The St. Louis Renaissance Faire opens for its 17th season on Saturday, May 16 at Wentzville’s Rotary park. The festival continues for five weekends (including Memorial Day), and finishes its run on June 14. Gates are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine.
The Faire offers live music and entertainment, shopping at period-inspired vendor booths, food and drinks, contests and themed weekends.
Among this year’s entertainment are:
- Jousting by the Knights of Noble Cause
- Dr. Dumpe, fire-eating, comedy magician
- Chuvani bellydance
- Captain Jack comedy show
- Crazy Boy Coy, juggler and fire eater
- Gateway Storytellers
- The Steel Sisters Sword Show
- Tricks of Light Fire Show
- Corsets and Codpieces Shakespeare comedy
- Korso the Magician
- Troll Tales
- The Scally Ways Pirate Show
- 3 Pints Gone Celtic music
- Apryl Knight
- Pictus bagpipes and percussion
- Dr. Rev. Mr. Cheeks Miller, singer
- The Greenleaf Singers
- Musical Blades Pirate music
- Clearly Guilty
- Gwyneth Whistlewood the Feral Flute
- Maguire Brothers Irish music
- Vince Conaway hammered dulcimer
Special events are offered daily for an extra fee, such as Renaissance Romance, the King’s Happy Hour, and a Pub Crawl. The Faire can also host private parties.
May 16 – 17 is Pirate Weekend and will feature a tattoo competition, a best beard competition, a root beer chug, a costume contest, and free cider tastings.
The theme for May 23, 24, and 25 is Highland Fling. There will be a highland games competition, a keg toss, kilt competition, and a special ladies’ shopping weekend.
Wine, Chocolate and Romance is the theme for May 30 and 31. The Faire will host a mass vow renewal, a newlywed game, a longest kiss competition, a grape stomp and free wine tastings.
June 6 and 7 will be Shamrocks and Shenanigans weekend. Along with an Irish Step Dancing competition, there will be a potato sack rack, a kilt dance off, arm wrestling, and a steampunk costume contest.
The final weekend, June 13 and 14, is themed Passport to Adventure. There will be a belly dancing competition, a fantasy mask competition, and a fairy house auction.
A one-day adult admission is $12.95, children $7.50. Tickets are available on the St. Louis Renaissance Faire website. You can also purchase special events tickets and package deals on the website.
Dogs are allowed at the festival, but they must be registered and certain requirements must be followed.