Kipona: Labor Day Celebration
The greatest Labor Day celebration in Central Pennsylvania is right here on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg! Every September we celebrate achievements of American workers and pay homage to our great city with our annual Kipona festivities.
- Artist Market
- Family Fun Zone
- Kids Stage Schedule
- Live Music
- Native American Pow-Wow
- Paws in the Park
- More Activities
- Vendor Info
On September 5-7, 2020 the City of Harrisburg will proudly present the 103rd Annual Kipona Festival on Riverfront Park and City Island, sponsored by Visit Hershey & Harrisburg.
The festival features more than 30 food vendors, 2 live music stages with more than 30 bands, Artist Market with handmade arts and crafts, Family Fun Zone, Native American Pow-Wow, Biergarten, Festival of Colors, canoe and kayak races, crab cake eating contest, carnival games, the Annual Duck Derby rubber duck race in the Susquehanna River to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and much more! Fireworks will be held on Sunday, September 1 at approximately 8:15pm.
- Saturday, September 5 – 11am-8pm
- Sunday, September 6 – 11am-8pm
- Monday, September 7 – 11am-6pm
- Street parking is FREE on Sunday and Monday. On Saturday, 4 hours of free street parking is available using the code LUVHBG in the ParkMobile App.
- $10 special event parking in the Market Square Garage courtesy of SP Plus
- $5 parking on City Island
- Handicapped parking is available on State Street (by Front Street)
Additional Transportation Options
- The train station is a short 10-minute walk from the festival.
- Free bike parking will be provided by Recycle Bicycle at Market and North Streets along Front Street.
The City of Harrisburg relies on community partners to produce the Kipona Festival. This event attracts an estimated 75,000 guests and will offer exposure to a diverse crowd of local residents and regional visitors alike. Please review the sponsorship packet and contact Megan Roby at 717-255-3169 or [email protected] for more information about sponsorship opportunities.
50+ artisans will sell a variety of handcrafted items such as jewelry, artwork, apparel, pottery, glassworks, bath and body products, home décor and more. The full list of artisans will be available in August.
Enjoy FREE activities including face painting, kid’s craft, kid’s entertainment stage and more. There will be a FREE roller-skating rink with skates provided (Sunday) and FREE Bubble Festival with Grandpop Bubbles (Monday) where you can see bubbles up to 70-ft big and use a variety of wands to create your own. Carnival games and other small fee activities will also be available.
The full schedule will be available in August
Enjoy list music from 30 bands and acoustic musicians throughout the festival. The full lineup will be available in August.
Experience authentic Native American music, dancing, food, crafts and more during the 24th Annual Kipona Pow-Wow on City Island. Admission is free. The full schedule of daily activities will be available in August.
Bringing your pup to the festival? Be sure to make a pit stop at Pine Street to get cooled off and check out the dog friendly activities and vendors. The full schedule of daily activities will be available in August.
The wirewalkers return to the festival with a series of dramatic tightwire walks above the Susquehanna River. The performance schedule will be available in June.
Rubber Duck Race
Sunday, September 1 | 6pm
Hundreds of yellow rubber duckies will float down the Susquehanna River for the fourth annual Duck Derby to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Harrisburg. Check back soon for more details on where you can purchase your duck, prizes and more.
Dick Reese Canoe and Kayak Races
Monday, September 2 | 10am
Over eighty years ago, Kipona began as a canoe race along Harrisburg’s waterfront. The tradition continues this year along with the new addition of kayak races. There will be 1-mile and 3-mile canoe and kayak distance races starting at 10am. These races will be followed by 400 yard and 600 yard sprint races. The races are open to all ages and abilities and will be divided into different classes accordingly. All races will begin along the banks of Riverfront Park near Pine Street. Participants may use the provided 17-ft canoes or bring their own canoe or kayak for the distance races. The sprint races will be held in the provided canoes.
Check back soon for registration information.
Crab Cake Eating Contest
Monday, September 2 | 2:30pm
Sherri’s Crab Cakes will present the 5th Annual Crab Cake Eating Contest where contestants will vie for the title of Crab King and Crab Queen. Free registration for the contest is done at the Walnut Street Sherri’s Crab Cakes stand during the festival. The winners will each receive a $100 gift card.
Festival Sticker Design Contest
Members of the community were invited to create a design for the official 2019 festival sticker that showcased the meaning of Kipona “on sparkling water.” 1,000+ festival stickers with the winning design were distributed as giveaways at the festival.
Congratulation to Sarah Kula whose design was selected as the winning entry for the 2019 festival sticker design contest. To view Sarah’s design along with all other entries, please see here.
Art Vendors – Check back soon for the 2020 application.
Food Vendors – Submit your application by May 1 to get the discounted rate and best consideration on acceptance into the festival.
Non-Profit Vendors – Check back soon for the 2020 application.
Product Vendors – Check back soon for the 2020 application.
Please contact Megan Roby at 717-255-3169 or [email protected] for questions regarding vendor opportunities.