We went to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival last weekend. It was a lot of fun. We try to visit the fair every year, but this is our first year in Minnesota. My first thought? This is way bigger than the Maryland Renaissance Fair.
For starters, this was the traffic jam to get to the fair:
It took an hour to get through the traffic. Insane.
But we finally got there! Warning: the tickets are fairly pricey. A nice lady gave us some Subway coupons and we managed to save $15. Thank you, nice lady.
We entered through the Queen's gate. Yes, this was the back entrance, guys. The main entrance is much bigger.
The buildings are pretty amazing. They've been building structures since the 1970s and many of them are stone.
The food and vendors, however, were not so great. We got some kettle corn, turkey legs, and mead. That was it. Nothing else looked appetizing. The shopping was also kind of meh. The kids got some "pet" dragons which were pretty cool, but I was looking for cute jewelry, soaps, or bags to use for giveaways and I came back empty-handed. I don't know if that's because we went on the last weekend or if it's always like this, but it was kind of disappointing.
But, all in all, we had a great time. If you're in town in late summer, I highly recommend it.