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MAY 1 & 2 - Opening Weekend!

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It's time for some Merriment!

Come enjoy a day-long adventure in Newcastle, complete with jousting, turkey legges, shopping for treasures and entertainment from across the Realm!

Enter the Costume Contest - 1:30pm at the Joust Arena


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MAY 8 & 9 - Age of Chivalry

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This weekend we are celebrating the ideals of chivalry - courtesy, generosity, and valor. Plus we are adding in romance just to spice things up!

Would you do it all again? Then participate in the Vow Renewal Ceremony - 1:00pm at the Middleton Stage.

Think you have the words to melt the coldest of hearts? Join in the Wooing Contest and prove it! 3:30pm at the Middleton Stage.

Sunday is Mother's Day! The first 100 moms through the gate will receive a flower!


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MAY 15 & 16 - Pet Friendly Weekend

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Bring your fur baby to the Festival this weekend! Dogs and cats on leashes are welcome - please read the Rules and Regulations before you arrive!

Pet Costume Contest
1:00pm Joust Arena

Dress your pet in their best garb and compete to win great prizes! Sign in at the Joust Arena to participate.

Dog Eating Contest - HOT Dog, that is!
3:30pm Joust Arena

Think you can eat with the big dogs? Join us for what could be the most howl-arious eating competition ever! Contestants vie to see who can eat the most hot dogs in three minutes. Sign up at the Joust Arena prior to the contest.



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MAY 22 & 23 - Wizarding Weekend!

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Didn't get an owl from that famous wizarding school? Don't worry - we'll be celebrating all things magical this weekend with wizard-themed costume contests, magical events, and a special "Butter Buzz" mead created by Atlanta's own Monks Mead! Travel by flue powder or your Nimbus 2000, but be here for all the spell-binding adventures! More details and events to come!

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MAY 29, 30 & 31 - Memorial Day Weekend

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It's a Pirate Invasion Weekend!

This weekend, pirates of all ages will find treasure in our special contests, like the Pirate Costume Contest and Walk The Plank Trivia!
It's a three-day weekend full of fun piratical hijinks! Here are just a few of the events planned:


Sea Legs Contest
- 1:00pm at the Joust Arena

A good old-fashioned relay race with a few twists. Grab your First Mate and compete to win great prizes!

Pirate Costume Contests
- 1:30pm for Adults & Children at the Pirate's Treasure Ship

Sign up at Pirate's Cove. Competition will be judged and prizes provided by the crew at the Pirate's Treasure!

Walk the Plank Trivia Contest
- 2:00pm at the Middleton Stage


Test your piratical knowledge and win a prize! Losers will be marooned...

Celebrating our Military on Memorial Monday
Active duty and retired military get in free, plus up to 4 family members for just $8 each. Tickets available at the Box Office only.



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JUNE 5 & 6 - Highland Weekend!

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The Village of Newcastle welcomes the Scottish and Irish (and everyone else, of course!)

Bagpipes, drums and kilted characters abound, plus special contests! Bring your whole clan!

The John Mohr Macintosh Pipe and Drum Band join us as our special guests this weekend.

The Irish have a thing for potatoes - do you? Enter the Mashed Potato Eating Competition! 1:30pm in the Joust Arena. Who can clean their bowl first without using any utensils - or hands!

Bonnie Knees Contest - 3:00pm at Middleton Stage. Think you have the best knees in the village? Put 'em on display for all to see and maybe you'll win a prize!


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JUNE 12 & 13 - Last Huzzah Cosplay Weekend!

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Who are you? This weekend time will bend, and characters from all times and genres will converge upon the Village of Newcastle for one last weekend of merriment!
Wizards, time-traveling doctors, orcs, super heroes and galactic rebels will mingle and feast! Put on your best cosplay or just come as you are for great people watching.

Kids (up to age 12) Costume Contest - 1:00pm at the Joust Arena

Adult (13 and up) Costume Contest - 1:30pm at the Joust Arena

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Don't miss your last chance for a turkey legge and a frothy ale! See the exciting finale of the Royal Joust, find special and unique treasures in our Artisan Marketplace, and see all of your favorite Festival performers one more time, 'cause after this weekend, we're history - 'til next year!

Thank you to our Festival Sponsors