Texas RenFest Announces Additions

The 41st annual Texas Renaissance Festival kicks off Saturday, Oct. 10 with Oktoberfest weekend and remains open for the next seven weekends through Nov. 29, Celtic Christmas weekend.

The merry men and maidens at the Texas Renaissance Festival have released a new map of the venue ahead of its October opening and announced a few new additions to the park for 2015.

The 41st annual Texas Renaissance Festival kicks off Saturday, Oct. 10 with Oktoberfest weekend and remains open for the next seven weekends through Nov. 29, Celtic Christmas weekend.

Kids under 12 will get in free every Sunday this year too. Another discount ticket sale will occur Aug. 15 with the hook being half-off the gate price for adult passes.

On top of adding more food options and bringing in more artisans and merchants to the ground, organizers have expanded its nighttime offerings with TRF After Dark, a 21-and-up gala held each Friday and Saturday night during the season. Drinks, dancing, and plenty of food are on the docket each weekend.

It’s a re-branding of last year’s series of masquerade balls.

Guests are asked to appear in costume, of course. Tickets range in price from $20 to $40 for entry into the party ballroom.

“We are bringing more food, more magic, more artisans and merchants, and more fun to our patrons so they can experience, firsthand, what makes us the most-acclaimed Renaissance theme park in the country,” TRF general manager Terre Albert said Tuesday.

The Fields of New Market Campgrounds have also seen a few new upgrades under a new camping director, Bob Haber. Organizers have added more restroom and shower facilities, with the hopes of making the RenFest a camping destination across its 200 acres.

Organizers said Tuesday that this year, with the recent Supreme Court ruling, there will be a number of same-sex weddings held at one of the festival’s wedding chapels.