Hunter's Glen near the Kansas City Renaissance Festival main gate
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival is a theme park sized fair in Bonner Springs, Kansas, with lots of food, shopping and fun entertainment. 2013 is the 37th year of the festival. Each weekend has its own theme starting with Pirates Ale Fest and concluding with Harvest Huzzah.
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival has a cast of over 150 costumed performers, supplemented by hundreds of costumed vendors, stage performers, and park guests who choose to wear garb and fill the 16 acre fair with the colors and sound. Cheer while knights in armor duel on horseback to win the Queen's favor. Enjoy shows on 13 stages. Let your children try rides and games while you shop for crafts, jewelry, art and costumes in over 160 booths. The food isn't as exciting as it was when the festival was a benefit for the Art Institute of Kansas City (Missouri), but still compares favorably with the Kansas City area's other major attractions. The apple dumpling with ice cream and the turkey legs are among my favorites..
In 2013 The Kansas City Renaissance Festival will run on Saturdays & Sundays from August 31 until October 14. The Renaissance Festival is also on open Labor Day and Columbus Day.
Allow a bare minimum of 3 hours to visit the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. Many visitors will spend most of the day. At any given time there may be dozen or more performances taking places at venues scattered through the Renaissance Festival grounds. One stage hosts nothing but back to back magic shows.
Take 1-70 to K-7 (the Bonner Springs exit 224). Turn North for a few blocks, and banners & signs will lead you to the Festival Gates. The parking is free, and driving out from Kansas City, Missouri, there is no charge for that stretch of the Kansas Turnpike.
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