A LOST WORLD: The Castle of Muskogee presents the Renaissance Festival, May 4-June 2, including Memorial Day. Old favorites, such as jousting matches and turkey legs, will return as well as new offerings including new theatrical acts, merchants and a Royal Stable.
Through the month of May, the growing village of Castleton will display the rich cultural tapestry, the beauty, and the grandeur that a person would have seen in Renaissance England…right here in Oklahoma.
Visitors will be transported back to the 16th century as the castle and the surrounding village come alive with more than 600 costumed stage and street performers, merchants, and artisans providing entertainment fit for royalty.
New acts this year include Bawdily Harm, a comedic show with daring feats of swordplay and a deadly competition of wits and blades; Ed “Cheeks” Miller’s acoustic music of Irish and sea songs; and Black Oak Shillelagh performing Irish and Scottish pub music with guitar, fiddle, whistle, bodhran and fine Celtic vocals. You’ll find returning acts appearing on the 15 stages scattered throughout the Castle grounds.
There are new merchants, including: St. Sadie’s Soaps, Land of Merriment children’s clothing, Venetian Studios (where you can be photographed in Renaissance attire), Grumpy Old Weaver, the Cappuccino Inn and a new two-story Turtle Island Moccasins shop. Fine arts can be found at Original Art & Prints by Ruth Thompson, and the kids can try mining for pirate treasure at Captain Roughknuckles. There’s also a new Royal Stables where the knights keep their trusted steeds.
In the tournament arena, the Heroic Knights of Old will perform with sword and lance in jousting matches. Watch as the Birds of Prey demonstrate the hunt just as it was during the time of Kings and Lords. Move to the Living Chess Match and cheer on the favorites.
Stroll down twisting, tree-covered village lanes filled with quaint shops displaying rare, one of a kind, hand-crafted goods. Try on the latest Renaissance fashions found in the marketplace, and stop at one of the inns for a flagon of ale. Follow the aroma of fire-roasted food, then let the kids play some of the games or watch the performers while enjoying a huge smoked turkey leg.
Fascinating fun and entertainment for all ages will be found at the expanded, greater-than-ever 2013 Oklahoma Renaissance Festival.
Dates and Hours:
Weekends: May 4 – June 2, plus Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th, 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(Student Day – May 10: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
For more information and online ticket sales, visit www.okcastle.com.