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Dates: Saturdays & Sundays • August 19 - October 29, 2023
Themed Weekends: Click here for dates & details.
Hours of Operation: Gates Open at 11AM Each Public Faire Date • Faire site closes at 8PM. Merchants, food and beverages begin closing at 7PM.
Location: 2775 Lebanon Rd. Manheim, PA 17545
Tickets can be purchase online on the Virtual Box Office.
Ticket Pricing for October 7 - October 29:
General Admission: $36.95
Children (5-11): $18.95
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 can only be purchased online through the Virtual Box Office. Tickets are date specific and all exchange policies apply after purchase. 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 Ticket Pricing for October 7 - October 29:
General Admission: $23.95
Children (5-11): $9.95
Children 4 and Under Free, No Ticket Required
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 2023 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 not sold at the gate. Tickets are non-refundable.
Subscriptions are no longer available for the 2023 Season. Please check back for 2024 information.
Patrons who purchase a Faire Subscription receive a Subscription Code they will use to obtain date-specific tickets for the 2023 Faire season through the online Box Office. Adult subscription codes will only access adult Faire reservation tickets. Child subscription codes will only access child Faire reservation tickets.Subscriptions and their associated tickets are valid only for use by the subscription holder and individuals associated with the original subscription.
Tickets obtained using a Subscription Code are not to be sold or gifted to an individual not associated with the original Subscription purchase. If this policy is broken, the subscription and associated tickets will be deactivated without refund.
It is the responsibility of the subscription purchaser to keep their subscription code and use it as set forth above. Date-specific tickets must be presented at the gate as a printed copy or on a mobile device with an ID to enter the Fairegrounds.
To purchase, please visit the Virtual Box Office, then click on "subscriptions" in the upper navigation.
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. No other animals will be admitted.
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! Please check back as we continue to update for the 2023 season! All entertainment is subject to change.
The leaves of the Shire of Mount Hope are crunching under foot, the air has grown chilly, festive gourds abound upon the grounds, and Queen Elizabeth Regina Gloriana is arriving for her Royal Natal Day Celebration! She has brought some of her favorite courtiers to celebrate in this shire that she holds so dear to her heart, and the villagers are alight with excitement! At the same time, 'tis the season of All Hallows Eve, and with it, mystery lurks around every corner. When a surprise guest arrives in the form of the elusive Queen of Thieves, can any gift truly be trusted? And with any birthday celebration come birthday wishes—but be warned: even Queens must be careful what they wish for…
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! Please Note: All Daily Writs are subject to change.
#1 • Fairies & Fantasy (August 19 & 20) Daily Writ
#2 • Pyrate Invasion (August 26 & 27) Daily Writ
#3 • Heroes & Villains (September 2 & 3) Daily Writ
#4 • Viking Weekend (September 9 & 10) Daily Writ
#5 • Wizarding Weekend (September 16 & 17) Daily Writ
#6 • Shamrocks & Shenanigans (September 23 & 24) Daily Writ
#7 • Oktoberfest (September 30 & October 1): Daily Writ
#8 • Time Travelers (October 7 & 8): Daily Writ
#9 • Halloween Days & Spooky Knights I (October 14 & 15): Daily Writ
10 • Halloween Days & Spooky Knights II (October 21 & 22): Daily Writ
##11 • Halloween Days & Spooky Knights III (October 28 & 29): Daily Writ
The entertainers at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire are the main attraction! The full-time, professional Bacchanalian acting company consists of actors, singers and dancers from across the country. The Bacchanalians perform swashbuckling swordplay shows, Shakespearean dramas, interactive improvised scenarios, and rollicking music and dance numbers while portraying Elizabethan characters. The Blackfryar company is comprised of part-time experienced actors, enthusiastic novices with no prior theater experience, college students, senior citizens and everything in between! This cast is primarily responsible for bringing the working Tudor village to life by creating interesting and fun 16th century characters.
Yeoman • Basil has a lot to learn about being a Yeoman but is earnest of heart and always honest…even if it gets him in trouble.
Queen of Thieves • Queen of all Thieves, Ne'er-do-wells, cutpurses and cutthroats, and the Isle of Jersey somehow. Her presence is Queen Elizabeth's present. No returns.
Hunter • If you're not the hunter, you're the hunted. Apollo's the hunter. He just wanted to make sure you knew that.
Mountebank • Sybil could sell a barber their own mustache from under their nose!
Countess of Lincoln, Best Friend of the Queen • The Lady Admiral and closest companion of Queen Elizabeth since childhood.
Colorman / Vendicolore • Farba was never reallly interested in what went into the family business, but what fell out of it ignited a true passion for making pigments. So. Many. Pretty colors.
Barber Surgeon • Everyone must show their good side during the Queen's visit and to help the matter, Rathbone is offering a half off sale on haircuts and shaves. Come back Tuesday to get the other half cut off. Amputations however are a different matter. Not wanting to see anything go to waste, all amputated limbs will be saved for reassembly later.
Apprentice Carpenter • The apprentice has become the master! Mostly because the latter is lost. Behind a wall, or under a floor, or in a rafter. He'll turn up eventually, until then, Joseph will do what needs to be done.
Troubadour • Capable of walking and singing at the same time! Isn't he trubADORABLE?
Lady-In-Waiting • A close confidante of the Queen and a Lady of the Privy Chamber, Bess Throckmorton is here to have a good time and make sure Elizabeth celebrates in style. She knows there is nothing like a good Mount Hope party!
Royal Spymaster • The Secretary of State and knower of all secrets. Yes, even that one.
Professional Henchman • Not just a henchman, a Professional Henchman™!
Milliner • A woman who wore many hats before making many hats. She will find the right headware for you, no matter ho long it takes.
Merchant Guild Leader - Madame • Madame of what, you may ask? We'll tell you when you're older.
Lord • A gentleman never tells. Sir Hatton keeps his thoughts close to his vest. He has the trust of the queen and her ladies, but do they have his?
Sailor • Follywolle's his name and sailing is his game. And singing. And carousing. And really anything other than what he's supposed to be doing.
Accountant • Somehow the shire trusts it's money to the person with a known gambling problem. But I'm sure your money will be fine. You can definitely trust him…
Lady-In-Waiting • Lady Russell is known for her skill in poetry and in music, but the Queen's inner circle also know her wicked sense of humor. She may have a jest or two for you, but she might ask you for one in return.
Cartographer • From O'malley's Alley to the Swashbuckler Grove, Astra knows where everything is. Or was the last time she drew the map. Where did that Absinthe Garden come from?
Fence • Need it? She's got it. Got it and want to get rid of it? She'll take it. Got it and want to keep it? Better not let her see it!
Jeweler • As bright as gold. As radiant as a diamond! There is no price he won't charge to see someone in his bespoke pieces.
Etiquette Mistress • Prim knows right from wrong and how to accomplish both with style She's also not afraid to share that knowlwdge with any one who will listen and most that won't.
Scullery Wench • Known affectionately as The Iron Scrub. If she had her way nothing would ever be dity. Even if thst means people dont get to eat.
Artist • She sees the beauty in everything and wants to share her unique perspective on it before Slick shows her unique perspective…
Lady-In-Waiting • On her first progress with the Queen, Lady Frances is keen to enjoy herself. She hopes to explore the shire and its wonders, if she can just get out from under her mother's watchful eye.
Forger • What he may lack in originality, he more than makes up for in his abilirty to perfectly reproduce paintings for profit!
Game Master/Gambler • There isn't a game that's been invented that he hasn't lost. Which is why he's taken to inventing his own. He'll bet you he'll win this one, naturally. It's critical.
Gardener • She knows all of the plants by name and will even introduce you provided you will be nice to them and her…
Grave Digger • What other person can claim a 100% customer satisfaction rate.
Blacksmith • The muscle of the Balfour sisters, just don't tell Besetta that.
Cat Burglar • Sleek. Sneaky. Sneezy (He's allergic to cats).
Lady-In-Waiting • As the Queen's cousin and confidant, Catherine is no stranger to the challenges of Court life. She wants to make sure everything is perfect for the celebration and plans on enlisting her daughter's help—if she can just find where she went to this time.
Civics Guild Leader - Sherriff • Who do you call when someone's poisoned the water hole? He'll help as soon as he gets that snake out of his boot.
Elite Yeoman Guard • Dashing and Daring, Courageous and Caring. And cute as a button.
Matchmaker • Like a spider who feeds on love, she watches and waits for unwiting lovers to get stuck in her web so she can spin another happily ever. There is no one, absolutely no one that she can not find a suitable partner for.
Street Sweeper • A sworn enemy of dirt. There isn't a part of the shire or it's goings on that he doesn't know something about.
Crafts Guild Leader - Printer • If Willow puts it in print, it's the truth! Better stay on her good side…
Yeoman • No one will stop Bartholomew from his duty. No one. Above all else being a protector is his #1 objective.
Butcher • With a love of sharp things and a devil may care way of handling such objects, was there a better calling for him? Subscribes to a function over form method of butchery.
Town Watch-Wizard • We used to have a town watch, but now we just have this wizard. EOBARD THE BROWN!
Town Tinker • Yes. He's back. You're welcome.
Chronicler • Extra! Extra! Hear all about it! No, we didn't say "read". St. Claire's gossip can get around the shire before the truth gets it's boots on.
Squire to the Yeomen • To Corey, he's already become leader of the Yeoman guard and let him tell it, he's why the Queen is safe. Just don't ask anyone else.
Lady-In-Waiting • Lady Mary has taken on a lot of responsibility in the Queen's court. She's ready to let her hair down and enjoy a celebration (or two or three).
Bexhill-By-The Sea's Master of Revels • Of the Bexhill by the Sea Hawkshires. Better than Mount Hope in every way. Just ask her.
Shire Kennel Mistress • As the saying goes, Everything That Lee ever neded to know, she learned from dogs. Our 4 legged friends just make more sense than people.
Mount Hope's Master of Revels • Yes. He's back. We're sorry.
Captain of the Yeoman Guard • The Queen's most trusted protector and mentor to the other Yeomen.
Smuggler • Fastest smugler this side of Surrey—they'll even give you a head start!
Alderman • Francine always has to fight the nature of her own last name. How can she be Swindling you if she told you beforehand? The most honestly dishonest person the shire knows.
Vintner • The best part of being a vintner is always having wine on hand. Or…on foot?
Vegetable Monger • Future Merchant Guild Leader Edwinna needs you to know that your entire life would be improved if you had more vegetables and not just any, hers.
Lord • While Lord Edward is excited to be on progress with the Queen, he's even more excited at the prospect of meeting the great playwright, William Shakespeare. He may have an idea or two to share with the bard.
Retired Yeoman/Farmer • Captain Cringer has hung up his halberd after years of faithful service to the Crown. But never fear, that just means he has more time to tell tales of his derring do to inspire the next generation of yeoman guards.
Executioner • An executioner is frightening but Danielle Trooper wants to change all of that and show a executioner can be all sorts of things…and frightening.
Travelling Storyteller • If you need a story, Saoirse has one for you. If you do not need a story, sorry, Saoirse still has one for you.
Miner • The voice of a canary. If he's not singing, something's wrong!
Maid of Honor • This maid of honor to the Queen is a songbird with a bit of a mischevious streak. Don't turn your back on her for too long, you don't know what she has planned next!
Elite Yeoman Guard • Excellence is his goal, and Greatness is his future.
Lord • The reason everyone loves a fine "Essex calf", Lord Devereux knows the finer points of court life and is always glad to share his knowledge, a bit of song, and a tankard of ale.
Woodsman • Being a Woodsman you get a lot of time to yourself to think all kinds of thoughts and Kirk is never short of thoughts deep and outlandish.
Master of Sword • Daring adventure, tales of bravado, the most accomplished sword master in all the land! As long as no one fact-checks him.
Queen of England • Queen of all England, Wales, and France, Defender of the Faith, Lord of Ireland and the Colony of Virginia in the New World. Oh…and it's her Birthday!
Postmaster • Howler will deliever your message by any means. Whether he has to trek the entire shire to hand someone a paper or rewrite a message from memory in the dirt with his finger he will deliver.
Jester-in-Training • Jane is determined to become a full fledged jester by the end of this progress, so she takes her training as a jester very seriously. Being funny is no laughing matter!
Toymaker • Robinson can take wood and turn it into anything that you may need from a chair to a toy. He wants to use his art to create the things of people's dreams.
Town Crier • Piper comes from a line of Town Criers so she's familiar with what it takes. Does she want to spend her entire life crying or will she pursue larger ambitions?
Baker • Betty loves to Bake. Betty will let you know she loves to bake. Betty will teach you how to bake. If you don't enjoy the art of baking—she will take you under her wing until you do.
Shakespeare's Premier Female Illusionist • First in her name, Mother of Draglings, Breaker of Gendernorms.
Highwaywoman • The brains of the Balfour sisters. You can tell Beatie, it'll probably go over her head.
Candlemaker • Candles are the only lights in the dark of night. Vincent knows how precious candles are to owners. They serve as little stars down on Earth and Vincent is the creator.
Hart Inkeeper • They say "Head over Heart", but not in Elinor's case!
Thieves Guild Leader - Conwoman • Puts the Organized in Organized Crime.
Shire Dance Mistress • Odette wants to be free and show people how to become free through moving their bodies, just get her name right or else.
Brewer • Being a Brewer is one of the most important things you can be at Mount Hope shire and knowing that, it's surprising how carefree Evie is all of the time.
Leatherworker • Tandy works leather for a living so having tough skin is something that comes second nature.
Alchemist/Apothecary • Aching tooth? Sore belly? Strix has a cure for what ails you. And if the cure is worse than the sickness? She's got something for that, too.
Tailor • Every shire needs a good tailor. Mount Hope deserves a fabulous tailor and Beau fits the bill!
Stone Mason • Did you know that shapes already live in the stone? Alexandria knows. And she knows she is the artist who can uncover those shapes. From a circle to a rectangle—she's even found a triangle—she uncovers them all!
Lord • Who knows what the future holds? John Dee knows. He knows that and a million other things he's ready to share with the queen. And the court. And the shire. And the next shire over.
Florist • A gentile giant, but if you cross him you'll have a boquet of whoopsie-daisies.
The Shire is bustling with many shows to keep you busy all weekend long! Please refer to each weekends Daily Writ for specific show schedules.
A new Master of Revels has been appointed just in time for the largest festival The Shire of Mount Hope has seen yet! The people of the Shire have come out in droves to kick off Her Majesty's Royal Birthday Celebration, and the Queen has brought those courtiers most dear to her heart. Gifts abound, but so do surprises!
A friendly challenge has been agreed to between Her Majesty and a special guest. This frivolous bit of sport meant to honor the Queen's natal day takes on new consequences that could impact every citizen of England, including The Queen herself.
After the shocking conclusion of the Tournament of Arms, the people of Mount Hope and all of England await the Ultimate Joust. When it is over, who will remain standing? Will Justice prevail? Will trickery win out the day? Is there yet one more birthday surprise awaiting Queen Elizabeth? The love of the people may very well determine the victor.
Just because the day is drawing to a close doesn't mean the Queen's natal day festivities are over! Join Her Majesty, The Court, the villagers of Mount Hope, and the musicians of the Shire in a raucous final celebration!
Everyone knows there's no fighting at the Boar's Head Inn, and the Inn's owner "Old Gibbs" is sure to hold everyone to that! But where is Old Gibbs today? Why have ten seemingly random members of both the court and the shire been summoned to the Inn this afternoon? The only thing we know for certain is that hijinks are bound to ensue when the stakes are this high! Come along to see this hilarious, fast-paced, stunt and combat who-dunnit. Can you figure it out first?
Mt Hope is honored to once again host the EWW Tag-Team Championship match. Witness lifts, pins, and power moves as caped combatants enter the ring and grapple for the title of English Wrestling World champion!
Whose Jest has been described in several ways: a laugh riot, a goofy mess, on the spot shenanigans. Come and find out how you would describe this improv show featuring some of the shire's liveliest characters. If you get there fast enough, they might even take your suggestion.
That pesky thieves guild has been up to their old tricks again, and our Master of Revels intends to teach them all a valuable lesson. However, with the Master of Revels involved you can rest assured that this will be no ordinary trial! Two things are certain: justice shall be served, and someone will be dunked!
To be on their best behavior, many members of the Thieves guild have turned to the next most dishonest activity they can engage in—acting! Join Orville Foxglove as he endeavors to direct this willful crew to produce some "brand new works" that may feel familiar to a modern audience. Each show runs for a limited engagement of 2 weeks, so don't miss any of these Disasterpieces!
Drinkers and carousers the likes of which you've never seen before! Anywhere the Rakish Rogues meet, as sure as a guitar will be produced, a rowdy time is sure to follow. They are a true musical Bromance for the ages!
Whether you're an inn keeper, a guild leader, or the Royal Spymaster, being in charge all day is hard! Sometimes you just need to kick back with your girls, put down a few drinks, and sing some raucous songs! Join the Sirens in letting your hair down and letting your irresponsible side out for a little while!
What happens when the care-free and the overly responsible meet? The Rogues and Sirens will find out as they join forces for a combined pub show full of music and mischief! Will the Rogues clean up their act? Will the Sirens fully cut loose? Will the Hart Inn still be standing at the end? Sing along and find out!
Lady Elizabeth Fitzgerald hasn't stepped foot on the soil of Ireland since she was a wee lass, and some of the other Celtic citizens of Mount Hope want to help her feel at home and lift her spirits with the music of their people! Join them as they fill the shire with the sounds of Ireland, Wales, and Scotland! It will be Celtic fun for the whole family!
Queen Elizabeth loves music! Her best friend, Lady Elizabeth Fitzgerald and the Celtic Revels have teamed up with Mount Hope's Revels Guild to put together a musical birthday spectacular for Her Majesty! Who knows, maybe Her Majesty will grace us with a musical performance of her own if the mood strikes.
Ready, set, slay! England's favorite competition reality show is back! Join six new contestants as they attempt to snatch the crown! With shocking new rules and a new mind-blowing twist, who will stun the judges, who will steal the spotlight, and who has what it takes to become Shakespeare's Next Drag Superstar! Join The Lady Lilith Rose, Shakespeare's Premier Female Illusionist, for a new season of 'Taming of the Shrews'!
Bloody Shakespeare is back with Shakespeare's most violent work: Titus Andronicus. This comedic retelling will include over the top blood effects, gore, and other gross bodily functions. It may not be for the squeamish, but you can trust that it'll be a bloody good time!
"Off The Cuff" is Mount Hopes brand new show full of high energy improv and musical talent. Come watch this merry group sing, flyt and improv their way through your suggestions!
It's them, hi, they're the problem it's them. And everybody agrees! They are fierce, funny, and forming an opinion. Join three of the shires most salacious individuals as they spill the tea on any and everything. No one is safe and no topic off limits.
It's the Queen's Birthday, so it's important that everyone be well versed in the proper ways of cutting a rug Renaissance-style! Join the shire's Dance Mistress and a rather shifty artist as they teach you the ways of folk dancing across 3 songs.
Even on a festive day, the Queen is always searching for nipperkins willing to join her royal cavalry! A member of her Majesty's court has recruited the shire Game Master to prepare some games to test your children's aptitude, and if they succeed, they will be sworn in as members of the Queen's Cavalry!
In order to properly entertain all of Mount Hope's guests, the Master of Revels has seen that members of the Shire 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: "St. George and the Dragon", "Dr. Faustus", and "Pyramus and Thisbee"!
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 pub trivia that's themed to the weekend! 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 years of obsession and neuroses.
Special events below have limited spots and require an additional ticket (visit the Box Office to purchase).
Each Faire day the Pub Crawl leaves from the Informistress promptly at 4:45PM.
Laugh, sing and journey 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'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. $25 Online Only. 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 Pub Crawl. Both Faire Admission Tickets and Pub Crawl Tickets are date specific, so be sure these dates match. Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets are available via the Box Office.
Faire day Beer Tastings will occur at the Pyrate Ship at 1:30PM (All Season) and 3:30PM (Sept 16-Oct 29 only).
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. The Beer Tasting is for both for craft beer beginners and long-time enthusiasts.
Beer Tasting Includes: 5 samples (Swashbuckler Beer/Lancaster County Cider, Souvenir Tasting Glass, and informative presentation. $35 Online Only. 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 Tasting. Both Faire Admission Tickets and Beer Tasting Tickets are date specific, so be sure these dates match. Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets are available via the Box Office.
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 14 - 29 • AaronBonk.com
Aaron Bonk is a 3-time International Performance Champion, 5-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 will amuse and amaze the whole family with his world renown stunt show spectacular. Machetes, whips, swords and fire--the hottest show in all the 'Shire!
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!
Sepember 30 - October 29 • 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.
September 23 & 24 • 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 "Guts & Glory".
Full Season • ArthurGreenleafHolmes.com
Scandalous. Licentious. Madly impolitic…and riotously funny. England's preeminent Poet of the Slop-Pot is back, blending mellifluous language and hypnotic imagery with an utter disregard for decent society. Awarded a Top Ten Best Of 2022 by Theaterscene.org. "Like 75 minutes with the strangest literature professor at a small liberal arts college—the one whose classes always have huge waitlists." --Zachary Stewart, Chief Theater Critic, Theatermania *Adult Content, Not Recommended for Children
August 19 - September 17 • 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 19 - October 1 • JimHancock.com
This Power Trio of guitar, double bass, and violin with vocal harmonies energizes the traditional Renaissance Faire repertoire with Burly intent. These three uniquely skilled musicians are out to prove that with music, the total is always greater than the sum of the parts. Come Sing Along!
Full Season • @CelticLegacyColorado on Youtube
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!
August 19 - September 3 • ChasteTreasure.com
Chaste Treasure's ladies bring a unique flair to sassy songs and modern parodies alike. Truly a "treasure," but questionably "chaste," their loose banter is comical while their tight harmonies mean business. From frolicking drinking songs to folk tunes to original parodies, Chaste Treasure has something for every music lover. As one of our fans so eloquently stated, "A badass group of a cappella comedienne feminists."
Full Season • CircusSirenPod.com
Recently featured in the Netflix show Merpeople. 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!
August 19 - September 24 • DonJuanAndMiguel.com
Join this father daughter duo for a laughter filled adventure while they show off their skills in sword fighting, knife throwing, and whip cracking!
September 16 - October 29 • 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.
Full Season • EdgedFeatherPhotos.Wixsite.com
Edged Feather Experiences is owned and operated by master class falconer and wildlife educator, Crystal "Cryss" Stacey. Crystal has been working with and training birds of prey for over a decade. During that time, she has performed over 1000+ educational programs in 9 states across the country. When not performing her educational programs, she works behind the scenes on films sets as an animal wrangler.
September 16 - October 15 • 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!
October 14 & 15• ErikaTheHarpist.com
Erika the Harpist's life-long passion for the Lever Harp has inspired her to study a wide array of styles from Western European medieval/renaissance dance tunes, to the traditional melodies of the Celtic lands, to modern-day soundtracks from period films, television and video game favorites. She offers performances that are both enchanting and poignant; her music will transport you to a time and realm that dances on the edge between history and fantasy.
September 9 & 10 • 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.
September 30 - October 1 • GalenaBrass.com
The Galena Brass epitomizes "Versatility in Brass." Festivals, Concerts, Private Parties, Parades, Christmas events and Oktoberfest celebrations are just some of the venues you will see the Galena Brass performing at throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey! Whether they are performing as a roving quartet, or as a 14 piece marching brass band, their performances are always about engaging their audiences and having FUN!
October 7 - 29 • DangerJugglingShow.com
Featuring perilous stunts and outrageous silliness, this unhinged comedy show is more fun than you can shake a baby at!
September 3 & October 7-8
Diane Kadyk is a Celtic harper who performs traditional music of Ireland, Scotland, and all Celtic countries. A musician since age 9, she plays a variety of instruments. While living and performing in Maine, she was introduced to the history and repertoire of the Celtic harp—it was love at first sight! Playing both traditional and double-strung harp for over 25 years, she has studied with such acclaimed teachers as Debra Friou, Grainne Hambly, Maeve Gilchrist, and William Jackson. Some of her favorite places to play harp include on moving trains, at Irish pubs and ceilidhs, and, of course, at PARF!
September 16 - October 1
Harpist Martha Gay is a founding member of the musical group Cantiga and the New World Renaissance Band. Martha's playing has delighted audiences for over twenty years.
September 30 - October 1 • @HilbyTheSkinnyGermanJuggleBoy on Facebook & Instagram
German comedy, circus tricks and other impossible feats are standard fare for a Hilby show.
August 26 - October 29 • 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.
September 16 - October 29 • JeremyGraeffMusic.com
eremy Graeff will take you on a musical journey across the Atlantic and through time with a collection of magical melodies and bewitching ballads! Every show is an adventure!
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.
If there is anything Lady Bess of Hardwick loves almost as much as serving Queen Elizabeth, it is a good birthday pary!
August 19 - October 1 & 21-29
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.
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!
September 2 October 29 • 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 16 - October 1 • 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.
September 23 & 24 • 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.
August 19 - September 24 • Like Pinwheel Sideshow 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 7 - 29 • 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
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!
September 9 - 10
Ahoy there! We are Ship Shape, a music and comedy group newly ashore and here to entertain any landlubber looking for a laugh! We specialize in sea shanties, tight harmonies, and nautical (sometimes naughty!) humor. Join Frankie, Swiss, and Mack for a shipload of fun!
October 7 - 29
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 21 - 29
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 7 - 15
Experience the mesmerizing fusion of medieval, Renaissance, Celtic, Eastern European, and original music with Trio Mondo. This world music trio takes you on a musical journey where vibrant melodies and spontaneous jams create a delightful sonic tapestry.
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.
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
Artisan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Archery Demonstration and Hand-Made Longbows
Hand-Crafted Cloaks, Hats, Kilts and More
Everything for the Woodsman, Rangers, Adventurers, and Explorers
Maskmaking, Theatre Creation & Storytelling
Fantasy, Licensed Swords
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
Handcrafted Novelty Items by Local Arists
Handcrafted Wearables by Local Arists
Witchy Creations and Mystical Creations
Honey, Honey Accessories, Bee Decor
Upscale Precious Jewels and Pearls
Renaissance Clothing for Lords and Ladies
Hand-Made Corsets and Vests
Glassblowing Classes, Paint Your Own Pottery & Such
Headwreaths and Wares for Home and Garden
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
Special Pieces for Your Most Hallowed Spaces
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 Work
Hand-Crafted Leather Clothing and Shoes
Boxes, Lockets and Such
Hand-Crafted Walking Sticks; Magical and Mystical Wares
Hand-Made bellydance, renaissance, celtic, steampunk and viking style up cycled clothing
Assorted Dice Sets
All Natural Beard & Body Products
Unique, One-of-a-Kind Gifts, Specialties, and Finds
Hand-Crafted Hats and Bags, Pelts
Pirate Gear For the Rest of Us!
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
Beef, Chicken or Shrimp
Wands, Gemstones, and Copper Wares
Embroidered Felt Accessories
Chain Mail and Metal Works
Make Your Own, Take-Home Wax Hands
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. All merchants subject to change.
Interested in becoming a guest merchant? Click here for more information!
One-of-a-Kind Crystal, Bone & Natural Art
Nature Inspired, Functional & Beautiful Ceramics
Historical Based Cosumes & Commissions
Hand-Weaved Custom Maille Jewelry
Hand-Crafted Resin Dice Jewelry
Philadelphia Based Imaginative Artist
Handmade & One-of-a-kind Traditionally Bound Books/Journals
Insect Themed Jewelry & Woodworking
Tooled Leather Belts
Creepy Vintage Porcelain Dolls
Wood Bowls, Pens, Bottle Stoppers & More
Hair & Lapel Accessories
Hand-Crafted, Wearable Taxidermy
Festival-Wide RPG Experience
Hand-Woven Beaded Jewelry Creations & Accessories
Hand-Crafted Accessories & Adornments
Custom Hand-Made Leather Costuming
Hand-Fabricated Botanical Jewelry
Pottery, Hand-Braided Whips, Leather Armor & More
Wands, Wooden Swords & Walking Sticks
Organic Herbal Remedies to Seasonally Support You & Yours
Antiques, Jewelry & Much More
Jewelry & Artwork by Katrina Zadoyko
Norse & Celtic Inspired Bone, Leather, Horn & Wood Reproductions
Viking Drinking Horns, Glassware & More
Hand-Crafted & Painted Products
Wool Felted Objects of Art & Delight
Hand-Made Jewelry, Accessories & Ornamentation for Home
Crystal Jewelry Inspired by Fantasy & Ancient Lore
Illustrator in Red Lion, PA
Hair Spirals, Flasks/Tankards, Pirate Ware & More
Hand-Made & Retail Viking, Medieval & Fantasy Wares
Laser Engraved Artwork
Crystals, Carvings & Cryptic Collectibles
Stained Glass Artwork
Author & Artist Tayln Draconmore
Hand-Crafted Monster Boxes & Jewelry
One-of-a-Kind, Hand-Crafted Floral Bead Designs, Gemstone Jewelry & Unique Gifts
Linens, Fabric Garlands, Art & More
High Quality Wigs & Accessories at Budget Quality Prices
Jewelry & Art Containg Real Dried Foliage
Hand-Made Wooden/Metal Goods, Jewelry & Costume Components
Cute & Creepy, Fantasy Illustrations & Coasters
Ethically Sourced Unique Art & Jewelry
Modern Jewelry for your Inner Viking
Claspless, Delicate, Custom Fit Permanent 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 2023 date-specific admission ticket for the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire to access the Glass Blowing Class. Both Faire admission and Glass Blowing Class tickets are date specific, so be sure these dates match.
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.