(Photo by Andi Ferguson)


Alcohol service will only be provided to guests 21 or older who show a valid, government-issued photo ID. The Black Hills Renaissance Festival reserves the right to refuse service to any individual who appears to be impaired or intoxicated. No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed.


In order to ensure the safety and well-being of our performers and cherished performing animals, we kindly request that pets be left in the comfort of home during your visit to the faire. While we adore our furry friends, the bustling atmosphere of our festival may pose risks both to them and to others. However, trained service animals are most welcome to accompany their owners. Let us join together in creating a joyful and secure environment for all! Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Weapon Rules

The Festival bans guns on our premise  

Longbows are allowed as long as they are not strung, arrows with real tips are not allowed. Prop foam tips are. 

Real Swords, Knives, Dirks and Daggers must be completely sheathed and peace-tied. Axes, Claymores, Maces, spears, Antique Firearms, Pikes and Halberds are NOT allowed on the Festival site. No drawing of any weapon at any time. Must be 18 years or older to carry a weapon.

Foam props and weapons are allowed. Specific wooden props and weapons are allowed. 

All props and weapons must be checked, consent form signed and peace-tied at the Staff Gazebo of the Festival before you are allowed into the rest of the festival

Armor is allowed into the Festival but be aware if you are charging or hip checking people you will be asked to leave. 

Only exceptions to any of these rules are performers as they have been prechecked and allowed with their performances.

If you purchase a weapon from a vendor, we ask you to sign the waiver and to take it back to the car at your soonest opportunity to do so.

Costuming Rules and Inspiration 

Costumes are highly encouraged. 

Please keep costumes to PG 13.  No Nudity. Or Illusion of. 

Any costumes and outfits with hate speech or obscenities will be asked to leave

During the Renaissance period there were laws dictating the types of clothing certain classes could wear.  Though we are inspired by 16th Century Costuming we are also a Fantasy Renaissance Festival so bring on your centaurs, mermaids, fairies and so much more! These are just inspirations and not guidelines.

Upper Class

Nobility holding titles

Feminine Presenting

The upper class women were able to wear rich colors including bright reds and deep tones. Ruffs or high collars conveyed a high status. Royalty wore velvet, silk, velour and elaborate jewelry. Purple is usually reserved for the queen.

Masculine Presenting

Men used their clothes to make them look bigger with puffy-shouldered shirts and jackets topped with capes and wide-hipped knee-length pants worn over stockings on the lower leg. Feathered hats were popular.

Middle Class

Knights, wealthy merchants or artisans

Feminine Presenting

Middle Class women wore a high neck chemise. Over the chemise, she wore a corset, bum-roll or farthingale (hoopskirt), and petticoats, like the noble ladies but in a less exaggerated style.

Masculine Presenting

Middle Class men wore a close-fitting doublet (vest) and decorated breeches on his lower half. His hosen (stockings) reached all the way up his legs. Many wore knee-length coats called “surcoates” Pouch and dagger hung from his belt and he might have a fine gold chain around his neck to denote wealth, rank or position. His clothes were trimmed, embroidered, and jeweled as much as he could afford.

Lower Class

Peasants, working poor including tavern workers and farmers

Feminine Presenting

A long-sleeved shift under everything and at least two skirts over that - tucked up out of the dirt. She had an apron on over the skirts to keep them clean. She wore a tight fitting bodice or vest. She had a belt pouch and knife and a bonnet. Velvets, satins, and brocades are not appropriate. Clothing was much less restrictive.

Masculine Presenting

A peasant man would wear a tunic or shirt, and breeches with a laced-up or buttoned vest, over this cloth hosen (stockings). He would have a cape and some kind of hat. Clothing would probably have holes or patches on it.

At his belt would be a pouch and a small knife. Fabrics were coarsely woven wool and linen. Colors for dying the fabrics were obtained from vegetable sources earth colors.


Anything Goes. As long as we stay in a PG13 setting

The fun thing about Fantasy is you really go go all out. Want to be a Satyr? Do it! Want to be an elf? Do it! Want to be a time traveling doctor with a companion in a mismatch of period clothing? Do it!

Black Hills Renaissance Festival is about having fun and being who you are. Show off what you got!

Policy Against Harassment and Discrimination

Purpose: Black Hills Renaissance Festival desires to provide a positive and productive business and entertainment environment.  To that end, the Festival is committed to providing a business and entertainment environment that is free of discrimination and harassment, and to provide a means of dealing with such incidents should they occur.

Policy: Harassment or discrimination, in any form, will not be tolerated at the Festival by any of its employees, vendors, or independent contractors.  This includes harassment based upon a person’s race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, creed, marital status, veteran’s status, status with regard to public assistance and/or sexual orientation and any other category protected by law.  This policy applies to all employees, supervisors, managers and officers of the Festival, as well as to any vendor or independent contractor of the Festival.  If, after appropriate investigation, harassment or discrimination is found to have occurred, the initiator will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, depending on the circumstances, up to and including termination of the employment and/or business relationship.

Harassment is verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, creed, marital status, veteran’s status, status with regard to public assistance or sexual orientation and any other category protected by law, or that of his/her relatives, friends, or associates and that:

Harassment can occur intentionally or unintentionally.  Some examples of conduct that is prohibited by this policy are listed below.  Please note that these are not the only examples.

Procedure:  Persons who believe they have been victimized through or witnessed harassment or discrimination should report those incidents so that we may promptly address the problem.  Go to the Staff Gazebo and make a report to staff about the incident. 

All complaints of harassment and/or discrimination will be examined impartially without prejudice and without malice toward the reporting party regardless of the status of the person accused.  Information provided will be released only on a need to know basis.  After an investigation of the allegations, a determination will be made, and resulting action will be recommended to management.  The investigation may include interviews with the individual making the charges, the accused individual and appropriate witnesses.  All employees or contractors with information are required to participate in an investigation if asked to do so by the Festival.

All determinations are made on an individual basis.  The Festival has the discretion to apply any sanctions or a combination of sanctions to eliminate any unlawful conduct and remedy the impact of any harassment or discrimination, such as:

The Festival encourages individuals to make accurate reports of harassment and/or discrimination and provide as much information to the Festival as possible so that it may properly and thoroughly investigate the report.

The Festival will not condone retaliation against any individual who reports possible harassment or discrimination or assists in an investigation of possible harassment or discrimination.

If you have questions about whether conduct is permissible under this policy, you should discuss it with your supervisor, department manager or the Event Manager.