Each fall, the Kansas City Renaissance Festival is held in Bonner Springs, Kansas, starting from Labor Day weekend and continuing for seven weekends in a row, each with its unique theme. Family-friendly entertainment includes a daily parade of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Parr marching through the festival grounds, jousting knights, lots of games and rides. There are over 160 shops and booths at the fair offering unique arts and crafts, 25 stages of entertainment, and lots of delicious food. The fair is attended by about 180,000 people every year.
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival was founded in 1977 by the Kansas City Art Institute. A beautiful fictional 16th-century English village has cozy tree-lined lanes, murals and nicely decorated buildings. Visitors can watch artisans demonstrate wood carving and metal crafting techniques.
Games at the Kansas City Renaissance Fair include a Chess Match, Test of Strength, Archery, Axe Throw, Knife Throw, Star Throw, Knacker Ball, Jacob’s Ladder Leapin’ Lizards, Siege the Fort, and Crossbow. Renaissance-inspired rides include Barrel of Bedlam, Ram & Swan, Dragon, Carousel, Pirate’s Plunge, and Camel Rides.
The Faire also offers a few food areas where you feast like a king. You'll find everything from pretzels and fish sandwiches to turkey burgers and fried pickles. Wash it all down with a glass of refreshing apple cider, and continue the celebration.