38th Annual Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Travel to a land of enchantment filled with dragons and fairies.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival continues every weekend through Memorial Day. Monday, May 28th is the last day of for this event. Everyone comes from near and far to be knighted, hear their fortune, meet their prince in shining armor or see the jousting matches.

Gates open at 10:00 AM with an opening ceremony at 9:45 AM. Closing ceremony begins at 6:45 PM with gates closing at 7:00 PM. Make sure you wear good walking shoes because there is a lot to see and do. You will want to stay all day!

Every weekend is a different theme. What remains the same is the performances, artisans, food, and shops. This is a festival for the whole family offering many shows that are family friendly. Check the schedule to plan out your day. There are also many games and rides for the kids, in addition to a petting zoo. There is even a mermaid lagoon.

If you want to be part of the fun, feel free to wear a costume. There is also a rental shop right inside the gates. You will want to set your alarm to head over the bridge at 1:00 PM for the Grande Parade.

Numerous shops have artisan demonstrations. Stop by and watch blocks of stones, chunks of metal or rods of glass slowly become beautiful works of art. These artisans work non-stop to create one-of-a-kind pieces.

No festival is complete without delicious food and you will not be disappointed with the offerings here. From giant turkey legs, Scottish eggs to fresh fruit and beautiful pastries. Do not leave without checking the fruit scones at the bakery. I am still thinking about those Ginger Scones!

There are 12 pubs and taverns. Many offering a variety of tastings. These do sell out quickly, so purchase your ticket in advance.

Shop at over 200 village shops and kiosks for unique gifts. I suggest you purchase a program. It contains important information, from schedule of events to a map of the festival grounds. This is a sure way to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.

A couple of things I must alert you about.

  1. Take cash – many vendors only accept cash
    {But if you forget there are several ATMs located around the ground.}
  2. There is no internet connection. So either print out the schedule ahead of time, purchase a program at the door, or take note of schedule times at different locations.

I attended last Saturday. It rained the entire day and yet there was plenty to see and do. This is a festival not be missed. You are in for quite a treat. The organizers and participants of this event do a fantastic job of transporting you to the renaissance area. The sounds and sights make this a complete and unique experience.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival
2511 FM 66
Waxahachie, TX 75167


Combining my love of writing and live theater I began publishing with Examiner.com in 2009. Since that time I have expanded my contributions to numerous forms of live entertainment, film and much more. In July of 2016 Examiner.com shut down their website. I decided to continue exploring and sharing my adventures through my own blogging site. Becoming a resource for my audience seeking entertainment options in the DFW area is a top priority.