Great weather, large crowds, everything running along smoothly, naturally that’s when everything goes pear-shaped.
With the festival in full-swing Saturday at about 2:00 pm the Tri-County area suffered a major power outage affecting not only the Texas Renaissance Festival but west Montgomery, north east Waller and southern Grimes counties. Many of the guests were not even aware of the issue, but of course those directly affected were less than pleased.
The front gate business operations have a stand-by generator, but there was no Internet and ticket sales were affected. Especially affected were those with tickets only on their phones. At least one of the cell towers in the area was offline with no power. People’s information had to be taken by hand, and ticket sales were restricted to cash only, but ATMs were down with no power or phone service. Luckily at the gates we were still able to scan tickets. After about an hour operations were restored at the Will-Call window using a cell phone as a WiFi hotspot.
Inside the festival had issues, as many shops had no way to take credit cards with out power or phone service, though some had generators or a working cell phone provider. Audio equipment was not working at the stages. Food vendors fared better and all of them remained fully operational, as almost all their transactions are cash, and use gas for cooking. Continue reading By The Numbers: 2017 Week Eight
The sun came out, the temperatures cooled, and the patrons descended on the festival in droves. Combined with untimely railroad maintenance, equipment failures and the start of a holiday week combined made the seventh weekend one to remember!
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 By The Numbers: 2016 Week One
Every fall since 1974 the TRF has authentically recreated a 16th century English village on a 55-acre site in a beautiful East Texas pine forest. Here over 300 shops line tree shaded lanes where you are also likely to meet Lords and Ladies, jugglers, heroes, artisans, showmen, or even King Henry VIII himself! Venture to the Tournament Field and witness knights jousting for the honour of fair maidens, or chariots careening around the Tournament Field Lake. Around every corner you’ll find continuous entertainment on over twenty stages, unique games and rides, and bountiful food and drink from around the world! All is not 16th century, however, as the festival boasts free parking, eleven fully modern and attended privies (also known as bathrooms), and all of your favourite imported and domestically brewed beverages!
The festival is open this year Saturdays Sundays and Thanksgiving Friday from September 30th to November 26th 2017 – 9 a.m. ’till 8 p.m., rain or shine.
New Market Village celebrates the Texas Renaissance Festival’s Forty-Third Anniversary with:
Nine Themed Weekends!
September 30th and Octoberst: Oktoberfest
Raise a tankard as we open the festival is true Oktoberfest Style. Journey to Bavaria and the Black Forest as the air echoes with traditional German music and dancing. Dance a polka feast, on bratwurst and sauerkraut, quench your thirst with a stein of beer and join in the fun with the Alpine Yodelling Contest or the Polka Contest.
October 7th and 8th: 1001 Dreams
Magical fantasies come to life as wizards, elves and faeries enchant the streets of New Market Village spreading joy throughout the shire. Become part of the enchanting celebrations by participating in the Fantasy Scavenger Hunt, or show off your magical finery in the Fantasy Costume Contest to be judged by Queen Titiana herself.
October 14th and 15th: Pirate Adventure
Set sail on a swashbuckling weekend as the crew of the Pride of Bedlam invade the
shire with their piratical shenanigans. Visit the Pirate’s Cove for the finest treasure and booty, quench yer thirst and sing songs of the sea at the Sea Devil Tavern, and try yer luck by entering the Talk Like a Pirate Contest. YAR, ye bilge water swilling land lubbers!
October 21st and 22nd: Roman Bacchanal
Friends, Romans, Countrymen. Toga! Toga! Toga! Join the Italian Court in an extravagant Roman Bacchanal. When in Rome, do as the Romans: seek the wisdom of the oracle of Delphi, toss a Bocce Ball, enjoy a Pasta Eating Contest and show off your centurion physique or Venus-like beauty in the world’s largest Toga Contest. Veni, vidi, vici!
October 28th and 29th: All Hallows’ Eve
Ghouls, goblins and spooks abound as all things creepy emerge from the mists to pay homage to our Queen on Hallowe’en. All will delight in His Majesty’s Annually Decreed Tricks or Treats outing. Admire the carved Jack -o’-lanterns that glitter in the moonlight, bedecking the village shoppes and enter the costume contest to win a fabulous prize.
November 4th and 5th: Barbarian Invasion
Uggh! You! Weakling! Join the barbarian invasion! The Barbarian King and his band of barbarian buddies try to prove themselves civilized citizens of the realm. Compete in rowdy contests of barbaric fashion: Worst Dressed Barbarian, Strangest Barbarian, and the Barbarian Obstacle Course. Gather your horde and raid the village!
November 11th and 12th: Heroes and Villains
The call has gone forth- assemble the mightiest heroes and heroines and gather the darkest villains and vixens. The King and Queen welcome the worthy and the worst to a weekend celebration of great deeds and dastardly doings. Show off your heroic finery in our Heroes and Villains Costume contest. Are you worthy join the ranks of our heroes and villains?
November 18th and 19th: Highland Fling
The Queen of Scotland beckons all of ye to throw on your best kilt and join the fun. Imbibe one of the many types of ale or indulge in a Scotch egg, enjoy the energetic drums of Tartanic for a rocking highland good time, and lads and lasses should put their best knees forward and enter the Bonnie Knees Contest and the Highland Dance Contest!
November 24th, 25th and 26th: Celtic Christmas
The festivities conclude as thoughts turn to Christmas and the gates open for a three day weekend following the Thanksgiving Holiday. Shoppes shine with Christmas décor and the sounds of the season are heard throughout the village. Join the festivities with a Yuletide Scavenger Hunt, hot spiced mead and visit with Father Christmas!
Ticket prices at the gate are $30.00 for adults and $15.00 for children age five to twelve. Children four and under are free. Children twelve and under are free on Sundays Only. Ticket outlets and advance purchase discounts are available. Contact the Texas Renaissance Festival for information.
The Texas Renaissance Festival is located on FM 1774 between State Hwy. 105 in Plantersville and FM 1488 in Magnolia, only a short drive from the Houston area. Click here for directions.
For more information on the Texas Renaissance Festival visit the official TRF web site: