Renaissance Festival canceled due to state COVID-19 guidelines

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival announced Wednesday that it has canceled its 2020 season.

“We worked hard the last five months to develop a plan and mitigation measures which we firmly believer would have resulted in a safe and healthy Renaissance Festival,” Mid-America Festivals President Jim Peterson wrote in a post to the Ren Fest website. “However, it is clear that the current state directives will not change significantly in time to allow the Festival to open this fall.”

Peterson went on to say the Festival organizers disagree with the state guidelines preventing a “spacious outdoor venue” from opening, but they recognize the government’s difficult task in mitigating the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Minnesota is currently in Phase 3 of its COVID-19 reopening plan. Per the guidelines, outdoor venue gatherings must not exceed 250 people.

The Feast of Fantasy, taking place the next seven weekends, will still go on, as will the Phantom’s Feast in October.

Peterson said in his post that Festival organizers will be announcing a “brand new very exciting event” in the coming days.

Tickets already purchased for 2020 will still be honored in 2021. Next year’s season is planned for the weekends of Aug. 21 through Oct. 3, plus Labor Day and Festival Friday on Oct. 1.

“We sincerely appreciate our Renaissance Festival Family and look forward to seeing you all again in 2021,” Peterson wrote.

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