I’ve spent the last two weeks hinting at a very important upcoming event and it’s finally nearly here! The Oklahoma Renaissance Festival at the Castle of Muskogee opens THIS WEEKEND and will run for the next five weekends in May. For those of you who are unsure why I’m so excited, you’ve clearly never been to this one-of-a-kind festival.
Situated on 17 acres of land on the edge of Muskogee, Oklahoma, the festival isn’t nearly the size of the Texas Renaissance Festival (nor even the one in Kansas City), but it packs every square inch with some form of entertainment or another. For starters, you’ve got the cast. I may be a bit biased as this is my family, but the cast at OKRF is amazing. We spend 4+ weekends of intense academies training for the season and our whole purpose is to be there for our guests.
OKRF also features vendors from all over the country purveying everything from costuming you can rent at Fiona’s near the front gate all the way to books at Aerie down in the Celtic Quarter. You can find weaponry and items made by the blacksmiths on site, or even spend some time with the weavers in the Italian Piazza. Or you could always follow my example and spend far too much money on the delicious food on site. In the off-season, I find myself absolutely desirous of Popper’s venison.
Of course, all of this goes without even beginning to talk about the actual shows. While the belief is that all of Castleton (the fictional town where the faire is set) is a stage, there are also a number of stages filled with every sort of act from musical to comedy sword fighting to magic and juggling. Though I’m going to miss a few, I can recall this year’s schedule including the Musical Blades, The Jolly Rogers, the Jack Sparrow Show, the Steele Sisters, Turtle and the Hair, The Maguire Brothers, The Jester Rejects, Bob the Juggler, the Escapologist, The Bedlam Bards, and more!
In addition, the faire has evening events for all sorts. Join us at the Masqued Ball for dancing, the Pirate’s Feaste for shenanigans, and the Ceilidh for a raucous party! The Castle also has special events year-round, which you can find more information about on their website.
If you need any more convincing, why not consider that OKRF has been consistently featured in Marc Gunn’s Renaissance Festival Awards (including recognition for the jousting troupe, the chess board, and Angus… our favorite noisy Scotsman) or that Family Vacation Critic ranked it among the Top 10 Family-Friendly Renaissance Fairs in the U.S..
The Oklahoma Renaissance Festival at the Castle of Muskogee is open weekends April 30th-May 30th (Memorial Day) and has Student Day on Friday, May 6th. The gates are open from 10:30 am-6 pm. You can find information, including tickets and directions to the Castle at their website. I hope to see you at the gates!
Featured image: 2016 Cast Photo, Pendale Designs