The Minnesota Renaissance Festival began its journey in September of 1971 on a 22 acre field in Jonathan, MN. More than 25,000 people visited the two weekend grand opening of the festival than named “A Celebration of Nature, Art, and Life!” That celebration has since relocated to Shakopee, MN and has grown to be the largest Renaissance Festival in the United States with an annual attendance of 300,000.
Craft participants provide a Renaissance-style structure, using authentic materials on all exposed surfaces. Display props, signage, and a costume appropriate to the era and the artisan’s station in life complete the visual image that contributes to the fantasy of stepping back in time. A craftsperson’s actions and interactions with the public provide the final important key to success in the Festival. We offer resources to help with all aspects of the transition from ordinary citizen to "Citizen of the Realm." Although most participants return from year to year, there are opportunities for new applicants in the craft program. Your work could be just what we need to round out our media mix. Please remember that the Festival is a handmade/handcrafted professional exhibition -- no imports or trade representatives are permitted. We hold true to this statement and will make every attempt to verify that your work is indeed handcrafted.
About Mid America Festivals:
Mid-America Festivals is the nation’s largest producer of outdoor themed events. In 2014, we entertained nearly one million people in a wide variety of locations across the country.
Mid-America Festivals currently devotes its time towards developing some of the best festivals in the country. Mid-America Festivals, along with affiliated entities, owns and operates the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, the Trail of Terror (located in Minnesota), the Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI (located on the grounds of the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa Bay, Florida), the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, the Michigan Renaissance Festival, St. Louis Renaissance Festival and many other events. The company demonstrates its event production and promotion leadership by embracing all aspects of event production from specialty merchandise and corporate sponsorship to ticket sales and multi-media marketing.
Based in Minneapolis, Mid America’s staff is comprised of talented manager’s experiences in all aspects of entertainment. Mid-America Festivals began producing Renaissance Festivals in 1976 as a natural extension of its president’s career in major venue promotion and production. The company’s back ground ranges from rock and roll events like the Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, and Prince to event management for concerts like “Rock the Garden” in Minneapolis.