Armored and Rapier Combat The Society for Creative Anachronism offers demonstrations of armored and rapier combat as in ye days of olde.
Barely Balanced These clever folks appear mysteriously to be both on the stage and off the wall. Come watch as Margret, Cameron, and Jimmy — or as you will come to know and love them, “Small,” “Medium” and “Large” — balance precariously on top of each other, contort their limbs, and juggle knives as razor sharp as their wit. They'll incorporate a cornucopia of circus props into the fun, including Chinese yoyo (of death), rolla bolla (of doom), and hula hoop (of no particular threat). They may even use one of their favorite and most unpredictable props: YOU!
Birds of the Gauntlet Falcons fly free, so hide your turkey legs. Don’t tell anyone, but there is a wonderful ecological message hidden within this beautiful show of avian raptors and their kin. You'll be astounded as these spectacular birds exhibit their free-flight skill directly over the heads of the audience.
Closing Pub Sing At the end of the day, all the King’s men, the Queen’s ladies, jousters, jugglers and jesters meet up with the musical acts to sing and sway, saluting the sundown with a medley of acts from across the Faire. Cupcake of Just Desserts serves as the Master of Ceremonies for this merry time that's sure to bring one last smile to your face.
Da Vinci Brothers This high-powered audience participation shows make the audience the stars. Leonardo’s older brother predicts a Renaissance. But for now, well-rendered stories abound with the help of willing audience members and their cheering fans. Expect to laugh!
Empty Hats Empty Hats plays Celtic music unplugged… but wired. Whether a fun song or one that warms the heart, their traditional music is beloved by audiences at Medieval and Renaissance festivals all over the country.
Equestrian Games In days of olde when knights were bold, they practiced and practiced at their equestrian skills so as to have the advantage over other horsemen when combat was joined. But for our money, it’s the horses who star in these demonstrations.
Giacomo the Jester Utilizing magic, juggling, storytelling, rope walking and extremely obnoxious behavior, is Giacomo the Jester a true renaissance man or just a hack of all trades?
Greenwood Morris Dancers These are olde English folk dancing olde English folk dances. The dances are literally hundreds of years old, danced as they were danced when medieval faires were still operating for real as a celebration of joy at winter’s end.
Gypsy Guerilla Band Gypsy Guerrilla Band plays a stirring set on the hammered dulcimer & zither. Their exuberant mix of folk music styles includes old-time, renaissance, Celtic, ethnic dance and even some originals. Band members think like gypsies in their range of cultural influences, and like guerrillas in their aggressive approach to traditional instruments. Their music will unify, entertain, and fire up people's imaginations.
Harpers of Hoggetowne The Harpers offer a bevy of Celtic harpists in musical agreement. An occasional Viola di Gamba may find its way into a flock of harpists, but the music still points heavenward.
History Alive Portrays Teutonic Knights of the Haliburton Order Ironhill Vagabonds A Celtic band of brothers pretending they don't know each other Issac Fawlkes, Magician Isaac Fawlkes is not your usual idea of magician. He combines outrageous comedy and unusual feats of magic to create a hysterical show that leaves his audiences in tears with laughter and smiling with joy.
Jousting Warhorse Farms and The New Riders of the Golden Age present full armoured jousting and swordplay. These knights in shining armor run full-tilt at each other on large and beautiful Percheron horses while brandishing pokey lances and swinging steel - for honor and glory and the loud cheers of their audience.
Just Desserts These wenches are just what you deserve if you’ve been bad, and we mean really bad. By contract these “ladies” are G-rated, but you can tell by the look just what they are thinking and it is more than you ever wanted to know.
Lady Ettie At first, one might seem put off by the eccentric attire, but she is the most approachable character at any festival, and her fascinating gracefulness and great knowledge of etiquette keeps her audiences mesmerized.
Living Chessboard Presented by Thieves Guilde, Inc., the Living Chessboard is a battle of wits and steel on a large chessboard where each square holds a living combatant. Each move necessitates a brief encounter with stage combat. Not for the faint of heart. Each scene depicts a new chapter in a contiguous story.
Looney Lucy Her mobile home, complete with garden, kitchenette, and dead petting zoo offers an abode to gifts from her many admirers. Whether tutoring her beloved Daffy Duke, a.k.a.: The Duke of Tazworth, or counseling those less gifted in fashion, her hugs are free as well as her advice.
Magic & Mayhem Each year, the talented performers of Magic and Mayhem Productions present over 400 performances of engaging, family-friendly and theatrical comedy magic. Their popular Magic and Mayhem Comedy Magic Show provides quality live entertainment that features amazing magic, hilarious comedy, and the Mystery of Illusion presented with engaging interactions appropriate for all audiences. Featuring the terrifying “Bunnies in Peril.”
Maypole Dance Grab a ribbon and follow along in this free activity that is suitable for the whole family. Since time out of mind, every spring has been celebrated by bright, beribboned community dances for children and their carefree parents. Everyone is invited to celebrate with Greater Hoggetowne during these rites of spring.
Medieval Dance Demonstration Members of The Society for Creative Anachronism and Thieves Guilde, Inc., partner up for a demonstration of medieval dances.
Mossa Kan Serves up African dance and stories with drummers from the heart of the beat. New Minstrel Revue This high energy band on the verge of absolute chaos bring their unique mixture of original music and traditional favorites. Enjoy their songs of drinking, sailing and adventure with a focus on storytelling and a high level of musicianship. They are known as the C, S & N of the middle ages.
Punch & Judy Punch and Judy is one of the world's most famous and long running puppet shows. In this larger-than-life adaptation, they can be seen towering above the crowds as they roam the streets of Hoggetowne welcoming guests of all ages.
Puppies of Penzance Watch in amazement as dogs of the high seas make landfall and come ashore for laughs.
Rat Catcher The Rat Catcher Emrys Fleet performs the hilarious Rat Extravaganza! It's comedy that's more than just a shift of wit, featuring Wilbur the Dancing Weasel!
Sahnobar Dance This fine ensemble brings old Middle Eastern dance to ye Faire at Hoggetowne. And though the dancers have hidden cell phones, the dance moves are a thousand years old. Live music makes the show a wonderful experience of days and years gone by. Gypsy dance is an art form that brings the sensibilities of the East to the Western audience.
Sherwood Tales Mutch the Miller’s son and Clarinda lead an unruly troupe of actors in great costumes. Casting call happens at the beginning of each performance.
The King and Queen of Hoggetowne Meet King William and Queen Caroline and become a knight of the realm in this free activity for children.
Topsy Turvy Topsy Turvy is an acrobatic, family friendly variety show featuring two ragamuffin, comedic sisters. They amaze and entertain audiences with their silly humor and amazing stunts. Watch as they perform acrobatic feats, tip toe like ballerinas on high rising stilts, mesmerize with the enchanting hula hoop and poi, and try not to drop juggling balls on their heads. With the new additions of whips of whistling glory and rolla bollas of DOOM, it's a must see show that'll keep you on the edge of your seat.
37th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire January 13-14, 20-21, 26-28, 2024 Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5pm Family Friday 9am-4pm
2024 NEW LOCATION! To be announced.
Produced by City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs