Dont be surprised if recently, when passing through the general area of Magnolia, you heard swords clashing, horses whinnying and a chorus of Hear Yes. Its just the ongoing Texas Renaissance Festival, which has been storming the Houston area since 1974, bringing with it magic, merriment, fireworks and faux jousting. Stop by for plenty of Shakespeare, as well as gypsy dances, a gentleman who goes by the name Christoph the Insulter and all kinds of hearty victuals, fair maidens and good, old-fashioned escapism. 9 a.m. to dusk Saturdays, Sundays and the Friday after Thanksgiving Day. Through November 30. 21778 FM 1774 in Plantersville. For a full schedule, call 800-458-3435 or visit texrenfest.com. $11 to $21.
Saturdays, Sundays. Starts: Oct. 11. Continues through Nov. 30, 2008