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


Mayor Eric Papenfuse will hold a press conference at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 to announce the first “Ice & Fire” winter street festival, slated for 1-9 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018 in Downtown Harrisburg.

“The ‘Ice & Fire’ winter festival is designed to bring families downtown to enjoy our city during this beautiful time of year,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “We look forward to welcoming adults and children from throughout the region for a day of great food, music, ice skating and fun!”

The Ice & Fire Festival will feature an ice skating rink on Second Street, dozens of illuminated ice sculptures, a 50-foot winter themed snow mountain slide, toboggan snow tunnel, ice castle with appearances by Elsa, Anna and Kristoff, live musical performances, fire dancers, food trucks, ice bar and more.

There also will be a winter HBG Flea market in Strawberry Square from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

All performances and activities are free, including ice skate rentals.

“I especially would like to thank our Title Sponsors , Capital BlueCross and D&H Distributing, as well as our Ice Skating Rink Sponsor, Kamionka Entertainment Group,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “We also thank Visit Hershey Harrisburg, Marketing Sponsor; and Klock Entertainment, Lighting Sponsor. Without their support, we would not be able to organize this wonderful winter festival.”

The Ice & Fire festival will be held on Second Street between Market & Pine Streets. Road closures will include:
• Second Street between Market & Pine Street: closed at 10 p.m. Friday, March 2.
• Walnut, Locust & Pine Streets between 3rd and Front Streets: closed at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 3.

All road closures will end at noon Sunday, March 4.

The Market Square garage will offer $10 special event parking from 10 a.m. – 10 p.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. Parking on City Island will be free.

Special thanks to all of our sponsors, including Brick Haus, First National Bank, Gamut Theatre, Harrisburg University, Harristown/Strawberry Square, Harrisburg Young Professionals, Memorial Eye Institute, Open Stage Harrisburg and SP+.

Bureau of Police Invites Community to Meeting on Recent Events in City


In the recent weeks, residents of the area of 17th Street, Mulberry Street, and the surrounding community have been witness to
disturbing incidents. The Bureau of Police has invited the Keystone Crisis Intervention Team to Harrisburg.

The Keystone Crisis Intervention Team is a state crisis team that responds to crime related events to support crime victims, witnesses and communities in the recovery of an incident. The Bureau of Police of the City of Harrisburg invites you to a community gathering on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 6 p.m.  at the Hamilton Health Center, 110 South 17th St.

The purpose of the meeting is to talk about reactions and responses to what has happened in your community. It is to support you and your neighborhood. It is not to investigate, review, or assess the events that have taken place.  In addition, a resource table and staff members from several agencies will be there to offer resources. Although the media may know about the gathering, they will not be permitted to participate. We welcome your attendance.

If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Reiley at 717-614-4255.

Public Meetings: Harrisburg Bus Optimization and Shelter Design Study

Mayor Papenfuse Issues Statement on Death of U.S. Marshall in Harrisburg

Jan. 18, 2018
Here is statement from Mayor Eric Papenfuse regarding the police incident in Harrisburg this morning:
“Harrisburg mourns the loss this morning of a U.S. Marshall who died protecting our residents.  While serving a warrant as part of the U.S. Marshall’s task force, three officers were shot, including a Harrisburg police officer, who was wounded, bravely returned fire and critically injured the gunman.
An investigation is underway and Harrisburg police are cooperating with federal and county law enforcement officials.
No words can adequately express the sadness we feel at this moment as we contemplate the loss of yet another law enforcement officer in the line of duty. I extend my sincerest condolences to the family of the slain U.S. Marshall, to his colleagues and to all law enforcement officers who risk their lives each day to protect and to serve our city and our nation.”
For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis, Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg, at jdavis@harrisburg.gov or at 717 255 3015.

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!


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