The Texas Renaissance Festival is celebrating its third of eight weekend-run with “All Hallows Eve” as the designated theme this Saturday and Sunday. With record breaking attendances the last two weeks and more events and parties scheduled than ever before the event is in full 40th Anniversary celebration mode. If you haven’t had a chance to head out to the 55 acre site located officially in Todd Mission, Texas which is about forty-five minutes North of Houston. This would be a great weekend to do so.
The forecast this weekend could be no better with temps in the low 80’s and no rain. You couldn’t ask for better weather to give your Halloween costume a trial run as this weekend’s theme is “All Hallows Eve.” Featuring Halloween inspired activities including tick-or-treating at more than its 400 shops and booths and special décor and costumed staff is sure to be the perfect family outing. Contests this weekend include:
• Scream Like a Banshee Contest – Revels Stage 11:00
• Jack-o-Lantern Carving Contest – Revels Stage 1:00
• Costume Contest – The Arena 2:00
• Kettle Corn Eating Contest – New Market Music Gazebo 4:00
New this year and for adults is the “King Midas’ Masquerade” which takes place every Saturday night of the festival season from 8 pm to 1 am. The magnificent all-new complex located near the campground entrance of the festival boasts an enchanting 15,000 square foot tented pavilion set in an exotic garden fantasy. The venue features King Midas’ Golden Court with climate control, restroom facilities, ADA accessibility, and special parking. Its location is convenient and easy access to the festival’s superb Fields of New Market campground.
This stand-alone event has been very popular according to TexRenFest’s Cory Brock who says, “the event has sold out every weekend so far, and we only have a few tickets left for this weekend.” So, if you decide to attend this costume and/or mask required event you may want to purchase the tickets on their website. The cost is $75 and includes hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beverages including beer, wine, mead, and spirits. For $20 more you can go VIP and get your own section and a few more perks.
The space holds 600 people and features various acts including some that have been compared in type and quality to what you would see at Cirque du Soleil performance.
The festival runs until November 30, 2015 and regular day tickets include free parking and cost $27 for adults and $13 for children. However, if you buy your ticket at Walgreen’s or online, you can save a few bucks. Also, online you can get a weekend pass for an adult for $37. Visit their site for the specifics.
The themed weekend events to come include:
• October 25-26: All Hallows Eve
• November 1-2: Pirate Adventure
• November 8-9: Roman Bacchanal
• November 15-16: Barbarian Invasion
• November 22-23: Highland Fling
• November 28-30: Celtic Christmas
You can also camp out for $20 and they have revamped the camping experience to include better sites, showers, and a quickie mart that is open each morning that has camping essentials and hot breakfasts. For more info on the camping click here.