A Visitor's Guide to the St. Louis Renaissance Faire

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••• Photo by David O'Brien

Step back in time and enjoy the fun of the St. Louis Renaissance Faire. The annual event draws crowds from around the St. Louis area. Highlights include live jousting demonstrations, sword fighting, a fairy forest and a re-created 16th-century French village.

The Renaissance Faire is actually two separate festivals this year.  The Renaissance Faire is typically each weekend between late September and mid-October.  It's located at Rotary Park in Wentzville, Missouri. That's about an hour from downtown St. Louis. To get to the park from St. Louis, take I-70 westbound to Wentzville Parkway (exit 208). Turn right onto Wentzville Parkway, then left onto West Meyer Road. The entrance to the park will be on the right.

What to See and Do

The Renaissance Faire is a re-creation of a 16th-century French village, complete with period costumes, shops, crafts, food, and music. Visitors can wander through the marketplace buying all kinds of artisan wares. There are also more than a dozen food booths selling kabobs, roasted almonds, gyros, brats, beer, ale and other fair foods.

One of the most popular events at the Renaissance Faire is the live jousting demonstrations. Knights on horseback square off against each other in a battle to be the best. There's also sword fighting, juggling, a Viking camp, and longboat display.

For the Kids

The Renaissance Faire has plenty of special offerings for children. Kids can spend time at the Craft Corner making pirate hats, fairy wands and other projects. They can also check out the petting zoo and fairy forest. There are also games to play in the Kids Kingdom, and young visitors can earn a special audience with the Renaissance Faire King and Queen. For more information, including the complete schedule of events, see the St. Louis Renaissance Faire website.

About Rotary Park

Rotary Park is a 72-acre park in St. Charles County. It has an amphitheater, playground and a large lake for fishing. Walkers and runners can get a little exercise on the 1.3-mile walking trail. In addition to the Renaissance Faire, Rotary Park also hosts several other events throughout the year including the Pirate Festival and the Holiday Night Lights Christmas light display. For more about the amenities at the park, see the Rotary Park website .