Ready for some 16th-century fun at the nation’s largest Renaissance festival? ‘Now in its 45th year, the Texas Renaissance Festival kicks off nine themed weekends this Saturday, Oct. 5, in Houston. And to get things started, you get to travel back in time to old Bavaria.
But before we get into that, let’s cover some of the logistics. The Texas Renaissance Festival kicks off the first weekend of October and runs each weekend through Dec. 1. We’re going to tell you everything you need to know about the festival, including how to get there, how to save money on tickets, and more.
Texas Renaissance Festival Location
While the journey to the enchanted kingdom can feel like a trip through the Dark Realms of Mordor, be patient with the traffic. The site is located at 21778 Farm to Market 1774 in Todd Mission, Texas — about an hour outside of Houston.
Due to some planned road construction, festival organizers are recommending that those coming from Houston take Highway 105 to FM 1774 in Plantersville and approach the festival from the north. Additionally, festival organizers discourage attendees from using navigation apps, like Waze or Google Maps, as those often reroute drivers onto residential streets or side streets that may be closed to festival traffic.
Texas Renaissance Festival Ticket Prices
Adult admission to the event is $34 (discounted to $23.95 online) per person.
Children ages 5-12 are $17 (discounted to $11.95 online) each, but free of charge on Sundays — so that might be the best option for budget-conscious families looking for a fun outing. Children age 4 and younger are free every day.
The market campground offers a price-per-vehicle camping experience. Those interested in camping can book online for $25 per vehicle plus fees and taxes ($35 at the gate). All camping participants do need a valid admission ticket to the festival. The campground includes space for RVs, tents, and campers. And don’t worry — there’s 24-hour security on site. There’s also cabin rentals and glamping opportunities available.
Texas Renaissance Festival Discount Tickets
Looking to save some money on your trip to the Renaissance Festival? Good news — discount Texas Renaissance Festival tickets are available and can help you save big time on your visit!
The festival website offers discount tickets for those who order online — $23.95 plus a processing fee for adults, and $11.95 plus fees for kids aged 5-12. Kids under age 4 are free every day!
You can also purchase Renaissance Festival discount tickets by phone at 1- 800-458- 3435. You must call Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm.
Discount Texas Renaissance Festival tickets are also available online from Groupon giving you up to 35% off tickets. They have a number of options to choose from with this deal so you can find the one that works best for you. Groupon prices are $22 for adults and $10 for kids aged 12 and under for select weekends.
Tickets are also available at Costco.
What to Expect in 2019
The 2019 Texas Renaissance Festival is sure to be the biggest and best one yet! With jousting matches, 200 daily performances, international cuisine, thousands of costumed characters, human-powered rides, and games of skill — there is truly something for everyone! That’s why it’s regularly one of the most popular things to do in Houston on the weekend when it’s going on.
“We are thrilled to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Texas Renaissance Festival this season, ‘said Joe Bailey, CEO and general manager of the festival. “We look forward to continuing the magical enchantment that can only be found within the gates of the festival.”
This year’s festival kicks off with an Oktoberfest theme — complete with great beer and plenty of bratwurst. In fact, if you’re feeling extra hungry, maybe take a stab at the bratwust eating contest. Wear your best lederhosen or dirndl and then participate in the costume contest.
There are eight new vendors on site this year. Dragon and Unicorn Coffee is also offering its hand-roasted coffee beans and cold brews.
And then several attractions that premiered last year return this year, including a pub crawl, where you can tour the festival grounds and enjoy something different to drink at each stop.
For more information about anything festival related, visit TexRenFest.com.