For eight weekends in the fall, a troupe of performing fairies, knights, royal personas, and jugging fools set up camp on the 55-acre grounds of the Texas Renaissance Faire. For 38 years, the Festival has re-created the 16th century’s appealing combination of simplicity and grandeur with more than 200 daily performances of live music, acrobatic comedies, and jousting. Actors portraying different levels of society—such as the English court and the pirates—roam the lolling landscape in character while performing comedic and informative bits including “Sound and Fury,” a Shakespearean vaudeville. At noon the Grande Marche parade catapults performers from the Globe Stage for a stroll throughout the park as they advertise their acts in a high-toned procession.
On a less precise schedule, craftsmen concoct tangible marvels with skills of glassblowing and blacksmithing, while food purveyors wander the beaten paths or call from their booths, selling fare that ranges from sugar-coated nuts to roasted turkey legs. At close of day, fireworks light the sky to celebrate the festival's victory over time.
With tented performance areas throughout downtown Houston, this year's fest features a lineup of hundreds of performances from around the globe. Music acts include big names (Ozomatli, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic) alongside other talented musicians. Check out the entire schedule of events here. An abundant bounty of global cuisine with everything from Japanese to Jamaican fare, highlighted by vast offerings from this year's spotlighted Caribbean nations, will nourish the hungry crowds. The festival and the performances will proceed rain or shine, so bring an umbrella if it rains, and ride in on an umbrella if it doesn't.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Brands Used: Holiday Gift Market with various upscale vendors
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Pro Tip: Bring us a gently used coat or new clothing to help support The Claus Project.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: $5000 worth of giveaway prizes
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
On Thursday night, we will be having an appreciation night for all the staff and faculty members of the surrounding schools. We wanted to give them a special thank you for all the hard work they are doing for our children and community members.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
We have partnered up with The Claus Project, a local organization known for collecting coats and clothing for the local school district.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
Being around all the Christmas Spirit. Being able to attend a holiday market not only gets me in the holiday cheer but also allows me to see vendors that I would normally not be able to see. Because we have such a wide variety of vendors, I like to see all the unique and creative things they have to offer. Plus, it is fun way to buy my friends and family an unique Christmas gift instead of going to the mall.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The Northwest Houston Nutcracker Market is featuring independent designers, artists, and crafters. We will have multiple upscale vendors: clothing, home decor, food, jewelry, cosmetics, custom furniture, and much more.
The best wine may be the wine that comes to you. More than 10 Texas wineries travel from around the state to showcase their classic vintages and adventurous house blends at the Texas Wine & Art Festival. Surrounded by the beauty of Historic Old Town Spring, winemakers guide visitors through tastings in which they fill cups with wines ranging from bold, dry reds to crisp, sweet whites?all of which are made with Texas grapes. They may also explain their processes, from high-tech, earth-friendly procedures to classic European methods in which grapes are gently massaged until they're ripe. Featured wines are also available for purchase by the bottle. Adding to the artistry of the event, artisan vendors will be on hand to sell gourmet foods, paintings, photography, and handmade wood crafts.
The International Festival is a lot like a U.N. conference?if U.N. conferences had crafts vendors, bounce houses, margaritas, and free Zumba classes. Unfolding in Town Green Park on October 19, the all-day event celebrates the community's diverse culture with different foods, arts, and other fall-themed activities.
Attendees can take their taste buds on a tour around the globe by testing cuisines from Italy, Spain, the Caribbean, and beyond. Adults can also become part of Margarita Madness and vote for the festival's best concoction, and kids can burn off energy while zipping down giant slides and playing games. A wide range of artistic talents will be on display, too, including live bands and crafts vendors showcasing locally made masterpieces.