Have you ever dreamt of traveling back in time? What if we told you there’s a way to do that? No, we haven’t invented the time machine—we just know the perfect way to teleport to medieval times. Don’t believe us? Head over to the Hoggetowne Medieval Festival and see for yourself! This event offers great themed activities, games, crafts, and live entertainment you don’t want to miss. Read on to learn more about it and start planning your visit.
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Plan the Best Day Ever at the Hoggetowne Medieval Festival
What Is the Hoggetowne Medieval Festival?
Medieval fans will absolutely love the Hoggetowne Medieval Festival, also known as the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. Every year between January and February, the Alachua County Fairgrounds is transformed to mirror a medieval marketplace complete with feasts, games, and artisans selling their wares. More than 40,000 people attend during this time, making it one of the most popular events in the area! It’s the perfect opportunity to have fun with your loved ones, so don’t miss out on it! You can either get your tickets in advance (which we recommend) or at the gate the day of.
What Can You Do at the Festival?
The festival offers a wide variety of activities to keep you occupied all day long. One of our favorite activities is the joust! Marvel as the knights in full armor battle to win first prize on horseback. You’ll really feel as if you’ve stepped back in time (or onto the set of a movie). Other shows include jugglers, acrobats, and knife-throwers, which can be seen on the nine stages found throughout the grounds.
You can also browse through a fabulous selection of crafts at the faire. More than 160 artists and crafters display their work in the marketplace. These goods include leather goods, jewelry, wooden carvings, glass, paintings, and more. You can bring a unique souvenir back home and even find a great medieval costume if you want to blend in!
When you feel your stomach growling, head over to the food and drink booths (scattered across the faire)! Enjoy a traditional medieval treat like a giant turkey leg, or something more familiar like freshly-baked pastries and succulent ribs.
More Fun Festivals in Gainesville
Do you like the idea of attending the Hoggetowne Medieval Festival? If so, you’ll probably love Gainesville’s other fun events! A multitude of festivals happen here all year long, including the Gainesville Art Festival and the Newberry Watermelon Festival! If you love movies and nature, you won’t want to miss the Cinema Verde Environmental Film and Arts Festival. This one-of-a-kind event raises awareness of our current climate issues while promoting sustainability.
Sweetwater Branch Inn is the Best Place to Stay in Gainesville
Whether you’re coming down for the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire or another Gainesville Festival, there’s only one place you need to stay: Sweetwater Branch Inn. Our elegant B&B is the perfect oasis for relaxation and charm, and you can be sure that you’ll leave feeling as refreshed as ever! Browse our beautiful selection of accommodations and pick the one you prefer — we have a feeling you’ll love the Camelot bedroom! After all, you don’t get to go on vacation all the time, so you’d better treat yourself while you can! Did we mention our delicious breakfast in the morning? It’s so tasty you’ll wish it were morning all day long.