Renaissance Returns to Waxahachie

Scarborough Renaissance Festival has begun its 39th season with a variety of exciting new shows, extraordinary new artisans and an enhanced sense of celebration and pageantry.

With new shows featuring acrobats, comedians, escape artists, and even a dragon slayer as well as new artisans offering pottery, hearth & home products, leather works, renaissance & steampunk costumes, this year’s festival will be full of pageantry, celebration and a whole lot of fun! Additionally, the cast of Scarborough (Scarborough Academy of Performing Arts) has been hard at work on changes that will portray a more historic representation of life in the re-created 16th century village.

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“We have some amazing new performers and incredibly talented artisans joining Scarborough for our 39th season and we can’t wait for everyone to come out and see them” says Coy Sevier, General Manager. “Our performing company has also been rehearsing since early February and have really stepped up their game, so you don’t want to miss it! We invite everyone to come Step Back in Time for the Time of their Lives at Scarborough Renaissance Festival starting on April 6!”

The 2019 season begins with Time Traveler’s Weekend April 6 and 7, 2019. The weekend will include time travelers costume contests for both children and adults each day. It will also be the “Kids Free Weekend” when up to three children (ages 5-12) are admitted free with each paid adult. Children ages four and under are always free. Seniors aged 65 and above get a special discount this weekend as well with half price tickets at the gate.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival is interactive 16th century style that runs every Saturday & Sunday (and Memorial Day Monday) through May 27, 2019. Visitors will enjoy full combat armored jousting, Birds of Prey exhibitions, the Mermaid Lagoon, renaissance combat competitions, knighting ceremonies, a performing company of more than 150 and more than 25 stages of interactive and unique entertainment.  

Scarborough Renaissance Festival offers “Food Fit for a King” that is a step above the traditional “festival food.”  Visitors can feast on the famous giant roasted turkey legs (more than 20 tons are consumed each season), Scottish Eggs, the largest food-on-a-stick selection in Texas, or try some of the daily special creations at the Pasta Palace and Scarborough Bakery. the full-service restaurant & bar, the Rose & Crown Inn, offers a full-service dining experience with daily specials and signature items like shepherd’s pie, bangers & mash, meat pies and Muffulettas.


Scarborough Renaissance Festival’s 2019 Season offers many exciting new additions along with long time favorites:

New Entertainment

  • Captain Sir Francis Drake – A privateer and patriot home on leave who will raise glasses, melt lasses and leave knees weak in his wake!  

  • Clash of Champions - Fighters from all over the world battle to win the title of Champion

  • Dr. Judas Lynch & Ms. Magnolia Strange – Catch the fantastical narratives and death-defying stunts of this crew of escape artists (May 4 – 27 only)

  • Drone – Stomp your feet to tunes played on a different style of bagpipe

  • Harmless Danger Juggling Show – A comedy juggling show with serious consequences

  • Kamikaze Fireflies – A madcap show that combines acrobatic thrills, sandwich making feet, non-stop laughter & more (featuring a former member of the Flaming Idiots)

  • Kris Colt – Black Rose – A modern bard with a lyrical style performing songs of both original and ancient origin (April 20 – 28 only)

  • Notes of Accord - From high born to low, all meet on the festive field of Music

  • Pictus – A unique take on primal drums and Highland bagpipes (April 20 – 21 only)

  • Pride of Ireland – Bringing the mirth and magic of the Emerald Isle through songs, jokes and banter (April 27 – May 27 only)

  • Randal Piper – Come witness a glimpse into the musical mind of chaos (April 6 – 21 only)

  • Scottish Knighting CeremonyMargaret, Queen of Scotland and the Isles knights young guests

  • Sir Guy & The Dragon – The heroic hero, Sir Guy of Warwick, tells a heroic tale of heroism in which he heroically almost slays a dragon (May 11 – 27 only)

  • Syndicate Academy of Sword – Learn how to wield a sword! This hands-on experience teaches Spanish style techniques and how to use weapons of the Renaissance

  • The Beggar Queen – The queen of the people (or so she believes) wandering the lanes telling tales of the village and bringing smiles to all

  • The Gwendolyn Show – Part Trunk show, part audience participation and all funny

  • The Scarborough Tournament - Thrill to fighting, excitement and feats of Daring-Do by the finest fighters of the village

New Food Offerings

  • BBQ Pork & Mashed Potato Sundae – Layers of barbecue pork and mashed potatoes topped with gravy and a cherry tomato

  • Bomb Pop Ice Cups

  • Mashed Potatoes – with butter, garlic and cheddar cheese

  • Variety of new craft beer offerings throughout the Festival

Scarborough Renaissance Festival is open Saturdays, Sundays, and Memorial Day Monday, April 6 – May 27, 2019 from 10 AM to 7 PM rain or shine. Located in Waxahachie, Texas, Scarborough Renaissance Festival is just 30 minutes south of the downtowns of Dallas and Fort Worth on FM 66 off of I-35E at exit 399B. From Austin or Waco, follow I-35E north to Exit 399.

Admission is $28 for adults and $13 for children, ages 5-12. Children age 4 and under are admitted free.  Parking is free compliments of Waxahachie Nissan. Tickets are available on-line and discount tickets can be purchased at North Texas Tom Thumb & Albertsons stores starting March 29th and discount coupons can be found throughout the season at Waxahachie Nissan.

Nick Bailey is a forward thinking journalist with a well-rounded skill set unafraid to take on topics head on. He now resides in Austin, TX and continues to create content on a daily basis.