Return to the Renaissance

By Tyler Sun

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many beloved Houston events were canceled or closed down. From annual events like the Houston Rodeo to popular activities such as Space Center Houston, many of these were closed. Recently, due to the drop in case numbers, many of these events are reopening with strict health guidelines. One event to look forward to is the Texas Renaissance Festival, which will be opening on October 3. 

The Texas Renaissance Festival is an annual event beginning in October and ending in November that brings medieval culture to life. It was first held back in 1974 and has since featured 500 costumed actors who perform on 25 stages with merchants and craft vendors for over half a million visitors annually. The Ren-Fest also includes 200 acres of camping facilities for patrons. Each weekend from the beginning of October to the end of November has a different theme. Among the many things that the Ren Fest is famous for are their turkey legs. In fact, 98,267 turkey legs were consumed in 2018.

This year, due to COVID-19, there are strict guidelines in place regarding the admission to the event. You can only purchase tickets online, you must self-screen, and you are required to wear a mask. To add assurance, in the event that the Ren Fest is canceled, ticket holders may roll their tickets over to 2021 or will receive a refund.

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