Hear ye, hear ye! It’s September and around these parts that means that King Richard’s Faire is back. 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 in the 16th century. If you’ve never been to a renaissance festival, you are seriously missing out a very unique experience. The fair includes all sorts of entertainment, exciting rides, shows, games and so much more. Here’s what you should expect when you go.
And yes, you too can lock your husband up in a cage when you go……
Lots of amazing entertainment!
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.
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.
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 also something not to be missed. The actors are highly skilled and put on a very entertaining show. It draws in a huge crowd and is definitely something to see when you go to the faire.
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.
If you associate renaissance festivals with ginormous turkey legs, you’re not alone. Don’t worry – forearm-sized turkey legs can be found in abundance at King Richard’s Faire. In addition to turkey legs, there is lots of typical festival food available for purchase. There are things like chicken fingers, cheese fries, ice cream sundaes and cheeseburgers. See the full food selection 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.
Stop by and enjoy the 18 glorious and exciting games and rides in The Gaming Glen, but remember you play at your own risk!
Men of strength, power and skill can throw axes and knives.
Everyone who enjoys tests of skill will seek:
The Archer’s Field
King of the Log
If you’re like me and like lower key rides & attractions, check out these:
Play hide n’ seek in M’Lady’s Shady Maze
Feel the enchantment of the Swan Swing
Ride the Flying Carousel
Ride the Pirates Ships
Most of these rides and attraction are an extra fee, so keep that in mind before you go. But seriously, go throw some ninja stars! Where else can you do that?
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.
These three lovely people happen to be three of the Faire’s paid cast members who perform throughout the Faire and on the King’s Stage twice daily!
You never know who you will run into at the faire.
If you get there in your regular clothes and decide you want to dress up once you are there, King Richard’s favorite costumer is located just steps inside the gate. Rental prices are $10- $20 for children, and $30 – $65 for adults.
The King has many different types of costumes to rent including:
Lots of Artisans selling homemade goods!!!
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 picked up a flower crown when I was there recently!
In addition to pony rides for all the young lords and ladies, you can see several other exotic animals at King Richard’s Faire every season.
The Faire’s Great Cats of the World show features an array of exotic cats, from the baby bobcat to Dexter, the giant black panther.
There are lots of themed weekends at King Richard’s Faire. Check the full schedule to see when you can catch the Men in Kilts Contest or when the Game of Thrones weekend is. Next weekend is Vow Renewal at the faire! Grab your special someone, wear red clothing, and head to the Faire! This weekend will be packed with lovers of all ages! Share a romantic ride on the Swan Swing, a glass of Champagne together, and renew your commitment to one another during a beautiful ceremony on the King’s Stage!
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.
King Richard’s Faire is open Saturdays & Sundays September 2 through October 22 plus Labor Day and Columbus Day 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, Mass. 02330, phone is 508-866-5391. Parking is free and no pets or outside food/drinks permitted.