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……

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….

Meet Our “Playtrons!” Episode Two

“I’ve been attending TRF with various groups of friends since 1996.  There’s about a dozen different costumes I rotate through; a Dragon, Gandalf The White, Aragorn, Nazgûl, and several generic rogues & swashbucklers — although Skeletor is by far my favorite!  I get so many people who want me to pose for photos. Someone once…

Meet Our “Playtrons!” Episode One

TRF has awesome fans. Lots of fans come in shorts and tee shirts, comfy in their sneakers, and they have a fantastic time! We love those folks! But there’s another element of people, they’re called “Playtrons” in our corner of the world. They’re the ones who not only wear costumes, but they really embrace the…

I See You!

  Much of the management team here and a handful of characters from TRF just had the pleasure of working the 2018 Comicpalooza event downtown at the George R. Brown Convention Center. It was so fun! We met lots of great people, we made some new friends, we gave away what felt like one million…

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…

Father Christmas and His Elves

The North Pole is absolutely bustling with activity as Father Christmas, Mother Christmas, and all the elves get ready for the big day. But it’s Celtic Christmas at the Texas Renaissance festival, so they are taking time out to visit and finalize last minute Christmas wishes. Here are a few of the jolly elves you…

Slainte!

It’s time to don your plaids and replenish your whiskey- Highland Fling is this weekend! And whether you can claim Scots heritage in truth or whether you claim it because it’s uamhnach (that’s awesome in the Gaelic) matters not, because we’re all ready for a ceilidh! Meet the characters who will be ready to greet…

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…

Meet The Villains!

His Royal Majesty and his Queen have summoned a representative sample of the most powerful Antagonists and ‘Heroes’ to do battle at the Texas Renaissance Festival for your enjoyment. Each team must compete daily in a Best of Five series for supremacy. The team that comes out on top will have their every wish granted….