Texas Renaissance Festival Weekend
If you like fun festivals, a variety of music, belly dancing, juggling, games of skill, camping, and more or if your favorite holiday is dressing up for Halloween, then you need to add the Texas Renaissance Festival to your list of fun things to do in Texas. This annual event is held in October and November just outside of Montgomery, Texas which is about 30 minutes north of Houston. It runs for eight weekends and is a blast.
The Texas Renaissance Festival is held in a very well done recreated 16th century village on 53 acres and each of the 8 weekends it comes alive with thousands of visitors, a large majority of which are dressed in some simple to very elaborate period costumes.
As you meander along the cobblestone paths in the village, you'll find:
- over 300 vendors, all speaking and dressed in period customs, offering a variety of unique and different goods for sale
- 16 stages and over 200 daily performances ranging from belly dancing and bagpipes to magicians and mud pit contests
- games of skill, elephant rides, wall climbing, swings, and plenty of other fun things for ages 4 to 90
- a huge Roman coliseum with jousting and more events
- food from around the world and taverns selling good cold beverages
If that's not enough to keep you busy or if you get tired, you won't get bored just sitting in one of the several taverns, listening to the variety of performances, and admiring all the characters in costume. There is something for everyone to do here. To make this event more fun, come in costume or buy one at the Renaissance Festival, and camp just a short walk from the gate. At the campground the party continues well into the night. If you're not into primitive camping (no water or electric, but there are a scattering of porta potties), then nearby Montgomery or Conroe have plenty of choices for lodging. But you need to make this a weekend to see and experience most of what this fun Texas Festival has to offer.
To learn more about this fun event, read our review of Texas Renaissance Festival.