What You'll Get
Preserving the past is an excellent way to prepare for the future, which explains the enduring popularity of Renaissance Faires, taxidermy, and Betty White. Go medieval with today's Groupon to The Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire at the Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake. The fair is held on Saturdays and Sundays August 6–21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Choose from the following options:
• For $8, you get one adult pass for August 6 or 7 (up to a $16 value).
• For $8, you get one adult pass for August 13, 14, 20, or 21 (up to a $16 value).
• For $20, you get a family pack (single-day admission) for two adults and two children under 18 for August 6 or 7 (up to a $45 value).
• For $20, you get a family pack (single-day admission) for two adults and two children under 18 for August 13, 14, 20, or 21 (up to a $45 value).
The Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire is one of the state’s largest theatrical events, filling three weekends with full-contact jousting, equestrian acrobatics, roving musical troupes, and mind-bending magicians. Like college-town bar crawls and handmade quilts, each weekend has a different theme: pirates (August 6–7), fairies and fantasy (August 13–14), and Her Majesty’s Royal Masquerade (August 20–21). Each weekend features a vast collection of performers, such as Celtic and folk music troupes, dancers, and the daredevils of the Cavallo Equestrian Arts, who thrill audiences with two shows: a live jousting competition using lances and shields and a gypsy-themed performance featuring daredevil Cossack riding and horse-top acrobatics. Colorful Carnivale masks are worn by many performers during the third weekend's festivities, and guests may mirror the freedom of unknown identities by having their faces painted or visiting an on-site mask maker. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in costumes or take the family troll for a stroll round the grounds.
Enormous crispy turkey legs, smoky barbecued treats, fresh ears of corn, and many other delicious delicacies are on hand to quell knight-sized appetites. Visitors hungry for keepsakes can check out the neighborhood of the artists and crafters who simultaneously provide souvenirs and a peek into the ancient arts of forging knives and making armor. Keep an eye out for special guests such as renowned fairy-and-fantasy artist Amy Brown, who will be signing autographs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on August 13 and 14.
The Fine Print
Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting 8/6/11. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Kelley Farm. Must provide first and last name at checkout. Refundable only on day of purchase. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.