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Scarborough Renaissance Festival: 11 Undeniable Reasons To Visit (2024)

The 43rd Annual Scarborough Renaissance Festival is coming back to the DFW area, near Waxahachie, so mark your calendars and get ready for some fun!

This year, the Scarborough Renaissance Festival will run on Saturdays and Sundays (and Memorial Day) from April 6 through May 27, 2024, with each weekend bringing a different theme — and plenty of turkey legs.

Every year, we get excited about our annual visit to the event and we think you should also make it a family tradition, especially if you love to dress up, visit the village of Scarborough, and chew on Turkey legs! Here are 11 reasons you and your family are going to want to visit the best Renaissance Festival Waxahachie has to offer.

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Great Costumes and People Watching

Visitors of all ages join the entertainers and festival staff, in dressing for the occasion, as if it’s the year 1543. Be prepared my lords, ladies, peasants, and paupers, for all types of Henry VIII’s era costumes, left up to interpretation and all sorts of great voices and accents! Fear not, if you do not have suitable attire, come as you are or rent costumes in adult and child sizes near the front gate at Booth 100.

Special Themed Weekends

Plan your visit around one of the many themed weekends: Viking and Barbarian Weekend and Deaf Awareness Day (on April 27th), Live the Fantasy and Spring Celebration and Celebrating Chivalry Weekend are our favorites.

Fun and Exciting Shows

The Festival covers a wide area, including 23 stages with live entertainment that never seems to stop! Whether it’s the Birds of Prey Show (which we loved!) , the Cannon Drill or the Children’s Highland Games, the Scarborough Knights also offer Chivalry Lessons.

Another quirky and fan favorite with our daughter was the Cirque du Sewer, featuring performing rats running through obstacles or dancing cats with America’s Got Talent’s Melissa at the Crown Meadow Stage.

Kids 4 and under are always free

However, for Kids aged 5-12, you can plan to visit on Kids Free Weekend, Presented by Whataburger April 6th & 7th. 3 Kids come free with each paid adult ticket.

Games and Rides

Whether it’s Archery or Longbow, Darts, Bump a Munk or the Adventure Climbing Wall, there are some really fun games to enjoy at the Festival. Bring your cash for the Barrel Ride, Dragon Swings, Elephant and Camel rides, pony rides and The Quintain.

If your littles love animals, the Royal Menagerie is located near the far end of Pecan Grove between the Whimsey Stage and the games of skill at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival.

Children will have a wonderful hands-on experience with sheep, goats, bunnies, chickens, ducks and pigs, as well as a llama and a tortoise and they can also get a picture with Unicorns (for an additional fee!)


The jousting is my family’s favorite part! It’s so fun, and the whole thing really feels like you’re part of a medieval community event. You can see live jousts three times during each Festival day.

My kids love seeing the knights on their horses, completing tasks and fighting for the princess. There is quite a lot of seating here, and it’s free with your entrance fee. For an upcharge, you can reserve seating near the Queen for an unobstructed view of the joust.

Try new things at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival 2024

In addition to playing Medieval instruments, there are numerous demonstrations from basket weaving, stone carving, candlemaking, and juggling, as well as mini-battles that are safe for kids to try!

The Food at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival

While many of us think of the Texas State Fair for unusual food choices, the Renaissance Festival also gives you a chance to eat your turkey leg, enjoy Mac and Cheese on a Stick, or steak on a stake, eat your corn and wash it down with a Root Beer Float.

Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream, a Plano favorite, is also offered as a sweet treat item too.

While there are specific food court areas with plenty of seating there are also roving carts so you can grab something on the go.

The Artisans Market and Craft Shoppes

You would expect themed artisans products at a Renaissance festival, set in the year 1543, so expect items shaped out of wood, scrolls and souvenirs to keep as mementos. When we visited last year, we also came home with some very unique maps – some sports themed or college themed.

Medieval Adult Beverages

There are no shortage of Pubs, Taverns and chances to enjoy Adult Beverages and themed drinks. I can attest to the taste of their Cider choices! Delicious!

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Included activities

Kids particularly enjoy seeing the Accidental Acrobats, Cirque du Sewer, The Don Juan & Miguel Show, Emrys Fleet’s Big Rat Show, Fireflicker the Dragon, Harmless Danger Juggling Show, Kamikaze Fireflies, The London Broil Show, Maypole Dance, The Nature of Mercy, The Pinwheel Sideshow, Sir Real the Puppet Man, and the Syndicate School of Sword & Skill.

What you need to know before you go to the Scarborough Renaissance Festival

While most vendors take cards, there are ATMS around the event, that you can use, especially to tip Show Performers! Leave your pets at home and your firearms. They do not allow any external food or drink items inside the event.

When is the Scarborough Renaissance Festival 2024

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It opens April 6 and runs through May 27 (ending Memorial Day) on Saturdays, Sundays, & Memorial Day Monday 10 am – 7pm.

How much does it cost to go to Scarborough Fair?

Visitors at Scarborough Renaissance Festival

You can buy tickets online or at the gate. Adults are $32 per day, $38 at the gate and Kids (aged 5-12) are $14 per day online and $18 at the gate. The Festival is open rain or shine and no refunds are given for tickets purchased ahead of time. Season tickets are also available.

How do we get to the Scarborough Renaissance Festival?

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The best way is by car, and it’s usually just south of Dallas near Waxahachie, so allow about an hour to get there.
Alternative Routes: To I-35E (North or South), West on FM66 and right on Arrowhead. Right on FM 1466

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