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. 2016 is the 40th year of the festival. Each weekend has its own theme starting with Passport to the World and concluding with Witches & Wizzards.
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival has a cast of 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 20 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 2016, the Kansas City Renaissance Festival will run on Saturdays & Sundays from September 2 until October 16. The Renaissance Festival is also open on Labor Day and Columbus Day. The final two weekends in October, there is a different event called the Phantom's Feaste.
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 a dozen or more performances taking place at venues scattered throughout the Renaissance Festival grounds. One stage hosts nothing but back to back magic shows.
In addition to food, drink, crafts and a few rides, there are other events taking place at the Renaissance Festival for additional fees. They include beer & bacon tasting, Queen's Tea, and a new Plague Escape Room.
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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