Hear ye, hear ye! King Richard’s Faire in back in Carvershire (Carver, MA) and the faire is better than ever this year. Spread out over 80 acres of woods, King Richard’s Fairs is the place to be if you want to fully immerse yourself in the 16th century. If you’ve never been to a renaissance festival, it’s definitely not something to be missed. Even if you think it’s not for you, trust me – it is. There is so much experience there and it really is loads of family fun.
Here’s what you can expect at King Richard’s Faire
There are eight stages of live entertainment all day, included in your admission price at King Richard’s Faire. In addition to jousting show, you can see fire eating, magic, comedy shows, acrobatic acts and much more. Many of the performers ask for tips (and some might even beg). If you feel inclined, feel free to tip them. If you don’t want to, that’s ok, too. There’s no pressure at all, but in case you didn’t already know this – many of the performers at the faire spend their lives traveling from ren-faire to ren-faire, so they rely on tip money. Just something to keep in mind.
Not only will you see trained actors on the various stages, but there are also performers walking around the faire. That’s not even mentioning the guests of the faire who dress up to go. It’s hard to tell who works at the faire and who doesn’t sometimes.
One thing that I look forward to year after year is The Torture Show. This guy is incredible. In addition to all his stunts, he’s really funny, so if you go – I highly recommend making it a point to see his show. You will love it.
The jousting show is probably the main attraction of the faire. It always draws in a huge crowd and if you get the chance, stop by and see the show. It’s very entertaining.
When you enter the faire, be sure to pick up a schedule and plan your day accordingly – there is a lot going on throughout the day and some of the acts only go on once per day, so don’t miss out!
If the first thing that popped into your head when I mentioned food at a renaissance festival was one of those ginormous turkey legs, you’re not alone. If forearm-sized turkey legs are your jam, you will be glad you went to King Richard’s Faire. If they’re not your thing, there are lots of other options. Think chicken fingers, cheese fries, ice cream sundaes and cheeseburgers. You can see the full foodie offerings here.
In order to purchase food at the faire, you will need to purchase food and beverage tickets. At each food stand, the number of tickets needed for each item is clearly marked so that you will know how many food tickets you need. Food and beverage tickets can be purchased at food ticket booths, unused tickets are non-refundable.
Most Renaissance Festivals offer a chance for people to see how everyday items were made back in medieval times. Like most Renfaires, 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.
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.
Spend some time browsing their shops because you will find some true gems at King Richard’s Faire. I started my Christmas shopping while I was there this past weekend.
There are also a few fun rides at the faire, ax throwing and even some exotic animals. Just note that the rides and ax throwing cost extra.
King Richard’s Faire is open Saturdays & Sundays now through October 21 from 10:30 am – 6 pm!
Tickets are $32 adults, $16 children (4-11), children under three are free. Tickets may be purchased at the gate (cash only) or online in advance on the King Richard’s Faire website, www.kingrichardsfaire.net (FYI – there is a $2 fee per ticket for online ticket sales). The Faire address is 235 Main Street, Carver, MA. Parking is free and no pets or outside food/drinks permitted.
Have you ever been to a renaissance festival?