Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2018, at the MLK Government Center, 10 N. Second St., to announce plans for the July 4th Food Truck Festival. 

This year’s festival will be held 3-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4. It will include more than 40 food trucks with items such as artisanal pizza, barbecue, crab cake sandwiches, jumbo lobster roll, wraps, burrito’s and gourmet Reuben’s. Festival favorites such as kettle corn, cotton candy, fried Oreos and funnel cake will be available along with Farm Show milkshakes!

 “This year’s celebration promises to be one of the best yet,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “Last year’s festival drew nearly 35,000 visitors, an increase of 10,000 from previous years.  And we are expecting an even larger crowd this year.  I would like to give a special thanks to our Title Sponsor, Visit Hershey Harrisburg for helping to make this event possible.”

Non-stop entertainment will be featured on the Market Street Stage and on the acoustic music stage in Kunkle Plaza with performances by Maudlin Moon, Strangest Hearts, D-BO, Nearly York, Alex Allegra and Keith Goldstein.

Children’s Festival activities are free and include glitter tattoos, caricatures and balloons. Superheroes and princesses will meet and pose for pictures. Lawn games and activities will be available for play and children can also make a superhero mask with a princess or superhero for $5.

The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. and feature a 15- minute show produced by ZY Pyrotechnics. The fireworks will include over 1,000 shells launched from the City Island beach.

Following the fireworks, a free outdoor movie featuring Moana will be presented by the Midtown Cinema. The movie will be held near the live music stage between Market & Walnut Streets. The wayfinding princess will meet and pose for pictures.

Street parking on July 4th will be free, parking on City Island will be $5, and there will be $10 parking in the Market Square Garage from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Visit Hershey Harrisburg, ExploreHBG, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, D&H Distributing, UMPC Pinnacle, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, Green Mountain Energy, Strawberry Square and Adventure In Fun.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, at [email protected] or call 717-255-3015.




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June 13, 2018


HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg has acquired 39 of the 53 properties on South 14th Street that were affected by the sink hole that developed in March 2014. 

The City is purchasing affected homes in the 1400 block of South 14th Street in partnership with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Commonwealth Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Two rows of attached homes on either side of the block are slated for acquisition, and the City is now working with homeowners and renters to purchase the remaining 14 homes.

“We are pleased to announce that we are making great progress in resolving the dangerous situation that these sinkholes created for dozens of families,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse. “We thank the federal, state and county agencies for responding to our calls for help, and we thank residents for cooperating with our efforts to acquire these properties.”

The City has received a total of $5,779,099 in federal funding from FEMA and HUD to acquire and demolish the affected homes, help relocate the residents and tenants, and secure the sinkhole site. This work has been conducted in two phases.

The City also has been granted $1million from Dauphin County to rehabilitate the sink hole site after demolition is completed and the area turned into a green space.

In conjunction with PEMA and the Department of Community and Economic Development, the City is working with Navarro & Wright for property acquisitions and engineering services, and with Capital Access for renter relocation.

Almost $2 million has been spent thus far to acquire properties in the first two phases of the project.

Remaining homeowners have a deadline of June 30, 2018 to participate in the Buyout Program. Homeowners must confirm their desire to participate in the Buyout Program, and the City must have signed agreements from all participants by the end of June.

The City hopes to have all participating properties vacant by the end of June to begin utility relocation work and project demolition work at the site in July/August 2018.

The site will be prepared as green open space, per HUD/FEMA guidelines. The City is not permitted to place any structures on the site after the existing homes have been removed and the site has been remediated.

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or call 717 255 3015.


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Harrisburg’s First Ever Winter Street Festival Is Here!

Harrisburg is introducing on March 3 its first annual winter street festival — Ice & Fire! It will be the largest of its kind in the City!

There will be entertainment for everyone including giant inflatables for kids to slide on, a 70-foot ice skating rink in the middle of 2nd Street, fire dancers and MORE.

Did we mention, all of these things are free? Yup, you heard right — free skate rentals, no entry tickets for the bounce house or viewing ice sculptures. EVERYTHING is absolutely free!

In addition, there will be food trucks to fulfill any type of craving, live musical performances and a winter flea market.

Convinced yet? If not, the photos below should do the trick!

For more details please visit our event page.

Image Sources: Artificial Ice Events, Circus School of Lancaster, Ernie DiMartino, Strawberry Shortcakes, Big Chipper’s BBQ & Soul Burrito

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Harrisburg in the Snow

It’s a winter wonderland in Harrisburg right now! Everything from the MLK Government Center to Reservoir Park are covered in snow, and it’s a sight to behold!

Simply driving along Front Street makes one want to stop and take photos.

The Peace Garden, Sunken Garden and the bridges over the Susquehanna are especially beautiful with the thick blanket of white this winter has brought.

Don’t forget to take a break, bundle up and step outside to enjoy the beauty this season has to offer!

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102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is an annual agriculture show hosted at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex here in the City of Harrisburg. It is the largest indoor agriculture exposition featuring about 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits each year. The show provides the opportunity for people to see what Pennsylvania has to offer in the industry.

The Farm Show is usually held in the first or second week of January and lasts about 10 days. And as you will see from the photos, there is plenty to see and do. From petting farm animals to competitions to delicious food and famous milkshakes, there’s something for everyone!

In addition, this year, our very own Mayor Papenfuse participated in the “Fill a Glass with Hope” campaign hosted by the PA Dairymen’s Association by serving milkshakes. For every milkshake purchased, a dollar was donated to the cause.


–Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg

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