After much consideration for the public’s health and continuity of the festival, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival has cancelled its 2020 season.

The “profoundly disappointed” organizers announced last wednesday that they could not proceed due to the Corona Virus and the directive of public health officials.

“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.”

Celebrating the 15th century England, the family-friendly entertainment, food, music and crafts festival, which runs weekends and Labor Day from late august through early October, is expected to return in 2021 to celebrate its 50th anniversary.  This year’s tickets will be honored next year.

Organizers also said that they are planning to continue smaller related events this fall.  For details, go to their website at renaissancefest.com

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