ready for ren fest
As regulars now, it’s that time of year when people take in that annual celebration of turkey legs, mead, and other Elizabethan-era stuff known as the Texas Renaissance Festival, starting this weekend.
Now in its 48th year, the festival will be loaded with nostalgia. More than 400 stores, restaurants, pubs, and experiences will open their doors for all who come. Learn to create armor, leather goods, blow glass, and so much more, just like it was done in the 16th century.
“The banners are hung high, the band is in tune, and the turkey legs are waiting,” says festival marketing director Carl Foy. “The opening canon is loaded and we are ready to open our gates for the 48th season of the Festival! The King and Queen send a royal invite to all and all are welcome to come to the kingdom of the Texas Renaissance Festival!”
Texas Renaissance Festival will feature more than 50 performers. This year, comic/juggler/storyteller/non-attorney spokesperson Lester “Les” Jesterson, female singing trio Chaste Treasures, and singing/storytelling crew The Minstrel Rav’n are the new additions to the festival’s talent pool.
The festival is also proud to present a host of new experiences, including the Thirsty Pirate, Odin’s Table, and the RenMead Meadry. The Thirsty Pirate is a giant pub/restaurant that seats over 500 guests, has over 60 beers on tap, a full menu, and near-continuous shows on the full-sized stage.
Meanwhile, Odin’s Table is hosted by official wine partner Haak Winery, with a full wine tasting of all of their fantastic, local Texas wines. And RenMead will be the first-ever meadry on site, ready to give people that Renaissance-era libation of honey, water, and yeast.
Lots of shows will be returning, and fans can look forward to eight themed weekends. First off, Oktoberfest brings a touch of Old Bavaria to the Kingdom, while 1001 Dreams brings fairies and fantasy. Pirates Adventures and All Hallows Eve will round out the month of October. November brings Heroes and Villains, a Barbarian Adventure, a Highlands Fling, and a traditional Celtic Christmas.
-----The Texas Renaissance Festival will be held at 21778 Farm to Market 1774 in Todd Mission, Texas and runs Saturdays, Sundays and the Friday after Thanksgiving, from Saturday, October 8-Sunday, November 27. Ticket pricing varies by the day and starts at $15; parking is free. Season passes, campground passes, premium parking options, and various upgrades are also available. For more information, including admission and camping options, visit the official site.