*All event information is subject to change. Please continue to check back, or like us on Facebook @PaRenFaire for updates.
Dates: August 21 through October 31, 2021
Hours of Operation: Gates Open at 11AM Each Public Faire Date
Themed Weekends: Please click here for the full themed weekends list.
2021 Date-Specific Tickets:
General Admission: $30.95
Children (5-11): $15.95
Children 4 and Under Free, No Ticket Required
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 2021 Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire are date specific with a daily capacity in order to stagger attendance throughout the season for a better guest experience. Tickets are non-refundable. The Faire is a rain or shine event. Visit the Virtual Box Office.
2021 Faire Subscriptions:
General Admission: $125
Children (5-11): $45
Children 4 and Under Free, No Subscription Required
The "Faire Subscription" takes the place of the "Season Pass". Patrons who purchase a Faire subscription receive a subscription code that they will use to obtain reservation tickets online for the date specific days of the 2021 Faire season. This includes 1 ticket per subscription for each of the 23 days of the Faire. Adult subscription codes will only access adult Faire reservation tickets. Child subscription codes will only access child Faire reservation tickets.
Faire reservation tickets must be presented at the gate as a printed copy or on a mobile device with an ID to enter the Fairegrounds. Plastic cards will no longer be issued. It is the responsibility of the subscription purchaser to keep their subscription code and use it as set forth above.
To purchase, please visit the Virtual Box Office, then click on "subscriptions" in the upper navigation.
Consistent with the most recent guidance from the PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, Mount Hope is pleased to update our safety initiatives designed to keep everyone safe - Download Guest COVID Policies (May 17, 2021). As guidance and requirements from various government agencies continue to evolve, so too, will we. Please check back to the website closer to the event and follow us on Facebook @PaRenFaire or join the Royal Email List for news and updates.
No matter what your age, please be prepared to show proper identification in order to sample from the wineries or 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.
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.
To meet state and federal safety guidelines and manage our event capacities, all guests must choose their date of visit in advance. There are a limited amount of tickets per date and they may sell out.
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
1585—England has finally established a colony in the New World! Sir Walter Raleigh, one of Elizabeth's favorite privateers and newly appointed Governor of Virginia has made Mount Hope a key trade port, and the Shire has never been so prosperous! Of course, where there's money to be made, there will be people who want that money. The Earl whose lands Mount Hope sits upon has suddenly taken interest in the shire which he once left alone. Now he's come to collect his share of the bounty and perhaps set up a more permanent residence with little care if he displaces some peasants along the way. Will Her Majesty intervene? Will the Shire ever be the same? People will become heroes, heroes will be made legends, and legends will be proven real.
Rogue/Playwright • Very famous English Playwright. All know of his reputation wherever he may be.
Captain of the Queen's Yeoman • The Queen's most trusted protector and confidant.
Lady in Waiting • Countess of Pembroke, one of the most educated women in England and Lady to Her Majesty.
Rogue/Actor • No one more dedicated to the dramatic arts and the serious craft of clowning. Part of Shakespeare's thespians.
Carpenter • If you need something made of wood, just go to Lowe's
Lady in Waiting • Lady of the court and Mistress of the Robes.
Siren/Pirate • Gunner and generally filthy pirate aboard The Kraken's Kill.
Executioner • An executioner of modest means committed to serving justice and helping criminals quickly to their next life.
Luthier • A successful maker of instruments widely regarded through out the shire.
Italian Artist • Painter, sculptor, and purveyor of fine art.
Lady Mayor's Accounts Clerk • Employed by the lady mayor and charged with accounting for every last shilling.
Fish Monger • A humble and bright fish afficianado.
Baker • Reformed pirate. Bloody good baker.
Siren/Pirate • Bosun and newly conscripted pirate aboard The Kraken's Kill.
Rogue/Leading Man • Seasoned, wealthy leading actor in Shakespeare's troupe of thespians.
Farmer's Daughter • Daughter of Roger Colmstoke and sister to Merigold Colmstoke.
Town Guard • Town watch by day. Town watch also by night. Town watch.
Shire Printer • All official business is conducted in French, so it is only right that this French peasant has become the source for all books, forms, and documents in the shire.
Shepherd • Shephardess from the outskirts of town visiting for the festival.
Etiquette Mistress • An etiquette mistress with a cockney accent. Some things just fit.
Guildmaster • With the new prosperity of the Shire of Mount Hope, someone needed to step forward and run the guilds. Sean drew the short straw.
Nobleman • Young courtier and twin brother to Lady Margaret.
Grave Digger • The only things certain in life are taxes and death. In Mount Hope, the only things certain in life are Mayor Delores Anne Penburthy and Rip Skeleton. Like we said…taxes and death.
Nobleman • Son of Sir William Cecil and Secretary of State for Queen Elizabeth
Siren/Pirate • Current Captain of The Kraken's Kill. Former aristocrat.
Master of Revels • Brother of Jane and engineer of entertainments.
Lady in Waiting • Her Majesty's Lady of the Bedchamber.
Retired Knight • Retired Knight; resides in Mt. Hope.
Earl's Steward • Steward to Lord Thornbridge and overseer of his opperations.
Gardener • The Lady Mayor's personal green thumb!
Privateer/Governor of Virginia • The Queen's favorite Privateer and newly appointed Governor of Virginia with a soft spot for Mt. Hope
Harbor Master • Retired Pirate. Running ports is more profitable than pillaging them.
Apprentice Town Historian • It is Kit's duty to run around the shire gathering information and relating it to anyone interested. Or not interested for that matter.
Blacksmith • He doesn't just make weapons, he's quite the skilled hand at fighting with them as well.
Apprentice to the Grave Digger • Following in the footsteps of the highly esteemed grave digger.
Yeoman Guard • Yeoman guard, Divisional Sgt. Major who specializes in espionage.
Tinker • A traveling Tinker, inventor, and man about town. In a time of exploration, who doesn't need a fancy new gadget?
Raleigh's Second • Sir Walter Raleigh's first mate and right hand person.
Siren/Pirate • Quartermaster, responsible for all business aboard The Kraken's Kill.
Earl of Sussex • The Lady Mayor may own Mount Hope, but she pays fealty to the Earl of Sussex. And prices have gone up.
Royal Dance Mistress • A lady of her Majesty's court charged with keeping everyone on their toes (and not someone else's).
Shire Kennelmaster • Former Pirate. Great with dogs. Very good boy.
Cooper • Mount Hope needs a lot of barrels, buckets and pales. Warren is never bored.
Shire Alderman • The voice of the people. When he listens.
Potter • A guilds merchant with a talent for shaping clay into something as useful as it is pretty.
Hunter • Former pirate. Current hunter. Tomato Tomato.
Nobleman • Godson of Sir Robert Dudley, and quickly supplanting him as the Queen's Favorite.
Farmer • Tender of fields, and Father of Merigold and Eleanor.
Sail Maker • Maker of sails doing quite well in this age of exploration!
Yeoman Guard • Ensign Mortaine, the only multi-lingual Yeoman, is appreciated for his turn of the phrase and often asked to write home for the other Yeomen.
Yeoman Guard • A soldier, a poet, a storyteller, but most importantly: a Yeoman!
Lady in Waiting • Lady of the court and Maid of Honour. Came to Court with her twin brother, Alexander.
Music Teacher • Famed composer and musician to her Majesty.
Barber Surgeon • Amputation and a haircut. 2 bits.
Queen • Queen of England and France, Defender of the Faith, Lord of Ireland and the Colony of Virginia in the New World.
Rogue/Actor • Enthusiastic apprentice actor in Shakespeare's thespians.
Milk Maid • Daughter of Roger Colmstoke and sister to Eleanor. Marigold tends to all things milk and dairy!
Master of Revels • Sister of John and arranger of amusements.
Yeoman Guard • Ensign Chatham is the newest yeoman guard.
Scullery Wench • Best kitchen maid in the shire. Only kitchen maid in the shire.
Epic Poet • Keeper of Mount Hope's myths and legends, and spreader of their tales!
Wisdom • Supplier of herbs, ointments, hexes and charms.
Female Illusionist • Portrayer of female roles in Shakespeare's acting company.
Butcher • A butcher with a mysterious past.
Distiller • Provider of the many fine liquors at Mount Hope's bussling bars and taverns. Business is booming!
Pirate • A legendary pyrate enjoying retirement in a quite shire. Or so she thought.
Lady Mayor's Maid • Employed by the Lady Mayor to keep her household clean. What is the shire but an extention of the Lady Mayor's household?
Please refer to each weekends Daily Writ for specific show schedules.
'Tis always a glorious day when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth herself graces the Shire of Mount Hope! Join the citizens of the Shire and share in their excitement as they greet the Queen, Her retinue, and any surprise guests that may show up with intentions of their own!
With such high expectations to entertain the Queen and her royal retinue, only Mount Hope could meet this challenge with this much spectacle and mirth! Watch as the Masters of Revels and the good people of the Shire deftly entertain with music, dance, and jests that could only be matched by Dionysus themselves.
When the value of the Shire is questioned, the Masters of Revels decide to dispense with the pretenses of a Human Chess Match, and get right to the violence! A Tournament of Arms in which the citizens of Mount Hope display their bravery, cunning, and skill. Some more skilled than others. And a little side betting amongst the nobility never hurt anyone.
Join Her Majesty and the people of Mount Hope as they preside over the final joust of the day! Strength will be tested, Honor will be challenged, and the very cause of Chivalry hangs in the balance. An explosive fireworks celebration awaits the victorious Knight and their supporters should they prove worthy!
End the festival day in joyously boisterous song lead by the Musicians of the Shire! Join Her Majesty, Her Court, and the Shire folk of Mount Hope as they bid you farewell with songs we all know and love.
Famous London Playwright William Shakespeare has descended upon The Village of Mount Hope to produce the first regional production of his smash hit The Comedy of Errors! However, most of his troupe of actors have other plans for their festival day, as in…drinking themselves silly at the pub instead. Enjoy the chaos and merriment as Shire folk, pirate, and actor alike come together to pull this play off…for the most part.
The Boars Head Tavern always plays host to a unique and varied clientele on a festival day, and this day's festival is no exception. Nobles and commoners alike gather over a drink to bemoan their troubles, celebrate their victories, and set their eyes upon what they hope the morrow will bring. Unfortunately, some of the pub's patrons find their goals at odds! Unlikely alliances are forged, and the fate of the Boars Head itself is at stake in this no holds barred pub fight free-for-all!
Welcome to English Wrestling World: E.W.W.! (We don’t have that backwards, right?) Today Mount Hope's reigning champion, The Hooded Revenger, will face off against Tiger Baroness of Bexhill! Townsfolk gather to cheer on their gladiators, and nobles gather to wager on the outcome. With Revenger's Title and the honor of the town on the line, foul play may be a foot…or an elbow.
The Shire of Mount Hope is home to many a local Treader-upon-the-Stage, and they'd honestly be good if they had a better budget… and training… and discipline… being literate might help… but boy do they have heart!
Theatre will happen—It may be a Masterpiece, it may be a disaster, but it will always be a Disasterpiece.
At Trial and Dunke you're guaranteed two things: A trial in which a member of the Shire is accused of something, and the dunking of guilty parties into the water below them. Join and help the authority of the Shire decide whether someone's shenanigans have earned them a few dips in the pool of justice!
Just because the Queen is on the Shire doesn't mean the people of Mount Hope need to take themselves seriously all day! Come join the Shire folk as they engage in some games of Wit, Hilarity, and Downright Silliness; all based on suggestions from the audience, so every show is different! Here are some testimonials from real audience members:
• "I laughed until I stopped!" - Bern D'bread, Baker
• "Seriously, whose jest is it? They never answer that blasted question!" - Yuri Gnollcakes, Privy Attendant
The Queens have arrived. Everyone's favorite Renaissance Drag Show is back for another season! Join The Lady Lilith Rose, Shakespeare's Reigning Premier Female Illusionist as she searches for the individual who possesses the Bravery, Resilience, Elegance, Ambition, Strength, and Talent to be crowned 'Shakesqueer's Next Drag Superstar!'' God Shave the Queens! (Trust us, some of them need it.)
They say the only certainty in this world is death and taxes, well we would wager there is one more…gossip. Tea is served dears, and it is piping hot. Join two of the most in the know nobles as they discuss and divulge the shires secrets and spill the tea.
Zounds! William Shakespeare and three of his most prized actors have taken a hiatus from London's stages to share their many musical talents with Mount Hope. Their verse will be in song, their jests wickedly icky, and their character charming enough to turn any frown upside down.
The crew of The Kraken's Kill are fearsome female pirates indeed, but they also make merry with jaunty shanties of the sea! Join Mary Killigrew and her crew as they sing magnificent harmonies, engage in some naughty nautical humor, and regale you with tales on the high seas.
When Mount Hope needs them most, when the people implore for more song and vulgarity, when drinking and revelry is only made better with jaunty tunes and double entendre, The Rogues and Sirens join forces to satiate the musical hunger and bawdy thirst of their patrons.
Bring your nipperkins ages 5-11 to the Chess Board to become part of this most elite cavalry. They will learn how to impress our Good Queen Elizabeth with the mightiest of bows and curtsies. And, of course, what cavalry would be worth its' salt without mighty steeds! Ours happen to be "kid powered" but that makes them even mightier!
Each public Faire day the Pub Crawl leaves from the Informistress promptly at 4:45PM.
Laugh, sing and stumble your way through the Shire on a guided tour to three stops to enjoy a sample of Swashbuckler Brewing Company Beer or Lancaster County Cider with a final stop at O'Malleys 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. $20 in Advance Only. Tickets limited. Must be 21+ to participate. Tickets are available via the Box Office. Spots are limited and may sell out.
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. All merchants are subject to change.
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!
Escape This Life-Sized Maze
Kilts and Clothing
Archery, Axe Throw, Knife Throw
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
Trimmings for the Upper Class
Pottery Sculpted Before Your Eyes
Button Jewelry and Unique Gifts
Vintage Umbrellas, Canes, and Walking Sticks
Hand-Crafted Leather Footwear
Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, and More
Fresh Steak or Chicken Sandwiches
Upcycled Bottles and Unique Wares
Witchy Creations and Trinkets
Upscale Precious Jewels and Pearls
Spinning Man-Powered Ride
Renaissance Clothing for Lords and Ladies
Hand-Made Corsets and Vests
Headwreaths and Wares for Home and Garden
Glass Wares, Demonstrations, and Classes
Glassblowing Classes, Paint Your Own Pottery & Such
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
Renaissance House Wares and Gifts
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
Hand-Crafted & Printed Facial Coverings
Add a Little Swing to Your Shire Travels
A set of Horns to Suit Every Personality
Hand-Sculpted Puppet Creations
Information Services, Official Merch & Coin of the Realm
Assorted Flavored Jerky
Live Blacksmith Demos
Hand-Crafted Leather Clothing and Shoes
Hand-Crafted Leather Items
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
Paint Your Own Ceramics!
Unique Braids and Twists to Wear Around the Shire
Funnel Cake, Peasant Bread, and Lemonade
Hand-Poured Pewter and Accessories
Sway to and Fro on this Man Powered Ride
Purses, Crystal, and Elaborate Jewelry
Premium Ice Cream, Milkshakes
Hats, Feather Work, and Tapestries
High-Quality Leather Armour and Accessories
Unique Renaissance, Steampunk & Victorian Hats
Assorted Artificial Roses
Board Games, Dice, Wands
Official PRF Souvenirs
Boldly, Beautiful Hats and Accessories
Costume Rentals and Sales
Henna Tattoo Art
Unique, Beautiful & Often Colorful Treasures
Beef, Chicken or Shrimp
Wands, Gemstones, and Copper Wares
Artistically Decorated Wooden Swords/Shields
Embroidered Felt Accessories
Chain Mail and Metal Works
Children's Costumes and Hats
Take a Ride on the Wild Boar, If You Dare
Choose a Potion, Make a Keepsake
You Buy It, You Break It! Smash a Variety of Glassware
Fanciful and Fantastical Statuary
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!
Philadelphia Based Imaginative Artist
Fashionable Leather Hats, Goggles & Accessories
Unique Hair Accessories
Lavishly Illustrated Colouring Books for Grown-Ups
Wearable Steampunk Art
Wood Bowls, Pens, Bottle Stoppers & More
Hand Crafted, Wearable Taxidermy
Hand Crafted Accessories & Adornments
Historically Accurate Clothing, Accessories & Arms
Whimsical Jewelry & Accessories
Kilts, Bagpipes, and More
Marbled Silk Scarves & More
Preposterous Peculiarities, Magical Makings & Whimsical Wares
Historically Inspired Fine Clothing & Costume
Ethically Sourced Unique Art & Jewelry
Unique, Hand Made Leatherwork
Step back in time at the Shire, which is filled to the brim with immersive experiences!
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 demonstrations at 12 & 4:30, as well as a Patron Competition at 1:30 - Sign up for a chance to take aim using an English long bow. Limited to first 50 patrons to sign-up.
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 La Forge, visit LaForge.site. Live demonstrations each Faire day at 12:30, 2:00 & 4:30.
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.
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 Front Gate - Booth #201) 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. *Design pictured left from 2020 Season.
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 visit our formal comment, question and feedback page to submit an inquiry.