ROAD TO THE RENAISSANCE: Festival officials outline best driving route to the Texas Renaissance Festival

The Texas Renaissance Festival welcomes more than half a million visitors each fall, according to festival information.

The Texas Renaissance Festival welcomes more than half a million visitors each fall, according to festival information.

With more than a half-million visitors anticipated at the Texas Renaissance Festival this fall, festival representatives are encouraging guests to arrive from the north to limit traffic delays.

“We have been working closely with the city of Todd Mission and surrounding municipalities and county governments to ensure smooth traffic flow to and from the festival grounds through a comprehensive traffic plan,” said Joe Bailey, general manager of the Texas Renaissance Festival, in a statement.

Festival representatives offered a few travel tips in a news release Sept. 30:

  1. Approach the festival grounds form the north via FM 1774.

Guests are encouraged to take Hwy. 105 to FM 1774 and head south to get to the festival grounds in Todd Mission, according to festival information. Residents in the Greater Houston area can take one of two main routes to get to Hwy. 105: Drivers can travel on I-45 N. to Hwy. 105, travel west on Hwy. 105 to FM 1774 and then head south to the festival; or drivers can travel on Hwy. 290 north to Hwy. 6, continue onto Hwy. 105 and then head south on FM 1774 to the festival.

Festival-goers are encouraged to arrive from the north because roads to the south of the festival grounds are under construction, according to festival information.

2. Do not use navigation apps.
Festival representatives discourage the use of navigation apps and GPS services, which often reroute traffic onto residential streets closed to festival traffic.

3. Avoid side streets.
Side streets in areas surrounding the festival grounds will be closed to festival traffic by law enforcement, causing traffic to be redirected.

4. Come early.
Festival representatives encourage guests to arrive early to avoid traffic delays and long lines. Gates open at 9 a.m., but the bulk of attendees arrive between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., according to festival information.

5. Find traffic updates on Twitter.
According to festival information, festival traffic will be monitored daily from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., and traffic updates will be shared on the Texas Renaissance Festival's Twitter account, @texrenfest. The festival's website and other social media pages will also report traffic updates.

By Anna Lotz

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.


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