WAXAHACHIE

Scarborough Renaissance Festival goes Celtic this weekend, April 21—22, with Celtic contests, activities, special entertainment and of course a lot of kilts.

The Grammy-nominated Celtic band, The Rogues, will make a return appearance to the festival, performing four times a day on the Idlewyld Stage. Additionally, Shandon O’Regan School of Irish Dancers will perform each day at 1:30 p.m. on the Whimsey Stage.

Each day will also include the Bonnie Knees Contest at 10:30 a.m., Scottish Egg Eating contest at 2 p.m. and Tug O War at 3 p.m. There will also be a Keg Tapping event with Franconia Brewing at the Lady Hawke Stage area each day at 11 a.m.

Event details and registration information will be at the Festival front gate area.

“Celtic weekend is an especially fun weekend at Scarborough Renaissance Festival® and is one of our patrons’ favorite themed weekends” general manager Coy Sevier said. “Visitors can bring out their inner Celt with the help of our special entertainment line-up, Celtic games and contests, the Celtic clans and of course a lot of kilts!”

Scarborough Renaissance Festival is an interactive experience set in 16th-century style. Visitors can enjoy full combat armored jousting, Birds of Prey exhibitions, the Mermaid Lagoon, a living chess match, Knighting ceremony, 150-plus member performing company and 27 stages of non-stop entertainment. There are 200-plus shops and artisan demonstrations along with renaissance rides, games of skill and food and drink "fit for a king."

Limited engagement performers this weekend include “The London Broil Show,” “The Rogues” and “Shandon O’Regan School of Irish Dancers.”

Guest artisans this weekend are Painted by U, Storm Leather Werks, and SWS Cutlery. New festival artisans for the 2018 season include Enchanted Chains, Hang De Sign, Living Art & Lanterns, Magpie’s Trick, Runaway Rabbit Press and Three Bells Tapestries.

The April 21—22 daily wine tastings feature the wines of France, and the daily beer tastings feature beers of the English Isles.

The tastings sell out fast, so it is recommended that patrons purchase tasting tickets in advance.

Upcoming themed weekends and special events are the Royal Ale Festival April 28—29, Live the Fantasy and Spring Celebration Weekend May 5—6 and Celebrating Chivalry Weekend and the Mother’s Day Brunch May 12—13. Each themed weekend offers a variety of special entertainment and activities.

The festival is open Saturdays, Sundays, and Memorial Day Monday, now through May 28 from 10 a.m. — 7 p.m.

Located in Waxahachie, Scarborough Renaissance Festival is just 30 minutes south of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex on FM 66 off of I-35E at exit 399B.

Admission is $28 for adults and $13 for children, ages 5-12. Children ages 4 and under are admitted free. Parking is free compliments of Waxahachie Nissan. Food, drinks, games and rides all require cash.

The Festival does have ATMs on-site, but it is recommended that visitors bring cash with to avoid lines at the ATMs. Most of the artisan shoppes, the ticket booth and the Rose & Crown Inn Restaurant also accept credit cards.

Tickets are available at the gate on Festival days and online at SRFestival.com. Discount tickets can be purchased at D/FW area Tom Thumb & Albertsons stores.

A ‘$10 off 2 Tickets’ coupon can be found at North Texas MetroPCS stores through April 29h (offer only valid through April 29), and discount coupons will be at Waxahachie Nissan throughout the season.

For more information visit SRFestival.com. Facebook & Twitter (SRFestival) or on Instagram (theSRFestival).