Scarborough Renaissance Festival Opens April 7

Scarborough Renaissance Festival Opens April 7

If you’ve ever wanted to live like a lord or lady of King Henry’s court, the perfect opportunity is coming as the 38th season of Scarborough Renaissance Festival opens April 7, 2018, and runs every weekend and Memorial Day Monday through May 28. Advance discount tickets are available now at


For those unfamiliar with the festival (it’s definitely one of those things we aren’t often exposed to growing up), Scarborough Renaissance Festival is an immersive interactive 16th Century experience! The festival boasts an immense amount of things to do, and it’s virtually impossible to see everything in one day. One of the big features of Scarborough is the full-combat armored jousting, as well as 28 stages hosting fun and interactive performances including a Birds of Prey exhibition, belly dancers, and my personal favorite act Don Juan and Miguel. There’s also plenty of games and rides for the kids to enjoy. If you’re into unique souvenirs then you’re in luck. The festival has 200 shops and artisan demonstrations to check out to find the perfect takeaway from your adventure.

One of the biggest attractions of Scarborough is the food. The festival grounds house 12 pubs and taverns with daily beer and wine tasting events and delicious food all around. As a Scarborough veteran, I recommend starting off with a some fruit on a stick to have something light in the early part of the day, then a roasted turkey leg from the Crown Kitchens with a baked potato from Ye Stuffed Spud, and finish up with fried ice cream and a sack of the king’s nuts and a large bag of kettle corn to go (you may want to come back for a turkey leg to take home on the way out). Trust me, I’m not new to this. You’ll thank me later.

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This year, Scarborough will be featuring more than a dozen new stage and lane entertainment acts, as well as a new “Royal” court and new artisans setting up shop.

The festival will run Saturdays, Sundays, and Memorial Day Monday, April 7 – May 28, 2018, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located in Waxahachie, Scarborough is just 30 minutes south of Dallas-Fort Worth off of I-35E. Order tickets online, here, or hit up the main website to plan out your visit. Maybe you’ll see Black Texas there.

Nick Bailey is a forward thinking journalist with a well-rounded skill set including writing, design, and photography. Nick now resides in Austin, TX after earning a degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis on journalism from Texas A&M University—Commerce.