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.

Source: http://www.farmshow.pa.gov

–Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg

New Year’s Eve Celebration 2018

Our New Year’s Eve celebration kicked off at 9 p.m. inside the MLK Government Center. There were two Free performances by the Gamut Theatre Group that were enjoyed by children and adults alike. The Popcorn Hat Players did a skit called “Little Red Riding Hood” which was geared more towards children but they did a fantastic job of keeping the adults entertained as well. Next up was the TMI Improve Troupe who were energetic and very funny.

Outside the MLK Government Center, a DJ played top hits. People danced and waited for the Giant Strawberry Drop.

Despite the freezing temperatures, hundreds came out and enjoyed the dazzling fireworks at the end.

If you missed out this year, make sure you join us for 2019!

–Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg

Discover the Ducks Downtown

Have you walked around downtown and seen painted duck sculptures and wondered what they were? Well, wonder no more! Discover the Ducks Downtown is a project by the Downtown Improvement District. These are painted by local artists and can be spotted throughout the city. 

The ducks beautify the city and are enjoyable to see on walks around the city. Here are photos of a few of our favorites, but there is a map that shows where you can spot all of them! Show us your favorite one by snapping a photo and tagging us on Instagram @thecityofhbg. 

–Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg

Broad Street Market

Have you been to our city’s source of locally produced goods? Well, if not, you must come to Broad St. Market! This place features everything from delicious cuisines to groceries to even jewelry and flowers.

There is always something new to try! The options are endless, so it never gets boring. And you won’t be satisfied by just trying one place. The best way to enjoy is by coming here with a few people, dispersing to different vendors and coming back and sharing everything! You never thought of that did you? 

Location: 1233 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102

Vendor Info: https://www.broadstreetmarket.org/vendors/

–Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg

Sunsets on the Susquehanna River


One of our city’s greatest asset is the beautiful Susquehanna River that runs along Front Street. Our downtown is developed on the river’s east side and is nearly a mile long, making Harrisburg the largest city located on the lower part of the river. It flows southeast across South Central Pennsylvania.

If you’ve never walked or driven along this route, you need to. There’s never a dull view!

The best time to come out by the river is right before sunset, whether it’s on Front Street or at the concrete beach on City Island. The sunsets you will see are among the most breathtaking anywhere in the world.

Sources: http://www.visitcentralpa.org/things-to-do/the-susquehanna-river

–Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg