Huzzah! Behind the scenes: Texas Renaissance Festival

Huzzah, live from The Texas Renaissance Festival, the Houston Life team goes behind the scenes of jousting, costuming, crafting, drinking, and so much more.

The Texas Renaissance Festival is now underway in Todd Mission, about 55 miles northwest of Houston. Nicknamed the “Texas Ren Fest,” it’s open Saturdays, Sundays and Thanksgiving Friday October 8, 2022 - November 27, 2022.

Friday at 1:00 p.m. on Houston Life, we’re taking you behind the scenes for the final weekend.

Since 1974, the fairgrounds have become a magical escape for thousands of people. Guests can step through the gates and enter an enchanted world filled with kings and queens, knights and nobles, fairies and elves, pirates and peasants, and other fanciful delights.

The Houston Life team spent the day at the Texas Renaissance Festival. They take you behind the scenes to show you how the costumes are made, meet the jousting crew, try the food, and of course do a little shopping!

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Huzzah, live from The Texas Renaissance Festival, the Houston Life team goes behind the scenes of jousting, costuming, crafting, drinking, and so much more.

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The Prize Wheel

Of course, we had to meet the King and Queen. Melanie Camp enlisted royalty to help spin the Houston Life Prize Wheel.

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The costumes

If you’ve ever visited the Texas Renaissance Festival, you know the people watching is half the fun. You truly never know what you’ll see -- from the traditional characters of the king and queen to fairies and pirates -- we even had a batman sighting. For the cast here the festival, the outfits really help to bring their characters to life. Lauren Kelly popped into the costuming department to see how they create over 100 handmade costumes every year.

Houston Life reporter Lauren Kelly shows you how to dress the part with an inside look at one of the most important parts of the Texas Renaissance Festival -- the costumes! She popped into the costuming department to see how they create over a hundred of handmade costumes every year. Sponsored by Texas Renaissance Festival.

Shopping

There are more than 400 shops at the Ren Fest. It is also the largest renaissance festival in the United States! Meet the crafts women, behind the glass blowing, blacksmith and other hot shops.

Mel Camp meets the ladies making handmade crafts the renaissance way at the Texas Renaissance Festival shops.

Food, drinks and everything on a stick

Eat, drink and be merry. From turkey legs to beer and wine, we find out what’s new on the menu at Texas Ren Fest.

From turkey legs to pretzels and everything on a stick, a look at all the different food options at the 48th annual Texas Renaissance Festival. Plus - the drinks, including specialty teas and a traditional meadery!

The Thrill of Jousting

Some of the biggest stars of the show are the jousters. These men bring excitement and pageantry to the arena. And they’re willing to take a hit and fall from a moving horse -- all to please the crowd. Those hits and falls are real, so how -- and why! -- do they do it day after day? Enrique Ramirez met up with the crew to find out.

From the medieval equipment to the horses. Houston Life’s Enrique Ramirez gives you a peek behind the curtain on Ren Fest’s biggest spectacle: jousting. He met with Kent Shelton, who performs as Sir Thomas the Duke of Kent, to chat about how he prepares for one of the most important events at the festival.

The Thirsty Pirate

Courtney Zavala and Derrick Shore take you inside a new pub offering tasty food and drinks with a fun atmosphere.

Ahoy Me Hearties! Add this new pub to your list of things to do at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Here you’ll find refreshing drinks, tasty bar food and a whole lot of pirate themed entertainment. Plus, the family behind this lively spot has been part of the festival for over 40 years.

About the Authors:

Heather Kansteiner is a supervising producer for Houston Life. She has been part of the team since the show launched in 2016. She loves all things Houston and enjoys sharing what makes the city a great place to live, work and play.