Cosplay fans, DC, Marvel, Anime, Steampunk and fantasy enthusiasts of all kinds will descend on Scarborough Renaissance Festival for the annual Live the Fantasy weekend this weekend.

There will be family friendly fantasy-based costume contests for adults as well as separate costume contests for kids 12 and under. Contestants can receive all the details and register for the contests at the festival's front gate by 1:30 p.m. each day.

At 12:30 p.m. each day, children can also join the Fae Court for the Fairy Initiation Ceremony at the Festival's Royal Marquee. The magic continues with the all-new "Faebles" fairy show on the Whimsey Stage at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each day.

"This weekend's Live the Fantasy theme was designed with cosplay enthusiasts in mind," stated Coy Sevier, general manager of Scarborough Renaissance Festival. "We invite everyone to come out and show off their cosplay alter egos. It will also be the best people watching spectacle of the season with comic book and sci-fi characters joined by fairies, gnomes and all other manners of creatures everywhere you look! It will be tremendous fun for all."

Beer lovers won't want to miss the keg tapping event with Franconia Brewing at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Crown Meadow area of the festival.

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 fantastic artisan demonstrations along with Renaissance rides, games of skill, and food and drink fit for a king.

The limited engagement performers for this weekend include Dr. Judas Lynch and Ms. Magnolia Strange, which are a crew of escape artists with fantastical narratives and death-defying stunts. There is also Sir Guy and the Dragon with a heroic hero with tales of heroism, the Pride of Ireland bringing the mirth and magic of the Emerald Isle through songs, jokes and banter, and the Stonhenj Players — a mixed a cappella group singing shanties, Celtic ballads, English traditional and comedy originals.

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.

The final weekend of the 2019 season is The Last Huzzah (May 25-27). 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.

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