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The Return of Ren-Fest Fun

Classic Texas festival celebrates 48 years

The tiny town of Todd Mission, southeast of Navasota, boasts a getaway that captures the spirit of medieval and mythical times in the modern world. Approaching its 48th year of operation, the Texas Renaissance Festival opens its gates every weekend from October through November. The event offers a wide selection of food, drinks, shops (or “shoppes”), performers, games and rides.

After the cannons fire at 9 a.m. October 8 for the opening of the festival, more than 500,000 guests will pass through the gates to enjoy an area packed with more than 400 vendors offering food, drinks and gifts; arenas and stages for performers; and fun games and activities at every corner. From mead, wine and tea tasting to escape rooms and jousting, endless fun awaits the entire family. In addition, each day closes with a royal fireworks show. Guests can take advantage of the 231 acres of camping facilities accommodating campers, RVs and tents.

Each festival weekend has a unique theme accompanied by a costume and eating contest:

  • November 5–6: Heroes and Villains with a gyro eating contest.
  • November 12–13: Barbarian Invasion with a turkey leg eating contest.
  • November 19–20: Highland Fling in celebration of Scotland with a haggis eating contest.
  • November 25–27: Celtic Christmas with a pumpkin pie eating contest.

Day tickets range from $10–$29, and season passes are $100–$300.

The Texas Renaissance Festival has no shortage of ways to entertain and is the perfect weekend getaway. For more information about this event, visit