OCTOBER 12 - DECEMBER 1
It t'is the season for all good men and fair ladies to attend the Annual Texas Renaissance Festival in Southeast Texas, in celebration of the changing season and because it is both fair and good to do so...or so sayeth the Festival squire. Get ready to celebrate in royal style as this year's event promises to be bigger and better than ever...
Visitors to the Texas Renaissance Festival, held weekends and Thanksgiving Friday beginning Oct. 12 through Dec. 1, will immerse themselves in a kingdom filled with folklore, artisans, entertainment, feasting and jousting. Located just outside of Houston, in Todd Mission, Texas, the country's largest and most acclaimed Renaissance Festival takes guests back in time to interact with royal courts, pirates, fairies, musicians and even barbarians.
The Texas Renaissance Festival is an interactive theme park that embraces different eras, including the 16th century and beyond. The 55-acre theater houses live entertainment, food, fun and professional actors who engage with Festival guests through live performances and improvisational activities.
In 1974, visionary George Coulam began the magical transformation of a 15-acre parcel of land. A true visionary, he started a project that would turn back the hands of time and provide visitors a chance to experience time long gone.
His creative genius and attention to detail has shaped a fantasy Kingdom like no other in the Land. Patrons escape back in time to the pleasures of a simpler age. Hundreds of pines and other native trees have been carefully planted beside permanent shoppes with turrets and deeply pitched roofs, all in keeping with the architectural styles of the Renaissance period.
New in 2013:
The Texas Renaissance Festival opens its 39th season with improvements to Festival grounds and entertainment selection.
A new Falconers Stage
New games and rides
Remodeled artisans quarters
Expanded roads to ease traffic congestion
Added amenities to the campgrounds, including new showers
Eight magically themed weekends offers something new every time a guest visits:
October 12-13: Oktoberfest
October 19-20: 1001 Dreams
October 26-27: All Hallows Eve
November 2-3: Pirate Adventure
November 9-10: Roman Bacchanal
November 16-17: Barbarian Invasion
November 23-24: Highland Fling
November 29 - December 1: Celtic Christmas
The Festival’s fairytale-like land is filled with unique entertainment and products of the Renaissance age, offering a sense of magical old-world flair to all.
More than 400 actors make up the performance company who intermingle with guests daily as well as perform scheduled acts.
Artists such as candle makers, blacksmiths and glass blowers demonstrate their unique crafts throughout the weekend.
Hundreds of artisans and merchants adorn Festival grounds selling everything from costumes and art to children’s toys and musical instruments.
The Grande March Parade takes place at noon each day of the Festival featuring each kingdom’s royal courts.
A fireworks show starts at dusk each evening as a ceremonious close to the day’s festivities.
Human-powered rides and games of skill draw children of all ages to the Festival.
Costume contests are not the only challenges that take place each weekend; hungry stomachs are also tested in daily food eating competitions.
During the Festival, feasting offers something for everyone’s palette from a variety of food vendors offering everything from traditional fare, to meals from around the world. For an exclusive dining experience, join the Kings Feast. Feast times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., seating is limited and includes a commemorative drinking vessel.
Children are treated as royalty on Nov. 5 and Nov. 6 when the Festival holds its annual School Days, an educational and entertaining opportunity for students, teachers and chaperones to enjoy age-appropriate shows and activities. All home schooled public and private school students and educators will have the opportunity to “step into history” by learning courtly dances, the ancient art of falconry and the history of arms and armor.
Festival patrons are invited to stay on the grounds and enjoy the entire weekend of festivities. The Fields of New Market Campground is just a short walk from the Festival and offers easy access for arrivals and departures. The campgrounds are open from 10 a.m. on Friday until noon on Monday every weekend the Festival is open, includes Wi-Fi availability and a quiet camping area.
Don’t miss the chance to return to a time of Kings and Queens at the Texas Renaissance Festival! Tickets are currently on sale both online and via phone at 800-458-3435, and will go on sale at various outlets starting September 1. Discounted rates are also available for large groups.
About Texas Renaissance Festival:
The Texas Renaissance Festival is an interactive theme park that embraces different eras, including the 16th century and beyond. The 55-acre theater is filled with live entertainment, food, fun and professional actors who stay true to character for the entire eight weekends. For more information on please visit, www.texrenfest.com
All photos courtesy of the Texas Renaissance Festival