Going to a Renaissance festival is an acceptable way to live in the past, unlike spending the day at a natural-history museum reminiscing with stegosauruses. Get nostalgic with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get two adult admissions (a $10 value each) and two admissions for children ages 5–11 (a $5 value each) to the King’s Crossing Renaissance Festival on Saturday, October 8, at King's Crossing Vineyard & Winery in Glenwood, Iowa (a $30 total value). The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children younger than age 5 receive free admission.
At the King’s Crossing Renaissance Festival, guests travel back in time to a world of medieval sport, feasting, and merriment. Festival-goers immerse themselves in sights and sounds, including archery exhibitions, live music from the era, and armor-clad lawyers putting dragons on trial. Patrons fill bellies with selections from food vendors and fill speech with mirth after imbibing wines made from 100% Iowa-grown grapes at the on-site winery. Padded sword battles dazzle onlookers with authentic weapons that mimic the famous foam sword King Arthur removed from the stone, and a Scottish band regales eardrums with the idyllic melodies of bygone times. As was the standard during the Renaissance, parking is free, though drivers occasionally have to chase off wizards attempting to siphon gas with magic.
King’s Crossing Renaissance Festival
In a style fitting with their sword-and-shield emblem, the King’s Crossing Vineyard & Winery’s yearly renaissance festival harks back to ye olden days with a weekend of days-of-yore-style entertainment. A Scottish band toots the soundtrack to the festivities as visitors hoist flagons of beer and wine and belly dancers enchant viewers with sultry undulations. With multiple opportunities for guests to demonstrate their feats of strength, the fest hosts an archery tournament and dueling matches fought with swords, maces, and enormous turkey legs. The afternoons are filled with informative demonstrations on renaissance life, performed by actors in full period dress.