Craving a giant turkey leg? Good news, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival is still scheduled to take place later this summer and fall in Shakopee and tickets are on sale now. The festival will be open every weekend between August 22nd and October 4th.

Organizers have announced this year's themed weekends:

August 22 & 23 – Highland Games

  • World Amateur Men & Women’s Highland Heavy Games Championships
  • Fairy House Competition
  • Keg Toss
  • Kilt Competition
  • Scotch Egg Eating Contest

 
August 29 & 30 – Bold North Vikings Invasion

  • Longbow Competition
  • Bocce Ball Tournament
  • Tattoo Competition
  • Uff Da Hot Dish Eating Contest
  • NEW – Tug a War Competition
  • Turkey Leg Trot – 5K (Sunday)

September 5, 6 & 7 – Wine, Chocolate & Romance

  • Chocolate Pie Eating Contest
  • Cake Smashing Competition
  • Cupcake Battle
  • Fantasy Costume Contest
  • Free Vow Renewals
  • Grape Stomping
  • Wedding Wars – NEW
  • Sign Language Saturday

September 12 & 13 – Pet Fest

  • Weiner Dog, Corgi & Puppernickel Races
  • Doggy Agility Demos
  • Canine King & Queen
  • Musical Sit
  • Peanut Butter Licking Contest
  • Ugliest Dog Competition
  • Doggy Dress up Contest

September 19 & 20 – Bellies & Beer

  • Belly Dance Performances
  • Belly Dance Championships
  • Belly Dance Lessons
  • Brat Eating Contest – NEW
  • Steampunk Costume Contest
  • Christmas In September
  • Magic the Gathering Tournament (Monday)

September 26 & 27 – Shamrocks & Shenanigans

  • Irish Music
  • Irish Dancing
  • Kilt Competition
  • Mashed Potato Eating Contest
  • Pickle Jousting
  • Race for the Rattle
  • Speed Dating

 
October 2, 3 & 4 – Oktoberfest

  • Beard Competition
  • Bier Pong
  • Dachshund Races
  • Hammerschlagen
  • Lederhosen & Dirndl Costume Contest
  • Sauerkraut Eating Contest
  • Stein Holding Contest
  • Troy Flemming – Yodeling
  • Wife Carry