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Massachusetts Renaissance Festivals and Faires

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Massachusetts renaissance festivals and faires are a great place to show off your handmade medieval garb and accessories. These are listed by date they occur. Dates are not exact because they change every year, check the official festival websites for exact dates, times and admission rates.

1. Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival

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A Renaissance Faire with a Fantasy Flair.

2. The New England Pirate Fair (Formerly Salem Pirate Faire)

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The Salem Pirate Faire features an ongoing storyline each day, and plenty of opportunities for patrons to meet some of the most famed and feared pirate captains in history! The faire also features music, unique variety acts, vendors dealing in clothes, jewelry, gifts, and accessories, and abundant grub and grog (that's food and drink for you landlubbers). Get your sea legs ready, put on your best eye patch, and join us for a day of thrills!

3. King Richard's Faire

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King Richard's Faire is a vivid recreation of a 16th Century English marketplace at festival time. Actors, dancers, puppeteers, jugglers, minstrels, mimes, magicians and musicians perform each weekend for the favor of his Royal Highness King Richard and his Queen Katherine.

4. Interactive Map of U.S. Renaissance Festivals

Map of US Renaissance Festivals
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Find renaissance festivals in your state or in the neighboring states, or plan a weekend of costume fun on a medieval vacation across the country. This map of U.S. renaissance festivals will help you in your quest.

5. Show us Your Renaissance Garb

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We want to see what you wore and what you plan to wear to the next renaissance faire. Tell us... was it handmade? Who made it? Did you add your own touches to an existing piece bought at a renaissance faire? We already know ren folk aren't shy, so it's time to upload ye olde photos!

6. What to Wear to a Renaissance Faire

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There are people from all walks of life who attend renaissance festivals, and that calls for a lot of crazy costuming. Find out what is generally appropriate and learn how to create some of your own renaissance festival 'garb'.

7. Have you Been to One of these Faires? Tell us Your Tales.

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Do you regularly visit ren fests or have a festival that I should post? Have you sewn together a difficult renaissance festival costume or accessories? Ever bought a costume that was outrageously expensive? Have a bad experience you want to dish on?

Tell us about it. Ask questions on where to get gowns, how to sew bodices. The forum awaits thee.

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