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Reviewed 5 December 2020

If you're thinking of having a wedding there I would suggest not. My experience was that the coordinator was disorganized, and would miss/mess up details and blame it on us. Including music, flowers (type and colors), reception space, processional, carriages, guest lists, parking, and dressing...rooms. We had several guests come to us with similar observations. The biggest issue though was the reception. The guy running the Italian Village decided to make himself the star of our reception, and generally a nuisance. I cannot stress enough how much he made himself the center of attention instead of fading into the background. He interfered with our photographer, bothered the bride, and added his own decorations. The steak was well done leather, and the "seasoned chicken pieces" were frozen chicken tenders. I was severely underwhelmed with the food. It appears that the renaissance festival staff do things their way regardless of what you want. We emailed our concerns to the renaissance festival staff including the owner George, the coordinator, the event contact email address, and the general inquiry contact, and have not heard a peep. No apology, not even an acknowledgement. So if you want a renaissance festival wedding where you are told how your event will go, and for the honor of attending you pay a stiff price then you know where to find it.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 14 November 2020

Total fun experience.Everyone "Social Distanced". Costumes were so diverse. Enjoyed the shops, the great food and the shows. A must do!

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 27 October 2020 via mobile

This was my first time visiting the Renaissance festival. My husband has talked about this for years. His favourite weekend is pirate weekend and has been going on this weekend since he was a young boy. Arrived around 11.30am and we had quite a far...walk to the gates from the car park. The car park was well organised with staff telling you where to park. Booked the tickets that morning and printed a copy for the front gates. No bag check by the looks of it which was concerning. My first impression was wow, it was completely different to anything I’ve ever been to. Being from England it reminded me of certain parts from back home. The staff were doing their best at an English accent and even stated currency was in pounds which I loved. We had some good conversations with cast members. It was such a busy day we ate, drank and shopped around the festival. We watched a couple of shows, but mainly people watched and visited all the little shops. At the end of the evening we got to the fireworks show early and sat on the end of a non roped off aisle. By the time it started, people were practically sat on our knees and in the roped off aisles. Staff were coming round telling people to move but nobody did and nobody had masks on. Felt very uncomfortable but the show was amazing and the fireworks stole the show at the end of the night. Will be returning this weekend for hallows Eve but won’t be staying for the show.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 27 October 2020 via mobile

I haven’t been there for few years. I bought tickets for the entire family from Groupon, and went on Saturday October 24, 2020. It was the pirate weekend theme. Face mask is required, although a lot of people took off their mask the second they...walked into the kingdom. Food is over priced as always. The employees in the kids rides are mostly unfriendly, and untrained to deal with children. I liked the belly dance show. The place turned wild after 3 pm, and many people got really drunk. I think I could’ve missed it this year as well.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 13 October 2020

Ticket only gets you in the "door", everything else costs separately so can add up. Kids rode the ponies, adults rode he elephants, got henna tattoos.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 12 January 2020

The festival is one of the largest and has so much to offer you will need few days to see it all. Many different food options available plus plenty to drink. Shops to but unique items not found in the average store.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 3 January 2020

I spent several weekends and never a dull moment. no matter what the weather there was great activities to delight any entertaining taste

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 2 December 2019

If you've never gone, you must go to the Ren Fest! Words will never do it justice, but the shows, atmosphere food and fun are second to none! Jugglers, comedians, jousters, live music everywhere,... just great! Great for kids and adults alike.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 2 December 2019

Hubby and I have been visiting the Texas Renaissance Festival since the first year and have gone at least once every year since. We've seen it grow substantially over the last few years. When they first opened, everyone dressed in Renaissance garb was allowed in...for free, Merlin the magician roamed the grounds doing magic tricks and the Gypsies moved from their camp to the exit and danced for guests at sunset. Those were my favorite years. As our two children grew, so did the festival. Food booths expanded, more spacious grounds, additional entertainment and the addition of more games for children and adults. It is truly an all day event. We've had our hair braided, enjoyed the Kings Feast, camped in both sections of the camping areas, enjoyed swinging under the trees and purchased hand made items that are treasured to this day. Our daughter took pictures with the Sturdy Beggars at the Mud Show when she was three, then again at 30 and although she has changed, the leading mud man has not (must be that mud does keep you young!) The performers are sometimes raunchy (Sound and Fury), sometimes funny (Ded Bob), sometimes thrilling (Fire Whip Show) and various stages of live music throughout the Festival are enough to keep one occupied all day. Although the overall food quality has gone down a bit, the assortment is enough to keep everyone well fed. If you love Turkey Legs, you'll be happy to know they have plenty, although the size has gotten smaller as the years progress. This is a premier People Watching event. Bathrooms are plentiful and clean, there are rental scooters and wagons at the entrance and there is something for every age but please be aware, not all shows are appropriate for young children. Our whole family loves the Festival and anyone who visits us comes along and raves about their experience. If you live anywhere in the Houston area, or even beyond, don't miss it. Rain or shine you'll have a grand time!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 30 November 2019

Get there early or the hike to the gate will be long. All kinds of food.Beef, pork, chicken, aligator, pizza, and more.Over 100 shops. Plenty for the kids to be entertained with. Can't see it all in one day.

Date of visit: November 2019
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YubenKald
29 October 2018|
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Response from HeidiKTutu | Reviewed this property |
Every weekend. Sept 29th-Nov25th. Google them and it tells you what the theme weekends are.
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Napunani
23 July 2018|
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Response from akhuntrr67 | Reviewed this property |
I think TRF is probly better than Scarborough mainly for the fact that it has 1st class shows and it seems like from the people I know that work at scarboro they say it's kind of gone downhill some of the shows art as 1st... More
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Response from YubenKald | Reviewed this property |
The answer is, it depends. Yes food is expensive, but not as much as at professional ball games. Next is souvenirs. Everything from really cheap (less than $3) to the sky's the limit. They have excellent costuming you will... More
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    Texas Renaissance Festival is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 3.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5