A new Fall adventure to add to your traditions, The Texas Renaissance Festival

Things to do if you attend the Texas Ren Fair

Ashley Pena, Student writer

Come one, come all! The annual Texas Renaissance Fair has been established since 1974 and is about an hour north of Houston located in Todd Mission, Texas. The Texas fairgrounds have a 16th-century-styled village on over 55 acres of land. It even has campgrounds on over 200 acres of land. It is open to all ages and has group specials for attending the fair or camping.

The festival has 9 themed weekends that give you the imagination and opportunity to enter an enchanted world and see costumed characters roaming the fairgrounds. If you plan to attend, you should be prepared to enjoy delicious food from different cultures. Over 400 shops sell unique art, crafts, trinkets, and weaponry. There is even knife, axe, and ninja star throwing! You can also enjoy yourself on a human-powered elephant ride, and participate in good ole tomato face tossing.

As if the activities weren’t a long enough list of things to do at the Renaissance Festival, there are renowned performers you can view on over 20 stages with different show times during the day. You will have an opportunity to see more than one of them and plan the times that work out with your festival itinerary. Currently, there is still time to buy your tickets and attend a themed weekend! The upcoming ones left are Barbarian Invasion, Highland Fling, and finally, Celtic Christmas on the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Speaking from experience, the first time I attended the festival was the Pirates-themed weekend, which is one of the most popular weekends. Thousands of attendees participate in costume and candor of the pirate’s way of life. Since that experience, I have made efforts to attend every year since, including this year. The Texas Renaissance festival has grown to be a tradition for many Texas native families who attend every year. Maybe it can become a part of your fall or family traditions too. We Houstonians love a great adventure, right?