Women in costume at the Texas Renaissance Festival
||Weekends in October and November
||21778 FM 1774 Todd Mission, Texas 77363
||606, 694 in 2012
is a Renaissance fair in Todd Mission, Texas, about 50 miles northwest of Houston.
The Texas Renaissance Festival (TRF) started in 1974 on the location of an old strip mining site. The Texas Renaissance Festival claims to be "the nation’s largest Renaissance theme park." The festival sits on 55 acres of land, and offers camping facilities to patrons. The festival welcomes half a million guests annually.
The Texas Renaissance Festival was founded in 1974 by George Coulman. At the time, it spanned only fifteen acres, with three stages featuring small improv theatre groups, and merchants selling their goods on blankets. The opening year saw a turn-out of 33, 000, nearly a twentieth of the turnout of 2012.
The Texas Renaissance Festival features about 500 costumed performers on 17 stages; 340 shops including: international food purveyors, unique artisans, merchants and craft vendors; human-powered rides; an abundance of performers walking among the guests, and the Queen's Royal Finale (fireworks if weather permits) at dusk.
Each of the eight weekends of the festival take on a different theme, influencing the performances, costumes, food, drink, art, shops, contests, and games throughout the festival grounds.
A group of fairies at the 1001 Dreams weekend of the Texas Renaissance Festival
- Oktoberfest - German theme, including polka music and dancing, and the serving of traditional German beer.
- 1001 Dreams - Fantasy theme, encouraging lavish costumes of wizards, fairies, and elves and including several fantastical contests, such as scavenger hunts and costume contests.
- All Hallows Eve - Medieval Halloween theme, including spooky decorations and contests, such as jack-o-lantern carving contests, to celebrate the holiday.
- Pirate Adventure - Pirate theme, encouraging pirate costumes and including several sea-related games and contests.
- Roman Bacchanal - Roman theme, encouraging Roman costumes and hosting several Roman-themed contests and games such as toga contests and spaghetti eating contests.
- Barbarian Invasion - Medieval Barbarian theme, encouraging costumes of medieval barbarians and including "barbaric" contests such as the "Barbarian Battle Cry" contest and eating contests.
- Highland Fling - Scottish theme, encouraging traditional Scottish costumes and including bagpipe-playing and traditional Scottish food and drink.
- Celtic Christmas - Christmas theme, including Christmas decorations and music, and featuring Christmas-themed contests such as "Candy Cane Hunt" and "Guess the Present" contests.
The Joust at the Texas Renaissance Festival
Ahh you're in Syracuse too...
I ride horses in the area...just google local horse farm that teach lessons and take a few...depending on how quickly you pick it up you could check that item off your list in a month or so.
As for the other stuff...hmm. Sometime you can milk cows at the State Fair. AND I rode an elephant at the Renaissance Festival out in Sterling a long time ago. They might still do it.