Gore Place’s 31st Annual Sheepshearing Festival


SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. RAIN OR SHINE.


Our Sheepshearing Festival is turning 31 this year!


$20 adults, Free for children 12 and under and Gore Place Members. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets available at the gates on the day.


No pets allowed.

2018 Program, Map, and Schedule as a PDF: Sheepshearing Festival Program and Map


Parking: Free parking onsite (opens at 9:30am) and free parking at 43 Foundry Ave., Waltham (EDC) and 57 Stanley Ave., Watertown (Jewish Community Day School) with a free shuttle service to the South Gate. The free shuttle is a school bus that starts picking up at satellite parking at 8:45 am for vendors.


The festival features both traditional manual blade sheep shearing in addition to electric sheep shearing. Afterwards, the sheep fleeces are collected and sold. Our merino and Leicester longwool sheep are sheared the traditional way with other sheep brought in for the electric shearing.

Our fiber tent area offers dozens of fiber artists specializing in wool yarn, roving, knitting kits, and finished wool products. Some even bring animals or special demonstrations.

Don’t miss the popular sheepherding demonstrations with border collies on the South Lawn.


Our crafter area has 75 booths with artisans selling handmade candles, birdhouses, jewelry, metalwork, pottery, and more!


After viewing shearing demonstrations and shopping, join us on a tour of the mansion (additional fee), watch the historic re-enactors, listen to live music, take a wagon ride (additional fee), and more!


Directions information.


2018 Participants: this list will be updated as vendors are finalized


2018 Crafter Listthis list will be updated as vendors are finalized


Want to follow along on Facebook? We have an event with updates, sneak peeks, and fun.


Need a flyer to share? Here you go: 2018 Sheepshearing Flyer



Interested in being a vendor? 

All spots are full this year. If you’re interested in next year, please contact us at goreplace@goreplace.org.


Interested in group rates? For groups with 20 adults or more, please email Thom Roach at events@goreplace.org.

Thank you to our sponsors!