The Texas Renaissance Festival has officially opened its doors for its 49th season, inviting people of all ages to immerse themselves in the enchanting world of the nation’s largest and most celebrated festival of food, entertainment, and immersive Renaissance experiences. Situated just an hour north of Houston, this festival spans eight themed weekends, running from now until Sunday, November 26.

The opening weekend, themed “The Queen’s Birthday,” saw a remarkable turnout, with over 51,000 attendees. This marks a 33 percent increase in attendance compared to last year’s opening weekend and a 43 percent increase from 2021. The Texas Renaissance Festival anticipates hosting over half a million visitors throughout this year’s event.

The festival’s 55-acre Renaissance village offers a captivating escape into a world of jugglers, bards, acrobats, games, rides, restaurants, pub crawls, and more than 400 shoppes and artisans. Featuring 21 stages, The King’s Feast, contests, and themed celebrations each weekend, there is something to delight everyone. Moreover, parents can enjoy free admission for children aged five and under every Saturday and for kids aged 12 and under every Sunday.

This year’s festival will also host two Deaf Awareness Weekends: one on the Weekend of 1001 Dreams (this Saturday and Sunday) and the other on Highland Fling Weekend (November 18-19). These weekends will feature American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters at numerous shows and events, making the festival more accessible to the Deaf and hard of hearing community.

“It has been our privilege to host Deaf Awareness events every year since 2015, celebrating diversity and fostering more inclusive and accessible festival experiences for our deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing patrons,” said Todd Wold, the marketing director for the Texas Renaissance Festival.

Here is the complete list of themed weekends at the Ren Fest, as provided by the festival organizers:

  1. 1001 Dreams Weekend
  2. Barbarian Invasion Weekend
  3. All Hallows Eve Weekend
  4. Pirate Adventure Weekend
  5. Roman Bacchanal Weekend
  6. Heroes and Villains Weekend
  7. Highland Fling Weekend

Each weekend offers a unique and exciting experience for festival-goers.


1001 Dreams Weekend

This weekend is dedicated to the world of fairies, elves, and other enchanting creatures. Attendees have the opportunity to take part in the fantasy costume contest or showcase their talents in the fiery dragon-wing eating contest. Additionally, as mentioned earlier, this weekend is also designated as a Deaf Awareness weekend, with American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters present to assist Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing patrons, making the festival more accessible and inclusive.

Barbarian Invasion Weekend

This weekend will spotlight feasting and plundering as attendees compete in a contest for the “worst dressed barbarian” and a thrilling turkey leg eating contest.

All Hallows Eve Weekend

Additional ghouls and ghosts will make their presence felt throughout the festival grounds during this weekend. Attendees have the opportunity to take part in a Halloween costume contest and a Kettle Korn eating contest, both offering the chance to win “spook-tacular” prizes.

Pirate Adventure Weekend

During this weekend, there will be a Best Dressed Pirate costume contest, allowing attendees to showcase their pirate attire. Additionally, there’s a Fish-N-Chips eating contest, providing a fun culinary challenge for festival-goers to enjoy.

Highland Fling Weekend

During this themed weekend, which celebrates Scottish culture, the festival features Highland games, a Bonnie Knees costume contest, and a haggis eating contest (with a strong encouragement for the recitation of Robert Burns’ poetry). Notably, this weekend is also designated as a Deaf Awareness weekend, with American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters available to assist Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing patrons, enhancing accessibility and inclusivity.

Heroes and Villains Weekend

Immerse yourself in the realm of creative anachronisms at this upcoming weekend dedicated to celebrating heroes and villains, whether they be historical figures or fictional characters spanning different eras. Does this suggest an epic showdown between Hercules and Thanos in the costume competition? Perhaps. Alternatively, they might engage in a fierce battle during the gyro-eating contest.

Roman Bacchanal Weekend

As tradition goes, the event concludes with a three-day celebration heralding the upcoming Yule-tide season. The entire village is adorned with holiday decorations and filled with festive music. The festivities include a costume contest, a pumpkin pie eating contest, and an opportunity to shop from vendors offering discounts.

With over 200 acres of camping facilities, our event provides incredible value for patrons and families spending the weekend. We’re thrilled to introduce our new “Stay and Play” packages, designed to enhance the experience for those who choose to stay the entire weekend. These packages include:

1. Festival admission for both Saturday and Sunday.
2. A weekend camping pass valid from Thursday to Monday at the Fields of New Market.
3. Exclusive access to special Fields of New Market events, featuring exciting activities for kids held at the Apprentice Gazebo.
4. Adult patrons (21+) can revel in the excitement of The Knight’s Club after-hours party.

To ensure that every visitor enjoys the festival to the fullest, the Texas Renaissance Festival has set daily capacity limits. We strongly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.




(For further information and to secure your tickets, please visit: THE TEXAS RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL)