Cleveland fans of the Renaissance era still have the chance to “time-travel” back in history to the mythical 13th century English village of Avaloch and experience a taste of life in the Middle Ages at the Northeast Ohio annual Great Lakes Medieval Faire being presented every weekend from now through August 14th in Rock Creek, Ohio. It is approximately a one hour drive from Cleveland to the Faire.
Great Lakes Medieval Faire A family-friendly ( and pet friendly!), interactive event, the Great Lakes Medieval Faire has a different theme each weekend. The theme for July 23 and July 24 is “Fun, Fire and Fantasy.” Upcoming themes are “Pirate Invasion,” “Celtic Celebration” and “Barbarians Vs. Romans.”
Activities include jousting knights on horseback, sword fights, a Living Combat Chess Match and Living Combat Checkers Match, amusement rides for the kids, interactive games and Faerie Crafts for kids of all ages.
Sights to behold at the Faire include the pageantry of costumed villagers, strolling minstrels, fantasy characters like fairies and you might even catch a glimpse of King Henry II and Queen Eleanore of Aquataine as they visit the quaint village of Avaloch.
There will be plenty of medieval music offerings and performances at the Faire for all to enjoy. Entertainment includes magicians, fire-eaters, an interactive puppet show, jugglers, a dance show,and comedy shows including the Washing Well Wenches, The DaVinci Bros. Comedy Opera and Johnny Phoenix (who also does fire walking and escape artistry).
The Village Marketplace at the Great Lake Medieval Faire features over 100 artisans and craftspeople displaying their wares like jewelry, costumes and clothing, boots, swords, toys, pottery, stained glass, candles, silks and leather goods, all available for purchase.
Food will abound at the Faire with items like turkey legs, pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers, fresh fruit, bakery items, fish & chips and even giant dill pickles for sale. A wide variety of beverages will also be available (some in souvenir mugs).
Hours for the Faire are 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday through August 14. Admission at the gate is $22 for adults (ages 13 and up) and $5.95 for children 5-12. Children 4 and under are free. Parking at the Faire is free.
The Great Lakes Medieval Faire can be found by traveling I-90 East and getting off at the Geneva exit (Exit 218) and then turning right onto Route 534. The Faire will be 7 miles down on the right. 440-474-4280. It is approximately an hour drive from downtown Cleveland.