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For Immediate Release

Melissa Mesones-Ortiz
Communications Coordinator

February 24, 2022

Harrisburg, PA – Mayor Wanda R.D. Williams will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 3 to announce the 5th annual Ice & Fire Festival presented by M&T Bank. The event will be held on Saturday, March 5 from 11am-8pm.

“We are very excited about the fifth year of this winter festival” said Mayor Williams, “we have doubled the number of ice sculptures from our 2020 event and will display them in neighborhoods throughout the City.”

The festival will feature nearly 60 ice sculptures located in Downtown, City Island, Midtown, Italian Lake, Reservoir Park and Shipoke starting at 11am on March 5. The sculptures will be illuminated in a variety of colors from 7-9pm.

There will be a street festival in the Downtown area on Front Street from Walnut to Liberty Streets from 11am-8pm on March 5. There will be a giant ice slide, fire dancers, a live ice carving, fire pits and smores, performances by school and community groups, kids activities, glass blowing workshops, Urban Churn’s Frozen Inferno spicy ice cream challenge, food trucks, artisans, vendors and more.

City businesses across the City will also join in the fun by offering a variety of activities. Ice and fire themed cocktail and coffee specials will be offered by businesses in the Downtown and Midtown areas. South Mountain Carriage Company will offer horse drawn carriage rides around City Island from 1-6pm for the rate of $45 for up to 4 adults. A variety of free craft activities will also be offered at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, the Civic Club of Harrisburg, the Susquehanna Art Museum and the McCormick Riverfront Library for select hours of the event. The Whitaker Center will also open its Science Center and Digital Cinema for standard rates from 9:30am-3pm.

For all event details, including ice sculpture locations, the schedule of events, foodie guide and more, please view the event guide posted at https://harrisburgpa.gov/ice.

“We are very appreciative of all the event and ice sculptures sponsors that help this event continue to grow,” said Mayor Williams, “I would like to give special thanks to all of our event sponsors, including M&T Bank, Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, UPMC, T-Mobile, Planet Fitness, Green Mountain Energy, Amerihealth Caritas, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District and Park Harrisburg.”

The Market Square Garage will offer discounted $10 parking from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. courtesy of Park Harrisburg. Additionally, attendees can utilize the ParkMobile app to get up to 4 hours of free street parking in the Downtown area using the code “LUVHBG.” Street parking is free in the Downtown area after 5 p.m. Attendees can also park for free on City Island, the lot on Reservoir Drive and Reservoir Park, Greenworks Development lots #2 and #4 on Reily and Logan Streets in Midtown, and the 2-hour public parking lot at Verbeke and Fulton Streets in Midtown. Street parking is available throughout the City.

Front Street will be closed from Walnut to Forster Streets from 8pm Friday, March 4 until 11:59pm on Saturday, March 5.

For more information, contact Melissa Mesones-Ortiz, Communications Coordinator, at [email protected] or call 717-255-6584.