Scarborough Renaissance Festival


If your little girl proudly dons a princess gown each morning, or your son dreams of jousting like a Knight of the Round Table, I know the perfect day trip from Dallas for you!

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The Scarborough Renaissance Festival is a short jaunt down I-35, just outside Waxahachie. It runs every weekend from now through Memorial Day, opening from 10 am to 7 pm. My family makes a trip to the festival every year, and I thought I’d share this Texas treasure with you!

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The festival is based on the year 1533, during the reign of England’s King Henry VIII. Each day at noon, the Lords and Ladies parade through the faire grounds and you can get a glimpse of King Henry VIII and his queen.

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Attendees dress in period-themed costumes, but don’t feel like you have to! We attended during opening weekend this year and dressed in our normal street clothes. Your little ones will have fun getting dressed up as princesses and knights. Nothing is off limits! I’ve seen pirates, barbarians, knights, princes, mermaids and fairies there!

The 35-acre village boasts dozens of shops, carrying everything from miniature catapults (that shoot marshmallows!) to wooden swords, hand-crafted leather armor to fine jewelry.

And the food — it may be the best part. You’ll find traditional fair food (like funnel cakes, turkey legs and sausage-on-a-stick) along with some cultural treats, like Italian ice and schnitzel.

There are lots of games for kids to enjoy, along with fun rides like a pony-led carousel and swinging pirate ship. There is also a petting zoo, which my son loved! They had ponies, cows, rabbits, chickens, sheep, llamas and even two turtles for the kids to pet. We spent well over an hour in the petting zoo, our son loved it so much!

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Performers and shows take the stage at different times throughout the day. Fire jugglers, comedians and acrobats will entertain your family. There’s even a Birds of Prey show and a jousting tournament.

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Be sure to check out the Theme Weekends to see if there’s one coming up your little one would enjoy! Does your daughter love The Little Mermaid? The Legends of the Sea weekend features the all-new Mermaid Lagoon, where she can see several mermaids in person!

Have you ever been to the Renaissance Festival? Do you see something that your little one would enjoy?


  1. The Scarborough Faire sounded great on the Ren Faire podcast, but your pictures make it look amazing! I hope I can check it out one day.


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