Most people living near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania are quite familiar with the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Mount Hope. But did you know that there are several other Renaissance festivals coming to the area this fall? Read on for all the local medieval offerings in Central Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
The infamous Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire returns this fall for its thirtieth year. Travel back to the year 1589 and learn all about life in England during Queen Elizabeth’s reign. Enjoy the thrill of sword fighting, watch glassblowing or blacksmithing, learn more about the Royal Falconer at an aviary show, purchase your own medieval memorabilia at the plethora of shops, or chow down on a turkey leg at one of the twenty-two eateries. Each weekend the Faire showcases a different theme with entertainment, shows, food and other activities. The Faire is open weekends and Labor Day Monday from August 14-October 31. Tickets cost $24.95 for adults and $9.95 for children ages 5-11. Check Hess and Turkey Hill gas stations for discount coupons. College students receive $10 off admission during their college’s weekend at the Faire. Check the Faire’s website for a full schedule of vendors, weekend themes, and more information.
Rosemary House Fairy Festival
Looking for a kid-friendly festival that’s cheap on the wallet? Check out the Rosemary House 17th Annual Fairy Festival in Mechanicsburg, just five minutes from Harrisburg. Don your best fairy, pirate or knight costume and head on over to the herb gardens at The Rosemary House and Sweet Remembrances Tea room for a day of fairy fun. Activities include face painting, storytelling, crafts, a Harry Potter corner and more. The festival runs the weekend of September 11 and 12 with free admission for ages 0-16 and a $5.00 charge for adults. A Fairy Food Lunch Sack may be purchased in advance for $6.00 or concessions may be purchased at the festival. Indoor provisions will be made in case of rain.
Village Renaissance Faire
Now in its eleventh year, check out the Village Renaissance Faire in Wrightstown, just outside of Philadelphia. Stroll through the medieval village while watching dancers, weapon throwers, jousting and more. Browse the merchant shops for the perfect homemade candle or jewelry, indulge in tasty treats, and be sure to stop by the Kid’s Kingdom, a special children’s play area. The Faire runs the weekend of September 18-19 from 11:00-6:00 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 for everyone eight and older with free admission for those under eight.
No matter which Renaissance Faire you choose to attend, you’re sure to soak up plenty of medieval history and culture.