Scarborough Renaissance Festival 2019 begins its 39th season on April 6, 2019, with a variety of exciting new shows, extraordinary new artisans and an enhanced sense of celebration and pageantry.
There are new shows featuring jugglers, acrobats, comedians, Irish music, escape artists, a Fairy Court, Renaissance combat competitions, a Scottish Knighting ceremony and even a dragon slayer! New Artisans include offerings of pottery, brass rubbings, pet treats & accessories, hearth & home products, leather works, Renaissance & Steampunk costumes and even a larger than life-sized Grand Labyrinth game! 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 our re-created 16th Century Village. It will be full of pageantry, celebration and a whole lot of fun!
Scarborough Renaissance Festival® is interactive fun for everyone, 16th Century Style that will run every Saturday & Sunday (and Memorial Day Monday) for eight consecutive weekends April 6 through May 27, 2019. Visitors will enjoy full combat armored jousting, Birds of Prey exhibitions, the Mermaid Lagoon, Renaissance Combat competitions, Knighting ceremonies, a 150+ member performing company and 25+ stages of interactive and unique entertainment. You will also discover exquisite one-of-a-kind treasures at the 200+ shoppes and amazing artisan demonstrations along with Renaissance rides, games of skill and so much more.
The 2019 season begins with Time Traveler’s Weekend April 6 & 7, 2019. The weekend will include Time Traveler’s costume contests for both children and adults each day. It will also be our “Kids Free Weekend” when up to three children (ages 5-12) are admitted free with each paid adult. Children 4 and under are always free. Seniors 65+ get a special discount this weekend as well with half-price tickets at the gate. The guest performer opening weekend is Randal Piper. Guest Artisans are St. Thomas Brass Rubbings, Silverleaf Costumes, Living Art & Lanterns, Fuglyware Pottery, and Gentry Jewelry.
Each successive weekend has a different theme that includes Artisan’s Showcase (4/13 & 14), Celtic Weekend/ Easter Celebration (4/20 & 21), Royal Ale Festival & Spring Celebration (4/27 & 28), Deaf Day (4/27), Legends of the Seas (5/4 & 5), Celebrating Chivalry & Mother’s Day Brunch (5/11 & 12), Live the Fantasy (5/18 & 19) and the Last Huzzah (5/25, 26 & 27). Each weekend also has a variety of special events.
Scarborough Renaissance Festival offers “Food Fit for a King” that is a step above the traditional “festival food”. Visitors can feast on our famous giant roasted turkey legs (over 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 our very own Pasta Palace and Scarborough Bakery. Our 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.
Visitors 21 and over can partake in our custom blended Scarborough Mead, beer, wine and other adult beverages at one of the 12 pubs and taverns. For those with a more discerning palate, there are also daily wine and beer tasting events. Tastings require a separate ticket that can be purchased in advance at SRFestival.com or at the Festival (on festival days). Seating is limited and the tasting events regularly sell out, so it is recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance.