RAD 2019 Dates

After two year fighting cold and rain in the Spring, RAD 2019 will be moving to the Summer. In addition to the change in season experiencing the Renfaire After Dark now offers more for your ticket as we are changing to a Friday night and all day Saturday format. 

Join us July 19-20, 2019 for Sleepy Hollow’s alt/rennie extravaganza RAD 2019 in Des Moines, IA.

While the event schedule and details are still in the works a few of the major changes and differences are:

  • Season Change – After two years of fighting the elements we will be moving RAD from May to July. Of course, this will add a lot of Iowa summer heat to the equation, so you can expect a lot more water-based activities to keep you cool.
  • Date Change – In the past, RAD has taken place all day Saturday with some morning activities on Sunday… but we want to offer you more! You will now be able to check in for camping as early as Thursday. Event’s will begin in the afternoon on Friday and go late into the night. Saturday will again be a full day of crazy fun with Camping check out on Sunday.
  • Post Parties – In the past, we have had to shut down activities just after midnight to avoid noise complaints, but this year we will be opening up the main building at Sleepy Hollow for a Post Party each night from 12am-2am.
  • Tickets – With the change in date tickets will now go on sale May 1st, 2019. Prices will be confirmed soon.

There are many more announcements and details to come, so be sure to keep an eye on our website and social pages so you don’t miss a beat!

RAD 2018 is Almost Here!

Renfaire After Dark is almost upon us and we have some important final announcements before we begin the wildest weekend of the year. May 19th and 20th are coming up fast, if you haven’t already you can purchase your tickets for RAD 2018 at www.sleepyhollowtickets.com. We have finalized the schedule and map and images are below. A printed copy of this event program will be available at the gate or you can download a pdf version by clicking here.

Dinner Show

The dinner show tickets have sold out. If you purchased a dinner ticket have it available to present at the reserved entrance which will open at 7:45pm. We will direct you to your reserved seat and will serve your dinner during the show. If you missed out on this add-on item, don’t worry, you can still see the show in the standing room only section with your general admission ticket.


There are spots still available for every one of our contests in every time slot. Sign up will close on May 18th at 10 am! Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of some of the wildest parts of the night. Sign up know by filling out this form.

Participation in the following contests is only guaranteed if you sign up in advance:

Wet Chemise Contest –All participants will receive a free white t-shirt, 1st place will receive $300, and 2nd will receive $100.

Lap Dance Contest – 1st place will receive $300, and 2nd will receive $100.

Kilt Contest – 1st place will receive $300, and 2nd will receive $100.

Open Mic Dirty Limerick Contest – 1st place will receive $300, and 2nd will receive $100.

Body Paint Contest – Limited free body painting sessions are available. 1st place will receive $300, and 2nd will receive $100.

Food & Drink

The food and drink menus for Renfaire After Dark are finalized as well so you can plan your night.


Sign up for Sexy Contests

Renfaire After Dark 2018 is now just 1 month away! We are so excited about everything we have planned. Vendor and beverage lists will be going up soon and the final schedule is very nearly complete. Our online schedule will continue to be maintained with the most up to date information until the official program is ready to go live. In the meantime, you can start planning out your night by signing up for the contest that will be taking place throughout the night. Remember, the only way to participate in most of these is to sign up in advance which you can do by filling out this form. Each one is a crazy fun way to get involved, show off, have fun, and win cash prizes! With all the advanced entry contest the spaces are limited so don’t wait to sign up.

Advanced Entry Required:

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Wet Chemise Contest – A dark ages twist on the wet t-shirt contest. The preliminaries for this contest will be held in Anne Bonnie’s Blue Room during the pub crawl. This contest does entail getting wet so be prepared with extra clothes or clothes specifically for getting wet in. All participants will receive a free white t-shirt, 1st place will receive $300, and 2nd will receive $100.

Lap Dance Contest – Bring your favorite person on stage for the lap dance of their life. The preliminaries for this contest will be held in the Mary Reed Pub during the pub crawl. 1st place will receive $300, and 2nd will receive $100.

Kilt Contest – Give us a spin and show off those legs and buns! The preliminaries for this contest will be held in the Barbarossa Brothers Tavern during the pub crawl. 1st place will receive $300, and 2nd will receive $100.

Open Mic Dirty Limerick Contest – What’s the dirtiest limerick you know? Make the crowd cringe with this time-honored renfaire tradition. The preliminaries for this contest will be held at Blackbeard’s Jewels during the pub crawl. 1st place will receive $300, and 2nd will receive $100.

Body Paint Contest – This contest will not have preliminaries and will be judged at once. During the Once Upon a Time Ball from 10PM-Midnight, we will have a Body Paint Runway. If you will be doing your own body paint or if you would like one of our onsite body painters to create a masterpiece on you be sure to sign up. You will get 1 hour with our artists for free, but tips are appreciated.

No Advanced Entry Required:

The Big Dig – This pile of sand contains a thousand dollars of cash and prizes! Everyone gets a chance to sift through the pile for tiny treasure chests containing coupons for cash, prizes, food, and drink. This contest takes place next to Anne Bonney’s Blue Room and will be overseen by the Pirates so you can expect total honesty and fairness… but seriously, you can.

Best Costume Contest – During the Once Upon a Time Ball from 10PM-Midnight there will be a Best Costume Contest Runway for anyone who wishes to participate. Whether your costume is a perfectly historic Renaissance piece, a sexy get up, or cosplay you are welcome to vie for the crowd’s favor! 1st place will receive $300, and 2nd will receive $100.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow!

Renfaire After Dark 2018 tickets on sale February 1st.Just in time for ticket sales tomorrow, February 1st, we have a ton of updates for you! Our team has been hard at work finalizing many of our plans that we are very excited to highlight for you.

Ticket Pricing

The graduated ticket pricing from 2017 is back. Initially, this was something we weren’t sure we were going to continue but decided we want to give you a chance at great discounts if you buy early.

February 1s -February 28th: $39.95 +tax
March 1st-March 30th: $44.95 +tax
April 1st-Opening Gate: $49.95 +tax
We will also be offering a small discount if you click share on check out. Our performers will also have discount codes that they will be sharing on their social media pages. Purchase your tickets at sleepyhollowtickets.com.

Event Schedule

While some things may be subject to change and not all of our performer information has been completely nailed down our schedule, list of activities, and entertainment list are available for you to look through and begin making plans! Here are some of the changes to the event that we are most excited about:

  • Opening Gate: The hours we are open have changed a bit from last year. The gates will now open at 11 am on Saturday and close at 12:30 am on Sunday Morning.
  • The Pub Crawl: Now 4 hours long with 4 different pubs to rotate between. We have also added a new contest: Lap Dance Duos! Bring your favorite person on stang for the lap dance of their life.
  • Contests: In addition to adding a new contest we have added a second place prize for all of them. 1st place will receive $300, and 2nd will receive $100. Also, to streamline things and keep the preliminaries and finals organized the majority of the contests can now be signed up for in advance. Once you purchase your ticket you will be sent a form where you can sign up for the contests and times when you would like to participate. Limited spots are available due to time so be sure to sign up early.
  • The Once Upon A Time Ball: The last event of the evening has gone through quite a few changes this year. We will be bringing in a DJ while our talented performers run the show. All the contest finals will be judged during this time including a costume and body paint runway. We are also very excited to bring you a themed drag show from local queens to be announced.
  • Sunday: We have added some activities to Sunday Morning and more may yet be added. We are most excited about the sessions of Beer Yoga with a local instructor. Nothing better for the morning after than the hair of the dog that bit you… while you do the downward dog.

Quiet Camping Option

This year we will have two different zones for camping: the quiet area and the party area. When purchasing your ticket be sure to select your preference. Choosing the quiet area will not completely remove the chance that you will hear people laughing and playing a drum circle late into the night but you can rest assured they will be on the other side of the campground. And if it turns out you’re not sleepy you can always take your camp chair and go visit the dark side.

2018 Dates

The planning for Renfaire After Dark in 2018 has officially commenced and we are super excited about everything we have going so far. Lots of new acts, new activities, drinks a more. Details all of this will be coming out over the next few months, but the question on everyone’s mind is, when? When are the Rennies getting rowdy…?

Announcement of the dates for Renfaire After Dark in 2018, May 19th-20th

Some of you will notice this is the same weekend as last year, which we did get some feedback on saying it was the weekend of a lot of graduations. We did take this carefully into consideration but landed on this weekend for the same reason we did last year, any earlier or later we could not get the acts we wanted because they are already booked for other Renaissance Faires and Festivals that they have been doing for a long time. Summer and Early Fall have much the same issue.

So mark your calendars for May 19th-20th and keep your eyes on our website and facebook page for more details as we announce them. Tickets will be going on sale in early 2018.