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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 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 29thAll 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 5thBarbarian 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 12thHeroes 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!


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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: [email protected]

Postal mail:

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



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Sleep? You can sleep when you’re dead! Get back to work!

This is a late update since the week after Halloween was School Days, and we stayed at the TRF where access to the Internet, computers or even hot water can sometimes be a bit iffy. Since then I’ve felt sleep deprived and behind in R.L. Hmm, must be sixth weekend of the fair. Continue reading Sleep? You can sleep when you’re dead! Get back to work!

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Second Verse, Same as the First

Not really much to say about this week. It was pretty much a carbon copy of last weekend, just without the online discount tickets to deal with, and a lot more fairies.

Dust. Lots of dust. No rain for weeks, and when tens of thousands of people start shuffling around it gets everywhere. It’s bad for us allergy Continue reading Second Verse, Same as the First

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First Week a Success, Second Week May Be Even Successier!

Well first weekend was great! It wasn’t the busiest opening day we’ve ever had, but a great Sunday crowd made the weekend quite a start to the year! The weather may be even better this week (if that’s possible) so we are expecting more great crowds this weekend.

No real problems at the gates other that those darn print-your-own tickets. They are really popular with the customers, but they slow Continue reading First Week a Success, Second Week May Be Even Successier!

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First Weekend Is Upon Us!

Hope everyone is ready for opening weekend of the 2010 Texas Renaissance Festival., I know the Beefeaters are. The front gates have been spruced up a bit, the Beefeaters are mostly sober (won’t last), and Autumn is definitely in the air. With a good forecast I expect good crowds this weekend, so we may be a bit busy if you stop by to say “Hello” 🙂

-Capt. Falstaff

P. S. For those interested, while I intend to have attendance statistics posted by Monday morning, quite often I post them in the evenings after the gates close.
Sir David Falstaff
Captain, Texas Renaissance Festival Beefeaters

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So which numbers are the correct ones?

I received a question in my in-box this week:


Captain, I notice that the numbers you post on your website don’t always agree with what’s in the ‘News of the Realm’ that I get every week coming the gate. So which numbers are the correct ones?

I am absolutely shocked that anyone would ask this question. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that anyone actually read the ‘News of the Realm’.

I’m not even sure who in the office actually writes the newsletter, or where they get their information from, but I get my numbers from the people who actually count the tickets. Sometimes they are not done verifying the count before I leave for the day, and I have to correct my numbers a little when I get the updated info, but you can generally count on me being accurate.


Sir David Falstaff

Captain, Texas Renaissance Festival Beefeaters