2018 Tickets on sale at the Holiday Open House.

Visit Mount Hope during the Holiday Open House, 11AM-4PM Nov. 24-26 & Dec. 2-3, to save the most on your favorite 2018 festival tickets! Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire single-day tickets make the perfect stocking stuffer and can be used any day during the 38th Season! Adult and Children's season passes will also be available for a discounted rate.

Themed Weekends at the PA Renaissance Faire

The Faire will be open 13 weekends again in 2018! The castle gates swing wide August 4, and the Faire continues weekends plus Labor Day Monday through October 28! Please check in the new year for more information on specific themed weekends and events.

Each weekend throughout the Faire season will showcase an exciting and unique theme that offers a different experience every time. Enjoy themed entertainment, foods, participatory contests and activities in addition to the regularly scheduled events. Be sure to return again and again to experience each theme.

Children's Fantasy

Children's Fantasy

His Royal Highness arrives upon the Shire to greet his biggest fans, the nipperkins! Bring your children and the child inside with special opening weekend pricing and have a day of play!
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Celtic Weekend

Celtic Weekend

Share in the Celtic pride of pipers, Highland Games, Celtic wares, foods, music, dancing, and lots o' those bonnie lasses and kilt clad boyos!
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Heroes of the Realm

Heroes of the Realm

His Royal Highness honors all active military, reserve, police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, members of vetran organizations and their immediate families with a special admission price with valid service ID during the longest weekend of the season!
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Wizarding Weekend

Wizarding Weekend

Whether you posses the gift of magic or enjoy life as one who is unaware of the sorcery surrounding us, this weekend is sure to enchant all visitors to the Shire.
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Time Travelers

Time Travelers

The soothsayers have foreseen a chronological convergence of time travelers, doctors, treckers of the stars, the steam-punkified, slayers, and many more fictions of science as they gather upon the Shire of Mount Hope.
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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Raise a stein to German heritage with micro-brewed ales from the Faire's very own Swashbuckler Brewing Company, the authentic food and dance of the Germanic Nations…and don't forget your lederhosen!
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Autumn Harvest

Autumn Harvest

Celebrate the time honored tradition of the harvest, commemorating vine to bottle and tree to glass with the fall libations we love. Free Sampling at Bacchus Retreat and the Mount Hope Wine Shop will help you discover a new favorite Mount Hope Wine and Lancaster County Cider.
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Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights

Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights I

Three weekends of mystery and mayhem kick off this weekend as spooky creatures of every variety haunt the Shire. Join the good Shirefolk of Mount Hope for a grand All Hallows Eve celebration, complete with tricks and treats for children of all ages.
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Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights

Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights II

Three weekends of mystery and mayhem continues this weekend as spooky creatures of every variety haunt the Shire. Join the good Shirefolk of Mount Hope for a grand All Hallows Eve celebration, complete with tricks and treats for children of all ages.
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Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights

Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights III

Spooky creatures of every variety continue to haunt the Shire into the Final weekend of mystery and mayhem! Join the good Shirefolk of Mount Hope for a grand All Hallows Eve celebration, complete with tricks and treats for children of all ages.
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Royal Dog Days at the PA Renaissance Faire

His Majesty would like to thank all of the lovers of dogs and their furry companions that joined him and the Royal Hounds upon the Faire grounds throughout August and September! While the Royal Dog Days have come to a close for the 27th season, plans for the 2018 season are now underway! Please review the Dog Day Decrees below, and check back in the new year for the Royal Dog Days Registration Forms.

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Dog Day Decrees

The Faire welcomes dogs with responsible owners.

Only one dog per owner will be admitted.

Owners must be able to provide proof of Rabies Vaccination.

Owners are required to check in at the Dog Days Registration Window at the Front Gate upon arrival to receive the necessary identification indicating that their dog has been registered with the Faire. Owners must provide the completed Royal Dog Days Qualified Dog Registration Form (2017) and Royal Dog Days Qualified Dog Waiver (2017), which can be found in the Royal Dog Days Packet, before entering the Faire grounds.

All dogs be on leash (maximum of 6 feet) and kept under control. Retractable leashes are not permitted.

All owners are required to clean up after their dogs. Do not allow dogs to relieve themselves on walkways or inside booths.

Guests may not leave dogs unattended at any time.

Dogs shall not be left unattended in vehicles or in the parking lot.

Only dogs in good health will be admitted. The Faire reserves the right to refuse any dog.

Dog owners shall adhere to any requests of performers, merchants or Faire staff, should an issue arise with any dog during a performance, inside a merchant booth or otherwise.

Not all dogs visiting the Faire will be comfortable with their surroundings. It is for that reason that we reserve the right to ask anyone whose dog appears to be uncomfortable or is not under control to remove the dog from the park.

Dogs are not permitted inside the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern or the Carriage House Wine Shop. Service dogs are permitted in these locations.

To keep your pet's water sanitary, please bring your own water bowl. You may also bring water for your dog, but feel free to ask the staff at our food booths if you need water for your Royal Hound.

If you discover that your dog is not comfortable with a stage presentation, please remove them from the area for the comfort of your pet and the audience in attendance of the show.

Failure to adhere to any of the above decrees will have the dog and owner escorted to the gate without admission refund.

Sensitive Ears?

Some performances contain the use of pyrotechnics, cannon fire, cracking whips, or gun fire.
Opening Gate (Cannon Fire)
Bloody Best (Air Effects)
The Grand MacGuffin Melee (Concussion blast to close the show)
Sir Isaac Fawlkes (Black powder pistol)
Don Juan and Miguel (Black powder pistol, whip cracking [Aug. 19 - Sept. 24])
Human Chess Match (Whip cracking)
Ultimate Joust (Cannon fire, pyrotechnics and air effects)
Finale in Song (Fireworks to end the show, possible whip cracking)

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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 on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate, home of the PA Renaissance Faire—15 miles north of Lancaster and 13 miles east of Hershey. The street address is 2775 Lebanon Rd. Manheim, PA 17545.
There is plenty of free parking and attendants will direct you when you arrive at the festival.
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 each festival day.
Arrive at least 20 minutes before opening (11AM) 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. T-ticket lines are clear usually 20-30 minutes after opening, but day-of ticket sales lines last later into the afternoon.
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, over 20 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 PA Renaissance Faire is truly a festival for the whole family!
Re-entry is permitted at the Faire. Be sure to have your hand stamped as you are leaving the gates to ensure readmittance.
The festival accepts credit cards (Visa & Mastercard) and cash for ticket sales. We do not accept personal checks for ticket sales. The festival offers three ATMs on premises and one in the Wine Shop.

All food booths, 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. Learn More Here!
Enjoy delicious foods from over 20 Royal Kitchens throughout the Shire! Plus fresh Swashbuckler Ales, Lancaster County Ciders and Mount Hope Wines at our Pubs and Pourhouses!
No outside food, beverages or coolers are permitted to be brought onto the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. However, exceptions are made for Guests with special dietary needs to include food allergies and baby food/formula. Guests with special dietary needs should print and complete the Visitor Allergen Card and present it at the Customer Service Window at the front gate when they arrive at the Faire for approval to bring in special dietary foods for the individual only. The Visitor Allergen Card will be put on file at the First Aid Station.

The Faire does not have separate allergy-friendly kitchens and is unable to guarantee that a menu item is completely free of allergens. Our menu items are reliant on supplier ingredient labels, and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the contents of each food item. Allergen advisory statements (e.g., “may contain") are not regulated. It is ultimately up to the individual’s discretion to make an informed choice based upon their individual dietary needs.


Guests to the Faire may also have their hand stamped at the front gate to return to their vehicle and return to the Faire as they wish.

Click here to download the Visitor Allergen Card.
Please Note: ALL ATTENDEES, including Designated Drivers, will be carded at the gate and must be over the age of 21 to enter BrewFest. NO ONE under the age of 21 will be admitted. This includes children, toddlers and infants. No refunds will be issued to patrons under the age of 21 attempting to enter the festival.

Guest Services

Mount Hope Estate & Winery and the PA Renaissance Faire are an ideal location to spend your special events! Learn more about booking the Feasting Glen area for your next party on the Group Sales Page.

Want to celebrate your special event with extra fun and friviolity? Show off in style and be the talk of the Shire when you wear a unique special event button (Current styles include Birthday, Anniversary, My First Visit, Groom-to-Be, and Bride-to-Be)! Available at Informistress and the Mount Hope Wine Shop!
Various hotels in the area are available. Please visit our Lodging Packages Page for specific information.
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.
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.
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.

Required Information
  • Requestor's 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 Guests Utilizing Services
  • Confirmation Number from the Order of PA Renaissance Faire Tickets Pre-Purchased from the Faire's Website at: PaRenFaire.com/BuyTickets

Ticket Information

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.
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.
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.
You can purchase advance tickets at the Virtual Box Office or at the Front Gate the day of the Faire.
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.
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.


Fairegrounds Information

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.
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.
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.

Local kennels:

Canine Country Club Inc.: 888 N Penryn Rd Manheim, PA 17545, 717-665-2710

Gochenauer Kennels: 995 Fruitville Pike Lititz PA, 17543, 717-569-6151
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.
The festival offers three ATMs on premises and one in the Wine Shop.

All food booths, 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. Learn More Here!
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.
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 (Please call 717-665-7021 ext. 129).
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.

Contact Mount Hope

717-665-7021RoyalSPK@PaRenFaire.com