The Scarborough Renaissance Festival is a Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas favorite that brings the year 1533 back to life just south of the Metroplex in Waxahachie. The festival transports us to a village during the time of King Henry VIII and here you will find over 30 acres of the “Best Place to Escape Reality” according to the Dallas Observer“.  This festival has been an annual event since 1981 and will take place this year over 8 weekends starting April 6th and running through May 27th, including Memorial Day.

This award-winning festival features 21 stages with over 200 different acts including acrobats, jugglers, storytellers, comedians and more.  The Last Chance Forever Wildlife Conservatory brings their birds of prey to demonstrate the “Sport of Kings” which is the art of Falconry.  Every day at 1PM sharp the Grande Parade makes it’s way through the village.  Your entire family will also enjoy the jousting matches that take place three times a day.  These are authentic matches and not for the faint of heart.  Be sure to watch for the Human Chess Tournament which can be a great way to spend some time relaxing and giving tired feet a rest.

The Scarborough Academy of the Performing Arts will delight and entertain you with period dress, authentic olde English language and personal interactions.  Do not be surprised to see King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn strolling through Crown Meadow, Pecan Grove or Holly Field.  A schedule of performances can be found here.

These are only a few of the many excellent stage acts that take place during the festival:

Knife Throwing – Dad and son toss knives and jokes for your entertainment.

Tartanic – The always exciting Scottish Bagpipes and Drums “brought to you by five men without pants”.

Daniel Duke of Danger – This talented acrobat will take your breath away with his amazing death-defying act.

You can also enjoy many mouth-watering food and drink choices including:

  • Steak-on-a-Stake
  • Huge Roasted Turkey Legs
  • Cheesecake-on-a-Stick
  • The Royal Jerk(y)
  • Royal Scottish Egg
  • Meat Pies
  • and much, much more…

You will also see many artisans practicing their crafts including soap making, jewelry making, glass blowing and even a sword maker at work.  You can also find many wares for sale that were handmade just for this event.

Did you know that upwards of 20 weddings take place at the festival every year?  If you have been thinking about your own Royal Wedding, even if just a fantasy version before or after the real thing, you really must don your authentic period wedding garb and join all the festival-goers in their finest renaissance festival clothing and costumes.

Come in costume and prepare to make memories that will last a lifetime!