Texas Renaissance Festival
The Texas Renaissance Festival is the largest event of its kind in the country. It takes place over nine weekends on a 55-acre site in Todd Mission, which is about an hour outside of Houston. Participants, who dress in period costume, and attendees, some of whom also dress up, often stay at a large camping area next to the fairgrounds. The festival, referred to as TRF, features hundreds of vendors and performers, including comedy improv groups, musicians, jugglers and jousting knights.
TRF has a lot of the typical “renfest” features seen in similar events in other states. When it first started over four decades ago, the festival drew 30,000 people. Now, it sees more than a half-million attendees during its run each October and November. Each weekend has a different theme to keep happenings fresh for repeat visitors. The calendar includes Oktoberfest and All Hallow’s Eve weekends, as well as Roman, Celtic and Scottish Highland themes.