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Texas Renaissance Festival

Updated on April 3, 2015
People and costumes at the Texas Renaissance Festival on one of my trips there.
People and costumes at the Texas Renaissance Festival on one of my trips there. | Source

The Texas Renaissance is a favorite fall activity. People come from all around to visit and be a a part of the activities. I have been out there a few times and really enjoyed myself.

2014 will make the 40th year of this festival that is held in a little place called Todd Mission, Texas about 50 miles from Houston. There are 55 acres to this theme park style attraction that is fun for both adults and kids. .

There are 8 weekends throughout October and November to get out and enjoy some yummy festival food and drink, watch shows, ride rides and shop. ( that's the short list )

They are open on Saturdays and Sundays and some people make a full weekend of it with nearby camping facilities.

They are also open the Friday after Thanksgiving and have two special weekday dates November 4th and 5th just for kids called the School Days Program.

The King Midas Masquerade Ball is a new addition for the 2014 season and you will find information about it farther down on this page.




Posing for pictures at the Texas Renaissance Festival
Posing for pictures at the Texas Renaissance Festival | Source

Themed Weekends At The Renaissance Festival

Each weekend at the festival features a different theme and you are invited to dress up if you like.

Costumes are not required at all, so come as you are. I suggest comfortable shoes for sure!

For your convenience there is a costume rental shop near the front gate should you decide to dress up after you get there.





A Warm Welcome At The Entrance

Posing For Photos At The Texas Renaissance Festival
Posing For Photos At The Texas Renaissance Festival | Source

These Are The Weekend Dates For The Texas Renaissance Festival

Mark Your Calendars

* Oktoberfest - October 11 and 12

* 1001 Dreams - October 18 and 19

* All Hallows Eve - October 25 and 26

* Pirate Adventure - November 1 and 2

* Roman Bacchanal - November 8 and 9

* Barbarian Invasion - November 15 and 16

* Highland Fling - November 22 and 23

* Celtic Christmas - November 28, 29 and 30

Below I will show you some examples of past weekends that featured these same themes so that you can have an idea of what to expect.


Octoberfest At The Renaissance Festival Is October 11 & 12 2014

The theme for the first weekend is Octoberfest. If you enjoy bratwurst and sauerkraut, beer and a good German polka, this might be the right time for you to go.

There will also be eating and costume competitions that are free to participate in.

Octoberfest Weekend Video

1001 Dreams October 18 & 19 2014

This is the weekend for faeries, wizards and elves to spread their joy.

Activities include a scavenger hunt, fantasy costume contest and a dragon wing eating contest.

There will also be stage performances and roaming street characters to entertain you.

Of course all the rides, games, food will be there too.

1001 Dreams Weekend Video

FunWorld Plus-Size Rennaisaince Nymph, Pink/Green, PLUS SIZE Costume
FunWorld Plus-Size Rennaisaince Nymph, Pink/Green, PLUS SIZE Costume

This costume is made of polyester. It includes a pink and green lace gown with petal edge skirts. The skirt has a bustle in the back.

The headband is also included.

You can click on the picture to see other sizes available in this and other faerie costumes.

 

All Hallows Eve October 25 & 26 2014

What a great place to spend Halloween trick or treating and visiting the haunted castle.

Dress in you favorite Halloween costume and join in on the costume contest,

Other fun will include the scream like a banshee and kettle corn eating contest.

This is in addition to all of the entertainment throughout the park.

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Pirate Adventure November 1 & 2 2014

Well this weekend you will have no excuse not to party like a pirate. Raise your cup and join in on a song.

Spend some time on a treasure hunt that will be going on from 10 am until 3:30.

There will be contest too. These include the best dressed pirate, talk like a pirate and fish and chips eating contest.

Pirate Weekend

Pirate Costumes

Forum Designer Deluxe Pirate Captain Costume, Multi, Extra Large
Forum Designer Deluxe Pirate Captain Costume, Multi, Extra Large

Wear a pirate costume to the festival. This one is a 6 piece set that has all you need to complete this look. The hat, jacket, jabot and waist coat are included along with the knockers and boot tops.

 

Pirate Costume For Women

InCharacter CostumesWomen's  High Seas Treasure Pirate Costume, Black/Red/White, X-Large
InCharacter CostumesWomen's High Seas Treasure Pirate Costume, Black/Red/White, X-Large

I never realized a pirate could look so pretty. With a costume like this with ruffles and lace, I do believe a lady pirate of any size will look good. These do come in other sizes and you can click the picture to see the other options.

 

Roman Bacchanal November 8 & 9 2014

I hear that this is the ultimate toga party. Dress the part for the weekend because there will be a toga contest.

If you love spaghetti then join in on the spaghetti eating contest also.

There is a wine tasting in the afternoon and as always lots of themed entertainment.



Roman Bacchanal Weekend

California Costumes Women's Roman Empress Costume,White/Burgundy, Small
California Costumes Women's Roman Empress Costume,White/Burgundy, Small

Head to the fair as a Roman empress. This one has a the gold trimmed drape attached.

It is available in several other sizes. You can click on the picture to see the other options.

 
Forum Roman Warrior Complete Costume Kit, Brown/Gold, Standard
Forum Roman Warrior Complete Costume Kit, Brown/Gold, Standard

This is a complete costume kit. It comes with the helmet, front and back chest plate with attached epaulets. The shield and leg guards are also included.

You can click on the picture to see more details on this costume or view other Roman style outfits.

 

Barbarians At The Texas Renaissance Festival

Barbarians parading though the park at the Texas Renaissance Festival when I was there.
Barbarians parading though the park at the Texas Renaissance Festival when I was there. | Source

Barbarian Invasion November 15 & 16 2014

Fur and leather might be flying this weekend as the Barbarians take the stage to entertain. Plenty of street characters will also be around.

You can participate in some special Barbarian Games. They are having a Barbarian Battle Cry Contest, a Worst Dressed Barbarian Contest and a Turkey Leg Eating Contest.

You won't have to wait for a competition to enjoy one of the delicious turkey legs. There are lots of places to grab one throughout the park.

Video From The Barbarian Invasion Weekend

Conan Costume - Standard - Chest Size 40-44
Conan Costume - Standard - Chest Size 40-44

Here is an example of a costume that would work great for Barbarian weekend.

Not that you would need it, but it does come with a muscle chest tunic. You also get the apron and sleeve with metal rings. The gauntlet and boot tops are also included so you will have all you need to get this look.

You can click on the picture to see other styles of Barbarian costumes and additional details on this one.

 
Costume Culture Women's Barbarian Warrior Costume, Brown, Small
Costume Culture Women's Barbarian Warrior Costume, Brown, Small

Sure, there are women barbarians too. I like this costume since it looks a little sexy also.

It comes in 3 different sizes and is made of polyester.

Click the picture for additional options.

 

Highland Fling November 22 & 23 2014

Lots of ale is sure to be flowing as the Highland Fling Weekend make its mark at the festival.

It's a great time to check out the knees on the kilt wearing characters and ask your self, "what's under that kilt"

More fun and contest will go on throughout the day starting with the Great Sheep Hunt at 11 am.

There will also be a Highland Dance and a Haggis Eating Contest.


Highland Weekend Parade

Highlander Costume

FunWorld Men's  Big Shot Scott Costume
FunWorld Men's Big Shot Scott Costume

All you will need is shoes to complete this outfit. It comes with the collared shirt and shoulder scarf. The scarf has four loops for the shot glasses.

The shirt, belt and bottle holder are also included. You also get the cap and sock cuffs.

 

Celtic Christmas Weekend At The Texas Renaissance Festival November 28-30 2014

This will be the last weekend and also the longest. The Renaissance Festival will be open an extra day, the Friday following Thanksgiving.

So if your not into shopping at the mall that day, you can still brows around at all the shops thought the park and enjoy all the sights and sounds of Christmas.

Don't forget to take a chance at some of the contest. There will be a candy cane hunt going on from 10 am until 3:30.

There will be a costume contest and a pumpkin pie eating contest. I know, that's exactly what you will need to do the day after a big Thanksgiving dinner, but it does sound like a yummy contest.

You can play guess the present starting at 10 am also.

Celtic Christmas Parade

Renaissance Costumes

InCharacter Costumes Women's Plus-Size Renaissance Maiden Plus Size Costume, Burgundy/Gold, 3X
InCharacter Costumes Women's Plus-Size Renaissance Maiden Plus Size Costume, Burgundy/Gold, 3X

This costume does come in other sizes, but I wanted to feature the fact that there are some great looking costumes in plus sizes also.

 

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Masquerade Ball At The Texas Renaissance Festival

In addition to the themed weekends, this year they have added masquerade balls. These will only be held on Saturday nights throughout the run of the festival .

You will have to be dressed in some sort of costume to attend the balls. They require that you were something to hide your identity like face paint or masks.

The balls require a separate ticket and are already on sale.

Below are a couple of costume ideas that are not very expensive and will work perfect for this event.

Masquerade Costume Idea For Women

Dreamgirl Masquerade, Black, Large
Dreamgirl Masquerade, Black, Large

I'd like to go dressed in this black velvet dress. it is a 3 piece set that included the Venetian style mask and headpiece.

This one comes in 4 different sizes. You can read additional information about the dress by clicking the picture.

 

Masquerade Costume For Men

The Highway Man Renaissance Masquerade Adult Costume (4pcs)
The Highway Man Renaissance Masquerade Adult Costume (4pcs)

You will need to wear your own shirt and pants under this costume, but it comes with everything else. The cloak and hat are velvet with gold trim. There is a velvet hood that comes with this and it also includes the long nose renaissance mask.

 
Photo of participants in the Grand March Parade held at noon.
Photo of participants in the Grand March Parade held at noon. | Source

The Texas Renaissance Festival Has Something For Everyone

The things I have mentioned about the themed weekends are only the special events for those days. There is so much more to the Texas Renaissance Festival.

There is a parade each day at noon. Check your map for the starting location and get set up there to watch everyone come by in costume.

You can see bird shows, magic shows, fire shows, hear lots of music performed on stage and by characters that walk around.

Adults and kids can enjoy taking a ride on human powered rides. Yep, they push you.

Head over the the arena to watch the jousting on horseback and be sure to be there at the end of the evening for the closing and fireworks.

Belly dancers perform on stage and will be walking though the crowd, so don't be surprised if one comes up and starts dancing for you.

Expect to get hollered at by the beer wenches trying to sell beer and hot turkey legs.

There are other games of skill located in the park where you can shoot a bow and arrow or throw a knife.

My favorite of these was where you get to throw tomatoes at the man working the booth. His job is to insult you, and he will try. In return you buy some soft tomatoes and smash them a little then throw them at him.

Well, the list goes on and you can find out more by visiting the web site. I have provided a link to it below.

Throwing Tomatoes At The Renaissance Festival

Fire juggler at the Texas Renaissance Festival
Fire juggler at the Texas Renaissance Festival | Source

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    Larry Rankin 24 months ago from Oklahoma

    I haven't been to this renaissance fair before. Looks awesome.

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    Janis 2 years ago from California

    I've been to these types of festivals before and they are so much fun. The one I last went to had the best artichoke I have ever eaten.

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    Dancing Cowgirl Design 2 years ago from Texas

    Yes, Namsak, good to see you too. Thanks for stopping by to visit my first Hub. It won't be long now until our work will be transferred, so best of luck to you in the transition.

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    Namsak 2 years ago

    Glad to see you're still dancing. I will be hubbing pretty soon - as soon as the transfer is complete.

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    Dancing Cowgirl Design 2 years ago from Texas

    @smine27 . Hi Glad to see you here. Thanks for visiting my first ever HUB.

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    Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

    Looks like a fun event that's for sure!

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    Dancing Cowgirl Design 2 years ago from Texas

    Hey Pam, Glad you had a chance to read a little about the Renaissance Festival. Hope you get to go to one sometime. I know that Octoberfest is so much fun also.

    It won't be long till all the fall fairs will be coming up.

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    Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

    I've been to an Oktoberfest before but never a Renaissance Festival. It looks like so much fun though!

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    Dancing Cowgirl Design 2 years ago from Texas

    Hi Rhonda, thanks for stopping by. Yep the Ren Fest is something else to see. Hope you can find one to go to where your are now. Just wondering , did you dress up when you went?

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    Rhonda Lytle 2 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

    I've been a few times and had a blast every time I have gone. It's wild in the best kind of way. We moved, so I'm really going to miss it. I might see where the one for around here is now that you have reminded me how much fun the Ren fair is.

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    Dancing Cowgirl Design 2 years ago from Texas

    Thanks for stopping by@ Brite-Ideas . There are some people who can't wait for festival time here. One friend of mine saves up all year so that he can go every weekend.

    Glad you had a chance to go to one. They are really a hoot! Hope your brother had a great time.

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    Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

    one of my brothers is major league into this, they attend the big one in Pennsylvania every year (they just got back from it), he fences as well :) - there's one in our area, but we've only been to it once, was a lot of fun!