Annual Medieval Fair of Norman Happening March 27-29
Visitors are invited on a journey to an age of kings, queens, knights in shining armor and a kingdom come alive at the 39th Annual Medieval Fair of Norman, March 27-29. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day in Reaves Park, near the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.
The Medieval Fair of Norman offers a wide array of entertainment. Guests can browse more than 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. Numerous educational exhibits and craft demonstrations will show attendees what it was like to live in the middle ages, as storytellers, jugglers, minstrels, dancers, human chess games, swordplay and knights jousting on horseback bring the middle ages to life. Guests can also feast on a smoked turkey leg, roasted corn or handcrafted root beer, test their skills at archery or axe throwing or ride a hand-cranked carousel or a knight’s warhorse.
This year’s fair will also feature special performances by the sword-fighting comedy duo, The Steele Sisters.
“The Medieval Fair of Norman is a huge attraction that draws in families from across the state,” 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 for people of all ages?”
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. Ongoing historical presentations by the Arthurian Order of Avalon and the Society for Creative Anachronism will also take place throughout the weekend.
“Beyond entertainment, there are also many wonderful educational opportunities at the fair that really bring history to life,” Eckart said. “It also makes history fun. We hope visitors, children especially, leave with a renewed interest in this rich era of the past.”
Extra educational activities and performances will take place on “School Day,” Friday, March 27. While there is no charge for admission, teachers and school administrators are encouraged to notify the Medieval Fair office of their attendance in advance.
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 Avenue. Parking is available at Lloyd Noble Center on Jenkins Avenue, one block south of Reaves Park, for $5, with some handicapped parking available on park grounds.
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 100 events in the nation. It is made possible, in part, by the Norman Arts Council Hotel Tax Grant Program and the City of Norman.