For more than 30 years, Waxahachie, TX, located just south of Dallas, has been home to the Scarborough Renaissance Festival — a Renaissance-themed festival that will take place 8 consecutive weekends and Memorial Day Monday between April 5 and May 26 this spring.
Spread out across a 35-acre “village,” the festival’s 3 areas — Crown Meadow, Pecan Grove and Holly Field — offer a variety of attractions for attendees of all ages to experience the spirit of the Renaissance.
Each day, more than 200 performances take place on the festival’s 21 stages, and include everything from sword fighting and juggling to musicians and falconers. Festivalgoers can also watch daily artisan demonstrations such as glassblowing, blacksmithing and candlemaking, and can purchase unique, handmade gifts at one of the 200 “shoppes” located throughout the village.
Other family-friendly attractions include Yorkshire Tower — a replica of a 16th-century castle and dungeon, the Mythical Monster Museum and the petting zoo.
For those who’ve worked up an appetite while exploring the village, feast like the knights, kings and queens at one of the 5 food court areas or 9 pubs and taverns. Menu options vary by eatery, and offer festival favorites such as giant roasted turkey legs, steak-on-a-stake and Scottish eggs, in addition to beer, wine and mead.
Each weekend, the festival offers exciting themes such as Celtic Weekend, Legends of the Sea Weekend and Renaissance Romance & Chivalry Weekend. Admission costs $24 for adults, $10 for children ages 5 to 12 and is free for children ages 4 and under. Renaissance-obsessed fans can also purchase season passes, but note: Passes are limited and must be purchased in advance on the festival website.
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