Ready to encounter knights, fairies and other mythical creatures? Head over to the Texas Renaissance Festival, where the King and Queen will welcome you to their magical kingdom for endless frivolity and entertainment. This year’s Ren Fest runs from Oct. 5 to Dec. 1, but you can get an early taste of the festivities in Houston during RevelFest on Sep. 19. This kick-off celebration brings 16th century fun to Saint Arnold Brewing Company in honor of the festival’s 45th anniversary. Following is our handy guide to the Texas Renaissance Festival.
Pick Your Theme
Every weekend has a different theme at Ren Fest. It kicks off with Oktoberfest and follows with others like Pirate Adventure, All Hallow’s Eve, Heroes and Villains, and Celtic Christmas, among others. Pick what interests you, put on a costume and head over to enjoy the entertainment-packed schedule. In case you’re wondering, you don’t have to go in costume, but believe us, you'll want to. Don’t own one? You can rent one outside the entrance to the festival grounds.
Eat & Drink
If you’re going to spend a full day exploring this expansive magical kingdom, you’ll surely need to eat and drink. Thankfully, food options are plentiful at the festival. In true Renaissance Fest fashion, we suggest you have a turkey leg and a funnel cake at least once. Feel like having a drink? The kingdom’s taverns, pubs and inns offer the King’s brews, wine, mead, and more.
Make sure to bring back some souvenirs from the Kingdom. Jewelry, clothing, shoes, pottery, and keepsakes are among the goods you’ll find at the festival’s many shops.
Not all Renaissance Fest performances are apt for little ones, but there is plenty for them to do. Weaving, printmaking, and broom making demonstrations are just some of the activities you can choose from. There are also many kid-friendly performances and rides. See the festival’s list of things to do with kids. Oh, and if you visit on a Sunday, kids 12 and under go in for free.
Glamping at the Festival
With so many things to do at the festival, it’s easy to lose track of time. Plus, if you’re there on a Saturday and want to party, you may want to stay and enjoy the Texas Renaissance Fair After Dark Club. Instead of heading back home, pitch a tent and stay at The Fields of New Market Campground. That also makes it easy for you to continue to enjoy the festivities the next morning. Cabins and glamping tents are available. Read more.