Renaissance Festival Returns to Castle of Muskogee May 2-31
The Oklahoma Renaissance Festival is back for its 20th year, May 2-31 at the Castle of Muskogee.
The annual festival will feature more than 600 costumed stage and street performers, merchants and artisans who all have the goal of transporting patrons back to the 16th century.
Daytime events include the Queen’s Tea, the Royal Luncheon and the King’s Smoker. Tickets must be purchased to attend after-hours entertainment at the Masqued Ball, the Pirate’s Feaste and the Ceilidh.
New performers for 2015 are Chris Ivanovich, who will be performing up-close magic tricks at the Crown Inn; the Maguire Brothers, providing vocals on the Chessboard Stage, and celtic rock group Cleghorn will grace the festival during the event’s third weekend.
Performing in the Cave will be The Late Mountebank & Wonder Elixir of Life Company.
The festival will feature additional acts on a total of 15 stages placed throughout the festival grounds.
Patrons can shop upwards of 134 Renaissance merchant shops, with various artisan creations. New merchants to the festival include GraysLand Acres, with goat milk products; embroidery creations at a Tailor of Two Cities; Handmade by Waite will offer unique jewelry items; and craft pieces at Rabbit Hero Creations.
Another not-to-be-missed stop is the new Masque Shoppe, adjacent to the Italian Quarter. Inside the Italian Quarter is the Hookah Bar and Silk Road experience Absalom’s Dreams.
As for additional entertainment choices, full-contact jousting by the Heroic Knights of Old will take place in the Tournament Arena where additional seating has been added. Knight Wings Birds of Prey will present conservation education with raptors, and chess lovers can watch the Living Chess Match.
Dates and Hours:
Weekends: May 2 – May 31, plus Memorial Day: May 25, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Student Day: May 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.