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Everything you need to know about Sunday's Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park

By David Goldberg
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Live like a Lannister this Sunday as Fort Tryon Park becomes a comprehensive middle-ages jamboree for nobles and peasants alike. Bring the whole family for a free day of jousting, crafts, celtic dancing, and—perhaps most importantly—turkey legs. Whether you’re searching for the perfect place to buy your costume or trying to pencil in your swordplay schedule, stick to our rundown for the Faire’s finest offerings.

When and Where The festival takes over Fort Tryon Park from 11:30am–6pm on Sunday. You can enter the feudal wonderland at Margaret Corbin Circle and Fort Washington Ave. You won’t miss the sounds of Gregorian chanting just through the gates. 

Getting There Grab an A or the M4 bus to 190th St and enter the main gates at Margaret Corbin Circle.

Food Festival organizers have spread vendors around the park so that you can devour sausage on a stick and kebobs no matter where you’re holding court. Enjoy salty treats from Peter Piper Pickles, classic carnival indulgences like fried dough from Bricins Festival Foods and godly ales from Magpie Meade.

Kids All events are family friendly, but if you’re tyke doesn’t care for armored combat, take them to the Little Theatre on the northern edge of the park for jesters, fairytale storytellers, puppet performances and more.

Garb Bring a windbreaker and walking shoes so you can traverse the park without having to hitch a carriage ride. If you’re looking to show up in an authentic kingdom getup, the festival recommends that you lean towards comfortable peasant-ware, so that you won’t have to worry about muddying your noble britches. To pick up last minute corsets, swords and more before Sunday, hit up Abracadabra Superstore in Flatiron, Frank Bee Costume Center in the Bronx or Gothic Renaissance downtown.

Attractions 

Check out educational demonstrations on calligraphy, combat and medieval dancing at the South Lawn Village Square. Then, head to the Unicorn Forum for belly dancing, Irish music and faerie tales. You’re bound to pick something up from Ye Olde Shoppes and Artisans at the Center Cheap Outdoor Market, which features psychic readings, henna designers, corset makers, Celtic wood carvers and more.

Witness the clamor and clangor of swordplay and jousting at the Sir Stan Michaels Field of Honour at the park’s northern end. Check out living chess matches, duels, falconry demonstrations and other spectacles from noon until the Grand Joust Tournament at 5pm. Take a break from the bleachers and head to the world-famous Cloisters Museum, where you can tour the gardens, learn about royal lineage and see stunning Medieval jewelry. 

Be sure to plan your day or Arthurian delights by checking the festival's website. 

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