If you can't go opening weekend, but can commit to what day by Sept 23, you can get adult tickets for $18.
If you stop by HEB or any other ticket outlet on your way to Ren Fest instead of purchasing tickets at the gate, you save $5/adult ticket. I wonder if there is a service fee or if it is included in the price. I did this a couple of years ago. It only took a couple of minutes and was completely worth the savings for our group!
Be sure to look in your junk mail and local magazines and newspapers for free child admission coupons. They had a ton everywhere last year.
Also, go their website and check out what the themes are for the weekends so that you can plan ahead on what theme you would enjoy most.
If you worry about some of the mature behavior that can be found at Ren Fest consider going on a School Day instead.
"The 2011 School Days will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1st and 2nd , from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.... All Tickets are $8.00 per person, including same day ticket purchases at the gate. "
Tip: My favorite part of Ren Fest for kid activities is Sherwood Forest. Look at the map to find it. It is in the map. That is where they have the petting zoo (watch where you step), elephant and camel rides, giant maze, and other kid friendly things to do. Also, I suggest watching the birds of prey show.
Here are all the available ticket prices.
From http://www.texrenfest.com/buy-tickets :
|Opening Weekend||$12.00||$6.00||Special pricing on Opening Weekend Tickets is available ONLY online, by visiting one of our ticket outlet locations, by mail, or by phone. Opening Weekend tickets are good for October 8th or 9th ONLY. Limited quantities available! Gate pricing on Opening Weekend is $25.00 for adults and $12.00 for children.|
|Advance Ticket||$18.00||$8.00||Special pricing on Advance Tickets is available ONLY online, by mail, or by phone on or before September 23, 2011. Limited quantities available!|
|TRF Discount Ticket||$20.00||$10.00||Special pricing on Discount Tickets is available ONLY online, by mail, or by phone. Limited quantities are available!|
|Our Ticket Outlets||$20.00||$10.00||Special pricing on Ticket Outlet Tickets is available ONLY by purchasing at HEB, Market Basket or Woodforest National Bank locations. Limited quantities available!|
|Group Tickets||$15.00||$6.00||Special pricing on Group Tickets is available ONLY by purchasing a group of 25 (adult) or more tickets. The order must be placed by phone or mail through the TRF main office. Group ticket orders should be placed Monday—Friday, 8 a.m.—5 p.m. Please ask for Group Sales. Group tickets are NOT available for purchase at the Gate!|
|Family 4-Pack||$50.00||N/A|| Take advantage of our online $50 Family 4-Pack offering (2) Adult tickets and (2) Kids tickets; a $24 savings off the gate price! |
Tickets are valid for 2011 festival dates only. Children are ages 5-12. Children 4 and under are admitted FREE.
|Adult 4-Pack||$70.00||N/A||Take advantage of our online $70 Adult 4-Pack offering (4) Adult tickets; a $30 savings off the gate price! Tickets are valid for 2011 festival dates only.|
|Weekend Pass||$35.00||N/A||Weekend Passes are available for adults ONLY. They consist of two tickets—one ticket good for Saturday ONLY and one ticket good for Sunday ONLY. The dates of attendance do not have to be consecutive. They are available ONLY at the gate or by calling 800-458-3435.|
|Season Pass||$250.00||$100.00||Experience all the fun, fantasy, magic and merriment of the 37th Annual Texas Renaissance Festival with 17 tickets, available for use on any festival date! The Season Pass is available for $250 for Adults and $100 for Children. These ticket packages, which offer a discounted ticket per day, are available for a limited time online or by calling 800-458-3435.|