If you’re tired of the average music event, convention or whatever else happens in town this year, then I suggest shaking things up by taking a step into the realm of fantasy at the Texas Renaissance Festival located in Todd Mission, TX.
The Texas Renaissance Festival contains a slew of events, shops and locations to satisfy any renaissance junkie. And even if you are not into the renaissance scene, don’t worry. Potterheads, anime fans, comic book fans or even your average Joe will find something appealing at the fair. So let your imagination run wild this season and see what it has to offer. But be quick, the final day of the fair is Sunday, Nov. 26.
The shops and layout of the fair are an essential part of what makes the fair so appealing. Set up as a quaint little village, visitors get the experience of traversing through different areas of woodland cottages, Greek theaters, coliseums and pubs. Among the many shops are original clothing lines, handcrafted specially by the vendors. It’s no surprise that the Ren fair will have many decked out visitors in various forms of cosplay so you might want to show off your garb as well. The stores have it all; leather gloves, corsets, kilts, cloaks and various costumes and accessories to try on. But if you really want to make it authentic, check out the armories and blacksmith shops. They sell real and fake weapons including swords, axes, knives, spears — you name it.
In addition to that, each armory has special weapons from fictional video games like “The Legend of Zelda,” “Final Fantasy” and “Kingdom Hearts.” Anime like “RWBY,” “Sword Art Online” and “Bleach.” And even movies such as ” The Lord of the Rings,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Troy,” just to name a few. Of course, it should go without saying that all of these merchandises can be pricey, but they are definitely worth a look at for their quality and the immersion they provide to the fair.
If shopping for accessories or dressing up isn’t your thing, there are plenty of food stands, including the fan favorite turkey legs. There are also art shops and numerous other stores. So get out there and see what best appeals to you.
But if the shops still aren’t enough to satisfy, have no fear for there are plenty of entertaining events to attend. And the best part is — they’re all free once you buy your ticket. Are you a fan of the theater? The fair has two stages where they host a variety of shows scheduled on their website. The shows include works of Shakespeare, comedies, tragedies and anything that can get an actor’s blood pumping. Are you more into the music scene? Musicians all across the fair perform for all to come and see. Granted, you won’t be hearing any top 40 hits while there, but their handling of instruments like bagpipes, violins, percussion and other sorts are sure to entertain people of all tastes. A personal favorite and crowd-pleaser is a group called Saxon Moon, an instrumental Celtic Folk Rock band that takes a classic style of music and cranks it up to heart pounding degrees. What if you’re looking for a little more action? The fair hosts jousting events, whip demonstrations, fire dancing, falcon shows and much more that are guaranteed to have you gripping your seat with excitement. And if you’re just looking for a blast, the fair also offers multiple rides to go on including a rock wall, giant swings, mini-games like archery and mazes and even elephant rides. An especially fun attraction (if you’re not too sensitive) is the inside of a booth that hurls relentless insults at you as you attempt to sink them by hitting targets. And last, but certainly not least, each day ends with a final event where everybody gathers at the coliseum. A spectacular show involving fire dancers ensues, followed by a glorious firework show to top it all off.
So if you’re feeling adventurous this season and want to experience an exciting change of pace, join your fellow adventure seekers and explore, visit the Texas Renaissance Festival, a land of fantasy and excitement.