Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire opens this weekend

By on July 29, 2015
Thou wouldst be a foole to not partaketh of the Faire! Purchase tickets at (Photo by Michael Fernandez )

Thou wouldst be a foole to not partaketh of the Faire! Purchase tickets at (Photo by Michael Fernandez)


The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire will celebrate its 35th anniversary season with the return of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine reigning over the mirth and merriment planned for their arrival.

The festivities planned for the 13-week season of the Faire feature over 90 shows daily on open-air stages and the village streets with music, dance, and action-packed performances. The Revels Schedule features something for all ages including the Royal Falconer’s birds of prey, winsome wenches and handsome rogues singing tales of love and drynke, archery demonstrations, musicians, jugglers, hypnotism, children’s trunke shows and more.

Scores of merchants and handcraft artisans throughout the Shire offer unique wares for the shopper in everyone. Twenty-four Royal Kitchens dot the Shire promising to satisfy any taste serving a variety of foods and libations.

Faire visitors also have the option of the Shire’s only sit-down, air-conditioned table-side food service at the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern. Feast on a menu of international dishes including menu options for the knippers and the veggie-lovers. Singers of songs, tellers of tales, rabble and royalty often stop in the Tavern for a visit.

The day’s events culminate in an action packed Ultimate Joust, a preeminent blend of equestrian skill and hand-to-hand combat. Pyrotechnics light up the sky and harrowing stunts create the drama of a joust to the death. Knights, steeds, villagers, nobility and the Royal Court, each play a role in this breathtaking spectacle while onlookers cheer on their champion or mourn them in defeat.

Each of the 13 Faire weekends is especially themed, making a return visit a must. Each theme welcomes different performers and entertainment with special contests and activities to involve Faire patrons. Themed weekends include Myths and Legends, Chivalry and Romance, Invasion and Return of the Pyrates, Scottish & Irish, Heroes of the Realm, Children’s Fantasy, Time Travelers, Oktoberfest, Wine Harvest, and three Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights weekends.

At the Finale in Song, guests join the entire cast in a musical extravaganza celebrating the end of another fun-filled day upon the Shire.

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is held Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday, Aug. 1 through Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Adult admission is $30.95 and child admission, ages 5 to 11, is $11.95. Parking is free, but games, rides, foods, beverages, and crafts have additional costs. Visit for complete show details, advanced click-to-print discount tickets, and helpful tips for a fun-filled Faire day. Visitors can save $5 off with advanced ticket purchases. Information is also available by calling 665-7021.

The Faire is set amidst the splendor of the formal gardens of Mount Hope Estate & Winery, Route 72 north of Manheim. Visit to learn more.

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