Hear Ye, Hear Ye! A Photo Tour of the Texas Renaissance Festival

by Julie Tereshchuk on October 7, 2021 in Food+Drink, Living Texas, Houston, Travels, Family, Music,

Come take a tour through the nation’s largest Renaissance event. 

Every year over 450,000 eager patrons enter through the gates of the Texas Renaissance Festival into an extraordinary 16th century European village. From October 9 through to Thanksgiving, you’ll find performers to immerse you in the enchantment of the village, with its 21 stages of music and more, 400 shoppes, artisans, and a world tour for the taste buds that — of course — includes turkey legs! 

All photography courtesy Keith Smathers Photography

It’s a royal welcome from the King and Queen as you step inside the gates of the Texas Renaissance Festival. Photo Keith Smathers Photography


Just like today’s celebs, the Renaissance Festival King and Queen love to dance. You’ll catch their cavorting during the Welcome ceremony at the gates of the festival grounds. Photo Keith Smathers Photography


No renaissance event would be complete without some magic, myth and mystery. You’ll find plenty of that at the Texas Renaissance Festival. There’s a different theme each weekend, and this delightful enchanted fairy forms part of the 1001 Dreams Theme weekend. Photo Keith Smathers Photography


Yes, the barbarians truly are at the gate at the Texas Renaissance Festival! But, no worries! These are friendly barbarians here to welcome visitors to the festivities. Photo Keith Smathers Photography


Performers and entertainers — like this ventriloquist — grace the stages and fill the lanes throughout the medieval village. Photo Keith Smathers Photography


A stroll around the festival is filled with sights and sounds from around the world, like this Spanish maiden. Photo Keith Smathers Photography

The Texas Renaissance Festival is located one hour north of Houston. Saturdays & Sundays, October 9–November 28, 2021. 

Photo Keith Smathers Photography

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Cover photo courtesy Keith Smathers Photography

Keith Smathers is a professional engineer working towards the day he will dedicate his time to his second love in life…photography. (Of course, his wife Ana Marie is his first true love.) Contact Keith for professional mountain biking, motocross, portrait and family event photos.