The Texas Renaissance Festival is returning this fall with eight-themed weekends filled with new entertainment.

The festival was established in 1974 and attracts over half a million visitors annually to its 55-acre, 16th-century European village.
  • Dates: Oct. 7-Nov. 26
  • Time: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.-Sun., plus Nov. 24)
  • Cost: $10-$34, $5 ticket insurance. Children age 12 and younger receive free admission on Sundays and half-price admission on Saturdays. Tickets are date specific.
  • Parking: General parking is free, $40 valet parking (available until 4 p.m. or when capacity is reached), $25 preferred parking (available until 4 p.m.)
  • Location: 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission
What to expect

Visitors can expect entertainment from over 50 performers, such as clowns, jugglers, acrobats and magicians.

This year there are two new entertainment performers, including Wolgemut, a high-energy early music troupe, and Opal the Fairy, a mystical fairy that spreads energy to children of all ages, according to the website.

Also new this year is a weekend camping package, an interactive blacksmith demonstration and new shops including Mystique Tiaras, Uplifting Jewelry, Fairies & Fangs, Dragon Cat Leather and Rugged History Beard Co.

Attendees can also enjoy wine tastings, a pub crawl, guided tours, escape rooms and kid-friendly activities, such as rides and games.

Food and drink vendors will be offering a range of British, German, French, Italian, Mexican and Greek cuisine as well as nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages. According to the website, hot chocolate and coffee will also be available on cooler days.

Weekend themes
  • Oct. 7-8: Queen’s Birthday Celebration
  • Oct.14-15: 1001 Dreams
  • Oct. 21-22: Pirate Adventure
  • Oct. 28-29: All Hallow's Eve
  • Nov. 4-5: Heroes and Villains
  • Nov. 11-12: Barbarian Invasion
  • Nov.18-19: Highland Fling
  • Nov. 25-26: Celtic Christmas