Oktoberfecht is a 3 day HEMA event on October 26-28 in Apex, NC. We're reserving the fantastic camping venue we've used in the past, running a number of sparring and training games, and just hanging out for a weekend with sword people. We're going to open the event up for everyone in the community to contribute all those crazy ideas you want to experiment with -- as well as the not-so-crazy ones. There will be a fire pit, but bring your own food, drink, and swords. We're tentatively planning on setting up a side of the farm for family camping with quiet hours, so kids are welcome too. There are 70+ acres so, we should have plenty of space
Last year we ran this as a sandbox event, where we opened the day up for new and experimental training ideas. This year, we'll be doing the same, but adding a bit more structure, making it closer to our traditional end of the year event, Midwinterfecht. We're planning block of time dedicated to micro-classes, inspired by the Masters of Longsword event held in Sweden this year. This will be a chance for hema practioners in our area to share a quick lesson on new and exciting ideas they are interested in. There is space for archery or axe throwing, slinging, or other events like we held last year. We'll also be holding our traditional evening melee, out-of-the-box sparring games, and of course something involving tennis balls.
Every year at Midwinterfecht we used to hold a meta-tournament, a fun sparring exercise that lasted throughout the event. This year, we're cooking up something similar so stay tuned.
Oktoberfecht will take place on Optimist Farm a 70+ acre site that we've held events at in the past. There will be a fire pit, but bring your own food, drink, and swords. We're planning on setting up a side of the farm for family camping with quiet hours, so kids are welcome too.
If you don't like camping, there are plenty of hotels near by, or you may be able to crash with non-camping TSG folks. Let us know!
For more information on the venue, visit the Optimist Club Farm Webpage.
Address: 2908 Optimist Farm Road, Apex, NC
Registration is $30. Non-HEMA family and friends are free.