Renaissance fairs allow people to relive a time when men were heroic, ladies were elegant, and leeches were useful. Return to yesteryear with today's Groupon: for $29, you get two adult tickets to King Richard's Faire in Carver, Massachusetts (up to a $58 value). Children age 3 and younger are admitted free, and children ages 4–11 are admitted at the gate for $15. Today's Groupon is valid for the following dates:
- Saturday, September 10
- Sunday, September 11
- Saturday, September 17
- Sunday, September 18
King Richard's Faire, which is entering its 30th anniversary season, transports chainmail-clad time-travelers back to ye good olde days in an 80-acre realm with Renaissance-themed food, crafts, and live performances. Acrobats, jugglers, dancers, and fire-eaters fill eight stages of entertainment while traveling troubadours and wayfaring bards roam the festival grounds to delight guests with songs and stories. Venture over to the Royal Zoo to see strange and wondrous creatures such as lions, tigers, and jaguars, or marvel at the wide world of medieval sports at the Tourney field as knights joust, compete in games, and arm-wrestle grendels.
Guests can prove their might and skill in a plethora of games and rides (additional fees may apply), including axe throwing, king of the log, and Old English Scrabble. Although not included in today's Groupon, guests can sample epicurean delights throughout the fairgrounds, such as shepherd's pie, turkey legs, and kettle corn. In addition to the aforementioned merriment, a variety of talented artisans will be on hand to display their handcrafted wares, such as blown glass, hand-spun pottery, and Fabergé dragon eggs.
Although King Richard's Faire sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
King Richard's Faire
Trumpets blare over the fairgrounds. As the king and queen ride through town, peasants and shopkeepers all kneel immediately, verbalizing praise and respects to their liege lord. Meanwhile, a man in shorts stands amid the crouching peasants eating a turkey leg the size of his arm as his kids tumble off the Jacob's ladder across the dirt road. This is but a snapshot of the special moments at King Richard's Faire, a Renaissance festival that gathers period artisans, performers, and food merchants to celebrate the Age of Enlightenment along with visitors.
After a bit of practice throwing axes, visitors can stroll in optional costume to see fortunetellers, cobblers, and blacksmiths who have mastered ancient crafts. Knights ride to battle on the tourney field to win the king's and crowd's favor, and eight stages, a tournament field, and a mud pit bring in acts ranging from minstrels and jugglers to fire eaters and exotic animals.