Complimentary tickets were provided for us to go back to the sixteenth century 😉
We had a chance to go to the Scarborough Renaissance Festival this past weekend. What made it even more exciting was bringing my parents along with us. My dad and mom are Faire newbies and it was fun to introduce them to this cultural event.
The Scarborough Renaissance Festival is located in Waxahachie, TX (about a 30 mile drive south of Dallas). It’s open every year on Saturdays and Sundays during April and May, plus Memorial Day. The faire opens at 10:00 AM and closes at 7:00 PM, and the festivities go on rain or shine.
It doesn’t matter if you attend with adults like we did, or with children, the Scarborough Renaissance Festival really has something for everyone. Comedy shows, turtle races, mermaids, educational sessions, animals, rides and lots of great food. The performers play their roles with gusto and they’ll make you feel welcome as soon as you step through the gates.
It’s really tough to see everything you might want to throughout the entire day, so a tip I have is to view the schedule online and map out your must see events first. Then you can fit in the other things as you have time, or just wander around as there is no lack of activity.
We made sure that everyone got to do one thing that they thought they’d enjoy, so we started our morning out with my husband’s choice of a Historic Weapons Demonstration.
Then we headed over to the stage right next to it for the Birds of Prey show. There were hawks, falcons, owls and eagles soaring above the audience.
By the time the Birds of Prey show was over it was getting close to lunch time. And my dad was ready for some eats and a beer. Everything tastes better on a stick right? Even for grown ups! We were not disappointed with our Chicken-on-a-Stick and Turkey Legs.
As we were heading to the other side of the festival grounds to take in our next show, we ran into some interesting characters…
As you can see even the locals need a hand getting around the Scarborough Renaissance Festival, just another reason to pick up a program guide for $3.00.
There are some great musical shows at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival and we enjoyed all the ones we took in. It’s amazing to hear music coming from some water in glasses, this is the Donal Hinley Glass Harmonium.
My personal favorite though was Cast In Bronze. This one of a kind bell instrument is incredible.
My mom’s pick from the day’s scheduled events was to go to the Glass Blowing Demonstration. This was so cool and in my opinion if you make your way to the Scarborough Renaissance Festival, a must see.
Your entire senses are going to be indulged at this festival. The colors, the laughter and sounds, the scent of the food.. everything is a feast! Here are some photos I took just walking around the grounds. The attention to detail is everywhere.
Games and Rides
Pretty things 🙂
I think by the end of the day we initiated my parents pretty well into the “Renaissance Festival” crowd.
Maybe next time they’ll even rent some costumes 😉
If you happen to be in the DFW area on the weekends before or on Memorial Day, be sure to stop by the Scarborough Renaissance Festival. If you can’t make it this year… make plans to visit next April or May!
You can learn more about the Scarborough Renaissance Festival on their website, on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re interested in what else Waxahachie, TX has to see and do be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook.