Medieval themed Texas Renaissance festival (TRF) just north of Houston, Texas kicked off for the 43rd time this Saturday. It extends nine weekends this year and is expected to draw several thousand costume-clad participants. It will feature performances, artisan shops and fireworks with a different theme each week, ranging from Barbarian invasion to the more popular pirate and Celtic Christmas themes.
“Something magical happens when patrons enter the Royal Gates at the Festival. From our curated entertainment lineup to the hundreds of artisans and merchants, to the eclectic food and drink options, patrons are captivated by the experience and [are] transported to another time,” said Terre Albert, general manager of the Texas Renaissance Festival.
The festival features world-renowned live entertainment, works by master artists and craftspeople, award-winning food and drink, hand-powered rides and games, and over 100 interactive characters.
Established in 1974, the event attracts over half a million visitors each year to its 55-acre (over 222,000 square meters) New Market Village and Fields of New Market Camp grounds in Todd Mission, about 80 km northwest of Houston.
The fall is near and with it comes the enchantment of the Texas Renaissance Festival, the nation’s largest and most acclaimed Renaissance theme park, bringing the magic of the 16th century to life from September 30 through November 26, 2017.
For the first time in nearly two decades, the 43 year-old Festival has added a new themed weekend to the season schedule, for a total of nine themed weekends, adding a “Heroes and Villains” weekend dedicated to assembling the mightiest of heroes and heroines and the darkest of villains and vixens from November 11 through November 12.
The King and Queen have declared that this season’s themed weekends include:
Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Oktoberfest presented by Bud Light
Oct. 7-8 –1001 Dreams presented TopDog Halloween Madness Stores
Oct. 14-15 –Pirate Adventure presented by Ben E. Keith Food Service
Oct. 21-22 –Roman Bacchanal presented by Messina Hof Winery
Oct. 28-29 –All Hallows’ Eve presented by Coca-Cola
Nov. 4-5 –Barbarian Invasion presented by Farm Pac
Nov. 11-12–Heroes and Villains presented by Joe Myers Auto Group
Nov. 18-19 –Highland Fling presented by Denny’s and 242 Pub and Grill
Nov. 24-26 –Celtic Christmas presented by The City of Magnolia, Texas.
The Texas Renaissance Festival will be donating a portion of the total proceeds garnered from the entire 2017 season’s ticket sales to Harvey relief and recovery organizations.