Beer takes center stage this weekend at Scarborough Renaissance Festival with the Royal Ale Festival and the return of the stein holding competition.

Adults 21 and older are invited to enjoy samplings of craft beer — including a couple of local favorites — from noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Crown Pavilion.

Featured beers include Bishops Apple Pineapple Cider, Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA, White Claw Raspberry Hard Seltzer, Real Ale Devil’s Backbone, Deep Ellum Dallas Blonde, Fuller’s London Pride, Bishop’s the Dark Cide and Franconia Maibock.

Tickets for the samplings are $10 in addition to festival admission and may be purchased in advance at SRFestival.com or at the festival on event days.

Visitors to Scarborough Renaissance Festival are also invited to participate in the all-new stein holding competition each day at 2 p.m. for a chance to win one of the highly coveted collectible Scarborough Renaissance Festival steins. Contestants can register and receive all the details on the competition at the front gate.

“If you are into beer, then this is definitely the weekend you want to come to Scarborough Renaissance Festival,” stated general manager Coy Sevier in a SRF press release. “The Royal Ale Festival gives our visitors the chance to sample some of the finest craft brews while enjoying the fun and festivities of Scarborough. You don’t want to miss it!”

Saturday is also the festival’s annual Deaf Day. The outstanding sign language interpreters from Hired Hands, Inc. will provide interpretations for performances at the 25 stages throughout the day for the hearing impaired.

In celebration of May Day and the beginning of spring, visitors are also invited to join in the fun by wearing beautiful flowers throughout the weekend.

The limited engagement performers for this weekend include Kris Colt – Black Rose, the modern bard with a lyrical style and the Pride of Ireland bringing the mirth and magic of the Emerald Isle through songs, jokes and banter.

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.

Festivalgoers can likewise explore the creations of St. Thomas Brass Rubbings, Silverleaf Costumes, Living Art & Lanterns, Fuglyware Pottery, and Gentry Jewelry, the festival's guest artisans.

The wines featured this weekend at the daily wine tasting events will be decoding wine labels and the daily beer tasting events will feature flagship beers. The tasting events have limited seating available and require a separate ticket. Participants must be 21 or older to attend.

Upcoming themed weekends include the Legends of the Seas Weekend (May 4-5), Celebrating Chivalry and the Mother’s Day Brunch (May 11-12) and the Live the Fantasy Weekend (May 18-19). 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.