Back in the days of King Henry VIII, for the average citizen, 30 was the new 70. In other words, the reminder to "eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die" hit closer to home for Tudor-era teens and 20-somethings. Though today's 30-year-old might be contemplating an iPad and a master's degree, a 30-year-old in the 1500s might be dying while giving birth to her 12th child or during a smallpox outbreak. All the more reason to celebrate life at Scarborough Renaissance Festival, a 16th-century village fair full of artisans, entertainment, shopping and food. Cheer at a joust, see blacksmiths and glass-blowers, marvel at magicians and falconers, and chuckle at bawdy jokes, all without having to don a farthingale or codpiece (unless you're into that) or risk the black death. It's just like the 1500s--but with fewer leeches and more roasted turkey legs! Scarborough Renaissance Festival, 2511 FM 66 in Waxahachie, begins Saturday and runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through May 31, with closing day on Memorial Day Monday. At the gate, adult tickets are $21.99 and children's tickets are $8.50, but discounts are available for advance purchase, groups and students. Call 972-938-3247 or visit scarboroughrenfest.com.
Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Mon., May 31, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Starts: April 10. Continues through May 31, 2010