The Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF), largest in the nation, runs each weekend from October 6 to November 25, just north of Houston in Plantersville. Spanning 17 days over eight weekends, Saturdays, Sundays and Thanksgiving Friday, each weekend has a different 16th-century theme.
Situated on more than 55 acres of landscaped grounds, the TRF features eight themed villages, more than 500 costumed performers, human-powered rides, 17 stages of entertainment and 340 vendor shops
offering food, handmade crafts, clothing, jewelry and specialty art. Costume rentals are available and a Grande Marche Parade takes place every day at noon. Children age 4 and under admitted free. Parking is free and there are designated areas for motor homes, tents and campers.
Every Sunday is Family Day, offering families the opportunity to participate in kid-friendly games, contests and activities. Strolling performers and fireworks at dusk will thrill the younger princes and princesses.
Location: 21778 FM1774, Plantersville. For times, more information and discounted tickets, call 800-458-3435 or visit TexRenFest.com.