The Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park

The 36th Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park has been canceled

Dear Friends,

I hope you are staying well during this challenging time. This news is an extremely difficult one to share, but I am writing to let you know that we have made the heartbreaking decision to cancel the 36th Medieval Festival, October 4, 2020 at Fort Tryon Park.

As much as we desperately want to go on as planned, we recognize that we must put the health and safety of our patrons, artists, performers, vendors and sponsors first. As we’ve watched the COVID-19 pandemic unfold, with all the uncertainty it holds for the near future, we could not in good conscience hold a festival that would bring artists and visitors from 10 states and two countries, and more than 70,000 people within close proximity to each other at Fort Tryon Park. For 35 years, the Medieval Festival has been WHIDC’s primary fundraiser; however, it has become clear that WHIDC cannot shoulder the projected financial burden due to the forecasted drop in Medieval Festival revenue and increase in Festival Expenses. 

We appreciate the community’s, Fort Tryon Park Trust, and NYC Parks Foundation support and thank all the volunteers, vendors, and participants for making the event possible.  Most of all we would like to thank Peter Metralexis who has been the volunteer Festival Coordinator for the duration of the event.  As we move forward in search of new fundraising opportunities, we hope the community will continue to support Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation.

Please stay tuned to our Instagram page for new Medieval Festival 2021 date!!!

We will return 2021 to celebrate our 36th season bigger and better!!!


Jahaira Guerrero, CCUE
Executive Director