Have you ever seen a jousting tournament, fairies, pirates, and a gathering of kings and their courts in one place? If you answered ‘no,’ then it’s time you head over to one of the best parties in the entire state. Since its opening in 1974, the Texas Renaissance Festival has become the largest Renaissance themed event in the United States, and USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Top 10 named it the #1 Cultural Festival in the nation. That’s a tall order, but maybe it’s all the more reason for you to get your best garb together and experience the hype for yourself – especially because it’s already into the second half of its 2015 season!
Not that all the hype is undeserved, mind you, as those who have been can agree. The Texas Renaissance Festival is 55 acres of historical recreation mixed with high fantasy, where you can browse over 400 shops, gorge yourself on some hearty food, be entertained by a myriad of costumed performance companies, and enjoy some beautiful fireworks at closing every night. Costumes are encouraged, but are by no means required. If you’ve no garb to speak of, there are plenty of onsite shops for your first kilt, corset, or doublet.
Every weekend features a different theme, including Oktoberfest (October 11 & 12), 1001 Dreams (October 17 & 18), Pirate Adventure (October 24 & 25), All Hallows’ Eve (October 31 & November 1), Roman Bacchanal (November 7 & 8), Barbarian Invasion (November 14 & 15), Highland Invasion (November 21 & 22), and Celtic Christmas (November 27, 28, & 29). Should you want to throw yourself into the full TRF experience, there are campgrounds available for more partying and bonfires after the park gates shut for the night. See you anon!
Every Weekend through November 29th
Todd Mission, Texas 77363
(Approximately 50 miles northwest of Houston)