MN Renaissance Festival Photography Trip: Sept 18, 2010

Photo Trip Date: Saturday September 18th, 2010 – 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Photo Trip LocationMinnesota Renaissance Festival – 3 miles south of Shakopee off Hwy 169 – Directions

It’s that time of year again! Join your fellow photographers for a day at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival!

The theme for Sept 18th is “Shamrocks & Shenanigans” – celebrating all things Irish!

In addition there will be street acts, belly-dancers, royalty, jousting, fire-eaters,  Twig the Fairy and all those people who like to dress up just for the festival (not to mention, food, beer, music, ale dance, food, sword-fights, wine, crafts of all kinds, sheep-herding, juggling, grog and did I mention food?)

A day at the Renaissance Festival starts just before 9:00 am (if you want to catch the opening gate show) and runs until 7:00 pm. Don’t feel you have to come for the full day as it gets to be a very LONG day, and don’t feel you have to stay with the group proper. There’s so much to see and do at the Ren Fest, I couldn’t hope to keep even two or three people in one place for very long.

Our group will be entering the front gate just after cannon at 9:00 am sharp!

Be sure to bring a hat and sunscreen, dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, and bring just about everything you’ve got for camera gear. You may not like lugging it all over the grounds, but will appreciate having that macro lens when you really need it. Tripods are acceptable, but not recommended. Also be sure to bring extra cash for food, beverages and tips for the players. I have a collection of Sacagawea dollar coins which I use just for Renaissance Festival. My policy is that if I take a photo of a player (street act, stage act, etc) I tip them at least a dollar. Street acts are NOT paid by the Renaissance Festival and can use every thing they get.

Adult tickets are $20.95 at the gate, but can be purchased at many Twin Cities locations for a good discount (highly recommended!) They can also be purchased directly from the MN Renaissance Festival website:

Hope to see you there!

– Holly Kuchera

(this is a joint photo trip with the Minneapolis Photographic Society – visitors welcome!)

Some images from the day:


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