Entering its 38th season, Scarborough Renaissance Festival will showcase more than a dozen new stage and lane shows, a new Royal court, and many incredible unique artisans and their amazing artistic creations.

Opening weekend is Saturday, April 7.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival is interactive fun for the entire family set in a 16th-century style that runs every Saturday and Sunday — and Memorial Day Monday — for eight consecutive weekends April 7 — May 28.

Visitors can enjoy full combat armored jousting, Birds of Prey exhibitions, the Mermaid Lagoon, living chess matches, Knighting ceremonies, the 150-plus member performing company and 27 stages of interactive and extraordinary entertainment. Patrons will also discover exquisite one-of-a-kind crafts at the 200-plus shoppes and amazing artisan demonstrations along with Renaissance rides and games of skill.

“We are proud to welcome the biggest influx of new shows that we’ve had in many years to this year’s Festival. These creative, unique and exciting shows are sure to be a fantastic complement to our already extraordinary entertainment line-up” said general manager Coy Sevier. “You will enjoy acrobatics, fairies, jugglers, puppeteers, comedians, storytellers, stilt-walkers, musicians and so much more! So we invite everyone to Come Step Back in Time for the Time of your Life at Scarborough Renaissance Festival starting on April 7.”

The 2018 season begins with The Time Traveler’s Weekend April 7—8. This newly themed weekend will include Time Traveler’s costume contests for the adults and a “travel through Scarborough” scavenger hunt for the kids.

It will also be “Kids Free Weekend," which allows up to three children (ages 5-12) to be admitted free with each paid adult. Children four years and under are always free. Seniors 65 and older receive a special discount this weekend as well with half-price tickets at the gate.

Guest performers for opening weekend include the London Broil Show and Ky Hote. Guest Artisans are Painted by U, Storm Leather Werks, and SWS Cutlery.

Each successive weekend has a different theme including the Artisan’s Showcase, Royal Ale Festival, Celtic, Mother’s Day, Chivalry and Live the Fantasy celebrations each with a variety of special events.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival offers “Food Fit for a King” that is a step above food offered at most North Texas Festivals and events. Visitors can feast on the faire's famous giant roasted turkey legs, the largest food-on-a-stick selection in Texas, Scottish Eggs or try some of the daily special creations at the Pasta Palace and Scarborough Bakery.

The faire has a full-service restaurant & bar, the Rose & Crown Inn, which offers a sit-down dining experience with daily specials and signature items like Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers & Mash, meat pies and Muffalettas.

Visitors 21 years and over can partake in the custom-blended Scarborough Mead, beer, wine and other adult beverages at one of the 12 pubs and taverns. There are also daily wine and beer tasting events for those with a more discerning palate.

Tastings require a separate ticket that can be purchased in advance 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.