Scarborough Faire: A Weekend of Pageantry, Celebration and a Whole Lot of Fun!

Scarborough Faire Knight-Charging-into-Battle

Scarborough Renaissance Festival begins its 39th season on April 6, 2019 with a variety of exciting new shows, extraordinary new artisans and an enhanced sense of celebration and pageantry.

Scarborough Faire
Waxahachie, Texas
April 6 – May 27, 2019
Saturdays, Sundays, & Memorial Day Monday

There are new shows featuring jugglers, acrobats, comedians, Irish music, escape artists, a Fairy Court, Renaissance combat competitions, a Scottish Knighting ceremony and even a dragon slayer! New Artisans include offerings of pottery, brass rubbings, pet treats & accessories, hearth & home products, leather works, Renaissance & Steampunk costumes and even a larger than life-sized Grand Labyrinth game! It will be full of pageantry, celebration and a whole lot of fun!

We have some amazing new performers and incredibly talented artisans joining Scarborough for our 39th season and we can’t wait for everyone to come out and see them” says Coy Sevier, General Manager. “Our performing company has also been rehearsing since early February and have really stepped up their game, so you don’t want to miss it! We invite everyone to come Step Back in Time for the Time of their Lives at Scarborough Renaissance Festival® starting on April 6th!

Scarborough Renaissance Festival® is interactive fun for everyone, 16th Century Style that will run every Saturday & Sunday (and Memorial Day Monday) for eight consecutive weekends April 6 through May 27, 2019. Visitors will enjoy full combat armored jousting, Birds of Prey exhibitions, the Mermaid Lagoon, Renaissance Combat competitions, Knighting ceremonies, a 150+ member performing company and 25+ stages of interactive and unique entertainment. You will also discover exquisite one-of-a-kind treasures at the 200+ shoppes and amazing artisan demonstrations along with Renaissance rides, games of skill and so much more.

Scarborough Faire Artisan’s Showcase

Each successive weekend has a different theme that includes:
Artisan’s Showcase (April 13 – 14)
Celtic Weekend/ Easter Celebration (April 20 – 21)
Royal Ale Festival & Spring Celebration (April 27 – 28)
Deaf Day (April 27)
Legends of the Seas (May 4 – 5)
Celebrating Chivalry & Mother’s Day Brunch (May 11 – 12)
Live the Fantasy (May 18 – 19)
The Last Huzzah (May 25 – 27)

Scarborough Faire Beer-Tasting-Event
Scarborough Faire Beer-Tasting-Event

Each weekend also has a variety of special events.  Scarborough Renaissance Festival offers “Food Fit for a King” that is a step above the traditional “festival food”. You and your family can feast on our famous giant roasted turkey legs (over 20 tons are consumed each season), Scottish Eggs, the largest food-on-a-stick selection in Texas, or try some of the daily special creations at our very own Pasta Palace and Scarborough Bakery. Our full-service restaurant & bar, the Rose & Crown Inn, offers a full-service dining experience with daily specials and signature items like Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers & Mash, meat pies and Muffulettas. 

Visitors 21 and over can partake in our custom blended Scarborough Mead, beer, wine and other adult beverages at one of the 12 pubs and taverns. For those with a more discerning palate, there are also daily wine and beer tasting events. Tastings require a separate ticket that can be purchased in advance at SRFestival.com or at the Festival (on festival days). Seating is limited and the tasting events regularly sell out, so it is recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance.

New Entertainment at this year’s Scarbourgh Faire

Juan-Miguel Scarborough Faire

The entertainment at this year’s Scarborough Renaissance Festival offers many exciting new additions along with favorites:

  • Captain Sir Francis Drake – A privateer and patriot home on leave who will raise glasses, melt lasses and leave knees weak in his wake!
  • Clash of Champions – Fighters from all over the world battle to win the title of Champion
  • Dr. Judas Lynch & Ms. Magnolia Strange – Catch the fantastical narratives and death-defying stunts of this crew of escape artists (May 4 – 27 only)
  • Drone – Stomp your feet to tunes played on a different style of bagpipe
  • Harmless Danger Juggling Show – A comedy juggling show with serious consequences
  • Kamikaze Fireflies – A madcap show that combines acrobatic thrills, sandwich making feet, non-stop laughter & more (featuring a former member of the Flaming Idiots)
  • Kris Colt – Black Rose – A modern bard with a lyrical style performing songs of both original and ancient origin (April 20 – 28 only)
  • Notes of Accord – From high born to low, all meet on the festive field of Music
  • Pictus – A unique take on primal drums and Highland bagpipes (April 20 – 21 only)
  • Pride of Ireland – Bringing the mirth and magic of the Emerald Isle through songs, jokes and banter (April 27 – May 27 only)
  • Randal Piper – Come witness a glimpse into the musical mind of chaos (April 6 – 21 only)
  • Scottish Knighting Ceremony – Margaret, Queen of Scotland and the Isles knights young guests
  • Sir Guy & The Dragon – The heroic hero, Sir Guy of Warwick, tells a heroic tale of heroism in which he heroically almost slays a dragon (May 11 – 27 only)
  • Syndicate Academy of Sword – Learn how to wield a sword! This hands-on experience teaches Spanish style techniques and how to use weapons of the Renaissance
  • The Beggar Queen – The queen of the people (or so she believes) wandering the lanes telling tales of the village and bringing smiles to all
  • The Gwendolyn Show – Part Trunk show, part audience participation and all funny
  • The Scarborough Tournament – Thrill to fighting, excitement, and feats of Daring-Do by the finest fighters of the village
Get your tickets for Scarborough Faire: www.srfestival.com/ticket-information

Get Ready for Thrilling New Adventures at SeaWorld and Aquatica San Antonio

A new, interactive sea turtle attraction and thrilling new rides will bring more waves of adventure to SeaWorld & Aquatica San Antonio in spring 2019. SeaWorld will unveil Turtle Reef™, a fascinating habitat where you can get an up-close look at threatened and endangered sea turtles, plus learn about the threats the species face in the wild. The focal point will be a 126,000-gallon coral reef-themed environment, with a unique and natural biofiltration, featuring rescued and non-releasable green sea turtles, along with hundreds of multi-colored Caribbean fish.

New, this year at Aquatica will be Ihu’s Breakaway Falls®, a new, steep, one-of-a-kind, multi-drop tower slide, which is named after Ihu, Aquatica’s colorful gecko, who searches for the biggest thrills, steepest hills and coolest spills in the waterpark.

SeaWorld & Aquatica have introduced an assortment of crowd-pleasing attractions include:

  • SeaWorld’s Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster™
  • Sesame Street® Party Parade at SeaWorld
  • Aquatica’s, high-speed mat ride, Taumata Racer®

In conjunction with the opening of Turtle Reef, two new family rides will debut – Riptide Rescue™, where you and your family can board a boat and set out on your own sea turtle rescue mission aboard this classic spinner ride, and Sea Swinger™, a thrill ride that swings riders 180-degrees in both directions.

Located between Shamu Stadium and Rio Loco river rapids ride, Turtle Reef also will feature SeaWorld’s second underwater viewing area where guests can watch from a floor-to-ceiling, panoramic portal as turtles swim just In conjunction with the opening of Turtle Reef, two new family rides will debut – Riptide Rescue™, where guests can board a boat and set out on their own sea turtle rescue mission aboard this classic spinner ride, and Sea Swinger™, a thrill ride that swings riders 180-degrees in both directions.

An important aspect of Turtle Reef is a new partnership between SeaWorld San Antonio and The University of Texas Marine Science Institute’s Amos Rehabilitation Keep (ARK), which will receive 5 percent of the net proceeds from turtle-themed merchandise sold at SeaWorld. ARK’s primary mission is to rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured sea turtles, birds, terrestrial turtles and tortoises found along the South Texas coast, with the goal of releasing them to their native habitat. inches away.

For more information, visit www.SeaWorldSanAntonio.com.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas first new ride of 2019 ‘Pirates of the Deep Sea’!

Six Flags Fiesta Texas, The Thrill Capital of South Texas, is kicking off the New Year in a big way with the theme park industry’s first new attraction of the year; a groundbreaking, new dark ride. Pirates of the Deep Sea, is a state-of-the-art gaming experience that pits the cunning skills of guest buccaneers against a marauding band of plundering pirates who try to hornswoggle them out of stolen bounty. 

You and your family board a weathered pirate ship, Man-o-War, to sail through the raging storms of the Bermuda Triangle. As they float past the eerie remains of ghost ships, riders are caught in the middle of a dramatic battle between their pirate ship and an angry mob of pirates portside. Riders will need to be quick on the trigger to blow the man down and defeat the swashbuckling scalawags.  As they battle, guests compete with fellow shipmates by firing at hundreds of themed targets to tally a score of their victory at sea.    

Pirates of the Deep Sea features:

  • Pirate galleon ride vehicles that seat four passengers and equip each passenger with their own personal musket to fire light beams at hundreds of different targets
  • Dramatic audio in 18 different zones, broadcast from a total of 39 speakers, that follows the individual pirate galleons as they make their way through the perilous journey
  • Elaborate three-dimensional scenery that re-creates an old seaside village with a gigantic waterfall, moonlit alleyways, and hidden pirate’s treasure. 

Pirates of the Deep Sea is open now and located in Fiesta Bay Boardwalk.

For more information and to order tickets, visit www.sixflags.com/fiestatexas

24 FREE Concerts at the State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas presents 24 days of FREE concerts on the Chevrolet Main Stage and throughout the fairgrounds, featuring a wide variety of musical acts across all genres. The Fair is proud to announce its list of confirmed headliners scheduled to appear on the Chevrolet Main Stage in this year’s FREE concert series, included with admission to the State Fair. [Read more…]