2020 Downtown Festival & Art Show and 2021 Hoggetowne Medieval Faire moving to virtual platforms

Sahnobar Dance performing at Hoggetowne in years past. Photo courtesy of Laurel Housden.

Press release from City of Gainesville

To maintain public health and safety of our neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Gainesville will host its upcoming Downtown Festival & Art Show and Hoggetowne Medieval Faire as online events.

The Downtown Festival & Art Show is scheduled Nov. 7-8; the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire is scheduled on four days during the course of two weekends in 2021: Jan. 30-31 and Feb. 6-7. Neighbors will be able to participate through their event webpages, GainesvilleDowntownArtFest.org and HoggetowneFaire.com.

Details: The City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs staff has secured event management platform, Booth Central, to reinvent the Downtown Festival & Art Show as a virtual event this fall where participants will be able to visit artists, view art work and purchase pieces, while local musicians and dance groups perform virtually as community groups, festival sponsors and young artists also engage in virtual chat rooms with online attendees.
In the meantime, plans are underway to bring a virtual experience to those who look forward to the Hoggetown Medieval Faire each year. Staff is working to create “Hoggetowne at Home: A Virtual Medieval Experience,” where participants will be able to connect online with medieval merchants, purchase medieval wares, watch various demonstrations and performances, as well as engage with many of the Faire’s much loved characters.
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