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A Unique Event Each Month!

The event of a full moon has always been the topic of folklore, myth and legend. Scientifically, a full moon is the sun’s rays reflecting off the face of the moon. The arrival of the full moon brings a reason for a monthly celebration and to shine light on unique talents as ever changing as the night sky.

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A Unique Event at Mount Hope

Instead of howling at the full moon, grab your friends, share a chuckle and be reminded why laughter is the best medicine! Always ready for a party, the restored Victorian-era barn of the Barn & Barrel at Mount Hope is the perfect location to showcase intimate, limited seating theatrical events. The first floor’s stonework bar offers the wine, beer, cider and spirits produced at the Estate. The second-floor event space overlooking Mount Hope’s award-winning full production winery provides a theater space to enjoy new events brought to the barn in celebration of the monthly Full Moon Fest at the Barn & Barrel.



Dates, Times & Tickets

Upcoming Events:
May 22June 19

Each Full Moon Fest runs from 8PM to 10PM.
Please Note: All Full Moon Fest Events are 21 and over.

Tickets are General Admission: $15 in Advance / $20 Day-Of If Available. Performance date must be selected when purchasing tickets. Tickets are available on the Visit the Box Office

COVID Guidelines

We hope that our Safety Care Measures [Theater Edition] provide you with essential information for what to do BEFORE you arrive at Mount Hope, what you'll experience WHEN you arrive, and how to make the most of your visit. PRF will follow state Covid mandates at the time of event and this information will be updated as new policies or procedures are mandated. Due to frequent changes in the guidelines, please follow our Facebook Page and Royal Email List Newsletter to be the first to hear about updates.

Please Note: Capacity restrictions will be in place and all event tickets will be by reservation only in advance through the Online Box Office and will be date and timespecific. No tickets will be sold on site the day of the an event. No exceptions.



Taproom & Grille

Visit the Taproom & Grille, located convienetly next to the Barn & Barrel, prior to the event for delicious, locally sourced food options and hand-crafted beverages. More information at: PaRenFaire.com/Taproom.

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Reservations are encouraged as there is a possibility each event could sell out.

Please Select Performance Date When Purchasing Tickets
Tickets are General Admission: $15 in Advance / $20 Day-Of If Available
Please Note: All Full Moon Fest Events are 21 and over.

Visit the Box Office

May Comedy Night

Tickets are available on the Virtual Box Office — Please choose May 22nd date when purchasing.

Andy Forrester

Andy Forrester

Andy Forrester's brand of unique and off the wall humor has made him a fan favorite at clubs all over the country for almost 20 years. His high energy and animated comedy has landed him spots working with some of the biggest names in comedy like Louie Anderson, Jimmie "JJ" Walker, Gilbert Gottfried, Rita Rudner, Marc Maron and many more. In 2008 Andy won the title Ultimate Comic at the Idiot Box in Greensboro, NC. April of 2013 he won in Louisville, KY satellite of the World Series of Comedy, and was part of the Laugh Your Asheville Off Festival that same year. In 2014 he was chosen to participate in the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. In 2017 made his first TV appearance on the TV show Pure-Flix Comedy All-Stars hosted by Louie Anderson. IN 2018 he filmed a project with legendary comedian Killer Beaz for "TheComedyBuzz.com" network. In August of 2019 his Dry Bar Comedy Special "Most Of This Is Baby Fat" was released. He is the host of the "eating It" podcast and tours all around the country…when his wife and kids let him.

Jennifer Espenshade

Jennifer Espenshade

Although Jennifer Espenshade has been doing standup comedy for only a few years, she has been entertaining crowds for the past 27 years as a performer at the PA Renaissance Faire, doing comedy in a giant pit of mud! Her transition from improv and mud pit diving to standup seemed like a natural progression, plus standup is much more forgiving on her aging body!

She approaches her audiences in an energetic and, at times, risqué manner. Her ability to interact with a crowd, due to her improv background, ensures that each show is different and unique.

Alex Stompoly

Alex Stompoly

Alex was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and it was there that he began his acting career. Professionally, Alex made his stage debut at the age of thirteen in a local murder mystery dinner theatre. But, if you ask his parents, his career began much earlier when he would recite from memory an entire Winnie the Pooh movie from start to finish, with the appropriate voices mind you.

Alex is a proud graduate of Missouri State University with a B.F.A in Acting. There he studied Voice and Movement with Maggie Marlin-Hess and Acting with Kurt Heinlein and Sarah Wiggin, as well as Shakespeare. Through the careful guidance of his university Alex has also had opportunities to study with Kyle Dean Massey, Joey Contreras, and Natalie Wiess. Alex performed in City of Angels, Tartuffe, A Midsummer Nights Dream, and most recently Uncle Vanya. These performances would reveal that Alex's type is the comedic distinguished gentleman in a period piece. A modern day Oscar Wilde if you will.

Ashley Pontius
May's Comedy Night Hosted By: Ashley Pontius

June Comedy Night

Tickets are available on the Virtual Box Office — Please choose June 19th date when purchasing.

Larry XL

Larry XL

If there's a club, hall, bar or basement that need jokes, Larry XL is ready to entertain. Larry XL's is a favorite with audiences from Florida to Canada. He's been a finalist in comedy competitions in his native Baltimore and neighboring cities like Washington, DC and Philadelphia. Soon after he started performing at area clubs, Larry XL recorded a concert CD with the DC Standup All-Stars, 2004's DC Standup vs. Earth and later his own live DVD, 2009's Crowd Control. He then hit the road performing in some of the nation's best comedy clubs (and anywhere else with electricity) opening for the likes of Bobby Slayton, John Witherspoon, Ralphie May, Jim Florentine, Don Jamieson, Roy Wood Jr., Finesse Mitchell, and Charlie Murphy. He has also been heard on XM Satellite Radio and Baltimore's 98 Rock. Larry XL has performed in some of the country's largest comedy venues like the Stardome in Birmingham, Alabama and the Borgata in Atlantic City. In the Fall of 2012 Larry XL appeared in the film "Elf-Man" starring Jason Acuna (from MTV's "Jackass").

Jennifer Espenshade

Jennifer Espenshade

Although Jennifer Espenshade has been doing standup comedy for only a few years, she has been entertaining crowds for the past 27 years as a performer at the PA Renaissance Faire, doing comedy in a giant pit of mud! Her transition from improv and mud pit diving to standup seemed like a natural progression, plus standup is much more forgiving on her aging body!

She approaches her audiences in an energetic and, at times, risqué manner. Her ability to interact with a crowd, due to her improv background, ensures that each show is different and unique.

Nipsey

Nipsey

Known for hanging up on people and entertaining the masses by being a prick on the radio.

Nipsey started his career working in Philadelphia in 1995 as a producer for the world famous radio personality John DeBella. After 5 years in Philly working as producer by day and honing his radio skills at night, he decided to roll out on his own. May 2000 Nipsey arrived at the X as the controversial night guy. He soon moved to afternoons and scored hugh ratings. When Howard went away, Nipsey was paired with the great Earl David Reed…they begged the legendary Jen Shade to join them and the rest is history.

Malik Congo
June's Comedy Night Hosted By: Malik Congo

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

General Information

The event is located inside the Barn & Barrel on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate, home of the PA Renaissance Faire. The street address is 2775 Lebanon Rd. Manheim, PA 17545. Each Full Moon Fest runs from 8PM to 10PM.
There is plenty of free parking within walking distance of the Feasting Glen. Please follow signage when you reach the grounds.
Select hors d'oeuvres will be available. Visit the Taproom prior to the event for delicious pub grub & hand-crafted beverages—Open at 6PM.
Swashbuckler Brewing Co. Beers, Lancaster County Ciders, Mount Hope Wines and Signature Cocktails from Spirits Distilling Co. will be available on the first floor bar inside the Barn & Barrel.
Various hotels in the area are available. Please visit our In the Area Page for specific information.
We apologize for any inconvience, but the Full Moon Fest events are for patrons 21 and older.
For the well being of all our guests, smoking is prohibited inside the Barn & Barrel and near all entrances. Your cooperations is appreciated for the comfort of all in attendance.
Yes, the Barn & Barrel ADA accessible. There is handicapped parking available at the Wine Shop, just follow the directional signs that lead you to that area when you arrive.
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.
Our mission is "Building interactive, magical environments that create unique and entertaining experiences for every guest, every time." Our goal is to provide a place for our employees to work and visitors to play in an atmosphere of inclusion, respect and safety. Self-expression is welcome with the understanding that intimidation, threat or harm to another person will never be tolerated. We value and respect the differences in our ever-expanding audiences and will continue to welcome everyone to this place of imagination, creativity and fun.
PRF will follow state Covid mandates at the time of event. Due to frequent changes in the guidelines, please follow our Facebook Page and Royal Email List Newsletter to be the first to hear about updates.

We hope that our Safety Care Measures [Theater Edition] provide you with essential information for what to do BEFORE you arrive at Mount Hope, what you'll experience WHEN you arrive, and how to make the most of your visit. This information will be updated as new policies or procedures are mandated.

Please Note: Capacity restrictions will be in place and all event tickets will be by reservation only in advance through the Online Box Office and will be date and time specific. No tickets will be sold on site the day of the an event. No exceptions.

Ticket Information

General admission prices for adults (ages 21 and over) are $15 in advance (on the Virtual Box Office) and $20 day-of if available.
Tickets are General Admission and tables/seats are not reserved. Doors open at 7:30PM and tables/seats are first come first serve.
You can purchase advance tickets at the Virtual Box Office. If tickets are still available day-of they can be purchase in the Mount Hope Wine Shop, but please note that Full Moon Fest events may sell out.
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.
Yes, you can leave and re-enter any time during the event.
No matter what your age, please be prepared to show proper identification in order to gain access to the festival. 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.

Contact Mount Hope

717-665-7021RoyalSPK@PaRenFaire.com