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
If you venture into the woods in the fall in Carver, Massachusetts, you'll stumble upon a very surreal sight—knights thundering past on powerful horses, fire-eaters swallowing flames, fairies dancing, and men sword-fighting. It's not a portal to the past; rather, it's the 36th annual season of King Richard's Faire, the New England Renaissance Festival, which entertains people nearly every weekend in September and October.
The faire unfolds across 80 wooded acres, amusing visitors with performances on eight stages, games and rides, and a Gaming Glen. Here, guests can ride the ferris wheel and test their old-timey skills by throwing axes or lulling a dragon to sleep with a bed-time story. Faire-goers, many of who dress in period costumes, can also watch knights battle on horseback while eating giant spit-roasted turkey legs and sipping frosty brews or wine. A stop at a jewelry booth or the apothecary shop yields souvenirs.