- Special Event
- Presented by
- Arlington Public Library
Medieval Arts Festival brings Middle Ages to life!
Watch history come to life! At the Arlington Public Library’s 15th annual Medieval Arts Festival, swords will ring and sunlight will flash on the elaborate costumes of lords and ladies as history comes alive for an afternoon.This free event has something for the whole family to learn and enjoy, from storytelling to arts to live weapons exhibits.
This is the second year the festival is being held outdoors at the Levitt Pavilion. For the first time, attendees can shop local vendors and food trucks. Children can build castles, dragons, and anything else they imagine with the Library’s Imagination Playground in a Cart, thanks to Target and KaBOOM! The Dallas Marshalls chapter of the Armored Combat League also will perform live weaponry demonstrations. Many crowd favorites are returning this year. Medieval facts examiner and local author, Troy Depue, will return for the sixth year to discuss various facets of life in the Middle Ages. He’ll also have copies of his book, Diary of Mordred, available for purchase.The Society for Creative Anachronism will demonstrate ancient weaponry and display handcrafted artisan items, including musical instruments, tools, fiber arts and more. The live action role-playing group, Amtgard, Barony of Mourningwood Glen, returns with their boffer swords, foam weapons that can be used in safe fight play.
The library also will provide a variety of children’s activities all day. Costumes are always welcome, so put on your medieval or fantasy best. Festival attendees are eligible for door prizes including The Dragon & the Knight pop-up books and tickets donated by Theatre Arlington, Scarborough Renaissance Festival and Medieval Times.
Free admission unless it’s stated that a ticket purchase is required. Open lawn seating on lawn chairs and blankets for all free concerts. For free concerts, picnics, snacks and coolers with beverages are allowed, including beer and wine, but no glass containers, please.
Paid-ticket concerts have different rules. If the concert you’re attending required you to buy a ticket, chairs will be provided for you, concessions will be sold (including beer and wine), and no pets will be allowed on the lawn. Please do not bring chairs, coolers, picnics, beverages or pets to a paid-ticket concert.
For more details about visiting the Levitt Pavilion, please see Your Visit.
The Levitt Pavilion is located in Founders Plaza, 100 W. Abram St., at the corner of Abram and Center streets. For directions and parking, please see Directions & Parking.