Prepare thyself for a day of autumn revelry, ale and yes, giant turkey legs at the Texas Renaissance Festival, weekends now through Nov. 25. Jousting, dancing, costumed performers and more await at Texas’ largest Renaissance faire. Planning to go? Here’s how to make the most of your day.
Check the Theme
Weekends are themed. You don’t have to dress accordingly, but if you do, you can participate in the costume contest held in the arena at 2 p.m. This year’s themes include: Roman Bacchanal (Nov.3), Heroes and Villains (Nov. 10), Highland Fling (Nov. 17) and Celtic Christmas (Nov. 23)
Wear a costume
You don’t need to come in costume, but it’s a lot more fun if you do. Don’t have a costume handy? You can rent one at the front gate. Prices are $18-$39.50 for adults ($42-$65 you want to join the upper crust) and $8-$22 for children.
Practice the Word ‘Huzzah!’
Huzzah is a word you will hear a lot at the Festival. It’s the Renaissance version of “hooray!” Use it to show your appreciation for performers, for a glass of ale, a particularly fine turkey leg or whatever else excites you.
Catch a Show
Performers entertain and delight with singing, dancing, animal acts and kid-friendly offerings on 20 stages throughout the day. Check the entertainment guide before you go or decide once you get there.
Prepare for Battle
Well, maybe not you personally but be prepared to watch knights defend their honor in the jousting arena, fencing demonstrations and the occasional street brawl.
Shopith ‘Til You Dropith
New Market Village is the predecessor to the Galleria. Discover handmade jewelry, furniture, swords, clothes, crystals and more. As a bonus, many of the vendors demonstrate their skills such as spinning, weaving and blacksmithying.
Bring the Wee Ones
Not that we thought you’d leave them behind, but the festival is a kids’ paradise with a petting zoo, mazes, rides and games. Plus, they are admitted free on Sundays. Sorry, furry children are not allowed even in costume.
…Or Don’t Bring the Wee Ones
Adults 21+ might prefer to join the After Dark Club 8 p.m.-1 a.m. on Saturdays. Enjoy live shows, dancing with DJ Suave, a specialty cocktail station, Karaoke Room and a Hookah Lounge. Prefer daytime imbibing? Make the Market your playground during the pub crawl.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Food is serious business here, so be prepared for an astonishing array of gastronomical delights. Select from Greek, German, Spanish, French and Cajun, Polish, Asian, pub food and more. The beer selection is equally impressive. Food costs anywhere from $2-$12, and adult beverages start at $3.
The Texas Renaissance Festival is located in Todd Mission, 21778 FM 1774, one hour northwest of Houston. Festival hours are 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Tickets are $32 for adults 13 and up, $17 for children ages 5-12 and free for kids 4 and under. Discounts may be available online.