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(photo by Kevin Stillman)

Villainy may be afoot—though so should plenty of champions—as the Texas Renaissance Festival celebrates heroes and villains of history and literature in this year’s newest themed weekend. Beginning Sept. 30 with Oktoberfest and ending Nov. 26 with Celtic Christmas, the 43rd annual festival offers nine themed weekends to gallivant about the 16th-century European village’s 60 acres in Todd Mission. See new acts like The Dublin Harpers and Cirque Mythos, or enjoy favorites like Pride O’ Bedlam and Iris and Rose. Other changes include a medieval torture museum, an expanded Polish Pub and Greek Agora, and a new coffee bar and hookah lounge. With plenty of food to try, performers to watch, and more than 500 shops to explore, time may be the greatest villain. 

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