Spring Activities and Events

As we say goodbye to winter and the city becomes alive with the bloom of nature, there's no shortage of things to do and see. Dive into our picturesque hiking and biking trails, meander through the city's captivating murals, and immerse yourself in the lively spring events that showcase our community's diverse culture. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures or indoor exploration on rainy days, Harrisburg has something for everyone to enjoy this season.

Hiking + Biking Trails

Biking riverfront

Our city boasts an array of picturesque trails, inviting you to explore and immerse yourself in the serene landscapes that define our region. Whether you're strolling along the tranquil paths of Riverfront Park, discovering the diverse wildlife of Wildwood Park, enjoying the recreational offerings of City Island, or delving into the captivating history of Fort Hunter Park and Mansion, there's something for everyone to enjoy. 

Check out the Capital Area Greenbelt, a 20 mile loop through and around Harrisburg, best explored on a bike!

Bonus things to do out while at the trails:

  1. Art in the Wild exhibit from April through September as you bike or walk the trails at Wildwood Park.

  2. Fort Hunter Mansion Tours

  3. City Island: Water Golf with the kids and sunset views of the city

Wildwood Spring
2023 Art in the Wild 


If you love art and are looking for a trail that you can follow on your own, Harrisburg is home to 40 large-scale murals clustered throughout the City. The Mural Trail by Sprocket Mural Works is a curated collection of murals showcasing the city's vibrant arts scene, featuring a diverse range of styles and themes. From larger-than-life portraits to abstract compositions, each mural adds a unique touch to Harrisburg's urban landscape. Follow the trail map to discover these stunning works of art, and immerse yourself in the creativity and culture of our city.

Bonus: Check out Murals & More: A Walk of Art, an audio-led walking tour of public art in Harrisburg.

Mural HBG

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Check out Harrisburg's exciting lineup of spring events that celebrate the season and our community's diverse culture. From the lively St. Patrick's Day Parade, filled with music, dancing, and plenty of green, to City organized community events like Bird and Nature Walks where families can enjoy free guided tour to learn about native birds and plants in Harrisburg. Don't miss the Garden Faire and other Dauphin County events, where you can shop craft & garden vendors, learn Victorian dancing and more, or the Zembo Shrine Circus, a beloved tradition featuring thrilling performances under the big top. And for art enthusiasts, Artsfest offers a showcase of creativity with a variety of mediums on display. End spring by celebrating Juneteenth with YPOC-Harrisburg. 

For a full list of events, visit our calendar of events.

Rainy Day Activities

When the rain falls in Harrisburg, it's the perfect opportunity to explore the city's indoor treasures. Head to the Pennsylvania State Museum for a fascinating journey through the region's history, culture, and natural wonders, with interactive exhibits and educational displays for all ages. Dive into the world of art at the Art Association, where you can admire local and international works of art (for FREE) or even sign up for classes to unleash your own creativity. If you're a film enthusiast, escape the rain at Midtown Cinema, a cozy independent theater showcasing a diverse selection of films, from classics to contemporary gems. And for a dose of live entertainment for both kids and adults, catch a performance at Harrisburg's many theatres like Gamut Theatre, where talented actors bring classic plays and innovative productions to life on stage.

Harrisburg Art Galleries Art Association of Harrisburg

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