Sherwood Forest Faire is a fledgling among medieval festivals. In only its fifth season this year, the festival has not yet become jaded. Instead, it greets revelers with the energy, openness, and wonder of the youngster that it is. You have just two weekends left to catch Sherwood Forest Faire in its 2014 season. The Faire will be open Saturdays and Sundays on March 22-23 and March 29-30.
The blog of Rengypsy on the Faire’s website notes that at the start of Sherwood Forest Faire, the originators undertook efforts to ensure that “Family would be at the center of Sherwood.” In this fifth season, the Faire continues to nurture that goal. Sitting in the pub, you can watch a magic show that pulls youngsters from the audience into the act. Walking the grounds, you find very few costumes or shows not suitable for family viewing. A welcoming atmosphere pervades, and you get the impression that personnel are indeed there to see that guests have an enjoyable experience.
Strolling minstrels entertain on the grounds, and troupes offer diverse shows on the stages. Excellent musicians from across the country perform, but you can’t help but think the music benefits from the Faire’s location near the music mecca of Austin. The paths are covered with leaves and wood chips rather than cement, and many of the vendors occupy temporary structures instead of permanent buildings. The entire festival gives off a comforting rustic outdoor atmosphere, the sense of clans come together—although a welcome nod to modern conveniences is made in several facilities including restrooms.
Sherwood Forest Faire occupies 23 acres near McDade, Texas, located between Austin and Houston. As with most renaissance festivals, the Faire houses shops, pubs, stages, a chapel, and other structures. Some of the acres offer campsites or serve as an undeveloped buffer from the modern world. In addition to the Faire itself, the grounds serve as host to Sherwood Forest Summer Camp in July, and Sherwood Celtic Music Festival in September.
A few chances remain this year to experience the Faire’s lively celebration. This reviewer says check it out.