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Planning Your Visit to the Minnesota State Fair and Renaissance Festival – Stay in Burnsville for the Convenience

The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival are two of the most anticipated events of the year, drawing visitors from across the country. With their unique charm and diverse offerings, these events promise a memorable experience for everyone. As you plan your visit, consider making Burnsville your home base as the convenient location cannot be beat.

The Minnesota State Fair: A Showcase of Culture, Fun, and Festivities

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The Minnesota State Fair, often referred to as “The Great Minnesota Get-Together,” is a spectacular event that celebrates the state’s rich culture, agriculture, and community spirit. From thrilling rides and live music to mouth-watering food and fascinating exhibits, the State Fair has something for everyone. The fair runs from August 22 – September 2 and is held at the State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, a short drive from Burnsville. Public transportation is available so you can skip the hassle of parking at the fairgrounds. 


The Minnesota Renaissance Festival: A Journey Back in Time

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The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is a magical event that transports visitors to a time of knights, jesters, and royalty. Held in Shakopee from August 17 – September 29 (weekends only & Labor Day), this immersive experience offers a glimpse into the past with its array of performances, crafts, and culinary delights. The festival is a hit with families, history enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a unique and entertaining day out.


Why Stay in Burnsville?

Burnsville is the ideal place to stay during your visit to these events for several reasons:

  1. Convenient Location: Burnsville is centrally located, making it easy to travel to both the Minnesota State Fair and the Renaissance Festival. The city’s proximity to major highways ensures a smooth and quick journey to your destinations.
  2. Comfortable Accommodations: Burnsville offers a range of hotel options to suit every budget and preference. You will find family-friendly hotels with amenities like complimentary breakfast, indoor pool and free parking. The perfect place to relax and recharge after a day of festivities.
  3. Dining and Entertainment: Burnsville boasts a variety of dining options, from casual eateries to fine dining restaurants. Enjoy a delicious meal, catch a movie, or explore the local shops during your stay.
  4. Scenic Beauty: Burnsville is home to beautiful parks and trails, perfect for a leisurely stroll or an outdoor adventure. Take some time to enjoy the natural beauty of the area during your visit.

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Getting to the Events from Burnsville

Traveling from Burnsville to the Minnesota State Fair and the Renaissance Festival is easy and convenient. Here are some transportation options to consider:

  1. By Car: The most convenient way to travel to both events is by car. The State Fairgrounds are approximately 20 miles from Burnsville, and the Renaissance Festival grounds are about 15 miles away. Parking is available at both venues, but it’s advisable to arrive early, especially on weekends.
  2. Public Transportation: For those who prefer not to drive, Minnesota Valley Transit and Metro Transit offer bus services to the Minnesota State Fair from various locations, including Burnsville. Additionally, shuttle services are available to the Renaissance Festival from designated park-and-ride locations.
  3. Rideshare Services: Rideshare options like Uber and Lyft are readily available in Burnsville and provide a convenient and stress-free way to get to the events.


Plan Your Stay Today

With its convenient location, comfortable accommodations, and array of dining and entertainment options, Burnsville is the perfect base for your visit to the Minnesota State Fair and the Renaissance Festival. Book your stay today and make the most of these incredible events!

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