Black Hills 

Renaissance Festival 

June 15th-16th, 2024

Huzzah to Another Year!

Huzzah! It's a new year! 


With that we can't wait to announce our winners for the 2023 Photo Contest and that our applications for vendors and performers are now open!


Our winners from 2023's Photo Contest who win two free tickets to this year's Festival are Lori Beibert and Tessa Braddy! Your tickets will be at the ticket booth at the festival which you can pick up with your ID! Congrats!


And now, for what many have been anxiously waiting for! Our Applications for Vendors and Performers are open! They will close on March 31st, 2024. Do not hesitate. Our vendor and performer spots fill up quickly.


Vendor Applications


Performer Applications


We have so many new announcements coming up! So keep your eyes open for those! Also, do not forget the Masquerade Fae Ball on February 2nd in Rapid City!


Let's have another amazing year!

With Heavy Hearts

Gentle Lords, Ladies, and Lairds,


It is with a sad heart we must tell you the passing of a great bladesmith. John Ertman, one of our local vendors who has been at the Fest since the beginning, has passed away.


He came to be a favorite amongst our patrons with his standout grey and red tent and finely made blades. Sweet and soft humor, he made all who entered his tent welcome at our little piece of home we've made for everyone.


Our hearts are heavy and we will miss this monumental man. Swift travels, John. May we see you after our own journeys.

Fill to me the parting glass and gather as the evening falls and gently rise and softly call goodnight and joy be to you all.

What An Amazing Year!

Thank You! 

To all of our amazing patrons, vendors, performers, staff and so much more. This year was just as amazing. Yes, the South Dakota weather threw some punches at us, but we prevailed and were even bigger than last year!

As we clean up the fairy dust, dragon scorches, and jester follies make sure to check out our two contests going on right now!

Until we meet again, friends.  Sleep well and dream of the world we will create together. 

(Photo courtesy of Chris Yshuta, 2022)

Black Hills Renaissance Festival

160 W Main St, Lead, SD 57754