Texas Renaissance Festival

Today we received in the mail the information packet for the 2008 Texas Renaissance Festival, and I thought perhaps a reader or two would be interested in the information. It runs October 11 through November 30, which is a gorgeous time of year here. Details as follows, verbatim from the brochure (with emphases and incomplete sentences intact, even):

The Texas Renaissance Festival is the nation’s largest, most acclaimed renaissance theme park. Open to the public every Saturday, Sunday and on Thanksgiving Friday…and to students for School Days, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 28 and 29. The enchanted 53 acre Village comes to life as all of Europe comes to pay homage to the King and Queen with Eight Themed Weekends. Hundreds of costumed performers with over 200 daily performances. Visitors meander along shaded cobblestone walkways visiting over 340 shoppes overflowing with unique arts and crafts or offering delicious foods and beverages. All ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Revel in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and beauty of this authentically recreated 16th Century British village with lush landscaped grounds covered with beautiful gardens and vines. A perfect day ends as you behold the burst of Royal Fireworks held at dusk above the festival’s lake.

Oktoberfest — October 11th and 12th

Raise a tankard as we open the festival in 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 Yodeling Contest or the Polka contest. PROST!

1001 Dreams — October 18th and 19th

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, show off your magical finery in the Fantasy Costume Contest to be judged by Queen Titania herself.

All Hallows Eve — October 25th and 26th

Ghouls, goblins and spooks abound as all things creepy emerge from the mists to pay homage to our Queen on Halloween. 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.

Pirate Adventure — November 1st and 2nd

Set sail for a swashbuckling weekend as the crew of the Pride of Bedlam invade the shire with their piratical shenanigans. Visit the Pirates’ Cove for the finest in 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 landlubbers!

Roman Bacchanal — November 8th and 9th

Friends, Romans, Countrymen. Toga! Toga! Toga! Join the Italian Court in an extravagant Roman Bacchanal. When in Rome, do as the Romans: seek wisdom from 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!

Highland Fling — November 15th and 16th

The Queen of Scotland beckons all of ye to throw on your best kilt and join the fun. Imbibe in one of the many ales or indulge in a Scotch egg, enjoy the energetic pipes and 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.

Barbarian Invasion — November 22nd and 23rd

Uggh! You! Weakling! Join in 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, Strongest Barbarian, and the Barbarian Obstacle Course. Gather your hoard and raid the village!

Celtic Christmas — November 28th, 29th, and 30th

The festivities conclude as thoughts turn to Christmas and the gates open for a three day weekend during the Thanksgiving Holiday. Shoppes shine with Christmas decor and the sounds of the season are heard throughout the village. Join in the festivities with a yuletide scavenger hunt, hot spiced mead and a visit with Father Christmas.

Special events include weddings, jousting, The King’s Feast ($95 per person), the King’s Wine Tasting ($50 per person), and more. Visit www.texrenfest.com or call 1-800-458-3435. The Texas Ren Faire is held in Plantersville, Texas, north of Houston and west of Conroe. The physical address is 21778 FM 1774, Plantersville, TX, 77363.

Ticket Discounts

Tickets for Opening Weekend bought before September 26 are $11 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. Tickets for other days bought before September 26 are $16 for adults and $6 for children 5-12. Children under 5 years old are free. Tickets at the gate are $21 for adults and $11 for children, so it’s well worth it to purchase your tickets in advance.

We attended the Renaissance Festival year before last and had a lot of fun. I hope to return this year.
I’d love to meet you there!

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  1. Do NOT take your kids to the Texas Renaissance Festival! I made the mistake of bringing my children to the Texas Renaissance Festival. Be forewarned: although most shows do warn parents “this performance contains material that is PG-13 (or R)” the area where the “Tomato Torment” and “Drench the Wench” is located gives NO warning. This is complicated by the fact that these two “attractions” are in the thick of the children/family friendly area – as in, the area that includes the petting zoo, little kids rides, little kids arcade games, toddler fishing, a maze, etc. There is absolutely nothing that says “Tomato Torment” and “Drench the Wench” are inappropriate for children. My son (age 13, looks 10) and his friend went to the Tomato Torment and to our horror, the man taunted them by saying things like “it must be awful to know you’re gay before you hit puberty” and “oh, did you bring your boyfriend to help you?” and “you have such a light arm because you’re a f-gg-t.” A complaint to management was met with a shrug and a comment that parents should know that, even though the two attractions are in the thick of the family friendly area, those two attractions are not family friendly. I do not know what kind of sick, hostile mind it takes to use such hateful vile words to two little kids, in front of toddlers and pre-teens. Ironically, I witness something similar four years ago, the last time I went to the Texas Renaissance Festival, and was assured that steps had been taken to prevent such a thing from happening again. Clearly, no steps were taken to correct the situation.

  2. @Lisa: Hi Lisa, thanks for taking the time to comment. I had no idea that the Texas Ren Faire had such goings on. I took my daughter there a couple of years ago on Pirate weekend and we didn’t see anything offensive at that time. I’m sorry to hear that the employees were abusive to your son. That is really inexcusable.

    I appreciate you letting other people know about this, so they can be aware of what to avoid if they do attend the festival.

  3. Lisa,

    Hate to break it to you but your children hear much worse and could even say much worse while they are at school.

    Do you let them surf the internet or take precaution using filtering software?

    You stated you knew what occurs at the heckling spots yet you went right back and let them go and throw tomato’s and now you are upset because they were heckled.

    You are the only one to blame. The heckling is there for fun and entertainment. You knew what it was about and sent your children to it. Shame on you blame yourself if you are offended!!!

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