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.
On August 31-September 2, 2019 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 40 food vendors, 2 live music stages with more than 30 bands, Artist Market with handmade arts and crafts, Biergarten, Native American Pow-Wow, Festival of Colors, canoe races, crab cake eating contest, Family Fun Zone, 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, August 31 – 11am-8pm
- Sunday, September 1 – 11am-8pm
- Monday, September 2 – 11am-7pm
- 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
The train station is a short 10 minute walk from the festival and there is a bus stop just one block away. Free bike parking will be provided by Recycle Bicycle at Market and North Street along Front Street.
2019 Festival Sticker Design Contest
Members of the community are invited to create a design for the official festival sticker that showcases the meaning of Kipona “on sparkling water.” The festival stickers will be used to publicize the event and thousands of copies will be shared with event attendees. Review the submission form below for full contest rules.
The City of Harrisburg relies on community partners to produce the Kipona Festival. Sponsors receive extensive media coverage, booth spaces at the event, promotional listings on billboards and marketing materials, guest speaker opportunities and much more.
This event attracts an estimated 70,000 guests and will offer exposure to a diverse crowd of local residents and regional visitors alike. Please contact Megan Roby at 717-255-3169 or [email protected] for more information about sponsorship opportunities.
Please see below for the 2019 vendor application forms. This annual event attracts 70,000 attendees from across the region.
Art Vendors – Submit your application by April 22 to get the discounted rate and best consideration on acceptance into the festival. Vendors must sell items that are handcrafted to participate in the Artist Village area.
Food Vendors – Submit your application by April 22 to get the discounted rate and best consideration on acceptance into the festival.
Non-Profit Vendors – Submit your application by Monday, May 20. Non-profit vendors must be a 501 (c) (3).
Product Vendors – Submit your application by April 22 to get the discounted rate and best consideration on acceptance into the festival. Please be specific regarding the products/services that you sell to ensure proper placement with potential competitors.
Please contact Megan Roby at 717-255-3169 or [email protected] for questions regarding vendor opportunities.