All artists and craftspeople are royally invited to display their finest medieval talents and wares in the bustling marketplace of the 32nd 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 (Jan. 27-28, Feb. 3-4), from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Friday (Feb. 2), from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 2 is Family 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.
In keeping with the Faire’s authentic atmosphere, all crafts and wares should be consistent with the medieval theme. Participants must follow the Faire’s guidelines by wearing medieval attire, speaking with a medieval accent, and booths must be decorated in the appropriate medieval style. Artist applications will be available in June 2017, and must be postmarked no later than October 1. For more information and application guidelines, call 352-393-8536.