Looking for a new way to spend a fall weekend in Kansas City? Bring your family to the Kansas City Renaissance Festival for a magical time! Be sure to plan your visit around the theme weekends and kid-specific activities.
Family friendly highlights
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival is family friendly! Don’t miss some of these special highlights.
The Enchanted Forest
Venture into the shaded garden that has been transformed and filled with fairies, pixies, nymphs, and other magical creatures that now call the forest their home.
Watch as mermaids dive, flip, and twirl majestically in the water.
Grand March Parade
Watch the Royal Court and other Festival Entertainers joyously greet all festivalgoers in this daily parade at 12:30 p.m.
Watch live armored jousting at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. every day on the joust track.
Maypole dancing is a form of folk dance from Germany, England and Sweden. Come relive the traditional ribbon dance celebrating the seasons.
Meet the Royals Court
Relive history and meet the king and queen, along with their attendants, at the festival.
Renaissance Festival theme weekends
Sept. 3-5: Swashbucklers & Sirens, pirates, mermaids & seafaring fun
Sept. 10-11: Highland Fling, Scottish weekend + Highland Games
Sept. 17-18: Wine, Chocolate & Romance, Wedding of the Century weekend
Sept. 24-25: Shamrocks & Shenanigans, Irish weekend
Oct. 1-2: Heroes & Villains, Cosplay & superheroes
Oct. 8-10: Barkbarian Brew Fest, pet weekend
Oct. 15-16: Haunted Huzzah! Halloween comes early!
- Breastfeeding: There is a private nursing area in the Children’s Realm.
- Outside food is not permitted except for very small children with specific needs.
- A lost and found is available at the will call area.
- You can bring your dog, but it needs to be registered.
Admission, hours and tickets
Festival hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 5 and Oct. 10. In addition to our classic activities, the festival will have exciting new additions. The Captain’s Rum Raid will give guests a chance to sample fine new spirits, and Henry’s Happy Hour will close out the day with craft beer and cigars in the new and improved White Stag Inn.
Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online. Pick up coupons at City Market promotions every Saturday, or visit select Casey’s, Minsky’s, Half Price Books and Culver’s locations.
Location of the Kansas City Renaissance Festival
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival is located 15 minutes and 500 years west of downtown Kansas City. The main (King’s Gate) entrance is on 130th Street, between State Avenue and KS Highway 7. The Queen’s Gate entrance is at 126th Street and State Avenue.