Annual Medieval Fair in Norman 2017

Medieval Knight Helmet
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Held in late March or early April each year since 1977, the Medieval Fair in Norman, Oklahoma is a metro area event that celebrates and relives the middle ages, the days of kings, queens and knights in shining armor. The festival features food, games, arts & crafts, contests and much more. According to organizers, it was the first fair of its kind in Oklahoma and remains one of the few free medieval fairs in the nation.

The Norman Medieval Fair has its origins with the University of Oklahoma English Department, celebrating at a time near William Shakespeare's birthday. Due to its popularity, the event continued to expand, and in 1993 became a three-day affair.

Dates and Times:

The 2017 Medieval Fair, the 41st version of the event, will take place from March 31 - April 2. Admission is absolutely free, but there is a $5 charge for parking.  Daily events run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Location and Directions:

Reaves Park in Norman has been the site of the annual Medieval Fair since 2003. Reaves Park is located at 2501 South Jenkins Avenue between Lindsey and HWY 9 East. From I-35, take HWY 9 East to Jenkins Avenue and turn north.

The parking area is one block southwest of Reaves park at the Lloyd Noble Center west of Jenkins.  Parking cost is $5.  See a full map

Food, Events and Activities:

The Annual Medieval Fair feature plenty of food and drink options, everything from traditional fair food such as Indian Tacos to the more unique items like strudel and meat pies.

Here are other events and activities of note:

  • Over 200 art and craft booths with pottery, wood crafts, stained glass, armor, costumes, fairy wings, jewelry, leather crafts, hair garlands, and much more
  • More than seven stages with continuous performances in dancing, theater and reenactments, jugglers, magicians and more
  • Knights jousting on horseback
  • Pony and llama rides
  • Human chess games
  • Costume contests
  • Face painting

Participants:

If you want to do more than simply enjoy the Medieval Fair as a spectator, you can apply to participate as a crafter, a vendor or a performer. Applications are available on the official site, and you can contact organizers by email or by calling (405) 325-8610.

Nearby Hotels & Lodging:

Coming in from out of town for the Medieval Fair in Norman? Here are some options for nearby accommodations. Also, see a list of the best hotels in Norman.