HBG Blog

Category - Special Events

St Patrick's Day Parade
Mar 4, 2024 by Sydney Musser

Harrisburg's St. Patrick's Day Parade is Back!

March is the luckiest month to be in downtown Harrisburg! With a schedule packed full of activities, festivals, and more, there is something to do nearly every weekend. The Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade stands at the top of that list: held on Saturday, March 16, starting at 2 p.m. in downtown Harrisburg, it contains a wide assortment of
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Jul 12, 2021 by Karen Hendricks

Mural Magic: Harrisburg Mural Festival Returns in 2021

Just like a breathtakingly long fireworks display, this year’s #HBGMuralFest is spread out over the entire summer. There will be pops of color added to the city’s streetscape, now through September, and by the end of the summer, the number of Harrisburg’s murals will surpass a milestone—50! While mural art seems to appear like magic, there’s
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Dogs in the DID Program 20201
Jul 7, 2021 by Sydney Musser

Dogs in the D.I.D.

Sit. Stay. Submit your photos! The Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District (DID) encourages you to enjoy the sights of downtown Harrisburg with their new “Dogs in the DID” initiative. Harrisburg is a great place to live and visit – not just for humans, but also their furry friends! “Dogs in the DID” hopes to bring you and your pups downtown to
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Harrisburg's July 4th Celebration 2020
Jun 23, 2021 by Devan Drabik

July 4th Food Trucks & Fireworks

On Sunday, July 4, 2021, the City of Harrisburg will host the July 4th Food Trucks & Fireworks along Riverfront Park from 3pm to 9:30pm. This event will feature food trucks, live music, a wine garden, kids activities and the largest fireworks display in Central PA! (Click HERE to download the event guide & map.) Fireworks: The PHFA July 4th
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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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Harrisburg Outdoor Dining Mural
Apr 28, 2021 by Sydney Musser & Devan Drabik

Dining in the Street is Back!

May is here, bringing warm weather, longer days and the return of Harrisburg's outdoor dining-in-the-street program! Starting on May 1st and running all summer long, Harrisburg's innovative outdoor dining experience, “Saturday Nights in the City” will return to downtown Harrisburg. Every Saturday, from 5pm to 10pm, Second Street, North Street,
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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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Aug 24, 2020 by Sydney Musser

Harrisburg's Takeout Month

September just got a whole lot tastier with takeout options for everyone. The Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District (DID) is excited to introduce Takeout Month throughout the month of September 2020 to support our local restaurants. It has never been easier to taste all the unique flavors of our great Harrisburg restaurants. Takeout Month is a
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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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What's New
Jun 18, 2019 by Sydney Musser

Summer in Downtown Harrisburg

You can hear the whooping of ecstatic children as the school year ends, and smell the smoky-sweet scent of grills heating up in preparation for cookouts. The snow and ice of winter are long gone; the sun is shining, and the skies are blue. The days feel limitless – it’s time to explore and try new things! There’s no better place to start your
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