Ren Faire kicks off Aug. 5

By on July 26, 2017

Khari Evans (left), of Philadelphia, and Madison Washington, of Vallejo, Calif., eat the popular smoked turkey legs from Six Knights Cock & Bull Tavern at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in 2016. (LNP file photos)

The 37th season of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire begins Aug. 5, on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate, 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim.

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 will 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.

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

Last season’s success of Dog Days at the Faire has led to an increased number of dog friendly weekends in 2017. Saturdays and Sundays in August and September, dog lovers and their furry friends are invited to join the revelry. All dog owners must follow the Dog Days Decrees and complete Dog Days Admission Registration Form and Waiver.

The season runs Saturdays and Sundays, through the end of October, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — and Labor Day Monday. The cost is $31.95 at the gate; or $26.95 online in advance. The cost for kids five to 11 is $11.95; kids four and under are admitted free.

A complete schedule of daily events and special weekends can be found, and tickets may be purchased, at

Actors fight during the jousting event at last year’s Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.

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