Scarborough Renaissance Festival is a renaissance fair in Waxahachie, Texas. Although, this festival has its roots in the 16th century under the reign of King Henry VIII, it has been going strong since 1981. This festival is celebrated on Saturdays and Sundays from the first weekend in April until Memorial Day Monday, on a huge area of 35 acres. There are 21 stages hosting more than 200 performances. Three jousting shows take place each day and about 150 cast members make up the characters at this festival. Almost all of the cast members are volunteers.
Scarborough Festival is all about medieval theme. If fantasy or Middle Ages are your thing, then there’s a lot of fun awaiting you to keep you occupied at this festival. This festival runs for eight consecutive weekends through April and May, hence, the weather will be quite cool, so you won’t have much problem roaming around and enjoying the festival. The performances at Scarborough, ranging from fire whip cracking
to aerial acrobats, from comedy to musical acts, will enchant you throughout the day. Many of these performers are volunteers. The shows are free but consider tipping the performers in the acts that you love. You will need to note down the showtimes and vendors and carry a map. It is a family friendly fair, but you may find a fair amount of adult humor if you’re looking for it.
Apart from entertainment, this festival features around 200 shops selling candles, soaps, jewelry, children’s toys and even musical instruments. The festival also features the Crown Kitchens - which is a selection of food stalls serving turkey legs (the festival serves over 20 tons of this signature food item per year), food skewers, sandwiches, ice cream and other items. Special programs include ‘Friends of the Faire’, an exclusive festival membership with benefits; Student Days, which are special days open only to school groups for educational purposes; and Renaissance themed wedding packages available in the festival’s special Wedding Garden.
This fair is all about medieval things – costumes, style, food. So, make sure you are dressed accordingly. For a full renaissance festival experience wear a costume. Peasant gowns, flower crowns, masquerade masks, sword belts
, weaponry and even leather halter tops
will do the trick. You may want to wear boots to match your costume in case it gets rainy and muddy. If you don’t like wearing costumes, go for casual picnic wear such as, t-shirt, jeans or shorts
, and just enjoy the festivities. A hat is a very good idea.
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