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HARRISBURG – The annual Ice & Fire Festival will be modified to “Ice in the Burg” on March 5-7, 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The modified event will feature more than 50 large and small ice sculptures and will be featured in locations throughout the City including City Island, Downtown, Midtown, Italian Lake and Reservoir Park.  

“We are very excited to provide a safe and free outdoor event,” said Mayor Papenfuse.  “The ice sculptures featured in different neighborhoods this year will allow families to explore the City while getting some fresh air and exercise.” 

Activities such as the ice slide, ice skating rink, live artist market, stage performances and firepit lounge will be paused for the 2021 event. Local businesses will offer activities and dining specials following Covid-19 guidelines.   

New additions to the event will include a drive-thru ice sculpture viewing experience on City Island on March 5 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. The drive-thru experience will allow attendees to safely view 10 illuminated sculptures, live ice carving, character appearances and more from their vehicle. ‘Eat in the Streets’ will feature a unique outdoor table service dining experience on Saturday, March 6 from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Second Street. Participating restaurants will be available at Harrisburgpa.gov/Ice.   

The ice sculptures will be available for viewing during the following dates and times:  

Friday, March 5 | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
City Island drive-thru  

Saturday, March 6 | 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 
Ice sculptures on City Island, Downtown, Midtown, Italian Lake & Reservoir Park (ice sculptures illuminated 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.)  

Sunday, March 7 | 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
Ice sculptures on City Island, Downtown, Midtown, Italian Lake & Reservoir Park (ice sculptures will remain in place until melted) 

The Market Square garage will offer $10 special event parking on Saturday and Sunday.  In addition to the discounted Market Square garage rate, attendees can utilize the ParkMobile App to get up to 4 hours of free street parking using the “LUVHBG” code on Saturday, March 6. Street parking is free after 5 p.m. on Saturday and free all day on Sunday. Free parking is also available on City Island.  

“Without the support of our sponsors, we would not be able to put together this wonderful winter event,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “I would like to give special thanks to our title sponsor M&T Bank along with all of our sponsors, including Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, Explore HBG, Capital BlueCross, Harrisburg University of Science & Technology, UPMC, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, Commonwealth Charter Academy and Park Harrisburg.”