King Richard's Faire

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King Richard's Faire
Genre Renaissance fair
Dates September and October
Location(s) Carver, Massachusetts
Inaugurated 1982
Area 80 acres (320,000 m2)
Stages 10

King Richard’s Faire is a renaissance fair held in Carver, Massachusetts, which recreates a 16th-century marketplace, including handmade crafts, foods, musicians, singers, dancers, minstrels, mimes, jugglers, whippers, magicians, comedians, puppeteers, gymnasts, exotic animals (including Siberian tigers and ligers),[1] acrobats, mud beggars, stilt walkers, knights jousting on horseback, a royal court, and the fictional King Richard. King Richard’s Faire is the longest-running renaissance fair in New England.[1]


The faire was founded in 1982 by the late Richard Shapiro and his wife Bonnie, who ran the original "King Richard's Faire" in Bristol, Wisconsin (which was renamed Bristol Faire when the Shapiros sold it to Renaissance Entertainment Corporation in 1988). Today, Bonnie and her daughters, Aimée Shapiro Sedley and Samantha Harris, produce the show. King Richard’s Faire is the largest and longest-running renaissance fair in the New England area.[1]


King Richard's Faire is operated on 80 acres (32 ha)[1] of pine forest and has 10 stages. The buildings are permanent year-round structures. King Richard’s Faire runs for eight consecutive weekends from the first week-end in September through the fourth week-end in October (including Labor Day and Columbus Day),[2] closing for bad weather. In September 2015, the fair showcased its newest attraction, Moon Man's Madhouse, an exhibit of 16th-century astrology and alchemy.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Renaissance Faire brings escape from 21st century". Patriot Ledger. 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  2. ^ "2009 King Richard's Faire to hold auditions on April 25, 26". MetroWest Daily News. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 

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Coordinates: 41°51′52″N 70°45′46″W / 41.864526°N 70.762784°W / 41.864526; -70.762784