Renaissance fairs, like the disputed lost folios of Shakespeare, combine the trappings of a bygone age with a suspiciously large number of smartphones. Answer the call of the past with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $63.99 for a Renaissance-festival outing for four adults (up to a $120 value)
- $31.99 for a Renaissance-festival outing for two adults (up to a $60 value)
Passes are redeemable on September 2, 7, 8, 14, and 15. Visitors revel in the recreation of the Age of Enlightenment with artisans that proffer blacksmithing or leatherworking and performers roaming the streets. Events such as jousting tournaments entertain crowds, and cooks prepare huge turkey legs or hearty soups for guests.
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 annual King Richard's Faire 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.