QUEST FOR KNIGHTHOOD: The medieval festivities of the 22nd annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival has returned to the Castle of Muskogee through June 4.
The 22nd annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival has returned, now offering six weekends of merriment.
The festival allows visitors to step back into 1569 Elizabethan England to celebrate with the Royal Court of Castleton and with His and Her Majesty as they host a festival featuring the royal quest for knighthood, a full-contact Jousting Tournament, Birds of Prey exhibitions, and travelling Acrobats.
The Renaissance festival embodies the science and arts of the times so ‘tis of no surprise that Queen Elizabeth has invited nobles, merchants, pirates to celebrate.
The Castle of Muskogee welcomes new performers for 2017
The Unpronounceable Irish Band will be setting the tune of the Maypole dance on Somer’s Field.
Guests may look forward to a new addition on the Castle’s Cave stage, the Dublin Harpers, a family of duel harpists who put an exciting spin on their melodious harmony. For the ladies of Castleton, the Renaissance Festival introduces the Duelists, a merry manly duo who tell jokes over swordplay from the Harbor Stage.
In addition to the newest performers, the festival’s returning favorites will be appearing on one of the 14 stages on the Castle grounds.
Foodies may enjoy a diversity of Worldly delights. Options span from a Fire Roasted Turkey Leg to finer delights such as pan seared Quail Strips.
New this year, Fools Cap is now offering Gluten Free selections in addition to their delectable vegetarian menu items. Pair any of these options during an entertaining visit to one of the 9 pubs found throughout Castleton. The friendly wenches are happy to tell stories over sodas, frothy brews, and chilled water and juices.
The local winery hosts the social hotspot of Castleton. Guests (21+) may enjoy samples of varietal blends and meads while overlooking the Joust and Birds of Prey show.
There will be a dazzling array of artisan creations with over 140 Renaissance merchant shops, including new merchants this year.
Located inside the Keepe is Roark Acres Honey Farms, where patrons can shop from a diverse selection of homemade products made from local honey, while also enjoying a demonstration of wax dipping and carving.
The young in age (or heart) will want to visit the Steel Key Carver in the Italian Quarter, a new merchant who is music to the ears. This artist features hand-carved wooden flutes masked as Wearable Mustaches. These flutes are fun to play, beautiful to hear, and so unique.
Patrons may also participate in special daytime events like the newly enhanced Queen’s Tea, the Royal Luncheon, and the King’s Smoker.
For information on Castle Nightlife, visit okcastle.com or the Castle’s Info Booth for tickets to the after-hours entertainment of the Masque Ball, Pirate’s Feaste and the Ceilidh.
Dates and Hours:
Saturdays & Sundays: April 29-June 4, plus Memorial Day, Monday, May 29th:
10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Student Day: May 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
For more information on Walgreens discounts & purchasing online tickets, visit okcastle.com.