Oct 062015
 
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5 Reasons Why You Need To Go To King Richard's Faire

Hear ye, hear ye!  It’s that time of year again.  For two months every fall, you can travel back in time at King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA.  Spread out over 80 acres of woods, King Richard’s Fairs is the place to be if you want to fully immerse yourself into a day in the life of someone back in the 1500’s.

**Disclosure:  My family and I received complimentary admission to King Richard’s Faire in order to tell you about our experience there.  All opinions are strictly my own and we not influenced in any way.

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If you’ve never been to a renaissance festival, you’re missing out on a chance to travel back in time to the 16th century.  I could probably list out a million reasons why you should check it out, but today I am going to tell you my top five!

1. Turkey legs, obviously.

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Nothing says Renaissance faire quite like gnawing on a hulking slab of meat, am I right? The nearly forearm-sized snack can be found in abundance at King Richard’s Faire, along with lots of typical festival food that were most likely not on the menu in the 1500’s.  You know, things like cheese fries, ice cream sundaes and cheeseburgers.

2. GREAT People Watching!

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King Richard’s Faire is arguably one of the best place to people watch in Massachusetts. The fair attracts people from all over New England (and probably further) and it’s actually really fun to watch everyone walk around in their costumes.

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Not everyone who is dressed up in costume is on the payroll at Faire, either. Many people dress up and head to the faire just for fun. There are themed weekends almost every weekend that the faire runs, so that gives many people a perfect excuse to join in on the fun.

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3. The shows!

There are eight stages of live entertainment all day, included in your admission price at King Richard’s Faire.

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In addition to jousting show, you can see fire eating, magic, comedy shows, acrobatic acts and much more.

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Not only will you see trained actors on the various stages, but there are also performers walking around the faire. Musicians, magicians and maybe even a joker or two can be found around the fairground.  You just never know who you will run into there.

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When you enter the faire, be sure to pick up a schedule and plan your day accordingly – there is much to see and some of the acts only go on once per day, so don’t miss out! Also, plan to bring some tip money for the performers to help make sure that they are able to come back again next year.

4. The amazing Artisans!

Most Renaissance Festivals offer a chance for people to see how everyday items were made back in medieval times. Like most Ren-faires, King Richard’s Faire includes a blacksmith, jewelry makers, candle makers, pottery sculptors, glass blowers and other artisans of the time.  When you buy their goods, there is a really good chance you are getting a one-of-a-kind item because the majority of it is hand made.

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All of the shops at King Richard’s Faire are privately owned, and a lot of their owners are people who have made it their life’s work to make and sell their hand made creations.  Many of the artisans sell gorgeous glass work, pottery, handmade soaps, metalwork, jewelry, flower crowns and more.

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You would fit right in at the faire if you bought and wore some hand made chainmail. Or maybe something in leather is more your style?  A corset maybe?

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5. Make some awesome memories!

At King Richard’s Faire, you can test your ax-throwing abilities.

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If that’s not your thing, you can channel your inner Katniss and have a go at some archery.

Or how about trying your hand at throwing some ninja stars:

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Those are definitely things most people don’t get to do everyday.  Things like that make for a truly unique experience.

King Richard’s Faire is very family friendly. Rides and performances are offered to entertain any and all age groups. From face painting to carnival rides to the beer garden, these festivals do their best to keep everybody happy.  For my family, it’s the overall atmosphere that keeps us going back year after year.  It’s a fun and light-hearted way to spend some “unplugged” time with your family.

Faire hours are 10:30a-6p every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays, from September 5th through October 25, 2015. Tickets are $29 for adults (12+) and $16 for children ages 4-11. Children under 4 are free, and parking is free.

The Faire is located at 235 Main Street (Rt. 58) in Carver, MA.

We had a great time at King Richard’s Faire last weekend and are looking forward to going back again next year (unless we can squeeze in one more visit this year).

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  120 Responses to “5 Reasons Why You Need To Go To King Richard’s Faire”

  1. Believe it or not, i have never been to faire before, but can totally see how you would make some great memories at one 😉

  2. Food, games, and fun costumes…. I want to go! I love finding stuff like this for weekend trips.

  3. What a great review! I love your point about unplugged play. This is indeed a magical place to let your hair down, be imaginative, and just have fun with your family. Thanks, Robin!

    • This is so true…unplugged play is amazing. lol My kids have an incredible time actually engaging in creative play and I think it almost surprises them how much fun they have. I know our family would love this type of outing!

  4. Oh my goodness this looks so fun! I would definitely be dressed up from head to toe. I love fairs like this!

  5. I love how you put turkey legs as #1. That’s a big fave over here too!

  6. Oh, wow! That looks really fun! and I would love to throw ninja stars as well! This is also to educate the kids about history.

    I haven’t been to a fair.. well we don’t have much fairs here in the Philippines. If only I have the money, I’d travel to different countries and attend these kind of fairs. It really looks amazing — From the people, costumes, games, shops, shows, food … everything!

    Ah, that is my goal in life. To travel and visit fun places like this one. <3

    Glad you and your family had fun at the fair! What an experience 🙂

  7. I have known people who really get into these fairs. I have yet to visit one though

  8. This looks like so much fun. Years ago I went to a renaissance fair and it was a blast! I loved the hair wreaths and the huge turkey legs!

  9. This looks like a really fun place. I haven’t been to one of these fairs in a really long time though:-(

  10. Oh my goodness! This looks so fun. I’ve never gone to anything like this, and those turkey legs? YES PLEASE! How fun.

  11. this looks like so much fun! the place and costumes everything is so well done!

  12. I’ve always wanted to go to a faire like that. It looks like fun indeed! I love the photo of your boys locked up.

  13. My kids would have so much fun at something like that.We’re too far to visit but man that sure would be cool.

  14. We have never been. It looks like such a fun time. I would def. have to try a turkey leg!

  15. What a fun place to visit. I have never been to MA. I will keep the renaissance faire in mind when I get the chance to go there.

  16. I wish I lived closer so that I could check this fun event out!!

  17. Wow you have no idea how much your King Richard’s Faire looks like our Renn fest! I mean even the buildings look exactly the same! Oh what I would give for a giant turkey leg right now! Sadly I could not go to ours this year. 🙁

  18. How fun! Definitely need to visit with my family! And trying their turkey legs will be on my list!

  19. We have a Renaissance Festival in my area but I’ve never been to it. I keep telling myself that I’ll go every year and I never do. Some day I’ll go…

  20. I have never been to anything like this before. It looks like it’d be a lot of fun for kids and adults alike.

  21. I have never been to a faire before, but this looks so much fun. Those turkey legs look tempting and there’s just so much to do there. I should plan a visit there with my family.

  22. I would love to go to a faire someday! It seems like a lot of fun. And you are right, the people watching alone would make the trip worthwhile!

  23. this looks like a cool place to attend, many activities I bet you had a blast

  24. This sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon with the family. And yes it does sounds like a great place to people watch too.

  25. This reminds me of Mideval Times in Orlando. Very similar looks like a ton if fun

  26. I haven’t been to the renaissance fair since I was a kid. The King Richard’s Faire is bringing back all kinds of memories.

  27. We have a fun event in Texas that looks very similar to this. I love all the crazy memories it brings back.

  28. That looks like so much fun! I’d love to visit!

  29. Wow… It looks like so much fun and also great way to enjoy holidays!!

  30. I’ve heard of King Richard’s Faire many times but I have never had the opportunity to experience all the fun myself! It’s definitely money well spent.

  31. This sounds like so much fun! I’d love to immerse our family in some medieval craziness so they can really experience what it was like. We’d definitely love some of the shows like the jousting and magic!

  32. Oh my goodness, this looks like a fabulous time! I love taking the kids to interactive events like this where they can get a glimpse at history! I wish we were close enough to check it out.

  33. You had me at turkey legs.

  34. Everyone looks like they had an amazing time. I love renaissance faires and think the next time we have one I’m dressing up. 🙂

  35. So fun! Growing up in Pittsburgh, we had a Medieval Fair that came once a year that was a blast but we have nothing like this near us in NYC.

  36. Looks like fun! We have something really similar in our area and my family really enjoys it. They turkey legs are amazing!

  37. We love going to the faire! I think the turkey legs are a compelling argument but people watching is equally fun! We’ll have to try and make it by one day!

  38. That looks like a great fair. I love renaissance fairs. It’s so cool to see everyone dressed up in their costumes.

  39. Renaissance fairs are so much fun! The costumes, the music, eating with your hands – it’s just great.

  40. This would sure be worth a trip there. Looks like an exciting and fun adventure.I just love these fairs

  41. Our kids are finally old enough to go to a renaissance fair and enjoy it. I’m so excited to take them. These kinds of events are such a blast.

  42. This looks like so much fun! I wish we lived closer 🙂

  43. I have been to a few of these in my life and they are SO much fun! I need to go back to something like this with my kiddo I think it would be fun!

  44. We went to a similar faire on a field trip. It was a lot of fun. Recently my husband was aske d if he wanted to be part of one. I personally think it is a great hobby and would love to go again. So much fun for the family

  45. We haven’t been to a Renaissance Faire in forever! They’re always so much fun, and we can’t pass up the turkey legs.

  46. This looks like a lot of fun. We have something similar here that we always go to.

  47. Fantastic! I’m a big fan of renaissance fairs. I got to them whenever I have the opportunity.

  48. I have heard these fairs are awesome. Too bad they dont do these in Albuquerque

  49. It was a Groupon two years ago and we went. We had a BLAST! I loved seeing the cranberry bogs around that part of MA too.
    My daughter dressed like Rapunzel and I just couldn’t stop taking pictures. They have a great Snow White there.

  50. Oh wow this sounds so much fun! I can imagine it is such a cool day out! x

  51. This looks like fun. It reminds me of the PA Renisance Fair.

  52. This sounds like a lot of fun! I think my family would enjoy it.

  53. There’s a faire like this near us that we’ve taken the kids to a few times. It’s always a fun day. I like to get one of those flowered crowns when I go!

  54. I have never been before but I can see why this was so much fun. Throwing the axe sounds like a lot of fun.

  55. There’s so much to do at a Renaissance Faire that you can’t really find anywhere else! It’s a great experience for the family!

  56. I am obsessed with history but sadly I live too far away to enjoy the entertainment. What was your favourite part of the day?

  57. We have a fair here in Allegan Michigan but it is clearly nothing like this is. Renaissance festival isn’t something I have ever been to. However I have been to the Medevil times in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The turkey legs would be worth the price alone. Looks like you scored a great deal.

  58. I always learn new things and find interesting places from your site everyday. Hope to visit MA soon. My kids love history!

  59. This seems like a great place to take the kids.

  60. I’ve always wanted to go to a Renaissance Faire but have never been in the right place at the right time. This looks like a really good time.

  61. What a fun event!! I know my kids would love this, their favorite part of the fair was a pioneer town. History is a fascination of theirs.

  62. All your events look like so much fun! I wish I lived where you do! haha

  63. Why can’t they have cool stuff like this where I live!? My boys would love this!

  64. We love the Renaissance Faire! It’s a bit of a haul for us so we don’t go every year but it feels like you are in a different world. Love those turkey legs!

  65. I have never heard of this place, but I envy the fact that you and your family get to visit all of these wonderful places. I bet your kids are learning a lot from these places too.

  66. My brother goes to these kinds of things all of the time. I bet he would love this one!

  67. Oh my goodness, what fun. We used to go to one in MD every year, but haven’t been to one since we moved. This one in MA sounds awesome… and I, too, love to people watch

  68. Oh for you it is King Richard and for us it is the Renaissance Festival- cool to see it is the same everywhere

  69. I would love to go to something like this. It’s like the Renaissance Comic Con!! LOL
    but I’d really love to see the people who wore costumes and all the interesting crafts and stores. And turkey legs are not bad either.

  70. When I get the chance to visit MA, I will make sure to go to King Richard’s Faire. The activities look so fun.

  71. My brother use to go to these all the time and had a blast. They do look like so much fun and something different and unique.

  72. This looks like so much fun! We have Medieval Times here and I have never been but would love to go check it out.

  73. Oh my goodness King Richard’s faire absolutely looks fun! I remember the good old medieval knight movies I used to enjoy watching as a kid.I would love to bring my kids here!

  74. That renaissance fair looks like a lot of fun!

  75. That looks like some good old fashion fun! Hahaha, I’d love to go one day.

  76. We are trying to go! It’s always so much fun!

  77. This looks like so much fun. I want to go!

  78. I love Renaissance days and this reminds me of it.

  79. What a cool thing to do. I think my kids would have a blast.

  80. Looks like a great time! People watching + fair food? Sign me up!

  81. I went to a renaissance festival a few years ago. The kids were in love with all the costumes. It was a fantastic way to spend the day with your family.

  82. I have always wanted to go to a renaissance festival. It looks like it is such a good time for the whole family. I will have to see if there is one coming to my area soon.

  83. Looks very interesting but I am too far away! 🙁

  84. I saw your photos on Instagram as they were coming in and I wanted to go so badly. It looks like such a great event and with our homeschool curriculum – it would have been a great learning tool!

  85. I would love King Richard’s Faire for all the reasons you mentioned, I’m sure! I remember going to a Renaissance Fair about 20 years ago and it seemed very similar to this and I so enjoyed it, especially the food. 🙂

  86. What a fun place . I never been go to that kind of event and it looks like i need to take my kids to there.

  87. Oooh my… It reminds me of Andilly in France where we came an visited almost every year when we were in Geneva. Looks like a great fair indeed.. Will check it out soon

  88. I can totally see the appeal of dressing up for fun. I’d love an event like this one.

  89. This looks so fun. it reminds me when i was a young girl my aunt and uncle used to take us to events like these.

  90. I’ve never been but I’ve heard great things from others about it. Sounds like a great time for the whole family.

  91. Oh, how fun! We will actually be in MA, but not until the Spring 🙁

  92. Feel like I’m missing out on so much! I definitely need to explore more. Sounds like fun.

  93. I would love to see the live jousting. I have seen it at Dixie Stampede and it was always really fun to watch.

  94. Sounds like such a fun place! My kiddos would love this.

  95. We’ve never been to an event like this. Must be so much fun to watch this.

  96. I have never been to a faire like this before. It looks like such a fun time.

  97. I have never been to this fair but I have been to the Renaissance Fair in upstate NY a couple of times. It really is a lot of fun!! I have to get back up there at some point.

  98. This is on the list for when my youngest is just a tad older. Looks like so much fun!

  99. These are some great pictures which I love so much, though I have never been to a faire before. I am sure you had a great experience over all & my kids would love it as well.

  100. I’ve never been to a renaissance fair before. Sounds like an amazing time!

  101. There’s also one here in NC, but it’s a two hour drive and the hubs is not as excited as I am to go. I really would love to go to a festival like that. Maybe I’ll just hire me a driver. 🙂

  102. Whaaaat! How fun is that??? We live 30 mins from the PA Renn Faire so we definitely enjoy things like this!

  103. This looks like such a fun place. I love all of the costumes and all of the role playing.

  104. This is definitely the kind of thing that my family loves. What a great place to go!

  105. This looks like so much fun! I love this time period, or actually I am obsessed with it 🙂

  106. I dont think I would ever go to something like this, but it looks like a fun time!

  107. This looks like an amazingly fun time for the whole family. I have never heard of the King Richards Faire before but I would love to spend the day there with my family. It so looks interesting for sure.

  108. This looks like a lot of fun, the kids would really enjoy it. We’ve not been to a festival in a long time.

  109. Oh how fun! We have a Renaissance fair locally, and I’d love to go. But they always have it in June when it’s so dang hot.

  110. That looks fun! If you decide to visit Portugal one day, try to visit in the first week of August because we have our annual Medieval Journey (Viagem Medieval) at Santa Maria da Feira. It is MASSIVE! And it’s super cheap 🙂
    Your family would love it!

  111. I love going to Ren Fest!! I need to find one in this area. What a great time you all had!!

  112. Looks like you had a blast! Love all the pictures! I’m sure my family would love this!

  113. Oh my! This looks like it was so much fun! Such a great family outing!