100 Activities at the Local Faire

One hundred fun games and booths for your players to explore at the local faire.

1An Axe-Throwing (or similar projectile) Contest. (Dexterity Check)
2An Archery competition. The contestants are trying to shoot an apple off the head of a gnome. (Dexterity Check)
3Raffle Lottery. 1gp to enter!
4A great Tug of War over a pit of mud. (Strength Check)
5A booth disguised as a pie stall that buys and sells illegal goods (drugs, banned religious symbols, etc.)
6Arm Wrestling Contest. (Strength Check)
7A Pick Pocketing Challenge. Everyone attending the fair is given a bright piece of cloth to be put in their belt/pocket. If you keep hold of yours, you win a prize at the end of the day. If you are able to pickpocket other people's cloth, then you could win the grand prize. (Sleight of Hand Check)
8An ale-drinking contest. (Constitution Check)
9Fencing with wooden swords. Three hits, and you're out! (Standard Combat Rules)
10Lockpicking contest - while blindfolded! (Thieves Tools Check)
11Rope Climbing Competition. (Dexterity or Strength Check)
12A Log Balancing contest. The winners of the contest face off in a pool filled with water elementals. (Dexterity Check)
13A music contest between individual performers or 'bands'. (Performance Check)
14Bull riding contest. Stay on the longest to win! (Athletics or Strength Check)
15A scavenger hunt. A special golden coin has been hidden somewhere on the fairgrounds. Can you find it? (Perception Check)
16Lumberjack Games. Who is the fastest at chopping these massive logs? (Strength Check)
17Exotic Animal Show. Come see fantastical animals from all across the realm!
18Animal races. Which one do you bet on to win the race?
19A man dressed in a jester costume is sitting above a dunk tank. Can you hit the target?
20Loose Livestock Catching (Oiled Pig, Chickens, Etc.) (Strength, Dexterity, or Animal Handling Check)
21Carriage Rides (for the kids)
22Carriage Rides (romantic for couples)
23Horse Racing. Race against some of the most experienced horse-riders in the realm! (Animal Handling Check)
24Gambling/Card/Dice Games. This is most likely illegal, so they take place in a closed tent in the back of the fair.
25The Big Hammer And Bell Contest. (Strength Check)
26House of Mirrors. Can you escape? (Perception Check)
27Jousting on Horseback. Can you knock your opponent off their horse? (Animal Handling and Dexterity Check)
28Every year, a particularly skilled Minotaur makes a hedge maze. She is a gardener and spends the season making labyrinths for the townsfolks festival. There is a plate of cookies in the center, and her calf (young son) is patrolling inside to help people who become lost. The Minotaur charges 1 copper for entry, and donates the money to charity.
29Bobbing for apples. Some apples are injected with a polymorph potion.
30Wife/Husband-Carrying Race. (Dexterity/Strength Check)
31Dance Competition. (Performance Check)
32Pie Baking Competition. (Cooking Check)
33A Popcorn/Kettlecorn Booth. Don't let it get stuck in your teeth!
34A Hair Braiding Booth. Any braid you like, even those fancy Elven ones!
35Prize Vegetable Contests (largest pumpkin, heaviest cabbage, tastiest tomato, hottest pepper, sweetest corn, juiciest peach, etc.)
36Liar's Contest: spin the wildest tale you can think of and the crowd votes on the best one based on believability, complexity and incredibility. (Bluff/Deception Check)
37The tent of 'long rests' in 20 minutes!
38Prettiest Baby Pageant.
39Deep-Fried Foods on a Stick.
40Puppet show using Minor Illusion and Mage Hand.
41A booth selling Potions of Thirst Quenching (water).
42A bored-looking devil sitting at a booth with a sign saying 'Anything you want: $Your Soul'. Be very careful here, as what he offers starts out seeming great, but eventually is just terrible.
43A “Guess the mimic” game. Players are brought into a fake house and must determine which object is the mimic. Maybe the mimic is the house itself? (Perception Check)
44A Guess Your Weight stand.
45A rogue favorite; Hide and Seek competition. (Stealth Check)
46Cunning Linguists; replace a language at random (pick a random; non-common, language the player knows replace it randomly from a list as large as you want, if they crit, they keep their original language, if they crit fail, they lose their original language, and gain nothing)
47Feat for Curse? (Your player can buy an extra feat, but they are stricken with a curse. Can be a strong curse or as simple as a new character flaw.)
48Greased Pole Climbing contest - there's a tree trunk liberally coated in grease and the first person to reach the top is the winner. Everyone tries to climb at the same time.
49There is a kenku hermit from the neighboring hills who has a large wagon filled with nuts and berries. They are selling a handfull for 1 copper each.
50There is a wizard who is running a -make your own potion- stall. The wizard will help players make any potion they want at half price.
51There is a beefy half orc chef selling 2gp firewater, an ale that gives +1 strength for 1d8 hours to anyone with a con modifier of +3 or higher.
52The town guard is giving free fighting lessons for able-bodied citizens. There is a list where the festival goers write their contact information for the towns militia.
53A gnome trinket master is making clockwork trinkets for the townsfolk.
54The local Thieves Guild is smuggling cheap ale off the back of a wagon and will pay the party to help them carry the items before the guard comes back with a warrant.
55The mayor is letting the winner of the children's foot race hit him with a custard pie.
56There is a booth where town officials can be found. The booth is a guard station, water station, first aid station, lost and found, (one random item from the party can be found here) and fair management station. There is a donation jar. The officials have a few errands they ask of the party such as collecting late dues from some of the fairground shopkeepers.
57A 'Fungeon' full of 'Funsters' and 'Treasure'. Look out for the 'Traps' and the pickpockets.
58A literal haunted house of past carnival workers, so they know not kill anyone.
59Gurning competition. (Seriously, it's a real thing. Compete to pull the most ridiculous face.) (Performance Check)
60Living tower - teams of (your party size) need to build the highest tower out of their bodies. (Athletics Check)
61A Fortune Telling Booth.
62Cooking contest - player(s) need to prepare some exotic dish and the only thing they know is the dish name. (Cooking Check - and perhaps History, to see if they recognize the meal?)
63Tag a Guard - you need to kick a guard and not get caught.
64A table with bored guards looking for recruits, people are clearly walking around it.
65A chess-playing chicken. 5 silvers to play, beat the chicken and double your money. (Intelligence Check)
66Bake sale for the local orphanage.
67Displays of the local children’s artwork.
68Goldfish Scooping. Some say the goldfish are actually polymorphed fair-goers who were caught cheating some of the other games.
69Exotic Nuts and Fruits Stall.
70Sitting-On-Top-Of-A-10ft-Wooden-Pole-Competition. (Athletics Check)
71A divination stand with an old lady with a crystal ball... Or she reads the lines in your hands... Either way, it's up to the DM whether it's true divination.
72A stall that sells mildly enchanted jewelry that can change colors at will.
73A lavender-skinned tiefling does palm readings while their (Make both parties male or female, whichever you choose) dwarven friend polishes weapons and armor for people who are having their palms read.
74A nearby tent displays various works of art. The artists are there for questions about their pieces.
75A team of 3-5 people are allowed to compete in an eating contest against a local hill giant. The hill giant rolls 2d100. Each player rolls 1d20+Con. Whichever team's total is higher wins the contest. The party becomes fatigued for 24 hours if they compete.
76A Magician. (No actual magic, just smoke and mirrors)
77A Mead Maker's Competition. They're short a couple of judges, and will offer the job to anyone who looks to have a strong constitution.
78A simple cloth is laid out in front of a famous local hermit. He magically mends objects and performs low level spells at a deep discount. He uses the money to buy supplies so he can avoid town the rest of the year.
79A booth is staffed by students from a local magic academy. They take requests for magic assistance but can't really do anything themselves. An appropriate level mage will visit each customer within a few days. The students get a cut of the revenue towards their tuition, so they can be very pushy.
80A Sparring Ring. Locals can take out whatever frustration they've had on each other over the past year here!
81A Fancy Dress Competition. Tailors get to show off what they've been working on over the past year.
82A small number of goblins can occasionally be seen sneaking around the fair, sometimes they will be spotted oh-ing and ah-ing at some of the attractions. If questioned, they flee. If found again later and questioned, they are doing research for their own Carnival.
83There are temporary shrines from many different Gods and Goddesses. They can be prayed to for small blessings.
84A group of local Living Trees are handing out apples and giving advice in their deep voices such as 'make sure you plant the seeds', and 'don't play with fire'.
85A group of Yuan-Ti have set up an exotic (lightly cursed) amulet shop.
86Some sprites and pixies are letting people fly in exchange for hunting equipment. They have a large furnace with a baby firenewt inside where they dispose of the hunting gear.
87The town guard is hosting a make-your-own banner booth. An enchanter can be hired to enchant the banner.
88There is a costume booth where a master tailor, doppelganger, illusionist, and thief work together to give anyone a makeover, haircut, or costume of their choosing.
89Exotic pet rock dealer. (1 in D8 rocks is an elemental pet!)
90There is a Slap-a-Guard booth. Once a year, the citizens can pay 50gp to slap a guard in the face that they don't like. The players can choose any guard they've met. There is a small ledger where the citizens can write their names and become a guard. The guards are instructed to say 'If you think you're better than me, then you can prove it by signing the ledger'.
91A male half-orc conjurer, a female tiefling monster hunter, and a female elf beast trainer are all locals in the town. Each year they meet for drinks at the fair, before competing in their own special game: Ooze Cruise. Each participant is required to bring an ooze to the event. 3 premade stone towers are erected at the outskirts of the fair. The participants climb some scaffolding to place their ooze at the top. The first ooze to eat their way to the bottom of the tower wins. Over the past few years, this selfmade competition has attracted the attention of the townsfolk who enjoy betting on the competition.
92Underwater Wrestling. Contestants meet in a large glass tank. They both have to wrestle underwater. The first to surface loses. Some towns use a giant octopus as a champion for an added twist. (Strength/Dexterity Check)
93Test your might booth; Challengers are tasked to lift an impossibly heavy rock for 1G, if you can the prize is 50g. (Strength Check)
94Midsommar Maypole: Here, drink this. Bad things start happening.
95Filthy-Filch'N: The local Thieves Guild branch's secret booth. The local constabulary have had items reverse pick pocketed into their pouches. Bring them all back for a prize! (Sleight of Hand Check)
96Greased Pole Climbing contest - there's a tree trunk liberally coated in grease and the first person to reach the top is the winner. Everyone tries to climb at the same time. (Athletics Check)
97Gnome Tossing contest - a gnome suitable dressed in padding and helmet can be tossed. The aim is to toss the gnome furthest or to a target. Various bonuses or penalties could be applied to the thrower. Does the gnome co-operate or not ? There are rules in some other subreddits on gnome tossing.
98Mimic Or Money. 10gp per game. Players are sat in front of 3 chests and are told to choose one to open. Upon choosing one, the gamemaster will reveal one mimic and ask if they would like to change their answer to the other chest. If the player chooses correctly, they get what they bet plus 10. Upon choosing incorrectly, players have to fight a mimic, the battle lasts until the mimic dies or the player gets defeated, however, the player shouldn't die.
99The Cheese Race: Out run the old cheeses rolling down the hill.
100A Freak Show. Come see some of the most gruesome sights in the realms! (It's all illusion spells, don't worry!)