Event Details

Des Moines Renaissance Faire

Time: August 30, 2014 at 9am to September 14, 2014 at 6pm
Location: Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, just south of the state fairgrounds at 4051 Dean Ave.
Website or Map: http://www.dmrenfaire.com/ind…
Event Type: renn, faire
Organized By: Dept of PMM Artists & things
Latest Activity: Dec 30, 2013

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Event Description

We are celebrating

Feel free to e-mail us with any questions, or call Sleepy Hollow Sports Park at (515) 262-4100.


A full day (10 a.m to 6 p.m.), rain or shine! (If the forecast just looks drizzly, bring a rain poncho or umbrella and hang out in the merchant shops or be entertained in the Feast Hall and Viking Pavilion all day long! If weather keeps you from getting to the stages, we will bring the stages to you!) *Prices and event details subject to change at the front gate. **Your image (photos, video) may be captured while at the faire, and may be used for future promotion in ads, posters, etc.
Under 5 FREE
Ages 5-12 $ 8
Prices Included Tax:
Adult One Day Pass $ 16
Adult Two Day Pass $ 25
Season Pass (all 7 days) $ 35
Military discount HALF PRICE for service person, their spouse, and children ages 13 and older. (Children age 5 through 12 are already half price for everyone.)
Parking (secured and patrolled) $ 1 per vehicle.
Group discounts Call 515-262-4100
All shows (and the Treasure Hunt) Included in price of admission!
But why pay full price? Area Hy-Vee's will soon have discount tickets, and $2-off coupons are available in some Casey's. You can pick up the show guide and some nearby Casey's and Hy-Vee

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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