The inherent risk of COVID-19 in any public location has led us to heighten our safety precautions using recommended best practices and guidelines from the CDC and the State of Texas. 

Review Important Safety Guidelines Here

Texas Renaissance Festival Safety Guidelines

• All TRF staff and participants will be wearing facial coverings.

• TRF will enforce patron mask requirements per the guidelines and mandates of the State of Texas.

• Note - If facial coverings are not mandated by the State, Patrons should still bring a mask as Texas guidelines still recommend facial coverings indoors or outdoors in areas where social distancing is not possible. You may be asked to wear your mask in some shoppes and in lines where 6 foot distancing from other parties is not feasible.

• When eating or drinking, patrons are asked to remain stationary. Seating has been spread out across the festival and venues to accommodate mask removal and social distancing while eating.

• TRF will have souvenir and disposable masks available for purchase for patrons that arrive without a mask.

• TRF will have daily competitions and random spot rewards for our patrons that are creatively following guidelines.

• To promote the comfort of our patrons and participants, TRF has created mask-break areas through the festival where masks may be safely removed while socially distant.


• The CDC recommends frequent handwashing, with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or alcohol based hand rub with 60-95% alcohol.

• TRF has 12 fully stocked, 2000-3000 sqft, privies throughout the festival with running water for our guests.

• Furthermore 190 hand sanitizing stations are installed throughout the festival to further increase accessibility.


• All TRF staff and participants will be screened for temperature and symptoms daily.

• Patrons are asked to self-screen, if feverish or symptomatic, date-specific tickets may be exchanged for later dates in 2020 based upon availability, or 2021 any-day tickets.

• The CDC recommends to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.

• Throw used tissues in the trash.

• Immediately wash your hand with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.


• Practice social distancing and keep at least 6 feet between yourself and others.

• 2020 ticket sales are date-specific, and quantities issued will be limited at each ticket outlet (HEB, Groupon, and texrenfest.com) based on our mandated capacity limits.

• Capacity limits will be enforced at all shoppes and entertainment venues as well.

• Seating at the festival will be adjusted or marked and signage placed throughout to promote distancing.

• Creative changes to our entertainment will maintain our immersive quality while keeping our entertainers and guests safe.

• TRF has 60 acres of outdoor festival grounds and 220 acres of campgrounds that will allow patrons to be comfortably distributed with established limits.


• Hand sanitizing stations are located at every festival restrooms and throughout the festival grounds and Fields of New Market Campground.

• Each night prior, facilities in the festival and campground will be decontaminated with an EPA-approved sanitizer as recommended by the CDC for the novel coronavirus responsible for COVID-19.

• TRF staff and participants will spot sanitize high-touch areas through the day.


• Enjoy the magic of our venues, merchants, food, beverages, and entertainment safely and responsibly.

• Signs, staff, and participants are throughout the festival and campground to remind and guide our patrons.

• Please follow directions from our TRF staff, security and participants and have patience as we work through these new safety and operational procedures.

• We look forward to celebrating our 46th season of the Texas Renaissance Festival with you!


Please note the CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend. People who show no symptoms can spread COVID-19 if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19, and we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit. We appreciate your cooperation during this unprecedented time. Visit the CDC website for the latest guidelines.

Some imagery shown throughout our website are from previous seasons and do not represent current operational and safety guidelines.


Click the button below to review the 2020 Fields of New Market Campground Social Distancing Plan

2020 Fields of New Market Campground Social Distancing Plan

A Message from the General Manager

Dear Texas Renaissance Festival Patron and Partner,

Greetings TRF family! Our hearts and thoughts go out to each of you with hopes that you and your loved ones are well. After significant preparation and collaboration across the TRF team and local and county agencies, we are excited to welcome you back to the Kingdom to celebrate our 46th season Oct. 3 - Nov. 29, 2020!

We are prepared to welcome patrons this Fall with exciting new venues, merchants, food, and entertainment - maintaining our top priority: the health and safety of our guests, staff, and partners.This means the festival will look a little different this year, as follows:

Social Distancing - 2020 ticket sales are date-specific, and quantities issued will be limited at each ticket outlet (HEB, Groupon, and texrenfest.com) based on our mandated capacity limits. Capacity limits will be enforced at all shoppes and entertainment venues as well. Seating at the festival will be adjusted or marked and signage placed throughout to promote distancing.Creative changes to our entertainment will maintain our immersive quality while keeping our entertainers and guests safe. We have almost 60 acres of outdoor festival grounds and 220 acres of campgrounds that will allow patrons to be comfortably distributed.

Facial Coverings - All TRF staff and participants will be wearing facial coverings. Patrons will be required to wear a mask per the guidelines and mandates of the State of Texas. Note, if facial coverings are not mandated by the State, Patrons should bring a mask as Texas guidelines still recommend facial coverings indoors or outdoors in areas where social distancing is not possible.You may be asked to wear your mask in some shoppes and in lines where 6 foot distancing from other parties is not feasible despite capacity limits. Additionally, for the best experience at the festival we are encouraging creative facial coverings as we will have daily competitions and random spot rewards for guests that support these guidelines. If a patron forgets their mask, no problem, we will have souvenir masks and disposable masks available.Finally, to maximize comfort, we are incorporating many mask-break areas throughout the festival where patrons may remove their masks while maintaining social distancing.

Health Screening - All TRF staff and participants will have daily temperature checks and encouraged to stay home if symptomatic. If a patron feels sick on their festival date, they will have the option of exchanging their ticket for a later date while supplies last or a 2021 any-day ticket.

Promoting Good Hygiene - We are one of the few festivals that have large privies with flushable toilets and running water and soap to wash hands. However, this year we are adding at least 190 additional hand-sanitizing stations through the festival and campground to improve accessibility to all.

Decontamination/Sanitizing - Each night before a festival day, facilities will be decontaminated with an EPA-approved sanitizer as recommended by the CDC for the novel coronavirus responsible for COVID-19. Furthermore, TRF staff and participants are being trained to spot sanitize high-touch areas through the day.

I am proud of how our TRF staff and participants have embraced the challenge this unprecedented year to implement the Texas health protocols and best practices at a every level of our operation to foster the best environment for our employees and guests. I am equally proud of our TRF staff and participant's passionate and critical feedback over the past few months that assisted greatly with the tailoring of our plan over this time. Furthermore, I am thankful for the level of engagement from our local and county authorities - their input was critical to optimizing the confidence in our preparations this year. Finally, the entire TRF team is grateful for the flood of support and encouragement from our patrons and participants - you have bolstered our resolve and motivation to press on this year.


Joe Bailey

General Manager


TRF Safety Guideline FAQs

Are face masks required at the festival?

• All TRF staff and participants will be wearing facial coverings.

• Patrons will be required to wear a mask per the guidelines and mandates of the State of Texas.

• Note, if facial coverings are not mandated by the State, Patrons should bring a mask as Texas guidelines still recommend facial coverings indoors or outdoors in areas where social distancing is not possible. You may be asked to wear your mask in some shoppes and in lines where 6 foot distancing from other parties is not feasible.

• TRF will have souvenir and disposable masks available for purchase for patrons that arrive without a mask.

• TRF will have daily competitions and random spot rewards for our patrons that are creatively following guidelines.

• To promote the comfort of our patrons and participants, TRF has created mask-break areas through the festival where masks may be safely removed while socially distant.

Are you limiting capacity at the festival each day?

Yes, our daily capacity limit for the festival is 22,500.

In anticipation of capacity limitations ALL tickets sold for the 2020 season are DATE SPECIFIC. We are only selling tickets online on www.texrenfest.com, Groupon and starting Sept. 1 at H-E-B stores. There are NO gate ticket sales with the exception of tickets for Military, First Repsonders, Students, and Seniors with ID.

How are you keeping the festival clean?

Decontamination will take place each Friday before the festival opens and at night between Saturdays and Sundays including all TRF facilities, entertainment venues and high touch areas.

Shoppe owners will be responsible for nightly decontamination of their shoppes each night.

TRF Staff and participants will be performing spot sanitizing and cleaning throughout the day as required by State protocols.

Will you have hand sanitizers at the festival?

Yes. There will be 80 hand sanitizing stations located at the restrooms and throughout the festival grounds for convenient use.

There will be 50 hand sanitizing stations throughout the Fields of New Market Campground.

How will social distancing at performance venues be handled?

Seats will have signage on them for proper distancing at performance venues, and will be monitored by TRF staff and security.

How do you know how many people are in the festival?

In addition to tracking ticket sales through our three major ticket outlets, we have installed electronic people counters at the entrance and exit gates that will let us know how many people are on the festival grounds in real time.

Are you doing temperature checks?

We are not checking temperature checks of patrons.

However, all Staff, Vendors and their staff, and Performers are required to do temperature checks of all employees before each shift and maintain a log throughout the season.

If an employee is found with a temperature he or she will be sent home. If an employee is symptomatic he or she will be asked to stay at home.

Do I have to wear a mask in a shoppe?

Mask requirements are at the shoppe owners discretion.

What safety protocols are being followed by the shoppes?

TRF Shoppes will be following the same guidelines set by Open Texas and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with regards to cleanings, wearing masks, health screenings for employees, operational changes within booths.

Are food and beverage vendors undergoing training?

The Health Department is working with TRF food and beverage vendors and their employees to provide an even more extensive training session than usual this season.

What if I am sick the day I have a ticket?

You will be able to exchange your unredeemed ticket for a new 2020 date if supplies last, or have the option of exchanging for a 2021 any-day ticket.

COVID Testing and Disposable Masks for Patrons

ANNOUNCEMENT - FREE COVID TESTING offered outside TRF gates for run of the festival!


The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) will be providing COVID Testing options for our Staff, Participants, and Patrons this season. We are extremely grateful to the TDEM, Grimes County Emergency Management, and the City of Todd Mission for their support in making this happen as this was an important option we wanted to have available.
Testing will be the Oral Swab, results within 24-48 hours.
If you are negative, you will receive an email or text. Positive results will be delivered via phone. Please have accurate contact information when you arrive.

Location: Shop 166 (Located outside our front gates)
All 19 days of our festival run
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Free - No appointment needed, Bring ID
Again, this testing is Free, even if you do not carry health insurance.

Disposable Face Masks for Patrons
Furthermore, the State, through the TDEM, is making a sizable donation of disposable face masks to TRF, which we will be using to provide free to our patrons in the event they do not arrive with a mask.