Though it won't begin for many months, nobility and peasants alike anxiously fiddle with their armor waiting for the Texas Renaissance Festival. This year, treat thineself to a season pass for all the antiquated dialogue, costumes, and hearty meats-on-a-stick you can handle. For $145, you'll get eight Sunday and nine any-day tickets to one of the nation's largest and most acclaimed Renaissance fairs along with a 2012 Texas Renaissance T-Shirt, poster, and 20% discount off one commemorative tankard (a $295 value). Beginning October 6 and running every weekend through November 25, the expansive fair in Todd Mission will come alive with the sights, sounds, and tastes of the 16th Century. With costumed performers at every turn, incredible artistry, rich foods, and lively music, it's hard not to be caught up in the revelry. Be ye lord or lady, the Texas Renaissance Festival brings magic to the fall.