Huzzah! This week the beloved Texas Renaissance Festival has announced this year’s schedule and some new perks. Last year’s festival was the second biggest in Texas Renaissance Festival history, seeing a total of 644,917 visitors during its five-week run and a record number of weddings. This year, festival organizers hope to build on that momentum with some new ways to catch all of the olde tyme fun. It’s sure to be one of the most popular things to do in Houston every weekend it’s open.

If you’re unfamiliar with the festival, do yourself a favor and check it out this year. The festival offers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience with booth after booth of artisans selling unique arts and crafts, swords, armor, and other fantasy and history-inspired wares. There is a wide range of live performances ranging from comedians, acrobats, and musicians, and even a jousting performance. The best part, without a doubt, is the costumes, however. All festival staff, vendors, and performers wear (arguably) historically accurate clothing. It’s like Mardi Gras meets a Lord of the Rings convention.

One of the most significant new additions this year is the season pass, which grants holders access to all 19 days of the Texas Renaissance festival, convenient parking spots reserved for season pass holders, and access to the “TRF After Dark” programming on Saturday nights. From now until April 30th, those season passes are just $199, after which it will jump to $300 starting on May 1st. Still, the regular price is a steal considering it offers $900 worth of tickets for a fraction of the regular price. Whole season camping access can be added for an additional $149 until April 30, after which it will go up to $200. Check out our Texas Renaissance Fest discount guide for more information.

Don’t miss your chance to eat a giant turkey leg, drink some mead, and be merry as only Texans can! Grab a season pass before they’re gone. This year, the Texas Renaissance Festival will run from September 29 until November 25. The full 2018 calendar of themed weekends is as follows:

  • September 29 and 30: Opening Weekend/Oktoberfest Weekend
  • October 6 and 7: 1001 Dreams Weekend
  • October 13 and 14: Barbarian Invasion Weekend
  • October 20 and 21: Pirate Adventure Weekend
  • October 27 and 28: All Hallows’ Eve Weekend
  • November 3 and 4: Roman Bacchanal Weekend
  • November 10 and 11: Heroes and Villains Weekend
  • November 17 and 18: Highland Fling Weekend
  • November 23, 24, and 25: Celtic Christmas Weekend