Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

The Nation's Largest 16th-Century Celebration Returns This Fall

Escape to the Texas Renaissance Festival this October.

By Kelsy Armstrong and Shelby Stewart

Tickets for the 2021 Texas Renaissance Festival are on sale Friday, Sept 13. 

Who’s ready to party like it’s 1400? Founded in 1974, the Texas Renaissance Festival is the nation’s largest renaissance event. Recognized for its themed weekends, performances, and food, the festival is a much-anticipated way to escape into a world of imagination.

Now in its 48th year, the fantasy village comes to life as the Texas Renaissance Festival pays homage to the king and queen. The celebration this year comes with added events and attractions that will pique everyone’s interests, whether you’re clothed in the finest garb or a court jester's coat. 

Four new acts join the ranks for this year’s festival: the Chaste Treasures singing trio, The Minstrel Raven, who tells tales of pirates and taverns, Lester Jesterson, keeping everyone entertained, and the burlesque show, Tease of the Seas. 

The festival has something for everyone as attendees can escape into a 16th-century village. The festival dupes as a shopping headquarters for unique and handmade items crafted by local artisans and merchants. With 70 acres of festival grounds and over 400 shops, festivalgoers will find weaponry, adornments, and whimsical trinkets to bring home as souvenirs. Returning to the fest this year will be some of the usual suspects like Avalon Leatherworks, Brigadoon Brewery and Brew School, and Catskill Mountain Moccasins

Guests can also look forward to new developments like escape rooms (available via reservation), and 16 new vendors, including a wine tasting experience dubbed “Odin’s Table.” Del Lago, which made its debut last year (the highlight was their French Tacos) will make a comeback and will be joined by a new crowd-pleaser, DaVinci’s Flying Machines—more to come on that later.

For those who can’t get enough of RenFest, this year will offer the Fields of New Market campsite for those who want to stay for consecutive days. If you’re thinking, how would one shower? Don’t fret—the campground's amenities include the king’s bathhouse and a convenience store. 

From Oktoberfest to 1001 Dreams and Pirate Adventure, every weekend of the festival’s run will feature its own unique theme. Just one hour north of Houston, the festival runs from Oct. 8 to Nov. 27 (including Thanksgiving), from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ticket prices start at $13 for children and $25 for adults. For more information visit the Texas Renaissance Festival's official website.

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