The 48th Annual Texas Renaissance Festival, the largest renaissance festival in the nation, returns to Texas this weekend 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.
On October 8, the festival will made its glorious return to Texas with even more medieval festivities starting with a bonafide Bavarian Oktoberfest weekend. Other themed weekends are planned over the next couple months, including the ghoulish All Hallows Eve (October 29-30), and a cheery Celtic Christmas (November 25-27).
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 $25 (+ fees) for adults, and $12.50 (+ fees) for children aged 5 through 12. Prices go up when purchasing tickets day of.