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By The Numbers: 2016 Week Six

This is the week last year we finally got break in the bad weather that plagued the festival all season, and it was a big one. This year the weather was near-perfect for being outdoors, and again it was a busy weekend. This is kind of weather we look forward to all summer. Continue reading

By The Numbers: 2016 Week Five

Coming off School Days fifth weekend and the Roman Bacchanal seems to be one of the less popular weekends for attendance. I don’t know if because of where it falls on the calendar, or the theme or if it’s something else but it left me wondering what the weekend would bring. Continue reading

By The Numbers: 2016 Week Four

This week’s update will be short and sweet, as it was a short (but not so sweet) week for me, with the annual School Days held this week.

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By The Numbers: 2016 Week Three

We had a pretty good idea what to expect going into the weekend, the weather forecast had promised amazing weather and Pirate Adventure is always a fan favourite so we expected large crowds:

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By The Numbers: 2016 Week Two

Continuing my discussion and comparisons about the Texas Renaissance Festival attendance and weather, looking at the Second Weekend 2016- 1001 Dreams. In total contrast to last week, this weekend’s the weather was rather unpleasant, and not just for someone wearing a heavy double-breasted tunic. (Lots of people falling out from the heat!) It did not, however, deter guests from attending. The fairies are always popular with the families.

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By The Numbers: 2016 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!

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

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