Medieval fantasies seem to be pretty hot right now, what with the popularity of HBO’s Game of Thrones, and any number of books, shows, and films set in times or worlds where feudalism seems like more of an enchanting, noble way of life than an oppressive political system. The Scarborough Renaissance Festival (they dropped “faire” from the moniker a while ago, but you’ll still hear that get tossed around as a descriptor) has been exploring our romantic idea of the 16th century for a long time, and remains one of the best ways to get medieval for a weekend.
From Dallas, it’s a roughly 40-minute trip out to the Waxahachie fairgrounds that, once a year, turn into a recreation of the Middle Ages. There are no dragons–and no plague, for that matter–but the festival is the most immersive renaissance experiences you’re going to get this side of the 21st century.
The fair runs every weekend through the end of May, with bonus festivities on Memorial Day. Here are five reasons you should make the trip back in time this year.Full Story