It’s almost that time again. A time when geeks and fans of times long since past gather for a nearly two-month long faire featuring eight themed weekends and an expansive campground to enjoy evenings of merriment in. This 55-acre village is home to over 400 vendors, 200 daily performances, and tons of events that let you experience life outside of our millennium.
To us Texas geeks, the Texas Renaissance Festival is a yearly tradition that enables us to end a typically hot and uncomfortable summer with an extended faire enabling us to get out of the house and let our geeky flag fly. It’s a fun event for people of all ages, and you never know what you’re going to see when you arrive. If you think cosplay is big in the comic book world, you’ve never been to the Texas Renaissance Festival.
Here are some reasons to consider attending this year.
Some attendees spend the entire year working on their costume for this festival. Chainmail, plate armor, wizard’s robes, swords, and just about any other piece of period attire is donned by many folks attending the festival. You can also purchase some snazzy old-world clothing at the event if you didn’t have time to grab some prior.
It’s part of the pageantry and escape from the modern world that this environment provides. It gets you out of the Twittersphere for a day and places you in an environment where you can kick back and enjoy some of the simple pleasures of days long since past.
The Texas Renaissance Festival features a number of educational areas where kids and adults alike can learn about the art of falconry, bow making, blacksmithing, and even combat. Vendors commonly set up stations that show attendees how things were done before the modern era of electricity and plastics.
There are even “School Days” where the park is closed to the general public and only educators and students are allowed inside. On these days, students can learn about glass blowing, pottery, armor making, see jousting, listen to music, and enjoy a magic show. It’s a great event that educates the youth of today about the almost-lost arts of an old world.
The festival itself is a recreation of a 16th Century British village intended to bring the sights, smells, and sounds of the period to the modern day. It does so very accurately, or at least as accurately as you can get these days.
Music and Entertainment
With over 200 performances happening every day of the faire, there’s sure to be something to fit everyone’s taste. Musicians, magicians, dancers, and even live combat can be found all around the village.
There is even a fireworks show to be seen at the end of each day.
Vendors and Food
If you haven’t had a turkey leg or a tankard of mead, you’re missing out. There is food straight out of the old world to be had all over the village, and much of it is prepared in a traditional style with the same type of cooking methods used way back when.
You can also go shopping for handmade crafts and specialty products you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re in the market for a handcrafted chain mail shirt or a one-of-a-kind necklace, there aren’t many places in the world better stocked to fit your needs.
These are my reasons for attending the Renaissance Festival this year, but what are yours? Are you from a region outside of Texas that has its own festival of choice? Tell us about it in the comments section below.