These are the upcoming weekend themes:
• Pirate adventure/Saturday and Sunday — Set sail for a swashbuckling weekend as the crew of the Pride of Bedlam invade the shire with piratical shenanigans.
• Roman bacchanal/Nov. 9-10 — Toga, toga, toga … Join the Italian court as you do what the Romans do while having a decadent good time.
• Highland fling/Nov. 23-24 — Throw on your best kilt and join the fun as Scotland beckons.
• Celtic Christmas/Nov. 29-Dec. 1 — The festivities conclude as thoughts turn to Christmas and all its joys. Enjoy this three-day weekend following the Thanksgiving holiday.
There are a wide variety of shows and acts for visitors to enjoy as they walk the grounds of the festival. Comedians, dancers, jugglers and more entertain audiences throughout the day. Here is a small sample of some performances:
• Gypsy dance theatre — Comprised of a group of multi-talented and highly spirited professional entertainers, this troop invites its audiences to tap into the muse of the gypsy spirit. Shows are at the Greek Agora at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
• Arsene — This French performer has performed for President and Mrs. George H. Bush, taught juggling to Cirque du Soleil and appeared at Disney World and Las Vegas, just to name a few. Performances take place at the Odeon at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
•The Brothers Dracul —This act employs their talents to instill shock and amaze audiences. Their show, “The Transylvanian Torture Show,” consists of fire, knives, a bed of nails and other tools of torment. Lucian and Serghei Dracul come from Transylvania, where doom, gloom and despair is status quo. They perform at the Barbarian Inn at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
If you are making a one-day trip to the Renaissance Festival, you will have a day packed with adventure and fun, but it will be hard to leave when the gates close and the drive home could be a trial. Instead, make it an overnight stay by taking advantage of the fields of New Market Campgrounds. This area features a communal bonfire, fire performers, clan encampments and more. The campground is open from noon on Friday until noon on Monday every weekend the festival is open. You should be packed up and departed by noon so the grounds can be prepared for the following weekend. Patrons are not allowed to reserve or rope off an area. The campground is divided into two sections: Family/quiet camping and the main campgrounds. The speed limit in the parking area and campgrounds is 5 miles per hour.
There is a $20 charge per vehicle per weekend to camp with the purchase of festival tickets. You must show the officer at the gate your ticket to the festival or purchase tickets from him to enter the campgrounds. The campground has permanent and portable restrooms available. Water stations with potable water are available for use at no additional fee. Water containers are not provided. No electricity or dump stations are available at this time. Showers, 21 stalls, are located near the entrance, with a full time attendant and a $5 fee for use. The grounds are patrolled regularly by police officers.
Tickets at the gate are $26 per adult and $13 per child. Check out discount pricing online. A Family pack of four tickets is available for $44 — that’s two adult tickets and two children’s (5-12) tickets. This package is not available at the gate. The weekend pass is $37 per person and is good for Saturday and Sunday only. Children 4 and under are free and those 5-12 are considered children. Phone orders are accepted from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at (800) 458-3435. Tickets are also available online. Tickets are non refundable. This is a rain or shine event. For more information visit www.texrenfest.com.