The St. Louis Renaissance Festival opens its gates Saturday for the first day of its first fall season at Wentzville’s Rotary Park, 2577 West Meyer Road.
The festival, which had been a spring fixture since its first appearance in 1999, held two “preview weekends” this past spring to recruit cast members and promote its move to fall.
The festival will be open for five weekends and offers live jousting, nine entertainment stages, costumed characters, history demonstrations, and more than 100 shops with period-inspired merchandise, food, and drink.
The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine.
- Dr. Dumpe, a fire-eating comedy magician
- Chuvani bellydance
- Captain Jack improv comedy show
- Juggler Crazy Boy Coy
- Gateway Storytellers and Troll Tales
- Steele Sisters comedy sword fighting
- Tricks of Light fire performance
- Corsets & Codpieces comedy
- Korso the Magician
- Scalawags pirate show
- 3 Pints Gone Celtic music
- April Knight lane musician
- Pictus Celtic drums
- Dr. Rev. Mr. Cheeks Miller Celtic music
- The Greenleaf Singers acappella
- Musical Blades pirate music
- Clearly Guilty
- Gwyneth Whistlewood the Feral Flute
- Maguire Brothers Irish music
- Vince Conway hammered dulcimer
A special promotion will support the St. Louis Area Foodbank during the first two weekends. With a donation of five non-perishable food items, visitors receive a buy one, get one ticket (with purchase of regular price adult admission).
Also, a fairy house competition will accept entries the first two weekends. There are very few restrictions on construction for the fairy houses, but competitors are encouraged to use natural materials and to be creative. Festival patrons vote on the winners. Each competitor receives two free tickets to the festival. An entry form is available on the festival website.