Harrisburg, PA – Ice Concepts will offer live ice-carving demonstrations at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 1 at the MLK Government Center, 10 N. 2nd St., in preparation for Harrisburg’s 2019 Ice & Fire Festival on Saturday.

The ice carving demonstration at the MLK Government Center will feature one of the life-sized ice sculptures along with the ice block building of the 33-foot ice slide in front of the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, 22 N 2nd St.

Soul Burrito will be serving lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the carving preview in front of the City Government Center.

The finished carvings will be unveiled at the second Ice & Fire festival, which will be held Saturday, March 2 from 1-9 p.m. in Downtown Harrisburg.

“We invite people from throughout the region to join us to celebrate the beauty of winter,” said Mayor Eric Papenfuse.  “In addition to the ice sculptures, there will be fire dancers, food trucks, music and activities for the whole family to enjoy.”

The Ice & Fire Festival will feature an ice-skating rink on Second Street with free ice skating and skate rentals, dozens of illuminated ice sculptures, a 33-foot ice slide, artist market, ice castle with appearances by Elsa, Anna and Kristoff, live musical performances, fire dancers, food trucks, glass blowing workshops, firepit lounge with smores and more along Second Street from Market to Pine Streets. The HBG Flea will offer a winter market in Strawberry Square from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ice skating, including skate rentals and the ice slide will be free.

The Ice & Fire festival will be held on Second Street between Market & Pine Streets. Road closures will include:

  • One lane of Second Street between Market and Walnut streets will close on Friday, March 1st at 9 a.m.
  • Second Street between Market & Pine Street will close on Friday, March 1st at 10 p.m.
  • Walnut, Locust & Pine Streets between 3rd and Front Streets will close at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 2
  • All road closures will end at Noon on Sunday, March 3.

The Market Square garage will offer $10 special event parking from 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.  In addition to the discounted garage rate, attendees can utilize the ParkMobile App to get up to 4 hours of free street parking using the “LUVHBG” code.  Here is a link to the ParkMobile App: http://us.parkmobile.com/mobile-apps. Street parking is free after 5 p.m.

“Without the support of our sponsors, we would not be able to put together this wonderful winter festival,” said Mayor Papenfuse, “I would like to give special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Explore HBG, M&T Bank, Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, UPMC Pinnacle, Aetna, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, Spirit Sound & Light, LLC, SP+ and Green Mountain Energy.”

For more information, contact Syeda Tayyeba, Communications Assistant, City of Harrisburg at [email protected], or at 717-255-7269.

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