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Ice & Fire Festival

M&T Bank presents the Ice & Fire Festival on Saturday, March 5 from 11am-9pm in the City of Harrisburg. The event will feature large and small ice sculptures throughout the City in locations such as City Island, Downtown, Italian Lake, Midtown, Reservoir Park and Shipoke. There will also be a street festival in the Downtown area from 11am-8pm featuring an ice slide, fire dancers, live ice carving, fire pits and smores, performances by local school and community groups, food trucks, vendors, a cocktail/coffee/cocoa crawl and more. Check back for all event activities as they are announced.

EVENT SPONSORS: M&T Bank, Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, Explore HBG, UPMC, T-Mobile, Green Mountain Energy, AmeriHealth Caritas, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District and Park Harrisburg.

Event Schedule

Saturday, March 5 | Throughout the City

  • 11am-9pm: View dozens of ice sculptures throughout Downtown, City Island, Midtown, Shipoke, Italian Lake and Reservoir Park. Sculptures will be illuminated from 7-9pm.

Saturday, March 5 | Downtown

  • 11am-8pm: Street festival in the Downtown area featuring an ice slide, fire dancers, fire pits and smores, performances by local school and community groups, free kids activities, food trucks, vendors, DIY glass icicle workshops and more. Check back in February for more details and times for all activities.
  • All Day: Coffee, cocoa and cocktail specials from participating locations throughout the City. View all specials and hours of participating businesses in the program guide when available.

Plan Your Visit

PARKING:

Downtown – Street parking is free after 5pm on Saturday and free all day on Sunday. Get 4 hours of free Downtown street parking using the code LUVHBG on the Parkmobile app. A discounted $10 daily rate is available at the Market Square Garage courtesy of Park Harrisburg on March 5. The River Street, Walnut Street and Chestnut Street garages (standard rates apply).

City Island – Free parking is available. 

Midtown – Free parking at the Greenworks Development parking lots #2 and #4 at Reily and Logan St. Free parking at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School parking lot (1205 N 6th St). Free 2 hour parking in the parking lots at Fulton and Verbeke St. Metered street parking is available.

Italian Lake – Street parking is available

Reservoir Park – Free parking in the parking lot off of Reservoir Dr.

Shipoke – Metered street parking available. 

TRANSIT: 

The train station is located Downtown with easy access to ice sculptures, restaurants and more. Bus stops are located throughout all neighborhoods. View the bus schedule.

EXPLORE THE CITY: 

Find all the best restaurants, shopping, family fun activities, entertainment and places to stay at www.explorehbg.com

Scavenger Hunt

Participate in the Ice & Fire Festival Scavenger Hunt Contest during the event for the chance to win gift cards from City of Harrisburg businesses. Follow these steps to participate and read the full contest rules here. You can also get a printable kids scavenger hunt sheet so they can play along for fun! 

  1. Scan the QR code on the ice sculpture sign using your cell phone’s camera. You will be directed to an online form.
  2. Enter your email on the form. Each ice sculpture = one entry, but you must visit AT LEAST 10 ice sculptures to be eligible to win. The more you visit, the better your chances of winning! 
  3. Two winners will be randomly selected to win gift cards to City of Harrisburg businesses. All entrants will be notified by email on Tuesday, March 8.

Event Sponsors

The City of Harrisburg relies on community partners to produce the Ice & Fire Festival. Sponsors receive extensive media coverage, on-site promotion, promotional listings on billboards and marketing materials, guest speaker opportunities and much more. Please contact Cortney Ranck-Cameron at 717-255-3033 or clranckcameron@harrisburgpa.gov for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

Ice Sculpture Sponsors

An art vendor sells items they have personally handcrafted such as pottery, jewelry, glass, fibers, bath & body, leather, wood and more. Applications are due Friday, January 28.

A food vendor has a food truck, concessions trailer or tent set-up and/or prepares food on-site that is meant to be consumed at the festival. Applications are due Friday, January 7.

A specialty food vendor has a tent set-up and/or sells pre-made, pre-packaged food that is not meant to be consumed at the festival. Applications are due Friday, January 28.

A product vendor is a business that wishes to sell items and/or disburse information about their products or services. Applications are due Friday, January 28.

A non-profit vendor is a registered non-profit organization that wishes to sell items and/or disburse information about their services. Applications are due Friday, January 28.

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