Historic Days and Medieval Knights

Come be swept away with medieval magic by volunteering at the 31st Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. Step back in time at the Alachua County Fairgrounds Saturday, Jan. 28, Sunday, Jan. 29 and Friday, Feb. 3 through Sunday, Feb. 5. Become a part of Gainesville’s rich tradition of community service, while enjoying one of the area’s most highly anticipated events.

The success of the faire depends on the commitment and dedication of our volunteers. We need your help to make this year’s event as grand as ever. Volunteer shifts are four hours long, and include a variety of opportunities. Volunteers will take tickets, distribute programs, take surveys, oversee the exhibits in the children’s art and essay contest area, engage with children and their families in the kids kingdom or booth sit while artisans take breaks. Volunteers will receive a one-day pass for free admission to the faire.

Participants of the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire will experience an age of chivalry and magic over the faire’s two consecutive weekends. The winding pathways of Hoggetowne overflow with troupes of actors, musicians and street performers. Crowds cheer for armored knights as they joust on the tournament field, while nine stages of continuous entertainment feature majestic performances of full flight falconry, aerial acrobatics and unbelievable magic acts. In conjunction with this year’s theme of “Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of Hearts,” you can join Eleanor of Aquitaine, one of the greatest queens in history as she defies the social constraints of her time and forges her own legend! Guests stroll through a medieval marketplace where hundreds of talented artisans demonstrate their time-honored skills and offer the finest medieval wares.

For more information about this volunteer opportunity with the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, contact the City of Gainesville at 352-393-8536 or download an application from