Special Events in the Amana Colonies

Renaissance enactment

Other Special Events in the Amana Colonies not sponsored by the Amana Colonies Visitors Center or Amana Festivals:

1. Renaissance Fair

The Middle Amana Community Park hosts this annual celebration of Arts & Culture of European History over Memorial Day weekend in late May, as well as the first weekend in June. The Renaissance Fair has been hosted in Amana for over 28 years now and is a well-organized event that features an equestrian jousting spectacular, touring performers on five stages offering 40 shows per day, six living history encampments, an artisan merchant village, food stalls with unique specialty and novelty treats, beer garden, craft demonstrations and kids activities. CLICK HERE to go to their website for more information.

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2. Becksterfest

Hosted at the Amana RV Park this annual polka/variety music festival features five great bands playing music throughout the weekend including a Polka Mass on Sunday morning. Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchman band say this about themselves; “mix three cups of German-style polka music with one cup of Czech music, and a half-cup each of country, big band, and party favorites, and you’ve got a recipe for fun with a band that’s really cookin’! This must be the case, because our inn fills up year after year on that weekend, with people who love to follow Barefoot Becky and her band. If you like polka dancing, come and dance on a wooden dance floor, grab a beer at the beer wagon and eat some of the Ronneburg’s finest food. For more information CLICK HERE.

3. 4th of July Fire Cracker Antique Show

This annual show over the 3rd and 4th of July, held at the large venue in the Amana RV Park, offers over 70 dealers. The festive show features authentic antiques, primitives, Americana, Native American, folk art, stoneware, mid-century modern, advertising, jewelry, art glass, tools, and toys.

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4. Catiri’s Fresh Paint Plein Air Event

Each Labor Day weekend in early September, Catiri’s Art Oasis hosts Fresh Paint; a Plein Air Event which attracts over 40 artists. They paint the Amana Colonies Friday-Sunday, ending with an amazing evening at the “Golden Brush Awards”. You can watch artists create masterpieces throughout the weekend and then Sunday join the celebration with the opportunity to purchase incredible fresh artworks while you mix and mingle with the artists.

CLICK HERE for more information on this early fall event.