CONTACT: Matt Maisel
Director of Communications, City of Harrisburg
(717) 255-7295
[email protected]

July 5, 2023

HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, and ten crowd-favorite restaurants are excited to welcome the return of outdoor street dining, beginning Saturday, July 8, along Second Street in Downtown Harrisburg.

Second Saturdays in the City will allow restaurants and bars to extend seating out onto the street for service between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Second Street will close to vehicular traffic from Market to Pine Streets, as well as Locust and Walnut Streets up to Third Street from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

“We’ve heard a lot from people that they really enjoyed when the City closed down Second Street on the weekends for dinner during the pandemic,” said Mayor Wanda R.D. Williams. “Our businesses up and down Second [Street] have been tremendous, and we want to thank them for participating because we think this will give them a little boost in business for a few extra Saturdays this summer.”

Second Saturdays in the City will take place each of the second Saturday of the month for the rest of season, with future dates on August 12 and September 9. The latter will lead into the Downtown Improvement District’s Harrisburg Restaurant Week, which runs from September 11-15 and September 18-22.

Restaurants participating in the inaugural Second Saturday on July 8 include: Arooga’s, Bacco Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Brick Haus, Café Fresco, Carley’s Ristorante & Piano Bar, Federal Taphouse, JB Lovedraft’s, McGrath’s Irish Pub, Palumbo’s, and Stock’s On Second.

“There has been a demand to bring [street dining] back,” said Todd Vander Woude, Executive Director of the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District. “This is an opportunity for the restaurants to embrace their creativity and explore different dining options, while also allowing the community to enjoy great food in a unique setting.”

In the event of inclement weather, Second Saturdays will not be rescheduled.

Contact Harrisburg DID Marketing Specialist Sydney Musser at [email protected] or City of Harrisburg Communications Director Matt Maisel at [email protected] for any additional questions.