Monday, September 25, 2017

Relive the Middle Ages at the Sioux City Riverssance Festival

Riverssance Festival

If you’ve never been to the Riverssance Festival, you really owe it to yourself to come out and join in the festivities this year! 2017 marks the 15th Annual Riverssance Festival, and this year’s event promises to be one for the (middle) ages! 2017’s Festival will be held at Riverside Park on September 30 - October 1, and it gives you the perfect opportunity to dress up as a knight, a rogue, a lady, or a wench and have the merriest time of your life!

While at the Riverssance Festival, you’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in authentic Medieval culture, from full armoured jousting, birds of prey, costumed characters and vendors, themed food and drink offerings, and singing and dancing. Both days begin with festivities at the opening gate, and end with a drumming event that you’ll feel to the depths of your being!

Your Costume

To truly get the most out of your experience at the Riverssance Festival, select a Medieval character type and dress the part! Grab a pirate hat and eyepatch, don a dusty apron and chef’s hat to go as a baker, or use your imagination and come up with your best royal or “wench” costume. Your garb can be as extravagant or as simple as you like, just have fun with it!


Riverssance Festival 2017 will include a wide variety of entertainment sure to delight patrons of all ages. Tap your toes to the sounds of strolling minstrels, join the show with the wandering characters, become part of the entertainment with the dance troupes, and try your hand at some of the feats of strength. One of the great things about Riverssance is that even the vendors become part of the entertainment by dressing in period garb. Each day at noon and 4pm, the jousters take to the field and put on a show that will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen!

Food and Beverages

If the number one rule of Riverssance is to have fun (it is!), the number two rule should be to arrive hungry! Food and drink offerings abound, and it’s the perfect time to sample that giant turkey leg, rack of ribs, or funnel cake you’ve been thinking about all summer. If you want to really commit to the Medieval spirit of the day, eat everything with your fingers! The more you let yourself get into the spirit of the day, the more memorable your visit will be.

The 2017 Riverssance Festival runs Saturday, September 30 from 10am to 7pm, and Sunday, October 1 from 10am - 5pm, at Riverside Park in Sioux City, Iowa. Tickets are on sale in advance at Sioux City HyVee Stores, or will be available at the gate. For more information, visit us online.

Riverssance Festival 2017