Throughout the year, there are a few opportunities to get Texas Renaissance Festival discount tickets. If you didn’t get them early, don’t worry, it’s not too late.
For Immediate Discount Tickets
Participating Walgreens have discount tickets to the Texas Renaissance Festival. It’s worth it to stop at a Walgreens if you haven’t bought your tickets yet so you don’t have to pay the full gate price.
If you plan ahead, you can order tickets from the faire on their website here. On the website, they are $23.95 for adults and $11.95 for kids from ages 5-12. It appears kids under 5 do not get charged admission. Tickets at the gate are $30 for adults and $15 for kids, so you can save a nice chunk of change by buying early. There is an online processing fee.
TRF offers employer discounts, even to fairly small companies. If your company signs up and is approved, they will give you a company code. Take the code to Will Call (towards the right by the bathrooms outside the gate) instead of going to the main ticket kiosks. Give them the code and you will get a discount on your tickets. If your company doesn’t have a code yet, check with HR or whoever is in charge of setting up such things (or volunteer to spearhead the effort yourself, they might be more likely to say yes if they don’t have to bother with it). I’m not sure if it is too late or not, but I got the code from my employer after the season had started, so it might not be too late to get one.
For Discounts Next Year
Groupon has offered discount tickets in the past. They are sold out now, but they might be available again next year.
If you are going to the faire already, do not hesitate to enter the contests. You can sign up for the contests near the front entrance by the gazebo. Look for the entertainers featuring a circular performer pin, and they can direct you to who to talk to sign up. They have eating contests, costume contests, and challenges. I was the winner of the Scream Like a Banshee contest four years ago. I won season tickets for the entire next season plus some t-shirts. I’ve entered other contests at the faire too, and even though I didn’t win, I still had a ton of fun competing, so it’s a win-win.
Sale of the Century
The best deals for discount tickets are during the Sale of the Century. For the 2017 season, the sale occurred on May 20 and tickets were offered with a 65% discount off gate price. They also featured sales on the King’s Pass. Plan ahead at the start of the year to save up to be able to get your tickets in May as that is historically when the sale occurs. Make sure to follow TRF on Facebook here so you have a better chance of noticing that the sale is going on. The sale is one day only and for only 12 hours, so it’s easy to miss. If you are a die hard fan and plan on going multiple weekends, it is well worth it.
With a bit of planning, you can save a lot on tickets to the Texas Renaissance Festival. That means more money for fun and merriment. Huzzah!
Where to Stay?
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Where to Eat?
If you are looking for food after the festival (though there are plenty of tasty eats inside), Try Russo’s NY Pizzeria (affiliate link) in the Woodlands for a casual meal. Russo’s is my fiance’s favorite pizza chain here in the Greater Houston area. Be forewarned before going anywhere, traffic after the renaissance festival can get really backed as almost all traffic goes south on 1774 and the road is one lane in each direction. The drive to Russo’s from the festival is little over 30 minutes without traffic. There are also a few local restaurants like Los Fuentes and some of the usual fast food suspects just south of the faire in Magnolia. Use the privy before you leave!