Ren Faire HBO official trailer and release date
Ren Faire (HBO / screenshot)

HBO revealed the official trailer for “Ren Faire” a 3-part documentary series which chronicles a fantastic and farcical succession battle of Shakespearean proportions at the Texas Renaissance Festival.

Starring in this film are King George Coulam; general manager and erstwhile actor Jeff Baldwin, a loyal 43-year veteran of the festival; acting entertainment director Brandi Baldwin, who is married to Jeff; kettle-corn and entrepreneur vendor Louie Migliaccio; former elephant trainer and current vendor coordinator Darla Smith; assistant general manager Lauren Croft; the artists, vendors, jesters, wizards, jousters, and talking dragons of the Texas Renaissance Festival.

Release Date

Directed by Lance Oppenheim, Ren Faire debuts Sunday, June 2 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on Max. Episodes two and three will air back-to-back the following Sunday, June 9.


For half a century, 86-year-old George Coulam, known to his employees as King George, has reigned with an iron fist over the Texas Renaissance Festival, the largest such “faire” in the world. He has power, as the elected mayor of the town he incorporated. He has glory, as the undisputed employer and self-proclaimed ruler of thousands. He has vast wealth, as the majority shareholder of the festival. Now, he is ready to give it all up and spend the last years of his life in the quest for a romantic companion. But before he retires, George will finally choose which of his longtime employees will take his crown.

Official Trailer

Watch the official trailer for Ren Faire.

Episode Descriptions:

E1: “Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got The Will?”
Debut date: Sunday, June 2 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Welcome to the Texas Renaissance Festival, the largest in the world. King George Coulam, its 86-year-old founder, has ruled over his subjects with an iron fist for decades. With his mental acuity in question and his retirement imminent, the future of the festival remains uncertain. General manager Jeff Baldwin believes he is next in line to succeed, until kettle-corn kingpin Louie Migliaccio hatches a plan to buy the festival outright.

E2: “Make Big Choices”
Debut date: Sunday, June 9 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
King George goes on an unsuccessful date. Jeff struggles to thwart Louie’s bid for the crown. Darla Smith, a former elephant trainer, enters the fray with an agenda of her own.

E3: “We’re Done!”
Debut date: Sunday, June 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Jeff gains the upper hand over Louie. Darla’s promotion to co-General Manager leads to disastrous consequences, for both Jeff and herself. George finally lands on the only successor he can trust.

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