Frequently Asked Questions about the
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Where is the event located (physical address)? ▾
Mount Hope Estate, home of the PA Renaissance Faire, is located in Northern Lancaster County—15 miles north of Lancaster, PA and 13 miles east of Hershey. The street address is 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim, PA 17545.
Where do I park? ▾
There is plenty of free parking and attendants will direct you when you arrive at the festival.
What are the hours of operation? ▾
The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire will be open Saturdays and Sundays, plus Labor Day Monday, August through October. The gates open at 11AM and close at 8PM.
What is the best time to arrive? ▾
Arrive at least 20 minutes before opening (11:00AM) for the best chance for a speedy entry. Pre-purchase your tickets securely online for even faster access to the day’s events. The line for E-ticket prior to gate opening may look long, but moves very quickly, while lines for purchasing tickets move much slower. E-Ticket lines are clear usually 20-30 minutes after opening, but day-of ticket sales lines last later into the afternoon.
What is there to do at the festival? ▾
The castle gates swing wide open for 13 weekends of mirth and merriment amidst jousting knights and royal delights! A cast of hundreds of colorfully costumed characters fill the Shire with music, dancing, and more! With over 90 stage shows daily, 22 Royal Kitchens and scores of artisan merchants with handcrafted wares, the Renaissance Faire invites guests to immerse themselves in our 35-acre village and experience the fantasy! There will be numerous activities for kids and adults alike, so the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is truly a festival for the whole family!
Can we leave and re-enter the festival? ▾
Re-entry is permitted at the Faire. Be sure to have your hand stamped as you are leaving the gates to ensure readmittance.
Are there any discounts or coupons? ▾
To better serve our guests, we have eliminated the need for coupons to save on your Faire admission tickets. Learn more about ways to save this Faire season by visiting our discounts & specials page.
Does the Faire accept credit cards or checks? ▾
The festival accepts credit cards (Visa & Mastercard) and cash for tickets sales. We do not accept personal checks for ticket sales. The festival offers three ATM machines on premise and one in the Wine Shop.
All food booths and bars and some merchants on the Shire are cash-only, which makes a visit to the King’s Mint the perfect way to turn your Visa or Mastercard credit to cash and avoid missing out on your favorite foods and wares! Please click here to learn more!
Is there an ATM? ▾
Yes, the event will have three ATMs onsite and one in the Wine Shop.
Does my Faire admission cover all the entertainments or will other fees and tips apply? ▾
Simply put, the PA Renaissance Faire is not a “pass the hat” event and is paid for by the King’s Purse. Entertainers hired to perform for our guests receive compensation for their performances and need not rely on guests donations for their livelihood. Our admission price reflects the budget necessary to bring the highest quality entertainment to the Faire’s many stages and streets. The Mud Beggars are permitted to pass the hat because it reflects how they would have survived in Renaissance England. Additionally, guests may encounter traveling musicians busking on the village streets. This also reflects how traveling musicians made their living. Donations to these performers is always appreciated and always voluntary.
What types of foods are available? ▾
Enjoy delicious foods from over 22 Royal Kitchens throughout the Shire! Plus, fresh Swashbuckler Ales and Mount Hope Wines at our Pubs and Pourhouses. You can see a full menu on the Faire Menu page.
Can we bring a picnic lunch? ▾
Outside food and drink is not permitted on the Fairegrounds. There are limited seating areas outside the gates where guests may enjoy outside food.
What's your weapons policy? ▾
Please visit our Official Weapons Policy page for details.
Is there anything special I can do for my birthday/anniversary/party/etc.? ▾
NEW! Special Event Buttons!
Celebrate your special event with extra fun & friviolity!
Show off in style and be the talk of the Shire when you wear these unique special event buttons! Available at Informistress and the Mount Hope Wine Shop!
Can we stay in the area? ▾
Various hotels in the area are available. Please visit our lodging packages page for specific information.
Can I leave my car overnight? ▾
Cars are permitted to stay parked in the lot overnight if the driver has been drinking and has found another way home. Camping is not permitted in the parking lot of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
What is the carding policy? ▾
No matter what your age, please be prepared to show proper identification in order to sample from the wines 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.
Where is lost and found? ▾
Lost and found during the event will be located at the Informistress Booth directly inside the Front Gate. After the event it will be kept in the Wine Shop (717-665-7021 ext 129).
Are the grounds ADA accessible? ▾
The grounds are ADA accessible. Walking paths are paved, and handicapped seating areas are designated at all stages. Though the walking paths are paved, some stone and gravel areas may need to be travelled to reach vendor stands, merchandise booths and food stations. Handicapped accessible restrooms are available. Wheelchairs and scooters are not available for rental. Please be aware that while the Faire is paved, the terrain does present various hills and inclines. Please plan accordingly.
There is handicap parking available at the festival, just ask the parking crew to direct you to that area when you arrive.
Can I make a request for an ASL Interpreter? ▾
A minimum of 2 weeks (10 business days) prior to the expected date of visit is required to request interpreting services. While efforts to secure an interpreter will be made, services may be available with less notice time. 48-hours notice is required for cancellation of interpreter services once secured.
In order to confirm interpreting services for an upcoming visit, guests requesting interpreting services must provide the following details to the Faire’s business office by emailing RoyalSPK@PaRenFaire.com.
- Requestor name
- Requestor’s phone number
- Requestor's email address
- Date of services needed
- Duration of needed service (start and end time of visit)
- On-site point of contact name and phone number
- Name(s) of guest utilizing services
- Confirmation number from the order of PA Renaissance Faire tickets pre-purchased from the Faire's website at PaRenFaire.com/BuyTickets.
How much does it cost and what is included? ▾
Admission prices for adults (ages 12 and up) are $26.95 in advance (online) and $31.95 at the gate. Children (5-11) are $11.95, while those 4 and under are free. Admission includes all Faire shows and entertainment, including Themed Weekend competitions and activities. Games, rides and food are not included.
Where can I get tickets? ▾
You can purchase advance tickets at the Virtual Box Office or at the Front Gate the day of the Faire.
What's your weather policy? ▾
Events are rain or shine. For the safety of the performers, shows may be altered due to the weather. Ticket exchanges and refunds are not available. Once a ticket has been scanned at the front gate upon entry, it is voided and no longer holds any value. The Faire does not monitor any guests’ level of participation or length of stay. Refunds are not available to guests who choose to leave.
In rare circumstances, when the safety of patrons and participants is at risk due to extreme weather activity, the decision may be made to close the park until the threat has passed, or for the remainder of the day if necessary. An Emergency Action Plan is in place to notify guests of any closures and provide directions on actions to be taken to allow safe evacuation of the park. In the event the park is closed for the remainder of an event day, rain passes will be issued in the Wine Shop Formal Garden for one hour following the call for evacuation of the park or until conditions become unsafe for event staff. Rain passes will NOT be issued after this time.
If I cannot attend after purchasing a ticket will I get a refund? ▾
All sales are final. There are no refunds, exchanges, or cancellations.
Conditions of Ticket Sale
NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES. Event tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and not for resale. Once a ticket has been scanned at the Front Gate upon entry, it is voided and no longer holds any value. The Faire does not monitor any guests’ level of participation or length of stay. Refunds are not available to guests who choose to leave. The bearer of an event ticket agrees to hold blameless and harmless Mazza Vineyards, Inc. or any of its affiliates, in the event of personal injury or loss or damage to property. The holder of the ticket assumes all responsibilities for any risk of bodily harm or loss of property sustained while attending the event, and waives all rights to lay claim for damages resulting from any cause whatsoever either before, during or after the event. You must be 21 or older to purchase or consume Alcohol.
Your ID will be verified before being served alcohol. Outside food, drink and pets are not permitted. You hereby consent to the reasonable search for alcoholic beverages, drugs, or firearms. You further consent to the use of your image or likeness incidental to any display, transmission, or reproduction of the event.
Management reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person whose conduct is deemed by management to be disorderly or who fails to comply with the terms and conditions of these conditions of ticket sale.
Is smoking permitted? ▾
For the well being of our guests, smoking is prohibited near stages and in audience areas. Your cooperation is appreciated for the comfort of all in attendance.
Are pets permitted on the grounds? ▾
Royal Hounds are permitted on the Faire Grounds on select weekends during the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Season. Learn more at PaRenFaire.com/DogDays. Other pets are not permitted on the fairegrounds. Service animals are permitted following the guidelines set forth by the ADA. Please do not leave animals in your car.
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Where are the restrooms? ▾
There are three different restroom locations, one outside the gates and two inside the gates. All three will be marked on the map that will be handed out during the festival.
Where is the First Aid station? ▾
The First Aid station is located near the backside of the festival grounds on Privy Lane. The station will be marked on the festival maps handed out at the gate.
When do pourhouses, food stands and merchants close? ▾
Last call for all Pubs and Pourhouses is 7:00PM, with the exception of the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern Wharf Bar, which has a last call of 7:30. Most food stands and merchants close between 7:30PM and 7:45PM.
If you have any other questions that have not been answered above, please contact the business offices at 717-665-7021, Monday through Friday, 9AM to 4PM or visit our formal comment, question and feedback page to submit an inquiry.