Gore Place’s 32nd Annual Sheepshearing Festival


SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. RAIN OR SHINE.



A sure sign of spring — advance tickets to the 32nd Annual Sheepshearing Festival are now available!




$20 general admission ages 13 and up, 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 or online.


Here’s parking info: 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 starts picking up at satellite parking at 8:45 am for vendors.


We have food vendors onsite to grab lunch or a snack.


Sheepshearing Festival Accessibility and Family FAQ Sheet 2019

fuzzy white lamb

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

table of colorful yarn for sale

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.

sheep herding demonstration

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


Our crafter area will have up to 75 booths with artisans selling handmade goods!


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 ($5 a family, free for GP members), and more!

Link to Map and Schedule of Events

Link to 2019 Participants


Interested in being a vendor? 

All applications are closed at this time. Please email goreplace@goreplace.org to be added to the interest list for next year.



Jewish Community Day School

Circus Smirkus

Waltham Garden Club

Thank you to our sponsors!

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DCU logo

PEAK logo
people's united bank
Watertown Savings Bank logo