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The Texas Renaissance Festival regales with new camping experience

The Texas Renaissance Festival regales with new camping experience

Texas Renaissance Festival
The festival opens for its 45th season on Saturday, October 5. Photo by Steven David

The Texas Renaissance Festival is only a month away, but the fest is making sure that the folks who'll be on camping trips will get the best deal.

The nation’s largest and most acclaimed, renaissance-themed event, has announced that the Fields of New Market Campground are available to book for this year’s festival, with a new one-price-per-vehicle fee of $25 online, plus processing fees, or $35 at the gate. All camping participants must have a valid ticket for admission to the festival.

The Fields of New Market offer 200 acres of picturesque meadow landscape on the King and Queen’s land, including first-class accommodations for campers of all types, with options for tents, RVs, cabins, and trailers. Among the amenities: space for RVs, tents and campers, RV pads, cabin, and glamping reservations, 24-hour security, permanent and portable restrooms, showers, etc.

Additionally, the campgrounds offer evening and nighttime festivities such as family activities on Saturday evenings, fire pit bonfires, and After Dark for those 21 and over.

“Our New Market Campground is a truly unique experience that allows our festival patrons to extend their enjoyment of the Texas Renaissance Festival,” said Joe Bailey, festival CEO/general manager, in a press release. “We are excited to introduce our new one-price-per-vehicle offer to festivalgoers and look forward to welcoming guests to the TRF camping experience this year.”

The festival opens for its 45th season on Saturday, October 5, and runs nine weekends, in addition to Thanksgiving Friday through Sunday, December 1. The celebrations for this year’s festival include nine themed weekends, including a special weekend on November 2 through 3, called Return to the Renaissance, that celebrates the festival’s 45th anniversary and takes a nostalgic look back at the festival’s beginnings.

Tickets for this year's festival are available in advance at Costco and Groupon for a reduced price. Tickets are also available here and at the gate for $34 (ages 13 and older) and $17 (ages five to 12). Children under four are always free, while children under 12 are admitted free to the festival every Sunday.