When I think of fall in coastal Texas I think of bagpipes, jousting, corsets and mead! I am of course referring to the Texas Renaissance Festival, the world’s largest Renaissance festival. The Fair runs from the second week of October through Thanksgiving weekend every year and attracts people from all over for some ye olde fun. The dates this year are October 10th-November 29th.
Whether you have been to a Renaissance festival before or not, the Texas Renaissance Festival has something for everyone. Fair-goers enjoy shows all day long that include music from the time period, hilarious comedy acts and amazing dancers and acrobatics. Come with an appetite because the fair has foods common to the time period from many different countries. Be ready to enjoy good alcohol too as the fair has a wonderful wine and mead assortment plus an onsite brewery.
Vendors from across the world come to display their handcrafted jewelry, clothing, oils and more! With a different theme every weekend, the TRF, as it is commonly called, is also filled with activities for kids from medieval carnival rides to face painting. There is absolutely never a dull moment.
One of the best parts about the fair is the people watching. Many fair-goers dress up either in medieval clothing or in a costume that goes with the theme of the weekend. You are always guaranteed to see costumes that astound and delight. The front of the fair has costumes to rent as well so that you can blend in! If you are feeling bold ahead of time, you can easily make a costume and blend in yourself like I did last year.
Like I said, the TRF has something for everyone, but what I love most about it is the freedom that it gives visitors to let go of our busy 21st century lives for a day and to get a glimpse of how people used to eat, dress and be entertained…sort of.