Here's what to know before the Texas Renaissance Festival returns Oct. 9

The Texas Renaissance Festival returns for its 47th season in October. (Courtesy Texas Renaissance Festival)
The Texas Renaissance Festival returns for its 47th season in October. (Courtesy Texas Renaissance Festival)

The Texas Renaissance Festival returns for its 47th season in October. (Courtesy Texas Renaissance Festival)

The 47th annual Texas Renaissance Festival returns for eight weekends this fall with health and safety measures in place, themed weekends and new entertainment.

Festival information


Dates: Oct. 9-Nov. 28 (Sat.-Sun.)

Time: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Cost: $13-$25; children age 12 and younger receive free admission on Sundays and half-price admission on Saturdays; tickets are date specific

21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission

800-458-3435


www.texrenfest.com

Weekend themes


Oct. 9-10: Oktoberfest

Oct. 16-17: 1001 Dreams

Oct. 23-24: Pirate Adventure

Oct. 30-31: All Hallows Eve

Nov. 6-7: Heroes and Villains

Nov. 13-14: Barbarian Invasion

Nov. 20-21: Highland Fling

Nov. 26-28: Celtic Christmas

Health & safety


Masks and COVID-19 vaccines are not required for visitor entry as of publication. Festival employees, vendors and performers are required to supply proof of COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption form. Employees and vendors are not required to wear masks, unless mandated by the state.

Festival grounds include 190 hand-sanitizing stations and 12 restrooms with running water. Social distancing is encouraged.Festival grounds include 190 hand-sanitizing stations. (Courtesy Texas Renaissance Festival)

What is new




  • New shops by the Jousting Arena, including a food vendor specializing in French tacos

  • Wine tasting added by the Jousting Arena

  • A giant rocking horse for photo opportunities

  • New theater act called “Theatre of Fools”

By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

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 for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these 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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