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Dates: Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day Monday • August 20 - October 30, 2022
Themed Weekends: Click here for dates & details.
Hours of Operation: Gates Open at 11AM Each Public Faire Date
Location: 2775 Lebanon Rd. Manheim, PA 17545
General Admission: $35.95
Children (5-11): $18.95
Children 4 and Under Free, No Ticket Required
Tickets for the final weekend, October 29 & 30 are SOLD OUT. Tickets are NOT available by emailing or calling the Box Office or by FB message. Tickets exchanges are not possible due to the sold out status of the final 2 days. Tickets are non-refundable. No gate sales.
Please have your print at home tickets out or loaded on your mobile device and ready to scan on prior to coming to the Front Gate. Tickets for the 2022 Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire are date specific and are non-refundable. The Faire is a rain or shine event. Tickets are emailed to the purchaser and can be printed or scanned from a mobile device.
After 4PM Sunset Tickets go live on the online box office each Faire Day at 3:30PM with entry to the Faire beginning at 4PM. Sunset Tickets are not available in advance of the actual Faire date.
After 4PM Sunset Ticket Pricing:
General Admission: $22.95
Children (5-11): $9.95
Enjoy the sunset hours of Royal Revels from the Tournament of Arms to the Ultimate Joust ending with the Finale Pub Sing and over 20 other performances scheduled during this 4-hour part of the Faire day. Food booths, pour houses and independent vendors begin closing at 7PM at the start of the Finale Pub Sing at the Globe Theater. Vendors in Swashbuckler Grove and The Wharf Bar will remain open until the end of the performance. The Faire site closes at 8PM.
Regardless of the full day ticket sold out status, After 4PM Sunset Tickets will go live on the online box office each Faire Day at 3:30PM with entry to the Faire beginning at 4PM. Sunset Tickets are not available in advance of the actual Faire date. The Sunset Ticket is valid only at the 2022 Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire on the date of purchase from 4PM-8PM. Sunset Ticket quantities are limited per day. Tickets must be purchased online on the Virtual Box Office and can be shown from a mobile device the day of your visit for entry.
Tickets are non-refundable. Children under 5 are admitted free and do not require a ticket.
Please Note: Subscriptions are unavailable to purchase for the final weekend of the 2022 Season.
No matter what your age, please be prepared to show proper identification in order to consume alcohol. Valid ID includes a state issued driver's license or state issued ID card with photo, a passport, or a United States military identification card with photo. We are unable to accept any foreign driver's license. Note that the identification cannot be expired at the time of the festival.
Weekly photo content posts will be announced on the Faire Facebook's Page. Submit your photo to the Weekly Photo Contest (one per person) by email to RoyalSpk@PaRenFaire.com with Subject Line: Photo Contest. Winners will be announced on Facebook. Click here for rules and prizes.
Friendly, well-behaved dogs are welcome to join their human companions for the revelry of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. There are some simple steps to take before visiting with your furry friend. Dog Friendly Faire tickets and policies apply to dogs only. No other animals will be admitted. (Our Dog Friendly Faire program does not apply to any other Mount Hope Events and is valid only for the Renaissance Faire, running August-October.) Learn More at: PaRenfaire.com/DogDays.
Please Note: Service Dogs are always welcome. Mount Hope adheres to the ADA's definition of Service animal found here. Please refer to ADA's frequently asked questions as it pertains to Mount Hope Estate events.
Get ready to live the excitement and adventure of jousting knights and royal delights with colorfully costumed villagers and merrymakers ready to make your visit an unforgettable experience. Musical, stunt and theatrical performances, magic acts and comical mud beggars are just a few of the many daily shows! Immerse yourself in the days of Merrie Olde England, steeped in the allure of bygone days and knights! All entertainment is subject to change. Date-specific online only tickets are now available at PaRenFaire.com/BoxOffice
You are cordially invited to the Wedding of the Daughter of Lady Mayor Delores Ann Penburthy to the Son of Abraham and Eva Froman, the Sausage King and Queen of The Shire. Mount Hope has been prepared in all its glory to host many fine guests such as yourselves, and most importantly, her most radiant majesty, Queen Elizabeth Regina Gloriana shall be in attendance! All the guilds of the shire have prepared their finest crafts, most exotic wares, most amusing entertainments, and even the criminals of the shire are fulfilling their community service... under supervision of course. This will be the perfect wedding! What could go wrong?
By the pricking of our thumbs, mischief and merriment this way come! Kurt Froman and Philomena Penburthy have planned their wedding during the spookiest of seasons. Some think them foolish-- after all, supernatural events tend to run amuck in Mount Hope this time of year; but what haunting creature would want to ruin a wedding?
Plan your visit with the Revels Schedule and Shire Map. Download the Daily Writ (Schedule & Shire Map) each weekend to learn the where, when and who of your Faire Day visit. Discover the location of the Royal Kitchens, Pour houses, privies and more!
#1 • Grand Opening Weekend (August 20 & 21): Fairies & Fantasy Daily Writ
#2 • Second Weekend (August 27 & 28): Pyrate Invasion Daily Writ
#3 • Third Weekend (September 3, 4 & 5): Heroes & Villains Daily Writ
#4 • Fourth Weekend (September 10 & 11): Wizarding Weekend Daily Writ
#5 • Fifth Weekend (September 17 & 18): Viking Weekend Daily Writ
#6 • Sixth Weekend (September 24 & 25): Time Travelers Daily Writ
#7 • Seventh Weekend (October 1 & 2): Oktoberfest Daily Writ
#8 • Eighth Weekend (October 8 & 9): Shamrocks & Shenanigans Daily Writ
#9 • Ninth Weekend (October 15 & 16): Halloween Days & Spooky Knights I Daily Writ
#10 • Tenth Weekend (October 22 & 23): Halloween Days & Spooky Knights II
#11 • The Final Weekend (October 29 & 30): Halloween Days & Spooky Knights III
Please Note: All Daily Writs are subject to change.
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Madwoman • Former Scottish Lady who has seen some things in this world…maybe other worlds as well?
Hart Innkeeper • Owner of the Hart Inn and leader of the Rakish Rogues.
Mapmaker • Charter of maps and tracer of roads.
Blacksmith • A strong arm, and a steady hand.
Undertaker • A member of The Sirens. If you need to go down 6ft deep, she'll make sure you do it in style.
Astrologer • Reader of the stars— whatever you want them to say.
Lady in Waiting • Wife of England's foremost spymaster.
Fish Monger • Seller of fish and teller of their tales.
Laundress • She knows everybody's dirty laundry.
Fairy Hunter • Member of The Sirens. She learned a long time ago that the best way to protect people from dangerous things is to make dangerous things your friends.
Miliner •Everybody needs a fancy hat on a wedding day!
Woodsman • Sturdy as the oak, yet soft as pine.
Dyer • An eye for color and a heart for spreading it.
Deputy • Leader of The Sirens, and dedicated civil servant.
Lady in Waiting • Youngest lady of Her Majesty's retinue.
Baker • Come to Leonard for the finest sweet treats this side of the Thames, just dont interfere with his artistic process!
Clown/Actor • Maybe this year Shakespeare will finally notice them.
Vintner • Sister of Sebastian. Every wedding needs wine!
Barber-Surgeon • An expert in anatomy from the hair to the toes, and she'll cut either off for a price.
Nobleman • An especially well read and educated courtier.
Cobbler • Feet can be gross, but shoes can make them less so.
Architect • From tents to shacks to manors, Felicity has a knack for shelter.
Town Watch • It's a whole lot of shire to watch with just 2 eyes.
Nobleman • A nobleman returning to Mount Hope.
Grave Digger • It's easy for a pillar to last when it's foundation is 6 feet deep.
Mayor in Training • Raised since birth to be the next Mayor of the Shire, and today is her Wedding day!
Town Magistrate • A man with knowledge of all the laws of Mount Hope, no matter how obscure.
Lady in Waiting • Cousin of Her Majesty and First Lady of the Bedchamber.
Fire Brigade • Member of the Rakish Rogues. Sometimes he arrives at fires so quickly, you'd think he was already there.
Retired Knight • A knight who survived this long deserves some R&R.
Master of Revels • An articulate and well prepared Master of Revels. Perhaps a bit too confident.
Huntress • Member of The Sirens. Not only does she hunt for the tasty animals, she keeps the animals that think we're tasty away.
Gardener • Beautifying the shire one flower at a time.
Sherriff • Sheriff Doreward is the people's sherriff. She obeys the magistrate and upholds the laws of the shire to the upmost degree!
Stone Mason • A sturdy builder who isn't afraid of a hard day's work.
Con Artist • It all started when Toby realized if he wore a different Halloween costume, he could get twice the candy!
Smuggler • Need to sneak it in? Need to sneak it out? If it needs to sneak, Hannah can sneak it.
Cooper •Mount Hope's barrels are famous, and Angela keeps it that way.
Spice Vendor • Sister of Kurt, and the Maid of Honor in today's wedding!
Personal Assistant • Personal assistant to Francesca Slaughter.
Artist •A member of the Rakish Rogues. While he does sell some original art, much of his work is…reproductions.
Tinker/Inventor • Crazy Ol Artie, I think someone one time heard of one of his inventions being successful…
Jeweler • Christiana is as fiery as the flames she uses to set all of her fine jewelry. You never know if you'll be decked out or just decked.
Yeoman Guard • A true man at arms for Her Majesty.
Silk Merchant • Your connection for the most luxurious fabrics.
Dance Mistress • Emiline has been getting everyone ready to dance the night away for the wedding reception! Step in time or you'll have Emiline to answer to!
Town Crier •Sometimes you need to hear a familiar voice—You can hear Alphonse from anywhere on the shire.
Local Author • On the stage, everyone is just playing a part—Blake wants to play them all!
Candlemaker • A cunning crafter of illumination.
Alchemist/Apothecary •Member of the Rakish Rogues. Snake oil can be the best cure if you make it sound good enough.
Tailor •Mt. Hope Couture. More than a person—a brand.
Businessman • The owner of 99 unsuccessful businesses. Maybe number 100 will stick!
Playwright • An aspiring local playwright. Everyone has to start somewhere, why not Mount Hope?
Yeoman Guard • The strength of the Yeoman Guard.
Sausage Prince/Butcher • Heir to the meaty Froman Sausage empire of Mount Hope, brother of Ingrid, and Groom-to-be!
Boarshead Innkeeper • He keeps the Boarshead Inn as well as the guild leaders of the shire in order. No violence unless he says violence.
Queen • Queen of England, Ireland, Wales, and the Colony of Virginia in the New World.
Postmaster • Doesn't matter the message, Stanley will see it delivered.
Executioner • So what if it takes her a few tries to get the head all the way off?
Shephard • A shepherd who has never lost a sheep…that she can remember.
Matchmaker • Weddings can be rough for single people. Lucky for them, Ruth is around!
Female Illusionist • Shakespeare's premier female illusionist, breaker of gender norms, and mother of draglings.
Black Widow • Vivienne is in mourning at the loss of her dear husband, what's-his-name. Luckily she's been a widow before. Six times before to be exact.
Sailmaker • Sister of Sally. Maker and repairer of sails for ships.
Netmaker • Sister of Annette. Maker and repairer of nets for various uses.
Poet • Teller of tales and rhymer of…rhymes.
Etiquette Mistress • Weddings are a minefield of faux pas…luckily Agatha is here to help.
Brewery • From grain to bottle, Keeley oversees the suds.
Lord of Libations • The life of any party, and everybody knows it.
Please refer to each weekends Daily Writ for specific show schedules.
The shire is gathered for the wedding of Philomena Penburthy and Kurt Froman! The guilds of the shire have prepared gifts to present, and Her Majesty shall oversee the proceedings. With everything prepared so thoroughly, what could go wrong?
The wedding at Queen's Court may not have gone as expected, but that's no reason to let a good festival go to waste! Join the people of the shire and Her Majesty's court as they sing, dance, and entertain in an enchanting musical revue. Sing along if you know the words!
The guilds of Mount Hope had prepared exhibition fights to celebrate the wedding, but a new headliner has been added: a Trial by Combat that will decide the guilt or innocence of the person accused of stealing an important object necessary to complete the wedding of Philomena Penburthy and Kurt Froman.
Sides have been chosen, and lives are on the line. The knights of Noble Cause joust, not only for honor, but for true love itself! Who will win, who will survive, will Kurt and Philomena ever get married, and who sabotaged the wedding at Queen's Court? All will come to a head at Bosworth Field.
Finish off the day with a final celebration featuring Her Majesty, Her Court, the people of Mount Hope, and lead by the musicians of the shire!
The Guild Leaders of the Shire have some issues they need to work out. Unfortunately for the code that states "There Shall Be No Brawling at the Boar's Head", most of the leaders speak better with their fists than their words. Hopefully the Boar's Head Inn keep, Old Gibbs, will be able to keep the peace lest he need to throw someone out…from the second floor.
Witness this year's most anticipated match of the English Wrestling World (or EWW)! Heroic Monarchs face off against Supernatural Villains for the title of Mt Hope's undisputed wrestling champion!
The wittiest of the shire's citizens gather without the foggiest idea of what they're actually going to do. I guess they'll just have to make it up! Enjoy dazzling displays of improvisation, and see the show that audiences have called "a show I miss from the past," and "yup, that's comedy right there."
Orville Foxglove, local aspiring playwright, has assembled the best actors he can get with nothing better to do and willing to work for "exposure." They will prepare "original" Elizabethan plays that may feel familiar to the audience and run them for 2 weekends at a time (to really get the kinks out). They may not have a budget, they may not have experience, but they have heart! It could be a masterpiece, it could be a disaster, but it will certainly be a Disasterpiece.
Her Majesty done already done had herses! The Queens are back-back-back again! England's favorite competition reality show (the only one actually) is looking to crown 'Shakesqueer's Next Drag Superstar!'' Join The Lady Lilith Rose, Shakespeare's Premier Female Illusionist, as she seeks to find an individual who possess the Bravery, Resilience, Elegance, Ambition, Strength, and Talent to wear the crown. God Shave the Queens!
The Town Magistrate, Cornelius Lowthe proudly brings his own form of rough justice to Mount Hope. Using the all-too-common fear of downstream water, he draws confessions from even the most stubborn of the accused. Will he prevail or will he too end up all wet? You, the Jury, get to decide at the Trial & Dunke.
Grab a cup and get cozy because tea is served dears, and it is piping hot. Join two of the most in-the-know nobles as they discuss and divulge the shire's secrets and spill the tea. No one is safe and no topic is off limits. You thirsty? Well let's go sip, girl.
A swoony romance. Mistaken identities. Eavesdropping mix-ups. Enemies to lovers. Come see some of Mt. Hope's finest put on an abridged version of one of Shakespeare's most delightful comedies. It might be one of the first Rom-Coms ever written!
The highest echelon of the Thieves Guild meets every day at their super-secret bar: The Rakish Rogue! Come join them at the Hart Inn where that super-secret bar definitely isn't, where they definitely won't be singing humorous and bawdy songs, and definitely will be obeying every law. Definitely.
Mount Hope's Finest are meeting at the Hart Inn to get to the bottom of what's happening on the shire, but a drink won't hurt first. Why not sing a few raucous songs while we're at it? And tell a dirty jest or two? And that jest reminded me of another song! What were we meeting here to do again? Come be an upstanding citizen with them, because none of you will be able to stand for long.
The Rakish Rogues and the Sirens meet for a musical game of cat and mouse, except no one is quite sure who is the cat and who is the mouse, and instead of cheese there's alcohol, and rather than chasing one another they tell dirty jokes and limericks and sing bar songs. I've lost the metaphor and they've lost any sense of propriety—so grab a drink and join in!
Join the people of the shire and some of your fellow guests in dancing traditional dances of the Renaissance! Can you keep up with the Korobushka? Can you handle the Halfe Hanniken? Do you have what it takes to do the Bear Dance? Grab a partner or find one there!
Her Majesty has charged Lord Alexander Radcliffe with finding brave young nipperkins to join her most Royal Cavalry. Sadly, the only person available to assist him in this noble endeavor was the town fool, Howie D'winn. Surely Howie is aware this is no time for clowning around. Come and watch as these two find out who is fierce enough, who is strong enough, who is…merry enough…to join Her Majesties Royal Clownery-Cavalry! Oh dear.
In order to properly entertain all the shire's guests, the Master of Revels has seen that members of the village prepare entertainments fit for the whole family! Enjoy interactive storytelling perfect for anyone young, young at heart, or just tired and needing a place to sit and be entertained for a while! This year's Trunk Shows are "The Well of the World's End," and "St. George and the Dragon."
Everyone has a song to share on this glorious festival day! Come join some of Mount Hope's finest voices for some miraculous melodies that you'll be singing along to in no time!
Every weekend, join our host for theme weekend pub trivia! Teams of no more than 4 can compete for nifty prizes, and to prove once and for all the true value of all that useless knowledge you've collected thanks to obsession and neuroses.
Special events below have limited spots and require an additional ticket (visit the Box Office to purchase).
Each public Faire day the Pub Crawl leaves from the Informistress promptly at 4:45PM.
Laugh, sing and journey your way through the Shire to three stops to enjoy a sample of Swashbuckler Brewing Company Beer or Lancaster County Cider with a final stop at O'Malley's to enjoy one last sample paired with saucy entertainment and a salty pretzel.
Pub Crawl Includes: 4 samples, Souvenir Tasting Glass, Soft Pretzel and specialty entertainments. Please Note: The Pub Crawl is Sold Out for the remaining 2022 Season dates. Must be 21+ to participate. You must have a 2022 date-specific admission ticket for the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire to access the Pub Crawl. Both Faire admission and Pub Crawl tickets are date specific, so be sure these dates match.
Each public Faire day the Tastings will occur at the Pyrate Ship at 3:00PM.
Enjoy 5 samples as Matt guides you through the brewing process and the resulting characteristics of each craft beer. Guests will have the chance to see and smell the hops and grains used by Swashbuckler. Some tastings may include samples of Lancaster County Ciders, also produced at Mount Hope Estate. This tasting experience will also incorporate a sampling of palate cleansing snacks including cheeses, fruit and bread. The Beer & Food Tasting is for both for craft beer beginners and long-time enthusiasts.
$35 Online Only. ($30 through August 19) Tickets are available via theBox Office. Tickets limited. Must be 21+ to participate. Please note: A corresponding date-specific ticket must be purchased for the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire to enter the Faire grounds and access the Beer & Food Tasting. Both Faire Admission Tickets and Beer & Food Tasting Tickets are date specific, so be sure these dates match. Tickets are non-refundable.
The stages of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire come to life with scores of unique entertainers, including musicians, magicians, comedy acts, and more! Exact performance times and locations will be available on the Daily Writ upon your arrival to the festival grounds. All entertainment is subject to change.
October 15 - 30 • AaronBonk.com
Aaron Bonk is a 3-time International Performance Champion, 4-time Guinness World Record setting whip artist and unique entertainer with a twisted sense of humor who risks his life to make you laugh. With stupefying acts of juggling, whip cracking, danger and craziness, he amuses and amazes the whole family with his Seriously Ridiculous stunt show spectacular.
Full Season • Like the Sausage King & Queen on Facebook!
All hail the sausage king of the Shire of Mt. Hope! How good is his meat? Ask him as he wanders by on his sausage procession, he'll tell you it can't be beat!
October 1 - 30 • AdamoIgnis.com
'Adamo Ignis' is latin for 'to fall in love with flame'. Exactly what you'll be doing when you see the hot stunts in this girl's show! The passion of dance, the danger of fire, and of course many other stunts and tricks will have you jumping out of your seat as she leaps into your heart! Adamo Ignis is one of very few solo female-fronted and run fire and danger shows making her a unique treat for any event.
October 8 & 9 • AlbannachMusic.com
Albannach is Scots-Gaelic for "Scottish" or "Scotsman". That's exactly what we are. Our main purpose in life is to share our intriguing culture, history and heritage with you by means of our music. Albannach is not just another Scottish 'Pipes & Drums' band, our primal drumming and precise piping stirs the soul of anyone who hears them — young and old! With a champion piper, the unique sounds and talents of a didgeridoo player, and the tribal style bass drumming — our music isn't for the faint of heart! It's aggressive, like a Celtic punch to the face!
Bringing the history of archery and its world-wide application to life. We demonstrate not only how English long bows and wood arrows are made, but how and why they were such effective tools and weapons of war. Enjoy two Long range demonstrations at 11:30 & 5:30, at the new location by Bosworth Field.
Ambassador to England, one of Queen Mary's most trusted advisors, and an emissary for Scottish culture! Don't miss him in "Consider Thou This" and "Guts & Glory".
Full Season • ArthurGreenleafHolmes.com
Scandalous. Licentious. Madly impolitic…and riotously funny. This is The Wildly Inappropriate Poetry Of Arthur Greenleaf Holmes. England's 16th-century bard of the backalleys blends mellifluous language and hypnotic imagery with an utter disregard for decent society. *Adult Content, Not Recommended for Children
August 20 - September 25 • BuckleAndSwash.com
Join Captain Red Swash Rogers and Mister Punt Buckle for Pirates, Comedy, Sword Fighting, and other…stuff. Be a part of their outrageous crew in this family-friendly show full of action and laughs! The Buckle and Swash Show: It's attempted murder…but, like, funny!
Full Season• Like Burbage & The Bard on Facebook
The legendary playwright and his greatest actor are here, and there's nothing you can do about it! Bear witness to Shakespeare's lesser-known talent for song, and Burbage's greater-known talent for sizzle ('tis the pants). You're bound to learn a few things even The Histories can't teach you — Who were the first two Richards? How did Friar Lawrence always "know a guy?" WHY DOES EVERYONE SAY "DOTH?" Don't miss the chance to tell your English teacher that you heard Shakespeare say naughty words at Burbage and the Bard!
August 20 - October 1 • JimHancock.com
The Burly Minstrels are an explosion of sound, and are now fifty percent more Burly! Amanda Kitchens brings her accordion and voice into the mix with the pugilistic violin sounds of Thomas Nuendel and the solid rhythm guitar and voice of Jim Hancock. From lively instrumentals to rousing maritime songs, with almost every style in between, the Burly Minstrels are sure to please your ears!
World-class bagpipes, earthshaking drums, rockin' guitars, and a mile-a-minute banter only barely scratches the surface of this comedic group of Celtic Lads!
Full Season • CircusSirenPod.com
The Circus Siren Pod is a group of professional water artists that offer far more than your average mermaid show. We have mermaids, mermen, models, bubble artists and even a fire-breathing water sprite on staff. Based out of Mid-Atlantic region, Circus Siren Pod members have performed across the country and even internationally. From the beaches of Hawaii, to the Aquariums of New York, to the resorts of Jamaica, they bring a magical show to audiences of all ages.
Using the SCIENCE of Astrology, Cosmo gives out fortunes, advice, and wisdom According to Cosmo. Throw in improv stories, songs, and very unusual tarot readings, you have a fortune teller like no other.
Effervescent and vivacious, the Lady Mayor is sure to give Queen Elizabeth I the warm and generous welcome deserving of a ruler of England. Having earned the love of the townspeople, the Lady Mayor is honored to present to the Queen, the loyal and trustworthy villagers of Mount Hope. Join the Lady Mayor for a daily History Tour of the Shire. Gather at Informistress at noon for a most unusual history lesson.
Demetrius can be found performing throughout the Shire (both solo and with friends), as well as with all the Musicians of the Realm for Opening Cannon at the front gate, and the Pub Sing at the end of the Faire day!
September 17 - October 30 • Like Dora Viellette on Facebook
Dora Viellette will take you through time with an intriguing array of music on the hurdy-gurdy. From classics of the Medieval and Renaissance to traditional Celtic and Folk favorites, her blend of sounds and songs will tempt your ears, make you want to stay for a spell, and leave you wanting to hear more.
August 20 - September 25 • DonJuanAndMiguel.com
Enchanting, romantic, adventurous, Don Juan and Miguel. Enter the 16th Century and see these two characters charm friend and foe alike while engaging in the finest stage swordwork ever and spreading laughter and hilarity to all!
Full Season • ScarlettRat.com
Emrys Fleet's Rat Extravaganza Aka Big Rat Show is a hilarious comedy show featuring Pesky the Wonderous One-eyed Rat and Wilbur the Dancing Weasel. Plenty of jokes and absurdity keep the laughter out loud. He calls it "Comedy Noir"! Rat Puck is a game for Kings and Commoners alike. It is similar the the Scottish "golf" but played with rats and sticks! Join Master of Master's Pucker Emrys Fleet, rat catcher for some instruction and an exhibition round of Rat Puck! Puck We Must!
September 17 & 18 • Like Erik the Everday Viking on Facebook
Erik Ormstunga Briansson, I portray a Dane from 950 AD to 1000 AD, I am a re-enactor and educator of Norse culture from that time. I am able to to talks on life style, tools, Nailbinding, luceting, and Norse spiritual ceremonies. I have traveled up and down the east coast of Vinland performing at various venues and museums. I have even performed for the Danish and Norwegian Ambassadors. Even being tested and passed with endorsement by the curator of the Danish museum at an event held at The Philadelphia Franklin Institute. This is my passion and my love it is a pleasure to share with you all.
Full Season • Like the Sausage King & Queen on Facebook!
Blessed with infinite patience, and a lithe mind to keep up with her husband. The Fromans are nouveau riche, and happy to flaunt it. Eva is the true brains of the operation. Her wurst is her best, and her husband is the best at being the worst.
August 20 - September 25 • Like Fireflicker on Facebook
Fireflicker is a curious young dragon who wanders the streets of the festival looking for shiny things to hoard, and mischief to make! This playful dragon is always excited to meet all the knights and princesses of the realm. They may even share some dragon gold with those who also have magic in their hearts.
Full Season • HobTheTroll.com
Hob began his reign of silly as part of the resident cast at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. Mixing comedy, music, improv, and a flare for the dramatics, he branched out to [mostly planned] appearances at other Renaissance festivals, libraries, vaudeville, and variety shows to critical acclaim.
Once a legendary bard, John Wickscombe settled down to lead a quiet life upon the Shire. After a man broke into his cottage, stole his prized carriage and killed his beloved muskrat, Bianca, that was a last gift from his wife, John now travels the countryside unleashing his vengeance—in the form of song.
Full Season • Like Knightwings on Facebook
Master Falconer Ash Cary presents the natural behaviors of Owls, Hawks, Falcons, and more! Learn about each species' adaptations, their impact on the eco-system and why we need to protect them, as well as a bit of the history of the sport of falconry and how we train the birds to do what they do.
If there is anything Lady Bess of Hardwick loves almost as much as serving Queen Elizabeth, it is a good wedding! With a few of her own under her belt, she may be willing to dispense advice for happily wedded bliss for any couple. Bess is looking forward to seeing the happy couple wed while she keeps an eye out for suitors for some of the Court.
Lady Violeta is excited to join the Royal Performers on fiddle this season at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. You can catch her playing around the faire grounds perched on stumps and boulders. Come out and visit to see Lady Violeta fiddle her way around the shire!
Lady Grace Note will be gracing her presence at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire this season on the hammered dulcimer. She will be performing her favorite traditional Celtic and Renaissance tunes around the shire. She is an award-winning hammered dulcimer player, and is a member of the band, Seasons. She has also performed with the band, Wolgemut.
September 3 - 25, October 8 - 30 • Like Unicorn Hugs on Facebook
Unicorn Hugs creates magic nationwide providing unicorns at festivals and special events. Featuring unicorn handler, Brittany Beard and her performing miniature horse unicorns. Not only are the miniature horses of Unicorn Hugs specially trained therapy horses that go inside children's hospitals nationwide and work hand in hand with Give Kids the World/the Make a Wish foundation, but they are also show horses that love being in the spotlight and have a special temperament for being around kids and adults alike. Experiencing the wonder and getting a photo with these mythical creatures will surely be a memory that you will never forget!
September 10- October 2 • MenageAMoiComedy.Bandcamp.com
Humorously indecent. Always discreet. The top-shelf comedy stylings of Ménage à Moi pair nicely with either a cooling beer or a warming tequila shot. Come for the sexually liberated, inclusive camaraderie. Stay for the belly laughs, new friends, and an organic unpredictability that ensures every show is unique. Visit www.menageamoicomedy.com for a taste of his comedic songs. *Adult Content, Not Recommended for Children
Full Season • RadTrumpet.com
Mirandola Fanfare Trumpets is a Herald trumpet ensemble led by Rob Diener. This group was founded in 1992 by Kevin Rosenbury. The group has performed at Renaissance Fairs and special events all over the country including, a performance withThe Philly Pops Orchestra for the grand oepning of the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Ohio Derby, and the Pocono 500 and Pennsylvania 500 Nascar races. 2019 marks the groups 29th year performing at The Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair.
Full Season • Like The Mudskippers on Facebook
We are but simple beggars, performing Shakespeare as nature intended it…in a giant pit of mud. Come see our antics 3 times daily at the Mount Hope Mud Pit.
Full Season • Like Nature of Mercy on Facebook
Pirates, Whips and Swords, plus a message of honour in this action packed interactive show for all ages. Follow the adventures of the 'bad but beautiful' Duchess Francesca as she battles Captain Sir Richard Gryphon with swords and wit in this hilarious pirate comedy. Nature of Mercy features the Pyrat Kids Duelling School and gives children a chance to be on stage as heroes of the adventure.
Full Season • Like Noble Cause on Facebook
Touring across the U. S., but with performing credits all over the world, Noble Cause Productions is a trained theatrical joust troupe. Skilled in lance passes, staged stunt combat, sword, shield, staff and multiple medieval weapons. Noble Cause has been featured on The Travel Channel and Animal Planet.
October 8 & 9 • PalomaIrishDance.com
The Paloma Performance Troupe offers a spectacular Irish Dance show with spirited soft shoe numbers and heart-pounding hard shoe pieces. The dancers range in age from young to adult and feature some of the top dancers in the Region and North America. They dancers will delight and entertain you. The Troupe has performed in over 300+ public performances and private events throughout Lancaster County and beyond. Experience the Power.
September 3 - 25 • Like Pippsy Pinwheel on Facebook
Pippsy the clown brings the amazing world of sideshow to the stage! Watch in awe as she flirts with death swallowing swords and more! This show has it all — comedy, suspense, puns danger and a drinking game!
October 8 - 30 • JenniferEComedy.com
After years of performing in the mud pit, Ploppy Ann Nardsquatter is coming back to the stage. Don't miss one of these risqué, adult comedy shows!
Ploppy. No mud. Still dirty. *Adult Content, Not Recommended for Children
October 1 & 2 • Polkadelphia.com
Not your ordinary oompah band, Polkadelphia plays both traditional tunes as well as modern cover songs by artists like Radiohead and the Beatles. Polkadelphia was featured at The Porch at 30th Street Station for their beer garden during Philadelphia's beer week. They have played at various city festivals including the Kahn Park Summer Concert Series and the 40th Street Summer Series. Each time, they whipped the audience into a waltzing, polkaing frenzy with their combination of classic polkas and polkafied classics.
Join Harper Lee and Rowan the Bowin' as they share sweet songs and rolicking tunes (and the occasional cover!) on the Celtic harp and cello. Be prepared to be regaled!
Full Season • RoversWayStudios.com
Rover's Way is a musical duo taking their inspiration from the trad and folk traditions of the Celtic Isles, Newfoundland, Canada, and the US. Matt and Keira travel the country full time, performing at festivals and events. While most weekends you can find them on a Renaissance Festival stage, they are equally excited to be hosting 2 daily Beer Tasting Shows at the Pyrate Ship, and to jam at the local session!
August 20 - September 18
There are many Living Statues, but there is only one Lively Statue and his name is Comedius de Marbleous. Keep an eye out for this Living Marble Marvel. He has an aversion to pigeons, but he's not camera shy at all. He's all about photo ops with young, old, and those as ancient as he (he was sculpted in 1457).
October 1 - 30
Sylvan Farelight—the honestly dishonest trickster who always tells you before he lies and cheats. It is just that he does it so well. Join him at his scheduled shows to be mystifyed and bamboozled, and find him on the streets of the Shire where he plays his game of pea and shells for grand and glorious prizes.
October 8 - 30
Purveyors of Geek Folk since 1563: The roving bards Rowan Thorne and Randal Piper have journeyed far to bring songs of fantasy, comedy, and adventure! With music ranging from the traditional to the inspirational to the downright ridiculous, Two Bard Party promises to give you a spring in your step, laughter in your heart, and advantage on all skill checks for the day! It's full frontal nerdity, in all the best and worst ways.
October 1 & 2 • Like Wolgemut on Facebook
Early Music for Modern Minds! Wolgemut performs historical and traditional music played on original instruments. Bombastic bagpipes and drums, velvety flutes, harps, fiddles and voices, Wolgemut will put you in a "good mood"!
So much shopping, so little time! Having over 100 unique merchants to visit during an already packed Faire day makes it difficult to see and do everything in one day. The independent merchants each operate their own business upon the Shire and look forward to bantering and bartering with Faire visitors. Demonstrations by many mnerchants show guests rarely seen art forms before their very eyes. Man-powered rides and guest services complete the festive Faire experience. Forgot something on a recent trip? Consider a one-hour shopping pass at the front gate to pick up that unforgettable item. Please check back for an updated list. All merchants are subject to change. Guest merchants to be announced.
Interested in becoming a Faire merchant? Click here for more information!
Shire's Bookstore and Historical Library
Escape Room, Puzzle Shop, D&D Adventures & More!
Kilts and Clothing
Assorted Cheese Menu Items
Archery Demonstration and Hand-Made Longbows
Hand-Crafted Cloaks, Hats, Kilts and More
Have your questions answered by our longtime resident falconer, Ash Cary
Everything for the Woodsman, Rangers, Adventurers, and Explorers
Fantasy, Licensed Swords
Pottery Sculpted Before Your Eyes
Button Jewelry and Unique Gifts
Assorted Candy Goods
Vintage Umbrellas, Canes, and Walking Sticks
Unique Hair Accessories
Hand-Crafted Leather Footwear
Unique Celtic Goods
Fresh Steak or Chicken Sandwiches
Upcycled Bottles and Unique Wares
Witchy Creations and Mystical Creations
Honey, Honey Accessories, Bee Decor
Upscale Precious Jewels and Pearls
Hand-Made Corsets and Vests
Human Powered Snow Cone Machine
Glassblowing Classes, Paint Your Own Pottery & Such
Glass Wares, Demonstrations, and Classes
Clothing for All Good Gentles
Armor and Child Friendly Swords
Marvel at the Poor Souls on Display in the Dungeon
Unique Leather Wares
Rings, Necklaces, Bracelets, and More
Hand-Crafted Leather Goods
Children's Toys, Wind Spinners, Soaps
Fresh Cotton Candy
Unique Face Painting and Henna
Challenge Your Friends to a Sword Fighting Duel
16th Century Apparel for the Fanciful Traveler
Specialty Teas and Tea-Related Gifts
Exquisite Amber Jewelry
Gems, Rocks, Pendulums & Such
Tarot Card Reading and More
Hand-Poured Candles and On-Site Candle Carver
Capes, Hoods, Spiritual Tools & Accessories
Herbs, Incense & Garden Art
A set of Horns to Suit Every Personality
Hand-Sculpted Puppet Creations
Information Services & Official Merch
Coin of the Realm
Assorted Flavored Jerky
Hand-Crafted Leather Clothing and Shoes
Boxes, Lockets and Such
Hand-Crafted Walking Sticks; Magical and Mystical Wares
Handmade bellydance, renaissance, celtic, steampunk and viking style up cycled clothing
All Natural Beard & Body Products
Unique, One-of-a-Kind Gifts, Specialties, and Finds
Hand-Crafted Hats and Bags, Pelts
Unique Braids and Twists to Wear Around the Shire
Funnel Cake, Peasant Bread, and Lemonade
Hand-Poured Pewter and Accessories
Premium Ice Cream, Milkshakes
Hats, Feather Work, and Masks
High-Quality Leather Armour and Accessories
Unique Renaissance, Steampunk & Victorian Hats
Gourmet Sauces, Rubs & Seasonings
Boldly, Beautiful Hats and Accessories
Celtic, Irish, Scottish Apparel & Goods
Costume Rentals and Sales
Marbled Silk Scarves & More
Music & Import Shop
Henna Tattoo Art
Unique, Beautiful & Often Colorful Treasures
Beef, Chicken or Shrimp
Wands, Gemstones, and Copper Wares
Embroidered Felt Accessories
Chain Mail and Metal Works
Unique, Hand Made Leatherwork
Children's Costumes and Hats
Choose a Potion, Make a Keepsake
You Buy It, You Break It! Smash a Variety of Glassware
Alongside the full-run merchants, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire welcomes a number of guest merchants. Please continue to check back as we update our merchant lists! All merchants subject to change.
Interested in becoming a guest merchant? Click here for more information!
Handcrafted Resin Dice Jewelry
Philadelphia Based Imaginative Artist
Maskmaking, Theatre Creation & Storytelling
Reinventing Millinery, Blending Fashion & Craftsmanship
Tooled Leather Belts
Lavishly Illustrated Colouring Books for Grown-Ups
Mechanical Critters, Stained Glass & a Few Surprises
Wood Bowls, Pens, Bottle Stoppers & More
Hand Crafted, Wearable Taxidermy
Hand Crafted Accessories & Adornments
Custom Handmade Leather Costuming
Medieval, Fantasy & Vintage Styled Journals
Custom Leather Items
Assorted Dice Sets
Antiques, Jewelry & Much More
Jewelry & Artwork by Katrina Zadoyko
Assorted Pirate Themed Goods
Electroformed Crystal Jewelry
Kilts, Bagpipes, and More
Stained Glass Artwork
Preposterous Peculiarities, Magical Makings & Whimsical Wares
Author & Artist Tayln Draconmore
Handcrafted Monster Boxes & Jewelry
Linens, Fabric Garlands, Art & More
Jewelry & Art Containg Real Dried Foliage
Handmade Wooden Goods, Metal Sculpture, Blacksmithing, Handmade Jewelry & One-of-a-Kind Costume Components
Ethically Sourced Unique Art & Jewelry
Step back in time at the Shire, which is filled to the brim with immersive experiences! All information is subject to change.
Bringing the history of archery and its world-wide application to life. We demonstrate not only how English long bows and wood arrows are made, but how and why they were such effective tools and weapons of war. Enjoy two Long range demonstrations at 11:30 & 5:30, at the new location by Bosworth Field.
Hand-forged, combat ready Renaissance blades perfect for edge-to-edge stage combat. On-site blacksmith performing live, public demonstrations of forging iron over a 2,500° Fahrenheit fire. The iron will glow, and the water will sizzle! Weaponry also be available for purchase. For more information about LaForge, visit LaForge.site. Live demonstrations each Faire day at 12:30, 2:00 & 4:30.
Feline Cat Colony & Rescue Program
Working with a furnace that can reach 2,000 degrees, the Dragon's Breath Glassworks team creates beautiful and functional glass art right before your eyes. Stop by throughout the day for live demonstrations, or to purchase their affordable, hand-crafted wares. Like them on Facebook! Live demonstrations each Faire day at 11:30, 1:30 3:30 & 5:30.
Blow your own glass! Create art with the guidance of our instructors. Choose between a glass flower, paperweight, ornament, or pumpkin. This is a 1 on 1 experience and takes roughly 20-30 minutes. Reservations available every half hour each Faire day beginning at 11:30 AM. One person/class - $65 • Click here to purchase tickets. You must have a 2021 date-specific admission ticket for the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire to access the Pub Crawl. Both Faire admission and Pub Crawl tickets are date specific, so be sure these dates match.
Come join us at Blue Thistle Pottery to glaze and take home your own raku creations! Raku pottery is an ancient Japanese firing process that was originally used for hand formed tea bowls. The fast firing method involves removing the red hot wares from the kiln and placing them in containers filled with combustables. The process can produce stunning effects including metallic and iridescent colors, You glaze the piece you pick out from our selection and we fire it for you. Take it home the same day! Firing times at 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00. Please come a half hour before to ensure your place in the kiln.
Stop by Informistress (located inside the King's Mint - Booth #204) to purchase your Commemorative Coin of the Realm with your Visa or Mastercard and use it at any shop on the Grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire; or keep it a souvenir of your visit!
All food booths, pourhouses and some merchants on the Shire are cash-only, which makes this a perfect way to turn your credit to cash and avoid missing out on your favorite foods and wares!
If purchase is less than the value of the Coin of the Realm, New Worlde tender will be given. Receipt needed for all returns.
If you have any other questions that have not been answered below, please contact our business offices at 717-665-7021, Monday through Friday, 9AM-4PM or fill out the contact form below.