Celtic Weekend returns Saturday and Sunday to the 39th annual Scarborough Renaissance Festival.
The festival's third weekend will allow visitors to join in the fun with the Bonnie Knees contest, Scottish egg eating contest and a tug-o-war.
Those interested can sign up by noon each day at the front gate to participate. There will also be special Celtic guest performers, Pictus, with their unique take on primal drums and Highland bagpipes along with the Shandon O’Reagan School of Irish Dancers this weekend only. Franconia Brewing will also conduct a keg tapping event at 11:30 a.m. both days, as well.
In celebration of Easter, kids can participate in an Easter scavenger hunt each day. There will even be a special 16th-century church service at noon on Easter Sunday the Crown Meadow Stage.
“Celtic weekend is an especially fun weekend at Scarborough Renaissance Festival and is one of our patrons’ favorite themed weekends,” stated general manager Coy Sevier in a press release. “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.”
The limited engagement performers for this weekend include Pictus, with their rocking bagpipes and drums, Kris Colt – Black Rose, a modern band with a lyrical style, and the always musical mind of chaos brought by Randal Piper.
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 the wines from Down Under and the Daily Beer Tasting Events will feature the "Beers of Belgium." 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 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.