The Scarborough Renaissance Festival

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.

birds of prey collage

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…

Queen Amidala Storm Troopers in Kilts

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.

chain mail scarborough renaissance festival

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.

Donal Hinely Glass Harmonium

My personal favorite though was Cast In Bronze.  This one of a kind bell instrument is incredible.

Cast In Bronze

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.

Glass Blowing Demonstration

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.

jester festival

butterfly jester


Games and Rides

vegtabul justice game

three ships ride

Pretty things 🙂


mermaid lagoon

fairy garden

I think by the end of the day we initiated my parents pretty well into the “Renaissance Festival” crowd.

renaissance couple

Maybe next time they’ll even rent some costumes 😉

costume rental scaroborough renaissance festival

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.

33 thoughts on “The Scarborough Renaissance Festival

  1. It's been years since I've been to a Rennaisance festival. There is one every year near Dayton, OH. My husband, then boyfriend, and I went with my parents and little brother 16 years ago. We had a lot of fun people watching, seeing the demos and eating giant turkey legs! I think my husband's favorite part was being helped to try on a pair of lace up fur lined boots by a buxom assistant who was pouring out of the top of her period costume. 🙂

  2. That beats the ren faires I've been to. Mine were preposterously cheesy. Yours actually looked worth attending with all those demos and shows. Glad you had fun!

  3. Oh wow that looks like a really fun day! I have never been to a Renaissance Festival but think it would be fun. Those turkey legs look pretty tasty!

  4. I love the victorian renaissance vibe here. You are so lucky to have special events like these around yoU!

  5. The have one here in Colorado. Haven't been for a couple of years, but it is fun (and expensive)

  6. That looks so neat. I have not been to a Renaissance festival of any sorts, but I think it would be fun to go in costume.

  7. What fun, love the Storm Trooper in a kilt! We went to a Renaissance festival a few years ago and it is a great family outing. I liked the jousting best, my kids thought the witch dunking was fun.

  8. How fun! I have never been to a renaissance fair or festival but would really like to give it a go. I need to pay closer attention to when our annual one kicks off here in Las Vegas.

  9. This is the first time I'm hearing of the Scarborough Renaissance Festival. The way you described your experience, seems like you had lot of fun :). Though I have never been to this renaissance festival, after reading your exciting review, I'm surely going to attend it next year.

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