The Alachua County Fairgrounds is transformed into a bustling medieval marketplace for the 32nd Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire on January 27-28 & February 2-4, 2018. Step back in time and cheer on jousting knights, wander through the medieval marketplace where hundreds of artisans sell their wares, witness a battle on the living chess board, partake in olde world games and rides and feast on food fit for a king. Enjoy nine stages of entertainment where the forgotten skills of full-flight falconry, gripping aerial acrobatics and old-world magic come to life. Jugglers, knife throwers and gypsy dancers add to the excitement as they fill the streets of Hoggetowne.
For two weekends each year, the clear blast of trumpets mingles with the laughter of children as the kingdom of Hoggetowne opens its gates. Performers in period garb sing and dance in the streets, while knights joust on horseback and magicians captivate the crowds. Tucked away in the enchanted forest of the Alachua County Fairgrounds in Gainesville, Florida this medieval marketplace will come to life January 27-28 and February 2-4, 2018. Hoggetowne is home to more than 160 talented artisans from across the country who journey to the Faire to sell and demonstrate their traditional wares. Visitors can find one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, stone and wood carvings, blacksmithing, weaving, hand-blown glassware and leather goods. They can also shop for medieval clothing. Visitors should arrive early to take full advantage of the exciting medieval magic. Each morning all the entertainers greet the Hoggetowne guests as the city gates open to this enchanted kingdom.
One of the Faire’s most popular attractions is the joust, where knights in full body armor battle on horseback. Children can meet the knights and their magnificent steeds. In conjunction with this year’s theme of “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” the Tournament Field will host a stunning show of combat entertainment during a Living Chess Match as a dashing Robin Hood and his Merry Men stand against Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham . Visitors can also engage in traditional medieval games of chance and skill. They can shoot arrows or hurl battle axes at targets – or they can navigate their way through a winding maze. Thrilling human-powered push rides, as well as camel and pony rides, attract eager children and adventurous adults. The sound of applause echoes from the Faire’s nine stages, where the forgotten skills of full-flight falconry, gripping aerial acrobatics and old-world magic come to life. Jugglers, knife throwers and gypsy dancers add to the excitement as they fill the streets of Hoggetowne. After roaming the streets of Hoggetowne and working up an appetite, both adults and children can enjoy a feast fit for a king at the food court. The tempting aromas of freshly baked pastries, blooming onions, sweet potato fries, giant turkey legs and succulent ribs attract scores of lords and ladies.
Produced by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire draws more than 40,000 guests each year.
All artists and craftspeople are royally invited to display their finest medieval talents and wares in the bustling marketplace of the Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. Help us celebrate the colorful culture of our medieval village at festival time. Skilled artisans will sell and demonstrate time-honored arts and crafts such as weaving, blacksmithing, leatherworking, pottery, woodcarving, jewelry and clothing. The aroma of mouth-watering turkey legs, blooming onions, sweet potato fries and pastries will fill the air. More than 160 artisans and craft makers will join a troupe of actors, musicians and street performers for a journey back to the days of brave knights and fair maidens.
This highly anticipated event, produced by the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, has gained a reputation as one of the best medieval (tent) fairs in the country. This increasingly popular event will be held at the Alachua County Fairgrounds and will enchant Gainesville, Florida for two consecutive weekends, January 27-28 & February 2-4. The Faire will be held on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Friday, February 2 from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. February 2 is Discount Friday and features a reduced-price admission for the general public. February 2 is also “School Day at the Faire” and brings in more than 2,000 curious and energetic students who are eager to experience the Middle Ages.
Please come join us at our Faire this year! We hope to create the kind of atmosphere that makes coming to our Faire a truly enjoyable experience that you will anticipate year after year.