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Kansas City Renaissance Festival 2024

Go back in time to the 16th century and meet King Henry VIII and his royal court

Dates: August 31–October 14, 2024 (Saturdays & Sundays) Plus September 2 and October 14

Kansas City Renaissance Festival
Kansas City Renaissance Festival
Kansas City Renaissance Festival

The Kansas City Renaissance Festival, a beloved annual tradition, invites visitors to immerse themselves in the vibrant tapestry of Renaissance culture. Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Bonner Springs, Kansas, this family-friendly extravaganza captivates the imagination with its enchanting ambiance and eclectic array of entertainment, including a daily parade of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Parr, jousting knights, and lots of games and rides. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a lover of arts and culture, or simply seeking a weekend of enchantment, the festival promises an unforgettable journey through time.

2024 Themed Weekends Schedule

From the Labor Day weekend kickoff on August 31 to the final flourish on October 14, the festival unfolds over seven consecutive weekends, each boasting its own unique theme. Rain or shine, the festival gates swing open at 10 am, welcoming guests to indulge in a plethora of delights until 7 pm. Mondays on September 2 (10 am to 7 pm) and October 14 (10 am to 5 pm) also promise festivities, ensuring ample opportunities for merriment.

What to Expect

Strolling through the festival grounds, visitors are transported back in time to a whimsical 16th-century English village, replete with cozy tree-lined lanes, ornate murals, and charmingly adorned buildings. Over 160 shops and booths beckon with artisanal treasures, while 25 stages come alive with a kaleidoscope of entertainment, from jousting knights to lively musical performances. Throughout the day, artisans demonstrate traditional crafts such as wood carving and metalworking, offering glimpses into the Renaissance era's rich tapestry of craftsmanship.

Games and Rides

For thrill-seekers and merrymakers alike, the festival boasts an array of exhilarating games and rides inspired by the Renaissance spirit. Test your mettle in a Chess Match or the Test of Strength, or showcase your prowess with archery, axe throwing, and knife throwing. Adventurous souls can embark on Renaissance-themed rides like the Barrel of Bedlam, the Dragon, and the Pirate’s Plunge, while the little ones delight in whimsical attractions such as the Carousel and Camel Rides.

Festival Food

Of course, no Renaissance feast would be complete without indulging in delectable fare fit for royalty. Savor an assortment of culinary delights ranging from hearty turkey legs to savory fish sandwiches, accompanied by refreshing libations like apple cider. With something to tantalize every palate, the festival ensures that feasting like a king is not just a dream but a delightful reality.

Tickets

Adult tickets are $24.95, children's tickets (ages 5-12) are $15.95, seniors (65+) are $22.25, and military personnel with ID can enter for $20.95, while children four and under enjoy free admission. Online purchasers benefit from discounted rates, with adult tickets priced at $20.95, children's tickets at $12.50, and seniors/students at $18.25, plus a special adult 2-pack for $36. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more, and VIP passes offer additional exclusive perks. Dog lovers can also bring their furry friends for $10.

Festival History

Founded in 1977 by the Kansas City Art Institute, the festival has since blossomed into one of the largest Renaissance celebrations in the United States, drawing in a staggering annual attendance of 200,000 eager revelers.

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