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…

Preparations and Completions or from Summer to Sapphire

Goodly Folk, Our fall Festival is fast approaching and all of us are engaged in preparations for our Sapphire Anniversary. For 45 years the Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF) has bid the summer heat farewell and welcomed the cooling breezes of autumn. I am looking forward to those cooling breezes. However, it is still July and…

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…

TRF Announces its 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Four Recipients Awarded a Combined $6,000 as Part of Festival’s Annual School Days Initiative   Texas Renaissance Festival, the nation’s largest and most acclaimed Festival of food, fun and 16th century magic, announced today the recipients of its School Days Scholarship Program. “We created the School Days Scholarship Program as a way to reward those students…

Huzzah to Our Journalism Winners!

On November 7th and 8th, 60,000 students and educators came from all over the southeast Texas region, and even from Louisiana and Oklahoma, to participate in School Days, an event which is educationally focused. We have competitions in theatre, music, art, science, essay, poetry, costume, and journalism. We are thrilled to present the work of…

Meet the Heroes!

Our deepest apologies, those meddlesome villains somehow got the drop on this blog post, but they got caught up monologuing and were easily dispatched. His Royal Majesty and his Queen have summoned some of the most powerful Heroes and Villains to do battle at the Texas Renaissance Festival for your enjoyment. Each team must compete…

Grüß Gott

MEET THE GERMAN COURT Waiting to welcome you to a fantastic Octoberfest, the German Court will be hosting our first weekend of the season. The long-suffering head of the German Court, Duke Johann von Cleves III is a loving husband and doting father. He is a fair-minded ruler who always seeks the via media in…

Meet the Frenglish Court!

The most timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly court you will meet in New Market is undoubtedly the English. Um, French. Er, Frenglish? Englance? When you have the Doctor in your court, anything can happen! As a Time Lord, the Doctor has proven to be a very interesting addition to the festivities, and although desperate to find his Tardis,…

Middlelands, The First

We’ve all had a day to rest, so it’s time to reflect on the amazing event that we just had here at TRF: Middlelands Music Fest! This show, a partnership with Electric Daisy Carnival, Insomniac, and C3 Productions,  has been years in the making, and as a first time music fest attendee, I saw a…

Hello, Dollies!

  Wee Peeple Doll Constructions celebrates 30 years at Texas Renaissance Festival   If you ever take a moment to wander the lanes and explore the quieter shoppes that TRF has to offer, you might have strolled into Wee Peeple, a charming little cottage near the Odeon Stage.For more than 35 years, Kandra Niagra, owner…