Local Deals: 50% Off Renaissance Festival & Guthrie Theater Tickets + More

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If you have a Dora lover in the house, especially a little dancer, you might want to check out the Toddler Tuesday event at Mall of America this morning. Plus, you can get a stellar discount on Minnesota Renaissance Festival tickets and tickets to select performances at the Guthrie Theater.

Free Dora Event at Mall of America
If you are looking for a last minute activity to do with the kids this morning, a special Dora event is happening at the Mall of America as part of Toddler Tuesdays. Dora’s Ballet Adventure Day begins at 10am in the Rotunda and will include a local dance studio and a meet and greet with Dora.  Other upcoming events include mini golf and a special showing of “Night at the Museum”.

Free Musical Performance at Minnesota History Center
Tonight (8/9), you can attend a free performance by the Irish group, O’Rourke’s Feast, at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul as part of Xcel Energy’s 9 Nights of Music promotion. Dance instruction provided by Tapestry Folk Dance Center starts at 6:30pm with live music and dancing following from 7-8:30pm. Free performances by various bands are scheduled every Tuesday through August 20.  And remember, admission to the Minnesota History Center is also free every Tuesday from 5-8pm.

Discount Minnesota Renaissance Festival Tickets
Through the end of today (8/9), you can purchase two Minnesota Renaissance Festival adult admission tickets for only $20.95 ($41.90 value) through the StarTribune’s daily deal site, Steals. Tickets are only valid during the promotional dates of August 20, 21, 27 and 28, or September 3-5 and 30. Both tickets must be used in a single visit and are only valid on adult tickets.

If you miss out on this deal or would like to attend the Minnesota Renaissance Festival on another date, you can pick up discount tickets for $17.95 for adult admission or $9.50 for child admission at participating Menards, SuperAmerica, Walgreen’s and Whole Food Markets locations.

Half Off Guthrie Tickets
Get 50% off tickets to select performances of H.M.S. Pinafore at the Guthrie Theater this week when you call the Guthrie Box Office at 612-377-2224 and mention promo code H37. Discounted tickets range from $17-$32.50 (originally $34-$65), depending on the night you purchase tickets for. Available performances include tonight (8/9), August 10, 11 or 12. All performances start at 7:30pm. Offer not valid for online purchases.

Feel free to contact us if you know of any additional coupons, deals and events available to readers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. You can also access a Google calendar of all of the time-sensitive offers we post.

Your turn: Did you take advantage of the great discount on Minnesota Renaissance Festival tickets?


  1. Amy says

    Menards is also selling discount tickets to Mt Olympus in WI Dells. I went there earlier this summer and it was cheaper to stay at the Mt Olympus hotel for one night for a family of four or more (you get two days worth of admission to the parks), otherwise I thought the discount tickets are a good price.

  2. Melissa says

    We always buy the fair coupon book. Cub has it for $4 right now. It has tons of bogo's, and if you don't need two of something a lot of the vendors will also take them as 50% off coupons. We take our own lunch in, and then let our 6 kids pick their favorite fair food item. With the coupons it makes it very reasonable for our family of 8, and the kids all still get their favorites. I should add that 4 of our 6 earn their tickets through the summer reading program at the library. We then buy the others at Cub for a discount.

  3. Jamie says

    My employer has discounted tickets and coupon books for the State Fair for us, maybe some other employers offer that too – but I think the deals are about the same as at Cub. Of course, some days at the state fair have better deals (kids day, senior day, the last day). I found last year, there were people selling tickets and coupon discounted books on Craigslist, that would be a good deal.

  4. Brenda says

    I'm looking for BOGO Renaissance Festival tickets, but want to attend on Sept 15 or 16 so the StarTrib Steal won't work. I did a search but couldn't find anything. Any suggestions?

    • says

      Brenda – I did a quick search through our posts for deals on Renaissance Festival tickets that were available last year (apparently you did, too, as this post is from last year) but I didn't find any BOGO offers for weekends except the first 3. Your best bet is to buy advanced tickets from an outside retailer (the retailers listed above in this post may be participating again) or if you live in Winona, Rochester, Lacrosse, or Eau Claire, that weekend is automatically BOGO when you show your ID.

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