August, 2021

The Kansas City Renaissance Festival is scheduled to go on as usual this season. Currently, there are no outdoor mask mandates in Wyandotte County or Bonner Springs, and we don’t expect to require them at the festival. Our hope is that everyone will keep health and safety in mind as they enjoy their time here.

If there are any changes to our policies or those of our local governments, we will announce them here and on social media. Thank you and Huzzah!

● 2021 Season: September 4th – October 17th; Weekends, Labor Day and Discovery Day October 11, 2021

.To Our Amazing Patrons & Participants,

We are profoundly disappointed to announce that the 2020 Kansas City 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 directives that prevent a spacious outdoor venue from opening, we appreciate the open and cooperative spirit of our discussions and recognize the difficulty of the governmental task. We share their goal of keeping Kansans safe and healthy. We will continue to have events that can be produced within the current directives. We will be announcing new and exciting activities in the days and weeks ahead. We promise that you will not have to wait long for your turkey leg!

The Kansas City Renaissance Festival will return in 2021 and we will be celebrating our 44th 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: September 4th – October 17th; Weekends, Labor Day and Discovery Day October 11, 2021

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

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by COVID-19 and we are here to help answer any questions you may have.

Additional information will be available on our webpage in the coming weeks with links to questions and answers, exciting news about 2021 and most importantly the highly requested information on how to support our incredible artisans.

We can’t wait to celebrate!
Well Wishes,
Jim Peterson & Team
Kansas City Renaissance Festival

August 2020

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Mid-America Festivals is pleased to make the following Royal Proclamations!
1. We continue to plan for our 44th Anniversary and we are hopeful that we will be able to celebrate together at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.
2. In order to provide more time for health experts, scientists, State officials, and all of us to monitor the spread and containment of COVID-19 in Kansas, Mid America Festivals decided to change the dates of our 2020 Festival to September 26, 2020 thru October 25, 2020
3. We have developed a draft Preparedness Plan as part of our ongoing efforts to initiate mitigation measures and protocols for 2020 to provide a safe environment for patrons and participants. A working draft of our Preparedness Plan will be shared in the near future.
4. We will not engage in any activity that is contrary to Kansas State directives and it is our hope that the amount of people testing positive, the severity of the cases, and the advancements in treatment will trend in the correct direction in Kansas and that Governor Kelly will issue a new Executive Order resulting in significantly more people being permitted to attend outdoor events in Kansas.

July 2020 • KCRF Game Knight Protocol

This is the COVID-19 screening protocol Mid-America staff will be using beginning this weekend at our first KCRF Game Knight. This may be adjusted in the future in accordance with WYCO health department protocols.
1. Vehicles park at Queen’s Gate. Guests will line up outside Queen’s Gate, spaced 6′ apart or more to allow for appropriate social distancing.
2. Screeners wearing masks and gloves to will use temporal thermometers to take the temperature of the guests entering site. Thermometers will be disinfected between each use; gloves changed between each individual.
Temperatures measured equal to or higher than 100.4f will be checked again 15 minutes later for accuracy.
3. Participants are given pre-screening COVID-19 questionnaire. Included in these questionnaire we will be collecting guest name and phone number for contact tracing.
Anyone who fails temperature check twice or is displaying COVID symptoms,  will be denied entry to site for either 14 days OR a negative COVID-19 test, whichever is soonest.
Individuals who have passed temp check and survey will be wristbanded for visual confirmation of pre-screening.
A participant may enter If participant:
•Is wearing a mask
•Has a body temperature measured at less than 100.4f
•Is NOT displaying COVID-19 symptoms
•Has not recently been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19
•Is NOT currently awaiting COVID-19 test results
Tables will be sanitized between each use. Hand sanitizers will be available for all patrons. Masks will be required at all times unless eating or drinking. All tables will be spaced apart in accordance to CDC guidelines.

May 2020

The Kansas City Renaissance Festival is continuing to plan for our 44th Year Anniversary Celebration in 2020.  Our goal is to provide the family traditions and joy that so many Kansas City folks look forward to while following new standards and protocols consistent with CDC guidelines.   The health, safety, and well being of our valued participants and guests continues to be our top priority.

In the weeks and months ahead more data will become available that will enable the Festival and the State to make informed decisions regarding our plan.  We will continue to provide updates as they become available.


Jim Peterson
Minnesota Renaissance Festival

April 2020

We understand concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) are a top concern for many people right now.  The health and well-being of our guests and participants is our number one priority. We are monitoring the situation closely, following best practices for preventing the spread of illness recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The current status is that the Kansas City Renaissance Festival will open this September.

  • We will continue to monitor the situation closely.
  • We will update our website regularly as circumstances warrant.

The Kansas City Renaissance Festival is committed to monitoring the latest information and recommendations by the CDC and Kansas Department of Health. As an additional resource for information, prevention and the latest guidance please visit the CDC website.


Jim Peterson
Minnesota Renaissance Festival