texas renaissance festival

Ready for some 16th-century fun at the nation’s largest Renaissance festival? ‘Now in its 46th year, the Texas Renaissance Festival kicked off nine themed weekends on Saturday, Oct. 3, in Houston.

But before we get into that, let’s cover some of the logistics. The Texas Renaissance Festival runs from the first weekend of October through each weekend through November 29. Things will obviously be a bit different this year with the COVID-19 pandemic, but the show is going on with tons of fun activities, delicious food, and good times to be had for all.

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

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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.


Texas Renaissance Festival Ticket Prices

How much is this going to cost?

One major change this year is all tickets have to be purchased in advance online. Tickets will not be sold at the gate!

Adult admission to the event is $30 per person.

Children ages 5-12 are $15 each, but are 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 $20-35 per vehicle plus fees and taxes. 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!

Discount Texas Renaissance Festival tickets are available online from Groupon giving you up to 35% off tickets.

If you’re buying tickets for a group, you can save big by ordering your tickets together. Groups of 15 or more can get Ren Fest tickets for $20 online.

Additionally, students can get Texas Ren Fest tickets at a discount by showing their student ID. The student price is just $20 a ticket, but you have to get these at the gate by showing your student ID.

Additionally, military members can get tickets for just $20 each with a limit of 4 tickets. These tickets also must be purchased at the gate with a valid military ID.

You can also score Ren Fest tickets at a discount at many H-E-B locations around town.


What to Expect in 2020

The 2020 Texas Renaissance Festival is sure to be a unique and memorable experience!  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.

Of course, things are different this year as the coronavirus pandemic continues and organizers want to ensure the safety of guests.

A few things you should know:

  • All staff and participants must wear facial coverings
  • When eating or drinking, you must remain stationary
  • Mask-break areas will be located in various spots of the fairgrounds where guests can safely remove masks while remaining socially distant
  • Tons of hand sanitizing and hand washing stations will be available across the grounds
  • All staff and participants will be screened for temperature and symptoms daily, while attendees are asked to self-screen. If you have symptoms, you can exchange your tickets for a future date this year or next year.
  • There will be daily competitions and random spot rewards for patrons that are creatively following guidelines


Texas Renaissance Festival Themed Weekends

This year’s themed weekends are as follows:

  • Saturday, Oct. 3 – Sunday, Oct. 4 – Oktoberfest
  • Saturday, Oct. 10 – Sunday, Oct. 11 – 1001 Dreams
  • Saturday, Oct. 17 – Sunday. Oct. 18 – Bacchanal
  • Saturday, Oct. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 25 – Pirate Adventure
  • Saturday, Oct. 31 – Sunday, Nov. 1 – All Hallows Eve
  • Saturday, Nov. 7 – Sunday, Nov. 8 – Heroes and Villains
  • Saturday, Nov. 14- Sunday, Nov. 15 – Barbarian Invasion
  • Saturday, Nov. 21 – Sunday, Nov. 22 – Highland Fling
  • Friday, Nov. 27 – Saturday, Nov. 28 – Sunday, Nov. 29 – Celtic Christmas

For more information about anything festival related, visit TexRenFest.com.