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Texas Renaissance Festival

Posts about the Texas Renaissance Festival in general

By The Numbers: Week One

It was suggested to me that I that I should write a little every week about the attendance numbers from the weekend and maybe compare them to the previous year as well as provide a little information about weather conditions or other factors that affect attendance. OK, challenge accepted! Continue reading

2015 TRF Entertainment Schedule and Map

The TRF Beefeater’s website has been updated with dates, information and prices for the 2015 season, and as always, we continue to provide free downloadable Texas Renaissance Festival Entertainment Schedule and Map, all available on the TRF Information Page of our website. The downloads are Adobe .PDF files so you’ll need the free Adobe reader to view and print the files. We’ve also given the Current Weather page a bit of a polish, have the Attendance page ready to go, and the photographer is on standby for the ever popular Photo Galleries!

Enjoy, and we’ll see you at the gates!

Texas Renaissance Brings Back Pocket Dragons Creator Real Musgrave for its 40th Anniversary

In honour of the Texas Ren Fest 40th anniversary, the poster will be by Real Musgrave

In honour of the Texas Ren Fest 40th anniversary, the poster will be by Real Musgrave

Well this press release from the TRF made me happy, they are getting world renowned artist Real Musgrave to do the poster and program again this year. It’s been over 20 years since he was the ‘Official Artist’ for the festival, so a lot of people probably don’t remember, but I always preferred his whimsical creations to the posters with photographs.

Real is probably best known for his Pocket Dragon collectable sculptures and artwork. I learned from the press release there was even an animated TV series: “Pocket Dragon Adventures”. He is now retired and back in Texas after living abroad for some time.

Real will also be available for signings opening weekend, so I may have to get in line to get a signed poster to go with the ones I have from back in the day. Real and his wife Muff Musgrave will donate all proceeds to the Humane Society of Flower Mound Texas, where they now reside.

Link to the official press release here.

All Hallows Eve 2013 was all about the weather.

Beautiful weather Saturday brought out guests in droves. The print-your-own tickets were especially popular this week, and those take a little more work on our part. (Think about the difference between handling printer paper and card stock). I also took over as much of the scanning of tickets as I could with the goal of freeing up the rest of the Beefeaters to focus on greeting everyone instead of just taking and scanning the tickets. I was so busy in fact I was mostly unable to enjoy in one of my favourite parts of AHE; costume watching. Still I managed to spot a few interesting ones. Lots of  Shreks. Lots of Waldos. Lots of anime characters, Naruto, Dragon Ball and Pokemon being the most numerous of these, but a few more obscure ones too. Lots of Star Trek, the weirdest being the couple in the courtyard taking turns spanking each other. (Yeah, me neither.) Multiple Doctor Whos. Legions of Storm Troopers, Jedi and Darth Vaders. Scads of Zombies. A fair number of Sailors. (What, was it Fleet Week too?) Some of the good ones were the ‘Fantasy Horses’ who… Continue reading

Eating Our Way Through the Weekend

Ah, the second weekend weather was pure bliss after the hellish sauna of week one. I was tempted to say I was a bit chilly couple of times, with the alternative still fresh in my mind from the week before I didn’t dare say a word. The crowds reflected the nice weather too, as we had around 30,000 both days setting a second weekend attendance record.

This week our goal was to sample some of the new foods at the festival this year. First up was the Teriyaki Chicken at new Asian Food booth… What’s that? We’re Beefeaters, how can we possibly eat anything but beef? OK, look, if we are going to name ourselves based on what we consume then we’d have to be called the Beerdrinkers. Somehow that doesn’t really have the same charm to it does it? I really can’t believe you don’t want us to have little variety in our menu. Really, beef all the time gets a little boring. Will it help if I tell you it was free range chicken? No? Well you’re just going to have to deal with it because the Teriyaki… Continue reading

Opening Weekend 2013: A Hot Time Was Had by All

Well I have to say the opening weekend of the 2013 Texas Renaissance Festival is about the most miserable I’ve been in a long time. Sure we’ve experienced hotter, and wetter, but the temperature and humidity especially on Saturday combined in a perfect storm of no breeze and oppressive humidity that to be experienced to be appreciated. Experienced it was though, as we had nearly 30,000 visitors. Sunday began with heavy rain, thunder and lightning, and when it finally ended we returned to oppressively humid, yet almost another 12,000 visitors graced us with their presence.  There were, however,  a goodly number of those who succumbed to the heat; I heard lots of calls go out to EMS for heat exhaustion. Even a couple of the Beefeaters needed an extra break. Beer, wonder beverage that it is, remains a poor substitute for water when trying to stay hydrated.

The Beefeaters have a few new faces this year too. I was able to add a couple of positions after a record-breaking 2012. I was a little worried with three recruits and big crowds Saturday, but they acquitted themselves well, and… Continue reading

The TRF Really Want You to Go to the Festival This Year… on Sunday

Did you know that starting this year that the price for a ticket to the TRF is different depending on which day of the weekend you go to the festival? That’s right; going on a Sunday will save you $3 per adult and $2 per child when you purchase your ticket online or at one of at one of the ticket outlet locations*.

Savings could add up pretty quickly. I figure with a little planning the average family could save the cost of one or two beer easily. Continue reading

Where’s the Info?

Where’s the map?

Where’s the schedule?

Where’s the beef?

🙂

Meet the New Tickets. (Not the) Same as the Old Tickets

New Tickets

Not Your Father’s Renaissance Festival Tickets

Most guests probably don’t really care as long as they get in the festival, but there is a new ticket system at the TRF this year.  Other than drinking beer, tickets are pretty much our reason for being, so we care at any rate.

Almost all of the tickets now print-on-demand and will have a barcode and will have to be scanned at the gate. Hopefully that part will work well and most guests will not even notice, but the nice thing about tickets, even scannable ones, is that they are decidedly analogue, and we can just take them if we have to.

This interesting thing behind the scenes with the new system is that it will allow the TRF much more flexibility in their tickets, so expect to see many different kinds of tickets and packages on offer.  In the past tickets had to be ordered from the printer months in advance, now if the marketing department comes up with a new promotion, they can just print the tickets.

From our point of view it will be nice that all these… Continue reading

Getting Close – Tick…tick…tick…

Looking forward to seeing all in New Market this year. Last year they had the new Tower Stage. This year the Globe Stage has been rebuilt. Huzzah!