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A Feast Fit for a King and Queen: The Scarborough Renaissance Festival

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival® is in full swing in Waxahachie, TX providing interactive fun for the whole family in true 16th Century Style. The festival runs every weekend until May 28, so be sure to make plans to stop by to enjoy the various exhibitions, marvel at the talent showcased by local artisans, shop among the exquisite village of over 200 vendors.

The festival began in 1981. It now runs eight consecutive weekends and Memorial Day each spring (April & May). Tagged as “one of the largest and most popular Renaissance festivals in the country,” you don’t want to miss your chance to travel back in time to a re-created 16th Century English village.

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The “village” of Scarborough is 35 acres, according to its website. It boasts over “20 tons of the Festival’s famous Giant Turkey Legs” waiting to be devoured by festival goers.

In addition to being “one of the largest outdoor ‘juried’ craft shows in the country,” the festival provides thrilling entertainment with 27 Stages of live entertainment for your viewing pleasure and over 200 performances daily. You can expect to see Lords and Ladies, dressed in full costumes, greeting guests as they travel the festival paths. There’s so much for visitors to enjoy, including “Sword Fighting, Comedians, Mermaid Lagoon, Acrobats, Musicians, Jugglers, Scottish Bagpipes, Magicians, Belly Dancing, Renaissance period instrumentals, Country & Court Dancing and more.”

Scarborough Renaissance Festival

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You can even learn about the history, manners, and customs of the time. Be sure to check out a historic weapons demonstration. There is even a  human chess match that’s sure to grab your attention, not to mention the hearty feast fit for a queen and king waiting at the various food courts. Over 200 crafts shops with unique hand-made items are showcased throughout for your shopping pleasure.

Add this to your bucket list of adventures! The Scarborough Renaissance Festival was described by the Dallas Observer as one of the “Best Place to Escape Reality.” For more information and ticket prices, visit