Texas Renaissance Festival Announces Big Additions for 2017 Season

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Texas Renaissance Festival kicks off 43rd anniversary with brand new themed weekend, expanded camping, exciting entertainment lineup and new food.

The King and Queen continue their reign for the 43rd annual Texas Renaissance Festival. Photo by Steven David.

“Something magical happens when patrons enter the Royal Gates at the Festival. From our curated entertainment lineup to the hundreds of artisans and merchants, to the eclectic food and drink options, patrons are captivated by the experience and transported to another time."

Huzzah! The fall is near and with it comes the enchantment of the Texas Renaissance Festival, the nation’s largest and most acclaimed Renaissance theme park, bringing the magic of the 16th century to life from September 30 through November 26, 2017.

For the first time in nearly two decades, the 43 year-old Festival has added a new themed weekend to the season schedule, for a total of nine themed weekends, adding a “Heroes and Villains” weekend dedicated to assembling the mightiest of heroes and heroines and the darkest of villains and vixens from November 11 through November 12.

The King and Queen have declared that this season’s themed weekends include:

  • Sept. 30-Oct. 1 – Oktoberfest presented by Bud Light
  • Oct. 7-8 – 1001 Dreams presented TopDog Halloween Madness Stores
  • Oct. 14-15 – Pirate Adventure presented by Ben E. Keith Food Service
  • Oct. 21-22 – Roman Bacchanal presented by Messina Hof Winery
  • Oct. 28-29 – All Hallows’ Eve presented by Coca-Cola
  • Nov. 4-5 – Barbarian Invasion presented by Farm Pac
  • Nov. 11-12 – Heroes and Villains presented by Joe Myers Auto Group
  • Nov. 18-19 – Highland Fling presented by Denny’s and 242 Pub and Grill
  • Nov. 24-26 – Celtic Christmas presented by The City of Magnolia, Texas

The Texas Renaissance Festival will be donating a portion of the total proceeds garnered from the entire 2017 season’s ticket sales to Harvey relief and recovery organizations.

“Something magical happens when patrons enter the Royal Gates at the Festival. From our curated entertainment lineup to the hundreds of artisans and merchants, to the eclectic food and drink options, patrons are captivated by the experience and transported to another time,” says Terre Albert, general manager of the Texas Renaissance Festival. “This year, we are excited to announce the addition of the ninth weekend -- our guest will meet a whole new cast of characters. So whether you are a longtime patron returning or a newcomer visiting for the first time, this is a season not to be missed.”

Popular for its turkey legs, authentic mead, jousting and live entertainment, Texas Renaissance Festival brings in the largest number of artisans and merchants of any Renaissance-themed event in the country. There are over 400 shoppes offering handmade items such as beeswax candles and soap, armory, leatherworks, art, jewelry and more can be found nestled between areas that bustling with the energy. Blacksmiths, glassblowers, hawkers, fairies, pirate kings and beer maidens stay true to character, bringing to life the spirit of the Texas Renaissance Festival.

After an exciting day feasting on the finest foods fit for a King, guests can continue their Festival experience at the Fields of New Market Campgrounds, 200 acres of sprawling camping space for RVs, trailers and traditional tent campers, conveniently located next to the Festival grounds. New to the campgrounds this year and available for rental are cabins (located in family camping), VIP tents (located in the general camping area), cot tents, reserved RV sites and shower sites. Additionally, the Festival offers a quiet camping area for families and patrons to relax and enjoy a peaceful evening after a non-stop day of festival merriment.

Additionally, Texas Renaissance Festival continues to be a major wedding destination and Festival organizers expect another record number of wedding ceremonies to take place on the grounds this season, with a Mass Vow Renewal slated for Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. interested couples can get more information by calling 1-800-458-3435.

Fan favorite TRF After Dark, a costume gala for guests 21 and older, will return to the Fields of New Market Campgrounds for another year of fun and fantasy. Each Saturday of the Festival, TRF After Dark will offer patrons music and dancing, live entertainment, themed contests, drinks, food and more from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. This year’s TRF After Dark Themes include:

  • Masquerade Ball (September 30th)
  • Once Upon A Time Ball (October 7th)
  • A Night of Burlesque (October 14th)
  • Diamonds & Pearls (October 21st)
  • Creatures of the Night Ball (October 28th)
  • Studio 54 (November 4th)
  • Gender Bender Ball (November 11th)
  • Time Travelers Ball (November 18th)
  • Naughty is Nice Ball (November 25th)

About Texas Renaissance Festival
The Texas Renaissance Festival is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed Renaissance themed event. Established in 1974, the event attracts over half a million lads and ladies each year to its 55-acre New Market Village and Fields of New Market Campgrounds in Todd Mission, Texas. This enchanting experience features world renowned live entertainment, works by master artists and craftspeople, award winning food and drink, hand-powered rides and games, and over 100 interactive characters during its nine themed weekends from September 30th through November 26, 2017. For more information, please visit http://www.texrenfest.com.

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