Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Sword fighting comedians provide medieval entertainment at Scarborough Renaissance Festival.

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Perhaps you never imagined you could get down with Medieval revelry (that is until 'Game of Thrones' conquered mainstream hearts) but, consider this: this 38 year-old ren-fest is an opportunity to spend a lovely spring day traipsing about with a giant piece of meat and an adult beverage in hand. Costumes optional. Family-friendly fun included. Icing on the cake? Bucolic Waxahachie is an easy half hour drive from Dallas proper. Win. Win. Win.

Return to the days of yore and take a trip to this traditional 16th-century-style village. Set during the days of King Henry VIII, the festival features period-themed entertainment from knights, villagers, fire jugglers, jousters, sword fighters and turtle racers. Join in the merriment and gnaw on a giant turkey leg or sip on some ale from the pub. See village artisans perform demos of their craft, from metalsmithing to candle making. You can also shop for Renaissance-inspired items like art, jewelry, glasswork and even armor. Each weekend has a different theme; check website for details.

$26 for adults if purchased online, $28 at the gate; $13 for kids 5-12; free for kids 4 and younger.

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