HBG Blog

Author: Megan Roby

Director of Special Events, City of Harrisburg

Harrisburg Holiday Parade 2021
Nov 3, 2021 by Megan Roby

Merry & Bright: Hbg's Holiday Parade Returns

On Saturday, November 20 the City of Harrisburg's Holiday Parade will return to downtown Harrisburg following a reverse parade in 2020. The 2021 parade theme is Merry & Bright. The parade steps off at 10am and will feature 5 high school marching bands, 8 performance groups, local celebrities, musical acts, decorated floats, costumed characters,
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Kipona 2021 Logo
Aug 11, 2021 by Megan Roby

105th Annual Kipona Festival returns to Riverfront Park & City Island

One of Central PA’s largest end of summer traditions returns to Riverfront Park and City Island with the 105 th annual Kipona Festival. Along the banks of the Susquehanna River on Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6, this 3-day festival features a wide variety of fun & free activities for everyone to enjoy. Here are some attractions you won’t want to
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Harrisburg Artsfest Logo
May 7, 2021 by Megan Roby

In-Person Artsfest Returns

Welcome back, Artisans! In-person artisans will return to Harrisburg after the Covid-19 pandemic forced a fully virtual 2020 Artsfest. The 2021 festival will be held Memorial Day weekend (May 29-31) on City Island and offer a hybrid guest experience that combines both in-person juried artisans and food trucks along with virtual presentations and
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Ice in the Burg Dino Sculpture
Feb 23, 2021 by Megan Roby

Ice in the 'Burg (March 5th -7th)

Ice is coming to the ‘Burg on March 5-7 with ice sculptures throughout the City! Looking for something fun to do with the family? This year, the City of Harrisburg has redesigned it's Ice & Fire Festival to create a safe, outdoor event for the whole family in light of Covid-19. Instead of a one-day festival on 2nd Street in Downtown Harrisburg,
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Harrisburg Reverse Holiday Parade 2020
Nov 5, 2020 by Megan Roby

Harrisburg's Holiday Parade - with a Twist!

If you are looking for a fun, FREE, social-distanced, family event, mark your calendars for Harrisburg's Reverse Holiday Parade! On Saturday, November 21st, The City of Harrisburg will be holding a Reverse Holiday Parade from 10am-12pm on City Island. In a reverse parade, the parade entrants are stationary and rather than large groups of
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2020 Kipona
Aug 17, 2020 by Megan Roby

2020 Kipona: Food Trucks & Virtual Entertainment

The City of Harrisburg’s 104 th annual Kipona celebration will look a bit different this year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this longstanding tradition has been modified to feature a hybrid of in-person (Saturday only) and virtual activities (all 3 days). The in-person activities will include 15 food trucks offering takeout from some of your
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Jun 23, 2020 by Megan Roby


The City of Harrisburg’s annual Independence Day Celebration will look a bit different this year due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, but there is still plenty of food and fun to be had! The event features a hybrid of in-person and online offerings and will run from 12-9pm with fireworks to follow at 9:15pm. Numerous health safety practices have
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Virtual Harrisburg Artsfest
May 4, 2020 by Megan Roby

Harrisburg's Virtual Artsfest

Artsfest 2020 is going virtual! Artsfest is an annual festival held over Memorial Day weekend that typically draws thousands to Riverfront Park for a celebration of the arts. It features juried artisans and craftsmen from across the United States and Canada, entertainment, children’s activities, food trucks and more. This is the 52nd year of this
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Ice & Fire 2020
Feb 11, 2020 by Megan Roby

Experience Harrisburg's Ice & Fire Festival

Warm up your winter blues at the 3 rd annual Ice & Fire Festival in Downtown Harrisburg on Saturday, March 7 th from 11am – 8pm with tons of free activities for the whole family! Ice The festival will feature dozens of illuminated ice sculptures with Instagram-worthy photo opportunities. Five life-sized ice sculptures, including the opportunity to
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Kipona Wirewalkers
Aug 23, 2019 by Megan Roby

10 New Attractions at Harrisburg's Largest Festival

One of Central PA’s largest end-of-summer traditions continues with the 103 rd Kipona Festival along the banks of the Susquehanna River. Held over Labor Day weekend, August 31 – September 2, this three-day festival attracts over 70,000 guests each year, and features attractions for the entire family. Returning this year, will be the Native American
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