For the 2018 Festival



Hear ye, hear ye! The Illinois Renaissance Festival (IRF), a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, announces some important, exciting, and challenging changes for 2015. As a result of the terrible storms that occurred during last year’s Renaissance Festival in Danville, the Festival sustained a substantial amount of physical, financial, and emotional damage. Taking into account all of the events of last August and their repercussions, the Board of Directors has determined that now is the perfect time to restructure, revitalize and rebuild our organization from the bottom up. Therefore it is with great sadness that we announce the suspension of the Illinois Renaissance Festival for 2018.

Fear not, lords and ladies; all is not lost! The temporary suspension of this year’s festival is part of a strategic plan to ensure the future integrity of the festival and its parent organization, Prairie Players Theater Academy. In place of this year’s festival the IRF is happy to announce three unique and exciting fundraising events to be held soon, during 2017 through spring of 2018. Details about the three fundraising events, tentatively titled Artsy Lads & Crafty LassesA Feast with Father Christmas, and Renaissance 101: The Renfaire Survival Guide, will be forthcoming, so keep thine eyes and ears open for future email and website proclamations!

To our vendors, artisans, performers, sponsors, and community partners: we will be contacting you soon about how you can help to ensure the future of the Illinois Renaissance Festival for many years to come. We thank you in advance for your continuing support. And for our patrons and volunteers: we are ever grateful to you all for your support throughout these past 10 years, and we want to assure you that the Illinois Renaissance Festival and its legacy of fun, family entertainment will continue for many years into the future.

We’re excited about this year of change and transformation, and we look forward to working with you to build a strong future with the Illinois Renaissance Festival.

Join us in 2018 for a day of fun for the whole family!


Welcome everyone to merry old England! Step back in time, amidst the pageantry of the day, and explore our kingdom full of musicians, artisans, eateries, and knights. Test your skills as you attempt to walk across the rope bridge or hit the catapult target with a water balloon. Feast like a King on hearty food and drink. Shop and barter for fine handcrafted treasures in the bazaar, listen to the sounds of performers entertaining the villagers.