Step into a world of royalty and wonder as you come face-to-face with knights in shining armor, pirates, princes and princesses – even a king and queen. Explore the days of yore with exciting events catapulting you back into the Renaissance period. Patrons are encouraged to dress for the times as they embark on a journey into the past at the Great Plains Renaissance & Scottish Festival.
“I think that it is important to have a place like the Renaissance Festival where you can escape to a different time and place for a while and come away enriched with the experience,” Director Richard Cathey said.
The festival features demonstrations and vendors, attractions and entertainment, food, kids activities and the traditional Scottish Highland Games.
Attractions & Entertainment
As the Renaissance Faire grows, more incredible attractions and entertainment options are added. For Spring 2019, patrons can expect to be thrown into the festival spirit from the main gate area and beyond. Don’t miss new stilt-walkers, Marvelous Matt the Magician and Fishbone & Scurvy, a popular singing pirate duo.
Catch all of your Renaissance favorites including the Falconers bringing 19 birds of prey, real-life jousting, the Society for Creative Anachronism bringing hands-on combat and heavy weaponry, The Scallywags Pirate Comedy troupe hosting their ever-popular Pirate Smoker, axe-throwing, fire-breathers, jugglers, belly dancers and Mother Nature, the face of the Great Plains Renaissance & Scottish Festival.
Be sure not to miss the re-enactment of the Battle of Bannockburn, a key battle in the history of Scotland.
“The Battle of Bannockburn was the turning point in Scottish history where King Robert the Bruce led his outnumbered forces to victory, and helped establish Scotland as a kingdom of its own,” Cathey said. “We will have actors and re-enactors playing the part and hope to be able to build this into one of the largest events of its kind in the USA.”
Also, for the first time, organizers plan to have a film crew gathering footage for a documentary during the spring festival.
Demonstrations & Vendors
Watch as master creators work their craft while selling handmade artisan goods like swords, shields, costumes, art work, glass blowing, jewelry, armor, chainmail, medieval weapons and so much more. Many vendors will demonstration their skills in metal works, blacksmithing and jewelry making right before your eyes!
What is a Renaissance festival without turkey legs? Grab this staple meal as well as other carnival foods like roasted corn, roasted almonds, shaved iced and delicious takes on funnel cakes. Top it all off with some delicious cotton candy as you stroll through the food courts.
The Great Plains Renaissance & Scottish Festival is a family-friendly event with tons of kids activities for all ages. From face-painting to games, children ages 2 and up will love to walk around and explore this magical kingdom where they can meet court royalty and learn about chivalry and honor. There is also a petting zoo with pony rides and a chance to feed Millie the Village Cow.
Scottish Highland Games
For the first time, Wichita welcomes the International Highland Games Federation Women’s Amateur Championships qualifying round to the Great Plains Renaissance Festival. Every year, patrons can watch the Men’s Amateur Championships in the fall and the qualifying games in the spring, bringing in the best amateur talent from around the country. This year, the ladies will get a chance to compete on the same level.
“All of our athletes wear the traditional Scottish kilt in the competition to give the games an authentic flair,” Cathey said. “Of course, nothing gives authenticity to the games like the sound of the bagpipes playing as the competitors do battle on the athletic field.”
The Scottish Highland Games include events such as the caber toss, stone putt, shot putt, hammer throwing and more. Series are played all over the country and winners advance to the World Championships.
“The Highland Games are a real feather in the cap for the city,” Cathey said. “They could have chosen any other city or any other event in the county (Las Vegas, Sacramento, etc.) – but it’s a real credit for our community and Wichita we want to grow as a successful event.”
Get your tickets to the 2019 Great Plains Renaissance & Scottish Spring Festival happening April 13-14 online and save $3 per adult ticket while receiving a free child admission. Ticket prices are as follows:
- Advanced Online Ticket Sales – Adults $9
- Includes free child ticket ($5 value)
- At-the-gate Ticket Sales – Adults (13+) $12
- Children (2-12) $5
For a list of other events happening during the Renaissance Festival, make a weekend of it and check out our calendar of events.