Texas Renaissance Festival sees second-highest attendance record this year

The Texas Renaissance Festival ran from Sept. 29-Nov. 25.

The Texas Renaissance Festival ran from Sept. 29-Nov. 25.

The Texas Renaissance Festival, the nation's largest Renaissance-themed event, wrapped up its ninth and final weekend at 21778 FM 1774 in Todd Mission on Nov. 25. TRF set its second-highest attendance record at 655,111 attendees this year, according to a press release, which is about 100,000 more attendees than 2017.

“We are honored to have served our faithful patrons for yet another year, featuring nine themed weekends, award-winning food, best-in-class entertainment, and all of our brand-new events and experiences,” Terre Albert, Texas Renaissance Festival general manager, said in the release. “We’re already looking forward to celebrating our 45th year together in 2019—complete with lots of new surprises!”


The release also said the festival was home to 68 weddings with seven in just one day—both new TRF records—as well as five marriage proposals. Adam Winrich, a TRF performer, also set a new Guinness World Record on Oct. 28 for the most stock whip cracks, the act of cracking a whip, on a slackline—a tight-rope structure—in one minute. He broke the record with 231 stock whip cracks.

Here are some more 2018 TRF statistics, according to the press release:

  • 21 total days of festival operation

  • 21,865 total campground attendance

  • 63,731 attendance on school days

  • 98,267 turkey legs consumed

  • 25,000 steps walked by a guest during a festival day

  • 1.5 million fireworks set off in royal fireworks each evening

By Kara McIntyre

Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the Tomball/Magnolia reporter in September 2018. Prior to CI, Kara served as the editor-in-chief of The Wichitan—Midwestern State University's student-run campus newspaper—and interned with both the Wichita Adult Literacy Council and VeepWorks.


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