Featured Artisan: Wild Dahlia

There’s a delightful little shoppe tucked in the Florentine circle near the English Garden. Just behind the domed gazebo where the Nightingale and Fool Hearty perform, you’ll find a spinning wheel, where Sarah Paul spins while chatting with patrons who are sitting on her benches, mesmerized by her hands. We asked her a few questions…

Scholarly Pursuits

August! It’s hot; we’re busy getting booths and stages ready for opening weekend, and school’s back in session. Teachers are at in-service, student athletes and performers are practicing,  and one of our faithful homeschool families posted a back-in-class photo on her social media this morning. Kids are grabbing just a few extra winks and splashes…

Fun in the Enchanted Forest!

We hope you venture to the very back of the festival when you come for a visit! In addition to delicious food, the Art of Defense show, bagpipers, and Cast in Bronze, there are some really fun rides. The first one I ever rode, way back in 2000, was the swings, and my hooped skirt…

Faeries from the Swamp

We have so many talented artists at TRF. They work in fabric, wax, glass, metal, beads, paint, pencil, clay… If you’ve never walked the festival with eyes open to the gorgeous stuff people have lovingly made, then we’d venture to say you’re really missing a treat. Antoine Birdsong is one of our gifted artisans; she…

Thoughts On Themes

By Jeff Baldwin, Entertainment Director What do we celebrate at a Renaissance Festival? The Renaissance is a period of European History that spans from the 14th to the 17th century; it’s a period of enlightened thinking and a rediscovery of classical arts and sciences. So, is that what we are celebrating? This 300-year period? Or……

Fairy Circle and Earth Magic

  Just last week, I found this little mushroom circle out on a walk on the site, just in front of the Tower Stage. It’s already brutally hot here in south Texas, and these little fungi were bravely popping up out of the dry, rocky soil, a visible testament to the sheer determination of our…

Tea With Sugar, Milk, and Hope!

“While there is tea, there is hope.” ― Arthur Wing Pinero, Sweet Lavender – A Comedy in Three Acts. When we ask patrons to tell us what their favorite things are, Scotch Eggs at the Queen’s Pantry are inevitably mentioned, sometimes more than once. They are delicious, aren’t they? My own favorite thing, though, is that shiny…

Meet Our Wedding Coordinator Goddess

I would like to tell you a little about myself and my family. I have been married for over 25 years to a Houston Police Detective and we have lived in Magnolia for a little over 22 years. So, I have seen this area grow tremendously.  I have a 22-year-old daughter at Sam Houston State…

Might As Well Jump!

A favorite entertainment of young and, well, less-young, is the bungee jump! With two locations, one near the joust arena and the other in Dove Meadow, near the stage where Tartanic plays, there are plenty of harnesses for all. The staff does a great job here, a patron shared the following story toward the end…

Audition Time!

Director’s Cut By Jeff Baldwin After spending nearly a quarter of a century casting the Texas Renaissance Festival, you would think there would be few surprises. It’s not that way at all. Seeking the “Golden TRF Ticket” First, I am amazed every year by the number of nationally recognized acts that wish to work here….