Travel Back in Time at Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Scarborough Renaissance Festival is a full day of interactive 6th Century Style fun for everyone, 1 that will run every Saturday & Sunday plus Memorial Day Monday, April 10 through May 31, 2021. You and your family   will enjoy jousting, Birds of Prey exhibitions, the Mermaid Lagoon, Knighting ceremonies, a 50+ member performing company and 25+ stages of interactive and unique entertainment. You will also discover exquisite one-of-a-kind treasures at the hundreds of Scarborough shoppes and be amazed by authentic artisan demonstrations. There are also Renaissance rides, games of skill and so much more.

This year’s opening weekend  theme is  “Travel Back in Time”. The weekend will celebrate Steampunk and all other time travelers and feature the all-new Scarborough Mask Contest each day. Feel free to show off their time traveling costumes throughout the weekend and they also can compete in the Mask Contest each day with their most creative or unusual facemask for the chance to win a great Scarborough prize pack. Contestants must register for the contest by 1:30 each day.

There are fantastic new shows featuring acrobats, comedians, multi-instrumentalists, magicians, Scottish Bagpipe & drums, a dancing weasel, and even a sword swallower!

New Artisans/Shoppe include offerings of unique jewelry, swords, wood carved art, wood burned art, cast concrete art, chocolates and CBD chocolates, chainmaille, sculpted fairies, teas & salts, 3-D wood art, Ocarinas, bamboo fly-rods, maps & scrolls, succulents, shells and gourds, and apparel & accessories.

There are also three brand-new shoppes for patrons to explore! Plus, they will have an all new Parakeet Aviary this season! Scarborough’s performing company (Scarborough Academy of Performing Arts) has also been hard at work creating merry new characters and refining long-time favorites that will bring the re-created 16th Century Village of Scarborough alive.

Scarborough Renaissance Fest Weekend Themes

Kids FREE Weekend: 

The 2021 season begins with Travel Back in Time Weekend April 10th & 11th. It will be the “Kids Free Weekend” with up to three children (ages 5-12) being admitted FREE with each paid adult. Children 4 and under are always free. Seniors 65+ also get a special discount this weekend as well with half price tickets at the gate. Everyone can compete in the all-new face mask contest this weekend too!

The opening weekend guest performers are Scotland Rising, The Lynx Show, Gypsy Rox, Here be Pirates and the Accidental Acrobats. Guest Artisans are Two Tarts Toppers, Georgia Jones Godwin, and Silver Leaf Costumes.

Each successive weekend has a different theme that includes Artisan’s Showcase (4/17 & 18), Royal Ale Festival Weekend (4/24 & 25), Live the Fantasy & Spring Celebration (5/1 & 2), Celebrating Chivalry Weekend (5/8 & 9), Celtic Weekend (5/15 & 16), Legends of the Seas (5/22 & 23) and the Last Huzzah (5/29, 30 & 31). Each weekend also has a variety of special events.

Scarborough Renaissance Fest Entertainment

Scarborough Renaissance Festival  is family friendly with many performances and activities for kids of all ages such as Children’s Knighting Ceremonies, the Mermaid Lagoon, Accidental Acrobats, Cirque du Sewer, Shakespeare Approves!, Nature of Mercy, Sir Real the Puppet Man, a Parakeet Aviary, Renaissance Rides, games of skill and  so much more!

There are also performances that are geared toward a more mature audience (16+). They include Arthur Greenleaf Holmes the Wildly Inappropriate Poet, Christophe the Insultor, Rose & Thorny – Wild and Thorny, and the King’s Pub – Pub Sing.

Enjoy these long time favorites and new entertainment events:

Accidental Acrobats – April 10 – May 16 only
This duo will flip, tumble & crash their way into your hearts with a spectacle of super-human stunts & pun-derful antics.

Celtic Legacy – April 24 – May 31
World-class bagpipes, earthshaking drums, rockin’ guitars and a mile-a-minute banter only barely scratches the surface of this comedic group of Celtic Lads.

Cirque La Vie – May 8 – 31
A non-stop exciting family friendly circus show full danger, comedy lovable characters and a Viking.

Emrys Fleet’s Rat Extravaganza – May 8 – May 31
A hilarious comedy show featuring Pesky the Wonderous one-eyed rat and Wilbur the Dancing weasel.

The Inheritance – April 17 – 25
In the spirit of the Romany, enjoy this band of multi-instrumentalists including accordion, clarinet, taboura & percussion.

Here be Pirates! – April 10 – May 2
Captain James and first mate Rose regale with tales of their boldness, their bravery, and their stupidity on the high seas. Come as you ARR, because Here Be Pirates.

Rose & Thorny – Rose (Iris and Rose) and Thorny (The Flaming Idiots) a new show involving two longtime veterans of the stage. Presenting funny and bawdy songs both original and classic, intertwined with jokes, limericks and toasts. PG-16

Scotland Rising – A festival pipe band with 2 world class pipers and a world class percussionist and insult to the music world front guy.

Statue Comedius de Marbelous – April 24 – May 31
There are many living statues, but Comedius de Marbelous is the only one ancient Lively Statue!.

Food Fit for a King

You and your family can feast on the famous giant roasted turkey legs, 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. The full-service restaurant & bar, the Rose & Crown Inn, will be offering carry-out orders for signature items like Shepherd’s Pie, meat pies, and Muffulettas.

Partake of a wide selection of craft, domestic and imported beer; wine, and other adult beverages at the  Enchanted Manor Mead,  or one of the 12 pubs and taverns. For those with more discerning palates there are daily wine and beer tasting events with each weekend having a different theme. 

Opening weekend’s themes will be wines of Spain and beers of Texas. Tastings require a separate ticket that can be purchased in advance at 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. Participants must be 21+ to attend.

Scarborough COVD Guidelines: The health and safety of their employees, participants and visitors is Scarborough Renaissance Festival’s number one priority. They have worked closely with local authorities to ensure that all protocols and CDC guidelines will be followed so that they can conduct a safe and fun event for everyone. They have developed comprehensive guidelines and protocols that will be in place for the 2021 season for visitors and participants alike. These include temperature checks, a mask requirement, social distancing and more. These guidelines and protocols can be found on their website at

Dates and Times

Scarborough Renaissance Festival  2021 is open Saturdays, Sundays, and Memorial Day Monday, April 10 – May 31, 2021 from 10 AM to 7 PM rain or shine. 

Located in Waxahachie, Texas, it is just 30 minutes south of the downtowns of Dallas and Fort Worth on FM 66 off of I-35E.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival Admission

Adults: $37
Children, ages 5-12:  $17  (Children age 4 and under are always admitted FREE)

Tickets are available online and discount tickets can be purchased at North Texas Tom Thumb & Albertsons stores. For more information visit