Norman Medieval Fair Mother EarthAre you on the lookout for some fun (and cheap) family entertainment this weekend? Well, the odds are in your favor, as it’s time for the annual Medieval Fair of Norman! Admission to the Medieval Fair is FREE! This family-friendly event has been a longstanding Norman tradition since 1977. OU Outreach (which includes College of Liberal Studies) is one of the major sponsors.

When:
Friday, March 30 – Sunday, April 1
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Where:
Reaves Park (Google Map)
2501 S. Jenkins Ave., Norman, OK
Park at Lloyd Noble Center – one block southwest of the park. Parking is $5 per car. Handicapped parking is available on the park grounds.
Click here to download a PDF.

Don’t Miss Attractions…

Medieval Fair Human ChessWhile the entire event is abounding with merriment, here are some of the best kid-approved attractions:

  • Jousting tournament – 11:30 and 3:15 daily on the Jousting Field
  • Royal parade – Noon daily at the SCA compound
  • Human chess game – 1:00 and 4:45 daily on the Camelot Stage
  • Tribal circus acrobatics – 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 4:30 daily
  • Knighting ceremony – 4:30 daily at the Royal Pavilion
  • Birds of prey show – 10:45, 3:15 and 5:30 daily on the Camelot Stage
  • Face painting
  • Petting zoo
  • Camel and elephant rides

A full entertainment schedule is available here.

Things to remember…

If you’re a Medieval Fair novice, Medieval Fair expert Jenny Lang shared her advice on what to bring and keep in mind:

  • Water – Bring a bottle (or two) of water to stay hydrated. There is water for sale and a few water fountains, but bringing your own is always a good idea.
  • Sunscreen – The temperatures will climb into the 80s this weekend, and the sun will be out in full force. Be sure to slather on the SPF (especially on the part in your hair and your ears). Of course, as always in Oklahoma, check the weather forecast for the day to be prepared.
  • Antibacterial hand wipes – Let’s see…will there be food? Check. Porta potties? Check. Hot weather? Likely. Lots of people? Definitely. You’ll be glad you brought your wipes.
  • Camera – You never know what you might see!
  • Cash (although there are ATMs on site), good walking shoes and a bag – You’ll definitely want to easily transport all your newly-acquired shining armor and forest fairy wands home.
  • Pick up a program at one of the information/souvenir booths – The program will have a map as well as the schedules for all of the stages. You can plan the things you want to see and make sure you don’t miss out on your favorite act.
  • Taking very young children? Though the fair has fun for everyone throughout the day, the mornings are probably be the best time to take your smallest knights and fair ladies because it’s cooler and less crowded.
  • Feel free to dress up! There is a costume contest at 1:45 on Saturday and Sunday open to all ages. Any weapons must be sheathed or peace-tied.

So grab your family and friends and come partake in the festivities! See you there!

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