Family spotlights: Stiftungsfest and Minnesota Renaissance Festival

  • Article by: MELISSA WALKER
  • Updated: August 20, 2011 - 3:46 PM
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Stiftungsfest

Calling itself Minnesota's oldest celebration, this founders day festival includes old-time and German music. Other highlights include an arts and crafts market, motorcycle run, sports tournaments and a church service.

  • 6 p.m. Fri.; 9 a.m. Sat.-next Sun
  • Willkommen Park, 10 Central Av. S., Norwood Young America.
  • 952-467-1800
  • www.stiftungsfest.org

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

There is more entertainment at the Renaissance Festival than you can shake a turkey leg at. Along with thrilling jousting matches are featured acts such as Puke & Snot, the Wacky Chickens and Washing Well Wenches. Theme weekends include Royal Ale, Silk Road, Discover the Riches, High Seas Adventure and more. For an extra fee, attend a queen's tea, royal wine tasting, Renaissance smoker or pub crawl.

  • 9 a.m.-7 p.m. today, Sat.-next Sun.
  • $11.95-$20.95
  • Minnesota Renaissance Festival Grounds, 12364 Chestnut Blvd., Shakopee.
  • 952-445-7361
  • www.renaissancefest.com
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