Iowa Renaissance Faires, SCA, and LARP Events

Iowa

Where is a Ren faire, LARP, or SCA event in Iowa?

There are plenty of medieval and Renaissance events for you to attend in Iowa. Here, we break down events by event type. This will make it easier for you to check out a Renaissance faire, LARP, or SCA event in Iowa. In addition, we list upcoming events and recurring yearly events. Check back regularly for future events! We will keep this page updated regularly as events pass and more info for other events becomes available.

Faires

Event Name

Location

Date

Link

Iowa Highland GamesWaterloo, Iowa 5070308-02-2024 – 08-04-2024https://iowairishfest.com/activity/highland-games/
Midlands Renaissance RevelDitmars Orchard near Council Bluffs, Iowa08-19-2023 – 08-20-2023https://www.midlandsrenrevel.com/
The Greater Quad Cities Renaissance FaireCredit Island Park, 2200 West River Drive, Davenport, Iowa09-23-2023 – 09-24-2023https://quadcitiesrenfaire.com/
Iowa Renaissance Festival & Gathering o’ CeltsMiddle Amana Community Park, Amana, IA 52203 United States05-27-2023 – 06-04-2023, 10-07-2023 – 10-08-2023 (Weekends Only)https://iowarenfest.com/

Reenactments

Event Type

Event Name

Location

Date

Link

Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)Calontir RUSH: Outdoor Camping Edition61317 315th St, Malvern, IA 5155105-03-2024 – 05-05-2024https://www.calontir.org/events/

Other

Event Name

Location

Date

Link

Des Moines ConIowa Events Center, 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 5030905-31-2024 – 06-02-2024https://www.desmoinescon.com/
OCon ExpoMid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, IA 5150107-28-2024 – 07-30-2024https://www.theoconexpo.com/
Anime NebraskonMid America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, IA 5150110-18-2024 – 10-20-2024https://animenebraskon.com/

What info can I find about SCA events and Ren Faires in Iowa?

We list the name of each event, its location, the date or dates that it is happening, and a link to recently updated info. The event names and other info that we offer comes from what is listed freely online by the organizers and associations. Please keep in mind that while we try to list the most recent info, event details can change as past years have taught us. Medieval Collectibles is not responsible if the info has changed or is no longer available. In addition, we are not responsible for or affiliated with any of these events unless otherwise stated.

What happens at an SCA event?

Firstly, SCA stands for Society for Creative Anachronism. This organization chiefly focuses on historical reenactments. The separate groups of the organization covers various styles and looks. For example, there are groups that have a Viking or Renaissance theme. Also, there are many other themes that they cover. Some SCA participants act as officers and rulers over their part of the organization, such as a king, queen, or baron.

While the exact rules vary from group to group, they strive for as much historical accuracy as possible. Many SCA events will be battles. Other events focus on the artistic and scientific parts of reenacting. In fact, many groups will have events dedicated to these topics. Make sure to reach out to your local group to find out all their rules and activities.

What can I do at an Iowa Renaissance Faire?

Lots of things! Renaissance faires are filled with all sorts of fun things to do. There are usually booths for food and shopping. They will provide a range of food and drinks for you to try. When it comes to shopping, you can buy various items to add to your home or outfit. Many Ren faires will have live music and entertainment. There can be live performers, musicians, and more.

Also, you can dress up in medieval clothing or wear a fantasy outfit. Then, some faires have weekend themes for you to enjoy. These themes can focus on pirates, steampunk, Vikings, or other themes. Other faires may follow a made-up storyline with different characters that interact with guests. Regardless, faires and festivals are intended for people to have fun.

What if I don’t see a Ren faire or LARP event near me in Iowa?

Don’t forget to look nearby, particularly in states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota! Many events take place close to state or national borders. We list events by the state or province. There may be events in those areas that are close to you as well. Of course, you can always check out events across the United States and Canada.

What if I don’t see a faire, LARP, or SCA event that I know about?

That’s great! You can help us expand our list of Renaissance faires, LARP, or SCA events in Iowa. Reach out to us via phone, email, or through our live chat. Contact us here! We are happy to take a look at your suggestions and add events to our lists!

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