About the Texas Renaissance Festival

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 October
8th to November 27th 2016 – 9 a.m. ’till 8 p.m., rain or shine.


New Market Village celebrates the Texas Renaissance Festival’s Forty-First Anniversary with:

Eight Themed Weekends!

October 8th and 9th: 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 15th and 16th: 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 22nd and 23rd: 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 29th and 30thAll 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 5th and 6th: 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!

November 12th and 13thBarbarian 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 19th and 20th: 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 25th, 26th and 27th: 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!


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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:

The Texas Renaissance Festival

Or call the Texas Renaissance at:

800-458-3435, 281-356-2178

or 936-894-2516.

Fax: 936-894-2391

Email: info@texrenfest.com

Postal mail:

The Texas Renaissance Festival – 21778 FM 1774 – Plantersville, Texas 77363-7722