The Camelot Days Medieval Festival is a Renaissance Fair that takes place in Hollywood, Florida. Every year, the venue is transformed into a medieval kingdom complete with knights, ladies, jesters, and musicians.
There will also be thrilling jousts and a sprawling marketplace where artisans will sell their handmade wares. Entertainment will be organized for all ages, including stage shows, comedy shows, contests, and competitions. There is a free craft area for kids and plenty of other activities to keep them occupied.
The stage shows, jousts, and other performances are put on by actors from a renowned acting troupe called "The Royal Chessmen." Attendees are encouraged to join in and interact with the performers. A group called "The History of Chivalry" recreate full armored combats and political discussions. The various performers train for months to put on fun, entertaining shows for fair guests.
One of the highlights of the event is the living chess game, where spectators can cheer for their favorite side. Various tents are set up where guests can get fun history lessons and watch demonstrations of medieval arts like woodworking and welding. Visitors can also feast on delicious food and drinks, ranging from Renaissance-inspired fair food to more modern offerings.
Tickets can be purchased at the front gate or online for Camelot Days Medieval Festival. It a good idea to buy them in advance to avoid the long line at the entrance. They range in price from $15 for a single day adult ticket to $50 for the adult season pass.
They cost around $5 for kids aged between 6 and 12, and younger children have entered for free in the past. There is a small additional charge per person for park admission on weekends. Take a look at the Camelot Days Medieval Festival website for updates and more information on tickets.
The fair takes place at Topeekeegee Yugnee Park in the center of Hollywood, Florida. It is often referred to by locals as TY Park. You can get there via I-95 in the southern portion of the peninsula. Driving directions are provided on the website. Once you enter TY Park, there will be signs and festival staff to guide you.
Free parking is available at the park. However, you will need to pay a nominal fee charged by Broward County to enter the venue on weekends. Be sure to get there early, since the parking lots tend to fill up fast on the days of the fair. Accessible spaces will be available to patrons with disabilities. You'll need an RV camping pass to park your RV at the venue.
Using public transportation is recommended in order to avoid traffic and parking hassles if you will not camp on site. One option is to take a bus operated by Broward County Transit (BCT). There are a couple of routes with stops close to Topeekeegee Yugnee Park. The most convenient way to reach the park may be by taking a taxi or ride-hailing service.
There is a designated campground in TY park for patrons who’d prefer to camp in their RVs. These campsites come with electrical hookups and other amenities. They are limited in number, so be sure to book your spot in advance. Reservations are made by contacting Broward County directly, not through Camelot Days Medieval Festival. RVs are not allowed in the parking or tent camping areas.
The city is a favorite among RVers because of its beautiful beaches and sightseeing opportunities. Its location between Fort Lauderdale and Miami also makes it a great pitstop on a longer RV trip. You’ll find a few RV parks less than five miles away from the venue. These come with multiple stay options and facilities like full hookups and laundry services.
You may end up doing a ton of walking, so be sure to wear comfortable, flat shoes. Strollers are recommended if you’re with young children. The park is connected throughout with accessible pathways. However, some of the grassy and natural terrain areas can become challenging to navigate if it rains.
Get into the spirit of the event by going dressed in a Renaissance, pirate, or medieval costume. As an added incentive, there is a daily costume contest to reward the best child, female, and male costumes. Costumes must be family-friendly since Camelot Days Medieval Festival is an all-ages event.
Pack a small day bag with essentials like sunscreen, bug spray, a portable charger, a hat, and a lightweight blanket. The Florida sun can be harsh, even in November, so ensure that you protect yourself adequately. The last thing you want is a nasty sunburn when you're trying to enjoy the fair. Make sure your camping gear is waterproof in case it rains.
Drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks to get off your feet and seek some shade. Drinking water stations will be present throughout the park. Dogs are allowed in the park, but bringing them is not recommended since there may be sudden sounds and sights that could scare them. Pets must be kept on a short leash at all times.
Grilling fish or veggies on a campfire is a great way to wrap up a day at the fair. Campfires must be kept contained at all times and will not be allowed if a burn ban is in effect. Stock up on your way to the tip of Florida, or stop in at one of the markets within a 20-minute drive of the Camelot Days Medieval Festival.
You’ll find all the well-known chain restaurants in the City of Hollywood, Florida. However, if you want an authentic taste of what the area has to offer, head to one of the smaller eateries frequented by locales. The city’s culinary scene is extremely diverse and is worth taking the time to explore.
You can enjoy typical Renaissance fair food like turkey legs, meat pies, and different types of ales at the festival. Every year the organizers make sure guests can get a taste of the region by working with top local chefs, restaurateurs, and caterers. Food will be available for sale at various food stalls as well as by roaming vendors.
Security guards will be present at the entrances and will also be patrolling the grounds of Topeekeegee Yugnee Park. You can approach them if you require assistance. All bags and belongings will be checked by Camelot Days Medieval Festival personnel before entry. Be sure you leave any items on the prohibited list back at your campsite.
Florida weather is often warm and sunny during the day, with temperatures ranging in the low 80s in the fall. The nights are much cooler so you may need a light jacket. Weather and road alert information is frequently updated on the event’s social media pages. Be prepared for some rain if you stay in the area for long this time of year. Remember to check local weather reports or call 511 before starting on your trip.
Camelot Days will have a first aid station staffed with trained medical professionals. Medically necessary items, food, and service animals will be allowed in after an inspection at the front gate. Patrons with ADA accessible needs can contact the organizers directly to made special requests or for information regarding the layout of the venue.