With fun and festive activities for everyone, the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire in Gainesville, Florida should be on your list of yearly things to do in Florida!
**A big thank you to Visit Gainesville! Although we were their guests at the fair, as always, all opinions are our own.**
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire has been a popular attraction in Alachua County for over 30 years. For a few weekends in the beginning of each year, the Alachua County Fairgrounds become a magical land filled with the sounds of swords clanging together, the smells of turkey legs cooking, and the sights of colorfully dressed artisans.
January 18-19, 25-26, 31 and February 1-2
We hadn’t been to a medieval fair in years and to be able to go to one in Gainesville, one of our favorite cities in Florida, was fantastic! The atmosphere was so fun, and everywhere we looked we saw both children and adults smiling from ear to ear.
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire Location
The medieval fair is held at the Alachua County Fairgrounds, west of the Gainesville Regional Airport on SR 222. It’s a large site, and accommodates the over 40,000 visitors that attend every year. Upon arriving, guests will also find two parking lots. The West parking lot is the larger of the two and offers a shuttle service to the ticket gate. Parking at both lots is free.
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire Entertainment
Aside from the fun costumes you’ll see, there are also plenty of attractions, games, and activities to entertain the crowds. One of the most popular attractions is the joust, but there are also scheduled events on various stages performed by magicians, acrobats, dancers, and more. There is also a Royal Procession twice a day, where the king and queen lead over 100 actors, musicians and performers through the grounds of Hoggetowne.
Artisans And Vendors
Visitors to the medieval fair in Gainesville will also have a chance to learn about different crafts, clothing, and jewelry and how they are made. In the front portion of the grounds are many vendors, selling all kinds of things (we were partial to the swords), but what we enjoyed most was towards the back of the fairgrounds.
At the craft village, visitors will find artisans blacksmithing, creating stone and wood carvings, weaving, and hand-blowing glassware. We thought it was so interesting to see these things being done right in front of us. It was as if we’d gone back in time!
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire Food
Of course, we can’t forget about the food! There is something for everyone at the food court. Everything from giant turkey legs to roasted almonds. And if you’re looking for beer, don’t forget to stop at Ye Olde Ale House!
To make sure you have as much fun as possible at Hoggetowne Medieval Faire, here is a bit of additional information you may find useful:
- Tickets can be purchased at the gate or in advance online. For ticket prices, click here.
- Credit cards can be used to buy tickets and some vendors may accept them, but we suggest bringing cash for most purchases (including food).
- Pets are not permitted with the exception of service animals.
- For the most part, the fairgrounds are handicap accessible. The area in the back with the food court may be harder to traverse because it’s a grassy area. ADA parking is located in the East Parking lot.
- Be conscious of the weather; the fair takes place rain or shine.
- If you’re still hungry after the fair, check out some of the awesome restaurants in Gainesville.
Final Thoughts On Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
This Gainesville attraction is definitely something to look forward. And it’s something that everyone can enjoy. We saw families, couples, and groups of friends there. The vibe at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire is so festive and cheerful, you really can’t help but get caught up in the spirit of it all.
Have you been to the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂