RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

King Henry invites guests for an “Italian Carnivale.” The first of several themed weekends, it will feature a longbow competition and Arabian horses. Play a game of bocce ball and fill your stomach during a spaghetti eating contest. Enjoy a six-course meal and unique gifts at Feast of Fantasy. Other ticketed attractions include a Royal Wine Tasting, Pub Crawl, Mead Social and more. (9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $10.50-$18.95, ticketed attractions start at $20 per person. Minnesota Renaissance Festival Grounds, 12364 Chestnut Blvd., Shakopee. 952-445-7361. www.renaissancefest.com.)

JACKSON STREET ROUNDHOUSE

Get an up-close view of railroad equipment and learn about trains at the Great Northern Railway’s former steam engine maintenance facility. Operate a roundhouse turntable and view in-depth exhibits. On Saturdays, guests are treated to train rides. (10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Wed.; noon-4 p.m. Sun. $5-$10. 193 E. Pennsylvania Av., St. Paul. 651-228-0263. www.trainride.org.)MELISSA WALKER