One more day of the Renaissance Festival

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival concludes this Sunday, the 30th. I went with a friend last weekend and we both had a good time. Here are my tips for having fun at the Renaissance Festival.

  1. Arrive early. The gates open at 9 am. Try to be there by 8:30. You get to park close to the gates, watch the pre-Festival entertainment, and avoid a lot of the crowds.
  2. Dress appropriately. This being the Fall, the morning weather can be chilly and the afternoon weather toasty. You should dress warm enough to be comfy in the morning. When you start to get too warm, get your hand stamped as you go out and make changes in your wardrobe (shed layers, switch into shorts, etc.) at your car. This assumes that you’ve got the extra clothes in your car, just in case you need them. Keep this plan in mind even if it’s going to be rainy. A pair of dry socks can be a blessing. Because you got there early and were able to park near the gates, the walk to and from your car is quick.
  3. Catch some shows. They are entertaining, but they are also a chance to rest. Wander for a while, but then sit down and relax. It will allow you to more fully enjoy the Festival.
  4. Check out the artisans. Some of the glasswork, jewelry, and painting (just to name a few) is out of this world. Take your time and look around! You’re not obliged to buy anything.
  5. Use the privies before you leave the Festival. Yes, there are privies in the parking lot, but they are fairly far from the gates and are full of people who failed to plan ahead.

What are your tips for the Renaissance Festival?

3 Comments so far

  1. James Norton (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 2:09 am

    My tip for the festival: Remember that different kinds of golems are vulnerable to different kinds of attacks. For an iron golem, try a fire spell. For a clay golem, blunt weapons are most effective.

  2. Greg (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

    Bring your own cup for Mead.

  3. ryan (unregistered) on October 2nd, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

    bring you children to the fair and remind them why its important to go to college and not smoke dope.

    “See little Johnny if you don’t go to college, you’ll end up smelling like ass and selling meat to fat people with fanny packs.”

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