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!


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.


Thanks for the Rowdy Good Time

Renfaire After Dark weekend has come and gone and we admit… between 3 inches of rain leading up to it and the cold weather that night we weren’t really sure what to expect. Whatever we were expecting… the attendance, energy, and pure rambunctious fun blew us away! This rowdy good time will be happening again.

We would love to hear your feedback to help us with planning for the future. With this in mind we have created a new facebook page just for Renfaire After Dark. So please feel free to leave us a review on our page and tell us what you think we did well or what could use some improvement. For a first time event we know there are things that didn’t quite go how they should have or plans that didn’t work and your opinions are important to it being even better next time.

Thanks for coming out, staying safe, and having fun!