Experience the Montana Renaissance Fest in Red Lodge this weekend

As if we needed an excuse to go into real life.

It's time to brush up on your best Shakespearean accent and head to Red Lodge this weekend to attend one of the region's largest Renaissance festivals, the Montana Renaissance Festival, taking place this year on June 8th and 9th at the Red Lodge Fairgrounds.

This weekend's weather forecast (around 70°F with a chance of showers) promises a fun few days in one of our favorite Montana mountain towns.

A quick refresher on the Renaissance.

The Renaissance lasted about 300 years, when Europe left the Dark Ages behind. It was the time of kings and queens, knights and beautiful maidens, the invention of the printing press and the Protestant Reformation led by Martin Luther.

Michelangelo and DaVinci were doing cool things and everything was going well. The United States Library of Congress wrote:

The Renaissance reached different countries at different times. Italy was the first country where this movement began in the 14th century, while it did not reach England until the 16th century. Historians generally agree that the Renaissance ended at the beginning of the 17th century.

Purist Renaissance reenactors try to recreate period costumes as closely as possible, while less strict fans incorporate a steampunk style. Regardless, this year's Ren Fest in Red Lodge promises to be a fantastic time for participants and visitors.

Over 130 stalls and five entertainment stages.

Hundreds of fans attend the two-day festival every day. Check out our amazing photo gallery at the end of this article from our contributor Trent's visit a few years ago.

There is a lot to see and do.

The roster features over 30 entertainers and artists, offering everything from palmists and dancers to wizards and bards. Highlights include signature events such as the jousting team and battle reenactments, rounded out by demonstrations from skilled artisans making swords, pottery and more.

If I had nothing else to do this weekend, I would love to go. A family of four can attend for just $40. Find out more HERE.

24 great photos from the Montana Renaissance Festival 2022

Whether it was the dress, the jousting, or even the sword swallowing, there was a lot to see at the 2022 Montana Renaissance Festival this year. Check out these amazing photos below!

Gallery credits: Trent Flager, Aaron Consalvi

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