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Guide to King Richard's Faire

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Every fall, the King Richard’s Faire brings the medieval times to Massachusetts, with a wondrous mix of games and entertainment, often hailed as New England’s best Renaissance festival. According to the official website, “You’ll gasp as the King’s mounted knights battle on horseback, and laugh as bawdy beggars compete in mud. Strolling performers will engage you all day long as you frolic in our forest.”

What’s not to like about that? If you plan on attending, here’s what you need to know.

When: The festival runs Weekends, Sept. 1- Oct. 21, including the Monday of Labor Day Weekend on Sept. 3. The faire will also be open on the Monday of Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 8.

Hours: Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

Where: 235 Main St., Carver. 508-866-5391.

Directions: From the north, take Route 3 south to Route 44 West to Route 58 south and then follow signs to the grounds, or, take Route 93 south to Route 24 south to Route 495 south, to exit 2 at Route 58. From the south, take Route 195 East to Route 495 North to Route 58. The trip from either Boston should take under 50 minutes and there is free parking at the event.

Tickets: You can buy tickets for the King Richard’s Faire in advance online. Adult tickets are $27, while children 4-11 cost $15. There is a $2 service fee for each ticket purchased online.You can also buy tickets at the gate, but be forewarned that day-of sales must be paid for in cash. The website also has a $2 coupon for opening weekend (Sept.1-3) that you can download, print, and bring to the box office. Children under the age of 4 are free. All carver residents with proper ID can also enter the grounds free of charge on Sept. 1.

If you’re interested in bringing a group, the event offers discounts for groups of 25 adults or more ($23 each). Reservations for groups must be made in advance by calling 952-238-9915 (November through July) or 508-866-5391 (August through October). Group tickets are valid opening weekend, Sept. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, and 29, Columbus Day Weekend, and Oct. 13, 20 & 21. Group members may arrive together or individually.

Entertainment: There’s no shortage of things to see and do. Whether it be the axe and knife throws, a cleavage contest (must be 18 or older), knight jousting, or a prince and princess costume contest, there’s something for all ages at King Richard’s. The faire even hosts bachelor and bachelorette parties. For a full list of rides, games, entertainment schedule, and special events, see the official website.

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