The annual Texas Renaissance Festival makes life without electricity, personal hygiene or penicillin seem like fun. Stepping back in time is made much easier by the buxom wenches, jousting matches and giant-ass turkey legs that have become the Ren Fest's trademarks. Each weekend features plenty of entertainment and family activities, such as shows, re-enactments, elephant rides and shopping. Opening weekend brings Oktoberfest, a chance to connect with a bygone era of German history through beer, bratwurst, polka and a yodeling contest. Other weekend themes include a pirate adventure, All Hallows' Eve and a barbarian invasion.
Saturdays, Sundays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Starts: Oct. 6. Continues through Nov. 25, 2012