The 49th Annual Texas Renaissance Festival, the largest renaissance festival in the nation, has returned with a kingdom of entertainment for the whole family.
Every year since 1974 the town of Todd Mission travels back to the 16th century, becoming a bustling village filled to the brim with stages, shops, artisans, vendors, and no shortage of characters – from kings, queens, and knights, to fairies and elven-kind. It’s annual attendance clocks in around 500,000 visitors – making it the Nation’s Largest Renaissance Festival.
The festival has made its glorious return to Texas with even more medieval festivities starting with a bonafide a Queen’s Birthday Celebration. Other themed weekends are planned over the next couple months, including a ghoulish All Hallows Eve (October 28-29), and a cheery Celtic Christmas (November 24-26).
All the while, patrons can take part in the kingdom’s bountiful selection of eateries, cooking up everything from head-sized turkey legs, to Old English grub, funnel cakes, and so much more. Of course, you’ll need something to wash it all down.
In addition to King’s Brews, you can fill your flagon with mead, ciders, mulled wine, as well as wine, frozen drinks, and hot chocolate if so inclined. TRF’s featured culinary experience is The King’s Feast. A massive multi-course feast fit for royalty, with two hours of AYCE food, entertainment, and merriment.
Additionally, festival goers can treat themselves to a myriad of fun games, rides, mazes, escape rooms, petting zoos, and attractions, as well as a stunning variety of performances across its 21 stages.
Other notable experiences TRF has to offer this year include The Wyrmwood Public House, its first “multi-sensory entertainment and social experience, where the worlds of French Bohemia, retro futuristic steampunk, and copper mining saloon culture, collide with burlesque, sideshow, magic, and more”; The Green Hour world-renowned sideshow; absinthe tasting; and more.
The festival features over 200 acres of camping grounds, suitable for RVs, tents, and campers, as well as options for quiet camping for families.
Tickets to the Texas Renaissance Festival start at $17 (+ fees) for adults and free for children aged 5 through 12 opening weekend.