Renaissance Faires recreate what life was like in 16th-century Europe, a time best remembered for the shutdown of countless flat-globe factories. Visit an enlightened era with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $8 for one all-day adult admission, valid August 3–4 (an $18 value)
- $8 for the above option, valid August 10–11 or 17–18 (an $18 value)
- $20 for one all-day family admission; good for two adults and two children, valid August 3–4 (a $48 value)
- $20 for one all-day family admission, valid August 10–11 or 17–18 (a $48 value)
Entertainers turn the Kelley Farm into the Village of Merriwick, transporting guests to Elizabethan England. Each weekend brings a different theme—Piratical Plunder the first weekend, Fantastical Faeries the second, and Her Majesty's Royal Masquerade the third and final weekend. The faire lasts from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire
A gypsy rides through the crowd while standing upon two horses. Behind him follow more members of his troupe, who do back flips off their steeds and then regale spectators with fire breathing and juggling. Performed by the seventh-generation acrobats of Cavallo Equestrian Arts, this spectacle—called Ma'Ceo—often draws standing-room-only crowds every day during the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire.
It's these kinds of glimpses into the Elizabethan era that fulfill the mission of bringing renaissance Europe to life. Turning the Kelley Farm into the Village of Merriwick, entertainers of all types, from courtiers to peasants, engage fairgoers with a range of acts. Flanked by her entourage, Queen Elizabeth travels through the streets, perhaps on her way to watch the jousters compete for her phone number, or perhaps to watch sprightly performers such as the Celtic fiddlers or the commedia troupe. Merchants peddle wares to passersby, talking up goods such as hand-forged weapons and armor, hand-tooled leather goods, and roasted turkey legs. Camel rides and bubble-filled buckets cater to kids, and adults can duck into two alehouses where quick-witted wenches pour draft microbrews and ciders. For guests who want to spend the whole weekend immersed in the renaissance festivities, organizers reserve a section of the grounds for tent and RV camping.