Transport Yourself to Another Place in Time with the Magic and Merriment of the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire – A Weekend Filled with Jousting, Falconry Displays, Gypsy Dancers, Great Food, Entertainment and More!

Plan a weekend getaway with your visit to the Faire, and add fun things to see and do in Gainesville and Alachua County.

The 35th Hoggetowne Medieval Faire opens the castle gates for three weekends and welcomes crowds cheering on jousting knights and feasting on food fit for a king and queen. Enjoy nine stages of entertainment where the forgotten skills of full-flight falconry, gripping aerial acrobatics and old-world magic come to life. Jugglers, knife throwers and gypsy dancers add to the excitement as they fill the streets of Hoggetowne. The Faire features a marketplace with more than 160 artisans and craftspeople. Find more festival details and get tickets at

Round Out Your Itinerary with Attractions and Things to Do

winter blooms at kanapaha

Located near the Faire on Archer Road, stroll through plant collections and see winter blooms at Kanapha Botanical Gardens. See the largest public display of bamboo in Florida and the largest herb garden in the southeast.

Explore the University of Florida Cultural Plaza. Discover educational exhibits and learn about Florida’s past at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Walk among hundreds of butterflies at the Butterfly Rainforest. View selections from the largest collections of Florida-themed art at the Harn Museum of Art.

Shop, stroll and dine at Celebration Pointe and Butler Town Center, both located on Archer Road. Find  national brands and locally owned stores and restaurants.

Sip a craft beer at award-winning local breweries. Swamp Head Brewery brewed up its Hoggetowne Irish Red to serve on tap at the Faire and sold in cans at the brewery.

Local breweries include First Magnitude Brewing Company, Blackadder Brewing Company, Big Top Brewing Company, Cypress and Grove Brewing Company and High Springs Brewing Company. Learn more about the breweries and craft your own brewery trail.

Sharpen your senses and go birding at a local park. In December, 169 bird species were observed on the annual Christmas Bird Count with the Alachua Audobon Society. Local hotspots include Sweetwater Wetlands Park and Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.

Get up close to wildlife on a safari tour at Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation. In 2021, Carson Springs received the Travelers’ Choice Award from TripAdvisor, ranking it in the top 10% of things to do in the world. Home to over 70 different species, the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is the only zoo on a college campus accredited by the Associations of Zoos and Aquariums. The Alachua County Agriculture and Equestrian Center features a display from Florida Color Horses Saturday, January 22 – Sunday, January 23.

In addition to armored knights in battle, see athletes in competition at a Florida Gators sports event including Swimming & Diving, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Tennis and Gymnastics. See the upcoming schedule of events here.

Paddle the Santa Fe River and discover nature at a refreshing spring. North Florida is home to over 1,000 freshwater springs and the largest collection of First Magnitude freshwater springs in the United States.

Draw your bow and let arrows fly at Funtastic Fridays at Easton Newberry Archery Center. Friday, January 21 features a fun shoot with coached instructions for competition basics.

Wooden targets await at The Hatchetbury Axe Throwing Bar. Book a session and blow off some steam with 9 axe throwing lanes and 18 targets.


From live theatre to food truck rallies, don’t miss these events while you’re in town:

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Find Out Why True Love is Timeless at the Mainstage Production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It at the Hippodrome Theatre
Now through February 6

Forge new skills with a blacksmithing class at [Fe]ver Metal Art Center:
Poker and Tongs Fire Tools
Saturday, January 29, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Candy Bowl
Sunday, January 30, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Opening Weekend of the Return to Sunset Village at Gainesville Community Playhouse
Friday, January 28 – Sunday, January 30

Opening Weekend of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest at Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
Friday, January 28 – Sunday, January 30

Original Gainesville Food Truck Rally Benefiting Habitat for Humanity at High Dive
Saturday, January 29, 4 p.m.

Gators Humans vs Zombies Presents Ghostbusters Incorporated at the University of Florida
Saturday, January 29

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