Join the City of Harrisburg for the 108th annual Kipona Festival on August 31 – September 2, 2024. The 3-day event will feature a Family Fun Zone, Multicultural Celebration, Native American Pow-Wow, fireworks, live music, Art in the Park, food trucks, beer/wine garden, and more.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

– August 31: 11am-7pm

– September 1: 11am-8pm (*fireworks at 8:15pm)

– September 2: 11am-6pm

Check back in mid-August for the full schedule of all activities

PARKING/TRANSIT:

– Street parking is FREE on Sunday and Monday. On Saturday, use the code LUVHBG to receive 4 hours of free street parking in the Downtown area.

– $5 parking on City Island

– The Market Square Garage is discounted to $10 from 10am-10pm courtesy of Park Harrisburg.

– The train station is a short 3 block walk away.

ROAD CLOSURES

– Front Street will be closed from Forster to Walnut from 9am Friday, August 30 until midnight on Monday, September 2

– From 7-9pm on Sunday, September 1:

      • West Shore traffic will be able to enter & exit the City Island parking lot but will NOT be able to access Front Street via the Market Street Bridge.
      • East Shore traffic will NOT be able to access Market Street from 2nd Street to the West Shore.
      • Traffic will not be able to access Front Street from Walnut Street from 8:15-9pm.

SPONSORS:

Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, Explore HBG, PHFA, Capital Blue Cross, UPMC, T-Mobile, American Remodeling/Epoxy Floor Experts, Leaf Filter, Green Mountain Energy, Renewal By Andersen, Sundance Vacations, Wireless Nation-Verizon Wireless Zone, Park Harrisburg

FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL:

Fox Pest Control, Sheetz

FESTIVAL FAVORITES

NATIVE AMERICAN POW-WOW

This annual tradition features Native foods, crafts, dances, music and more on City Island. There will be a flutist, Aztec Fire Dancers, intertribal and specialty dancing,  Candy Dance, Iroquois social dancing and more.

 

 

Chinese Dragon Dance

MULTICULTURAL CELEBRATION

A wide variety of cultures will be highlighted through performances, demonstrations, and vendor booths. This area will be located in Riverfront Park between Market and Walnut Streets.

Interested in participating in the Multicultural Celebration? Contact [email protected]

Bubble Festival

BUBBLE FESTIVAL

Attendees of all ages are invited to join Grandpop Bubbles as he creates the biggest bubbles you will ever see – some as large as 70 feet! There will also be a variety of wands and plenty of bubble juice for everyone to have a day of bubble fun!

PHFA FIREWORKS

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1  |  8:15PM

Enjoy watching the PHFA fireworks display illuminate the Susquehanna River waterfront. The show will begin at 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, September 1. The optimal viewing area for the show is along Riverfront Park between Walnut & Forster Streets, but the show will be visible from miles of space along the park and other locations throughout the City as well.

Fireworks Sponsor - PHFA

 

 

UPMC FAMILY FUN ZONE

The UPMC Family Fun Zone will feature free activities for the whole family in Riverfront Park near Forster Street. Enjoy face painting, balloon animals, entertainers, a bubbles festival on Monday, and much more! Check back closer to the event for a list of daily attractions and entertainers.

EVERYDAY

  • FREE face painting & balloon animals
  • Pay-to-play carnival games, sand art, and a giant fun slide
  • Pay-to-play activities on City Island including the railroad, mini golf, Pride of the Susquehanna, and Harrisburg Beach Club

Family Fun Zone Sponsor - UPMC 

LIVE MUSIC

Enjoy performances from 17 local bands and musicians at the Capital Blue Cross stage located beside Liberty Street. We will also have bands and dance groups performing in the Multicultural Celebration stage near Market Street.

Stage Sponsor - Capital Blue Cross

ART IN THE PARK

Over 50 artisans will be set up along the riverfront during the festival. Shop a variety of handcrafted items such as jewelry, artwork, apparel, pottery, glassworks, bath and body products, home décor and more.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

FOOD TRUCKS

A variety of food trucks will be on-site serving festival favorites such as funnel cakes, fresh cut fries, sausages, cheesesteaks, burgers, freshly squeezed lemonade, gyros and more.

BEER & WINE GARDEN

Enjoy a beer from City breweries and wine from local wineries along the riverfront while listening to live music.

EXPLORE THE CITY

CITY ISLAND

Plan a day of family fun on City Island! Take a ride on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat, play a round of mini golf, tour the island aboard the City Railroad or enjoy a snack from Cafe Huey on their riverside deck. The island is also home to the Harrisburg Senators baseball team.

MURAL TRAIL

Harrisburg has 40+ murals to help brighten your day and boost your spirits. Explore Sprocket Muralwork’s Harrisburg Mural Trail to get a little inspiration, morale boost, and good old fashioned exercise. Get the map at www.sprocketmuralworks.com.

VISIT HERSHEY HARRISBURG ADVENTURE TRAIL

The VHH Adventure Trail highlights outdoor experiences for Hiking, Biking, Kayaking and Family Fun. Go for a stroll on the scenic 21 miles of the Capital Area Greenbelt, explore 8 trails at Wildwood Park, paddle along the Susquehanna River or head just outside the City for more adventures.

View all stops on the VHH Adventure Trail at visithersheyharrisburg.org

BREW BARONS BEER TRAIL

Participate in an interactive craft beer adventure in Harrisburg & Hershey. The trail features over 20 breweries, including 3 that are in the City. Be sure to download the Brew Barons Beer Trail app on your phone and check in as you visit each brewery to earn prizes. For full details, visit www.visithersheyharrisburg.org/things-to-do/beer-trails. See below for a list of breweries in the City.

Appalachian Brewing Company  |          Boneshire Taps at SOMA  |  The Millworks    The Vegetable Hunter  |  Zeroday Brewing Co. 

dessert

SWEET TREAT TRAIL

Satisfy your sweet tooth by visiting more than 20 sweet locations in Harrisburg and Hershey, including 5 in the City. Check in to 8 locations online to earn a free Hershey’s drawstring bag. Learn more at https://www.visithersheyharrisburg.org/trails/sweet-treat-trail

PLAN YOUR STAY

With so much to see and experience at the event and throughout the City, consider staying for the weekend to maximize your visit. View nearby hotels and bed and breakfasts in the City at www.explorehbg.com/stay

SPONSORS

The City of Harrisburg relies on community partners to produce the Kipona Festival. This event will offer exposure to a diverse crowd of local residents and regional visitors alike. Please review the sponsorship packet and contact Cortney Ranck-Cameron at [email protected] for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

PRESENTING SPONSOR: VISIT HERSHEY & HARRISBURG
MARKETING SPONSOR: EXPLORE HARRISBURG
Marketing Sponsor - Explore HBG
FIREWORKS SPONSOR: PHFA
Fireworks Sponsor - PHFA
FAMILY FUN ZONE SPONSOR: UPMC
Family Fun Zone Sponsor - UPMC
STAGE SPONSOR: CAPITAL BLUE CROSS
SUPPORTING SPONSOR: T-MOBILE
COMMUNITY SPONSOR: AMERICAN REMODELING / EPOXY FLOOR EXPERTS
COMMUNITY SPONSOR: GREEN MOUNTAIN ENERGY
Community Sponsor - Green Mountain Energy
COMMUNITY SPONSOR: LEAF FILTER
Community Sponsor - Leaf Filter
COMMUNITY SPONSOR: SUNDANCE VACATIONS
COMMUNITY SPONSOR: RENEWAL BY ANDERSEN
Community Sponsor - Renewal By Andersen
COMMUNITY SPONSOR:
WIRELESS NATION – VERIZON WIRELESS ZONE
PARKING SPONSOR: PARK HARRISBURG
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FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL

VENDORS

If you are interested in being a vendor at the event and are not on our vendor communications list, please complete the online vendor interest form here

The 2024 art vendor application is due Wednesday, June 5. This application is open to artisans selling handmade items. Buy-sell items are not permitted.

The 2024 food vendor application is due Wednesday, June 5. This application is for food trucks, trailers, and tents that sell food made on-site that is meant to be consumed on-site.

FOOD SAFETY INFO

FOOD OPERATIONS & BEST PRACTICES

The 2024 shopping vendor application is due Wednesday, June 5. This application is for vendors selling products on-site that can be taken home with them. Examples include bicycles, apparel, petcare items, etc. This form is not intended for businesses disbursing information on their services or products to shop outside the festival, which would require a sponsorship.

The 2024 specialty food vendor application is due Wednesday, June 5. This application is for tented vendors selling pre-made, pre-packaged items that are not necessarily meant to be consumed on-site. Examples include baked goods, bottled sauces, loose leaf tea, etc.

The 2024 non-profit vendor application is due Wednesday, June 5. This application is for groups with 501(c) 3 status.

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