Annual Medieval Fair of Norman to be held April 5-7
Visitors are invited to adventure into a forgotten age of kings and queens at the Medieval Fair of Norman, April 5-7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Reaves Park, near the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
Now in its 37th year, the Medieval Fair of Norman offers a variety of entertainment. Guests can browse over 200 artisan booths offering unique and handcrafted wares, or they can catch a show at one of the seven stages located throughout the park while enjoying refreshments from the many food vendors on-site. Other activities include, but are not limited to: watching jousting on horseback, swordplay or human chess, riding camels, ponies or war horses, testing your skill at archery, knife throwing and more.
“The Medieval Fair of Norman has really evolved into a remarkable event that has something for everyone,” said Ann Marie Eckart, Medieval Fair Coordinator. “Where else in Oklahoma can guests take in sporting competitions such as jousting and falconry and also browse a multitude of unique vendors, offering a variety of fun wares and delicious treats?”
In addition to traditional entertainment, guests are invited to visit the many educational booths offering demonstrations of trades such as blacksmithing, brass rubbing, chainmail making, woodworking, armor-crafting and more. The Arthurian Order of Avalon and the Society for Creative Anachronism will also present on-going historical presentations.
Extra educational activities and performances will be held on “School Day,” Friday, April 5. While there is no charge for admission, teachers and school administrators are encouraged to notify the Medieval Fair office of their attendance in advance.
“In addition to the entertainment, there are also many wonderful educational opportunities at the fair that really bring history to life,” Eckart said. “By taking a step back in time, we hope visitors—children especially—leave with a renewed interest in history.”
The Medieval Fair is the third largest event in the state and the state’s largest weekend event. It was selected by Events Media Network as one of the top one hundred events in the nation. It is made possible, in part, by the Norman Arts Council Hotel Tax Grant Program and the City of Norman.Reaves Park is located on Jenkins Avenue just north of Highway 9. Visitors coming from outside Norman are advised to take I-35 to Highway 9 East, and then travel north on Jenkins Ave. Parking is available at Lloyd Noble Center on Jenkins Avenue, one block south of Reaves Park, for $5, with some handicap parking available on park grounds.
For a full schedule of events and additional details about the fair, including “School Day,” visit medievalfair.org. Information can also be obtained by calling the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau at 405-366-8095 or 800-767-7260.