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It's the largest Renaissance Festival theme park in the Nation, and the 33rd annual version of the Texas Renaissance Festival north of Houston once again offers a touch of Medieval times in the Texas countryside each weekend in October and November.

Already underway, the eight themed weekends kicked off Oct. 6 with a traditional Oktoberfest celebration. The second weekend theme was 1,001 Dreams, where magical fantasies come to life as wizards, elves and faeries enchant the streets of the theme park.  A fantasy scavenger hunt and a fantasy costume contest were staged where hundreds paraded their original designs before thousands who watched.

Themes for the remaining weekends include Pirate Adventure! (Oct. 20-Oct.21). Here's your chance to visit Pirate's Cove in search of treasure and fame, jopin in sing songs at the Sea Devil Tavern, and try your luck by entering the "Talk Like A Pirate" contest.

The remaining themed weekends are as follows:

Oct. 27-28
ALL HALLOWS EVE
Ghouls, goblins and spooks abound in the Medieval Village as all things creepy emerge from the mists of the Shire. The "Queen of Halloween" will rule the weekend and His Majesty has decreed a major trick-or-treat event for all to participate in, plus a costume contest. The Village will be adorned by intricately carved pumkins.

Nov. 3-4
ROMAN BACCHANAL
Join the Italian Court as they bring the Queen her birthday present - a true Roman Bacchanal. When in Rome, do as the Romans Do! The world's largest Toga contest will show off warrior hard bodies and the curves of Goddesses. And there will plenty of fruit of the vine in the wine tasting and drinking areas.

The remaining themed weekends include tributes to A Highland Fling, a Barbarians Invasion, and a Celtic Christmas.

Each year the festival is highlighted by good hearted merriment, jousting and smithing demonstrations, abundant performing art, live music and food, plus unique market and vendor areas and street performances.

With over 340 shoppes and 200 daily performances, it's no wonder England and the Medieval Times live "Bigger" in Texas than anywhere else in the World.

For more information, visit the official Web site.

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