Hear ye, hear ye: Scarborough Renaissance Festival returns for its 39th year this Saturday for another season of interactive fun in 16th-century style.

The city from the past is sure to entertain, enlighten and excite its festivalgoers over its eight-week run April 6—May 27. The festival is open every Saturday and Sunday and Memorial Day Monday over the better part of the next two months.

“Our performers, artisans and staff are all ready to throw wide the gates and welcome everyone to Scarborough Renaissance Festival for our 39th season,” said Coy Sevier, the festival's general manager. “We think it’s going to be our best year ever as visitors discover incredible new shows, shops, games and food alongside their longtime Festival favorites. We invite everyone to come and step back in time for the time of their lives!”

Visitors to the festival are sure to enjoy full-combat armored jousting, Birds of Prey exhibitions, 25-plus stages of interactive and unique entertainment, the Mermaid Lagoon, Renaissance Combat competitions and Knighting ceremonies. Festivalgoers will also discover exquisite one-of-a-kind treasures at the 200-plus shops and amazing artisan demonstrations along with Renaissance rides, games of skill, and food and drink fit for a king.

The Scarborough Renaissance Festival also boasts a themed weekend each and every week, beginning with "Kids Free Weekend" this Saturday and Sunday. According to a Scarborough Faire press release, up to three children, ages 5-12, will be admitted with each paid adult. As always, children under four years of age are always free to enter the gates. Senior citizens 65 years and older will also receive half-priced tickets this weekend.

Opening weekend is also Time Traveler’s Weekend, celebrating Steampunk and all other time travelers with children and adult costume contests on both Saturday and Sunday.

Randal Piper will also be on hand Saturday and Sunday with his "musical mind of chaos."

Visitors can likewise explore the creations of St. Thomas Brass Rubbings, Silverleaf Costumes, Living Art & Lanterns, Fuglyware Pottery, and Gentry Jewelry, our guest artisans. The wines featured this weekend at the daily wine tasting events will be the wines of Italy and the daily beer tasting events will feature the "Beers of Texas." The tasting events have limited seating available and require a separate ticket. Participants must be 21 years or older to attend.

Upcoming themed weekends include Artisan’s Showcase (April 13-14), Celtic Weekend/Easter Celebration (April 20-21), Royal Ale Festival & Spring Celebration (April 27-28) and Deaf Day (April 27). Each weekend also has a variety of special events.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival is open Saturdays, Sundays, and Memorial Day Monday, April 6 – May 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. rain or shine. Located in Waxahachie, Scarborough Renaissance Festival is just 30 minutes south of the downtowns of Dallas and Fort Worth on FM 66 off I-35E at exit 399B. From Austin or Waco, follow I-35E north to Exit 399.

Admission is $28 for adults and $13 for children, ages 5-12. Children age 4 and under are admitted free. Parking is free compliments of Waxahachie Nissan.

Tickets are available online and discount tickets can be purchased at North Texas Tom Thumb and Albertsons stores. Discount coupons can be found at Waxahachie Nissan. The festival is sponsored by Dr Pepper.

For more information visit SRFestival.com or on Facebook and Twitter at @SRFestival or on Instagram @theSRFestival.