise when you spy a 12’ high, graceful tree slowly walking through the lanes, mesmerizing the crowds with his limber movements. He’s a little camera shy at times, and he may hide behind ….another tree!
Everybody’s favorite Swill Pond Show has returned! Robin Hood and Little John meet the evil Sherriff of Canterbury on a narrow plank over the swill pond. Someone is bound to get wet!
Schedule of Events
No two weekends are exactly the same as we host special themed weekend events in the Trade Winds Pirate Adventure Cove:
Opening Weekend and Labor Day, Sept. 3, 4, and 5 ~A Middle Eastern Treasure Chest. Learn to belly dance or just enjoy watching performances of this fascinating tribal dance. Middle Eastern Dance troupes and merchants travel from afar to form a unique bazaar in the Trade Winds Adventure Cove.
September 10 and 11 ~ Highland Games . Brave hearts and strong bodies engage in sporting events such as the Caber Toss, Weight for Height, Axe Throw, Sheaf Toss and Tug of War.
September 17 and 18 ~ Pet Festival! Area pet rescue organizations, kennel clubs and animal accessory vendors attend this special weekend. Pet costume contests and agility games will be on the schedule.
September 24 and 25 ~ Irish Fest and Legend Quest. Irish musicians, dancers and vendors join us for more Celtic tradition. Back by popular demand, the live action role playing game, Legend Quest.
October 1 and 2 ~ Pirate’s Ale Fest. Aaaarr you ready to party like a pirate? Get your swagger on with the Pirate Pub Crawl andoutrageously funny contests such as the Talk Like a Pirate, Best Dressed Pirate, and Jack Sparrow Look-alike contests.
October 8, 9 and 10 ~ Wine, Chocolate and Romance Weekend. Swoon over decadent chocolate and wine samples from area chocolatiers and wineries. Play Romani Spy Games. Looking for your own personal Renaissance romance? Play Romancing the Stone.
October 15 and 16 ~ Italian Carnivale. Join us for the Masque Ball and free spirited grape stomping, pasta eating and toga contests. Make merry with Bacchus, the God of Wine and Revelry as we toast good food, great wine, and toga dancing.
Food & Daily Activities
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival has many attractions geared for families and children. The Children’s Realm has free crafts and activities for the little ones.
The sumptuous aroma of our world famous turkey legs and other mouth watering, tasty treats fill the air. With over 100 menu items, the Festival has added seafood and chicken salad in a bread bowl, shrimp and chicken Caesar salad, batter fried steak bites served with dipping sauces, fried pickles, batter fried asparagus and green beans, breaded portabella mushroom wedges, Bangers and Mash, giant cupcakes and more.
At every turn artisans can be seen demonstrating their talents in a wide variety of media. Ceramic ware, jewelry, clothing, accessories, games and toys, blown glass and intricate leather work can all be found with a 16th century spin.
A variety of settings are available in Canterbury to host weddings, corporate and private parties. We offer menus that include Festival favorites, as well as delicacies only available for groups of ten or more. Groups of up to a thousand are easily accommodated in this 16thcentury village.
For an extra special experience, book The Feaste of Fooles, at 1:00 p.m. each day. It’s our hilarious dinner theater, serving up laughs with a six course gourmet feast prepared by our own chef. Tickets are $54.95 and include one day’s admission to the Festival and a special edition goblet. Adult beverages start at $3.00 each. Reservations are strongly encouraged at www.kcrenfest.com or by calling 913-721-2110.
The Royal Smoker is hosted in the Wildwood at 4:30 p.m. each afternoon, by the Lord Mayor’s Company for an adult audience. The Royal Smoker offers cigars, ale and refreshments as well as an hour of “grown up” comedy and song. Ticket prices are $9.95. Seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased inside the front gate, online, or at event entrances based on availability.
New this year, The Princess Tea Party. Join us at 2:00 p.m. for the Princess Tea party hosted by the Duchess. The queen will join in the merriment as we sing, play games and tell stories that will help us to discover our inner princess. It doesn’t matter if we are short or tall, big or small, there is Royal beauty inside. As we partake of a meal of sweets and cucumber sandwiches, we will crown the princess hiding in all of us. Tickets are $9.95.
Tickets can be purchased at the Festival gates just north of I-70 and K-7 highways in Bonner Springs, Kansas on the day of the show at $18.95 for adults, $9.95 for kids ages 5-12, children under 5 are free. Visit our website www.kcrenfest.com to check out weekend specials. Guests can call 913-721-2110 for group ticket prices and information on parties and weddings at the Festival. Discount tickets can be purchased at Kansas City Hy-Vee and Walgreen stores, and regional Dillon’s, Baker’s and Gerbe’s stores, and online at www.kcrenfest.com.
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