St. Louis Renaissance Festival returns for its 21st season this weekend

The St. Louis Renaissance Festival returns to Rotary Park in Wentzville for it’s 21st season this weekend. The festival runs from Saturday, Sept. 14 to Sunday, Oct. 14, plus Columbus Day.

This weekend’s theme is “Highland Fling!”

The festival promises that “Adventure Awaits” with the new aerial act, bird show and glassblowing demonstrations. Take a walk through the “New Mythical Menagerie” of photo ops. Come meet mermaids, unicorns, fairies and more. Visit the Throne of Swords and throw axes at the Battle Axe Arena. Feast like a king on craft beer. Get your hair braided, fortune read and find unique gifts.

The festival features 12 stages of entertainment, including full contact armored jousting.

Prizes galore are available for the taking in contests of eating and costume wear. Show up your friends by tossing a caber, stone, or weight in the Missouri State Championship Highland Games.

Perhaps you’d like to brandish the true mark of a merry Scotsman? The shop “Got Kilt” has you covered — your bottom half, at least — with their vast collection of sturdy kilts in tartan and beyond.

If ye pockets are empty and you still want to join in the fun, the festival says “just give us your blood.” The Mississippi Valley Regional blood bank will be out front for the first three weekends taking donations and giving free admission tickets and T-shirts. There are many more ways to gain entry to the festivities.

The food bank is accepting five cans of food for a “buy one get one free” ticket. On Sept. 14 and 15, all military and first responders receive Bogo tickets.

Build a fairy house or paint a mural for free tickets.

Honor roll students receive free tickets. Just bring your report card to the box office.

Sept. 14 through Oct. 14  weekends and Columbus Day Monday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine.

Rotary Park, 2577 W. Meyer Road, Wentzville, Missouri, 63385.

Tickets are $19.95 for adults, children 5-12 are $12.95, 4 and under are free. Coupons are available at Subway, discount tickets at Menards, Costco, Fantasy Shops, Fresh Thyme, The Medicine Shoppe, and at STLRenFest.com.

Follow the festival on social media @STLRenFest.

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