Scarborough Renaissance Festival
Family-Friendly Fun at the Faire Near Dallas
The Scarborough Renaissance Festival is a renaissance faire held in Waxahachie, Texas. Opened in 1981, the Scarborough Festival takes place during the time of King Henry VIII's reign (generally set on or around 1533). The festival grounds hold 21 stages, including three full-scale jousting shows.
Dates for the 2012 Faire
The 2012 Scarborough Renaissance Festival will be open on weekends and Memorial Day Monday from April 7 to May 28. The faire is open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Every weekend at the Scarborough Faire brings a different set of themed events. Past themed weekends have included the Royal Ale Festival, Easter Weekend (where children receive free admission on Easter Sunday), Highland Games, Renaissance Romance, Celtic Music Festival, and Pirate Invasion.
Dungeon of Yorkshire Tower
Ever wondered what it's like to be inside a medieval dungeon? Wonder no more. Take a walk through this museum of torture, executions, and unfair trials that existed during the 16th century. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children.
Small children will love getting some one-on-one time with the village's friendly animals. Standard petting zoo animals such as goats, sheep, ducks, bunnies, and chickens are in high supply, but the zoo is also home to pigs, a tortoise, and a llama. Admission to the Zoo is $3.
Rides and Games
In addition to over 200 performances taking place around Scarborough, the festival is also home to numerous Renaissance-themed games and man-powered rides. Here are just some of the amusements you can find around the festival grounds:
- Pirate Ship Swing
- Barrel Ride
- Knife and Axe Throw
- Jousting Rides
- Archery or Cross Bow
- Elephant Rides
- Camel Rides
Mythical Monster Museum
The Renaissance was a time full of superstitions and fairy tales, but no legends were as beloved as tales of mythical creatures. Mermaids, dragons, fairies, and trolls are on full display at this museum. Learn about the stories behind fabled "monster hunters" and "dragon slayers" of the time period. General admission to the museum is $3.
Food and Drink
Stop by the Rose and Crown Inn to enjoy the only full-service eatery on the festival grounds. If you'd prefer to snack while you walk around, grab some peasant bread or one of the festival's famous giant roasted turkey legs. Other popular eating options include steak-on-a-steak, scotch eggs, and giant pickles.
Beverages are just as popular (if not more so) than the festival's food offerings. Hearty pubs pepper the faire grounds, serving up plenty of alcoholic beverages for thirsty festival-goers. Sample glasses of Bellhaven Stout, Murphy's Irish Red, Woodchuck Pear Cider and many more.
About Waxahachie, Texas
Waxahachie is located in Ellis County (near Dallas). Founded in 1850, the town still holds onto its pioneer Western roots. On your trip to Texas, discover the town known as the "Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas" thanks to the many pink crape flowers that bloom in the springtime. Take a walk through Waxahachie's historic downtown district for shops, restaurants, and plenty of stunning Texan architecture.
Many hotels are booked a year in advance for the Scarborough Renaissance Festival. Your best bet for festival lodging would be to look into the many vacation rentals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. These rentals are an easy commute to the festival and offer more private accommodations than area hotels.