HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg has announced that Artsfest 2020 will go virtual amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are saddened the crowds will not be able to gather along Riverfront Park for this popular Memorial Day Weekend tradition, we are pleased to continue support for the artisans and arts through a virtual experience.  

Those interested in participating in the virtual Artsfest activities should follow the Facebook event and harrisburgpa.gov/Artsfest. Additional details will be available in the coming weeks.  

“Our top priority is the heath and safety of our residents, visitors and vendors. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials,” said Mayor Papenfuse.  

The City does not intend to keep this virtual format for next year and looks forward to welcoming visitors, vendors and the community back to Riverfront Park for Artsfest 2021 on May 29-31. In addition to the 2021 Artsfest, plans are underway for an enhanced Artist Market at the Kipona Festival scheduled for September 5-7, 2020.  

Artsfest is an annual festival held over Memorial Day Weekend that typically draws thousands of attendees to Riverfront Park for a celebration of the arts. It features 250 juried artists and craftsmen from across the United States and Canada, live entertainment, children’s activities, food trucks and more.  

Information about the facts and latest updates on COVID-19 is available on the websites of the PA Department of Health https://www.health.pa.gov/ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/. For local updates, the public is encouraged to monitor harrisburgpa.gov/coronavirus and the City’s social media (i.e. Facebook, Nextdoor, Twitter). Public inquiries on coronavirus related to City services can be emailed to [email protected]

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