In a post to its website this afternoon, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival is canceling this year's 50th celebration due to COVID-19.

The post states:

To Our Amazing Patrons & Participants,

We are profoundly disappointed to announce that the 2020 Minnesota Renaissance Festival will not be taking place this year.

We understand the impact of this decision on so many wonderful artisans, performers, participants, volunteers, and countless families seeking a place to celebrate and enjoy a touch of normalcy that our yearly festival tradition brings.

We worked hard the last five months to develop a plan and mitigation measures which we firmly believe would have resulted in a safe and healthy Renaissance Festival. However, it is clear that the current State directives will not change significantly in time to allow the Festival to open this fall. Although we disagree with the current State directives that prevent a spacious outdoor venue from opening, we recognize the difficulty of the State government’s task. We share their goal of keeping Minnesotans safe and healthy.

We will continue to have events that can be produced within the current directives such as the reimagined incredible FEAST OF FANTASY taking place the next 7 weekends. And the oh so spooky PHANTOM’S FEAST following in October.

We will be announcing a brand new very exciting event in the days ahead. We promise that you will not have to wait long for your turkey leg!

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival will return in 2021 and we will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary and promise that it will be the grandest Renaissance Festival in all the realm.

2021 will be here before we know it and 2020 tickets will be honored in 2021.

  • 2021 Season: August 21st – October 3; Weekends (Saturday & Sunday) + Labor Day and Festival Friday October 1, 2021

We’re extremely grateful and wish to express our thanks to our Artisans, Entertainers, Corporate Partners, Sponsors, Staff, Vendors, Volunteers, Scott County and Valued Patrons and appreciate your support and commitment to the continuation of this great Minnesota family tradition.  We sincerely appreciate our Renaissance Festival Family and look forward to seeing you all again in 2021.

Rumors of the festival being canceled circulated social media over the last several days.