Oklahoma’s Largest Renaissance Festival Expanding for 2008

JUST JOUSTING: Singers, dancers, jugglers, magicians, musicians and jousting matches are just some of the attractions of the 2008 Castle of Muskogee Renaissance Festival. The festival takes place every weekend in May.

Courtesy Castle of Muskogee

The Oklahoma Renaissance Festival is all about fun and entertainment, and the Castle of Muskogee’s 13 stages are once again filled with professional entertainers from across the New World, including many old favorites and several new acts.

The Jolly Rogers are returning with their Pirate Music and, every weekend, the Brobdingnagian Bards will perform their unique brand of Celtic folk music on the autoharp, recorder and mandolin that has made them one of the most-popular Celtic music groups at renaissance festivals across the country.

Patrons will get a new take on the term “Monkey Suit” when they see Capucin Monkeys performing in renaissance costumes. Talented singers, dancers, jugglers, magicians, musicians, comedy acts and more can be found throughout the grounds and throughout the Festival. Thirteen stages filled with performers for 10 days in May: it’s definitely Oklahoma’s largest entertainment event.

New additions to The Castle’s 13th Century Castleton Village include a two-story costume shop filled with hundreds of authentic renaissance clothing items, from elaborate gowns to peasants outfits, Monk shawls to Knightly attire and more. A newly extended boardwalk allows people to stroll through the leafy bower of Castleton Forest while a new Waterfall gaming area provides a great venue for fun.

Throughout the grounds visitors will find Jousters on the Jousting List, strolling musicians and actors, a hundred artisans purveying authentic renaissance handcrafted wares, many fun and exciting activities for children and adults, plus many delightful places to buy food and drink.

The Castle provides a family-friendly atmosphere, acres of free parking, modern restrooms and is almost totally wheelchair accessible. It is located a short 40 minutes from Tulsa via the Muskogee Turnpike.

The Castle of Muskogee’s Renaissance Festival runs May 3-4, 9-11, 17-18 and 24-26 from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Student day is May 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, visit www.okcastle.com or call (918) 687-3625.

Updated 05-05-2008

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