The Texas Renaissance Festival has announced several changes for this year’s event as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
According to organizers, tickets must be pre-purchased for a specific date to keep numbers manageable for social distancing. While the festival normally attracts as many as 450,000 visitors each fall, this year a maximum of 225,000 tickets will be sold.
Tickets are available online, or can be purchased in-person at H-E-B stores starting Sept. 1. The festival opens Oct. 3.
If the fair is canceled during its nine-week run, ticket holders can retain their tickets for redemption at the 2021 festival or receive a refund.
The festival hosted a flash sale for early ticket purchases two weeks ago, with 25,000 tickets purchased.
Officials say a number of the festival’s 400 regular vendors have opted not to return this year.
For shop spaces left vacant by absent vendors, festival leaders are considering using those areas for mask relief if a guest needs to take a mask off and breathe more freely.
Temperature checks will also be conducted on festival employees and vendors each morning and during shift change, and any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine.
Every year the festival hosts costume contests, and this year will host a decorative face mask contest each day. Prizes will be offered for patrons whose face masks match their costumes best and fit the day’s theme.
For more information about ticket prices and updates from the Texas Renaissance Festival, visit www.texrenfest.com.