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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Huzzah, King Richard's Faire Ticket Giveaway (Boston-Area)

King Richard's Faire is coming for its 35th anniversary. As always, it opens Labor Day weekend. And, we have 4 tickets to giveaway for opening weekend. We missed last year's faire since my wife had some issues walking around. Hopefully we'll be able to make it this year. Look for a review and some new pictures if we do.
Not familiar with the festival? Shame on you1 It runs in Carver, MA and is the longest running Renaissance festival in New England, originating in 1982 and taking you back to the 16th century. You can read our review of King Richard's Faire from 2013. Some of the performers change each year but the general flow of the festival remains the same.

This year's festival runs from September 3rd through October 23rd, weekends only, including Labor Day and Columbus Day. 10:30 am - 6:00 pm every day. You can see the full entertainment schedule online, once it is posted.

Each weekend, there is a theme with a special event/activity. Check the schedule below for your favorite activities. If you have kids, a couple of the weekend's in October are popular for them with the Prince & Princess Parade and Fairies & Pirates Parade. Some other weekends have a bit more of an adult theme. They encourage coming in costume every weekend, and you can rent them on site if you don't have your own.

Sept 3:    Carver Appreciation Day
Sept 4:    Military Appreciation Day
Sept 10:  Cleavage Contest
Sept 17:  Vow Renewals (Weekend of Love)
Sept 24:  Game of Thrones Trivia/Costume Contest (Iron Throne Weekend)
Oct 1:      Prince & Princess Promenade (Royalty Rocks Weekend)
Oct 8:    The Highlands and Celtic Hunks Contest (Bachlorette Ball)
Oct 15:    Children's... Fairies & Pirates Parade (Family Fun Weekend)
Oct 22:    Adult Costume Contest
Oct 23:    Final Drum Jam (Fantasy Finale)

What to expect if you go? Lots of fun and lots of food and beer, but food is extra. Plan accordingly with the food and drinks as you must buy tickets first. We have noticed a changing menu over the years and the web site mentions more gluten free, vegetarian, and lactose free options this year. The big turkey leg and roasted corn are always a fan favorite.
Besides all the entertainers doing their shows, one of our favorite areas of the event is the games and rides area where you get to play with period weapons and activities, like the axe throwing and archery. You can also test your strength, knock your kid with some pillows, roll a mug down a bar, and ride down a zip line to simulate a joust, to name a few. There was even a kid-size strength test.

To see all the fun you can have, check out some past pictures over on Pinterest. Assuming you catch a good weather weekend, everyone will be sure to have a blast.

Tickets are $31 for adults (12+) and $16 for children ages 4-11. Children under 4 and parking are free. Discounts available to groups of 25 adults or more by emailing The Faire is located at 235 Main Street (Rt. 58) in Carver, Mass. 02330, phone is 508-866-5391, email

Not from the area? Wikipedia has a great list of Renaissance Festivals found in other parts of the world. Not all of them are run in the early fall.The giveaway is for a four pack of opening day tickets and runs through 11:59pm EDT on 8/29/2016. You must be 18+ to win. Giveaway is open to whoever can be in Carver, MA Labor Day weekend. Void where prohibited.

*Read my Disclosure
Most photos from the King Richard's Faire web site / social media, except for the animated jousting which is mine.


  1. I plan to visit the Artisans of the Realm!

  2. I'd like to watch the glass blowing. Thanks for the chance.

  3. I'm excited to see the jousting at the faire, but even more excited to see my fiancé's reaction to the faire- it'll be his first time this year!

  4. I would like to participate in The Archer’s Field. deana

  5. I plan to visit the Artisans of the Realm!