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The City of Harrisburg presents the M&T Bank Ice in the Burg event! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional Ice & Fire Festival will be modified to feature large and small ice sculptures throughout the City in locations such as City Island, Downtown, Midtown, Shipoke, Italian Lake and Reservoir Park. There will be a drive-thru experience featuring illuminated ice sculptures, a live ice carving, characters, stilt walker, musician and dance group at City Island on Friday, March 5 from 7-9pm. Come back to see 55 ice sculptures revealed in neighborhoods across the City on Saturday, March 6 from 10am-9pm and Sunday, March 7 from 10am-7pm. The sculptures will be illuminated on March 5 from 7-9pm. Attendees can also enjoy a unique outdoor table service dining experience on Saturday, March 6 from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Second Street, drink specials, family fun activities and more.

Extending the event over 3 days and expanding the blueprint to include additional neighborhoods will help spread out the foot traffic so everyone can safely enjoy this socially distanced, masked, outdoor event. While we will greatly miss having the ice skating rink, ice slide, performance groups and vendors that typically make up our traditional street festival, we are happy to provide a safe alternative for everyone to enjoy while providing an economic boost to our City businesses during these difficult times. We will look forward to bringing these activities back for the 2022 festival.

Event is sponsored by M&T Bank, Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, Explore HBG, Capital BlueCross, Commonwealth Charter Academy, Broad Street MarketUPMC Pinnacle, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District and Park Harrisburg.

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Event Schedule

Friday, March 5 | 7-9pm

  • Drive-thru experience on City Island featuring 14 illuminated ice sculptures, live ice carving, Frozen characters, stilt walker, Musician Dave McCullough, Susquehanna Dance Academy and more

Saturday, March 6 | 10am-9pm

  • 55 ice sculptures throughout Downtown, City Island, Midtown, Shipoke, Italian Lake and Reservoir Park (sculptures illuminated from 7-9pm)
  • Photo opp with “I  HBG” light display at 10 N 2nd St from 12-9pm
  • Civic Club of Harrisburg is hosting Frozen characters (11am-1pm & 2-4pm), bonfire, kids games and concessions from 12-7pm at 612 N Front St
  • McCormick Riverfront Library is offering ice painting from 3-7pm at 101 Walnut St
  • Outdoor dining on Saturday, March 6 from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Second Street. View participating restaurants in the program guide.
  • Coffee, cocoa and cocktail specials from participating locations throughout the City. View all specials in the program guide.

Sunday, March 7 | 10am-7pm

  • 55 ice sculptures throughout Downtown, City Island, Midtown, Shipoke, Italian Lake and Reservoir Park
  • McCormick Riverfront Library is offering ice painting from 3-7pm at 101 Walnut St
  • Coffee, cocoa and cocktail specials from participating locations throughout the City. View all specials in the program guide.

Plan Your Visit


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. $10 daily rate on Saturday and Sunday at the Market Square Garage courtesy of Park Harrisburg. The Walnut Street and Chestnut Street garages will also be available. 

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 – Free parking in the Zembo Shrine lots at 3rd and Shamokin St. 

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

Shipoke – Metered street parking available. 


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.


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

Please join us in following these responsible health safety practices

Practice Social Distancing

  • pThere will be marks 6-feet apart from each other in the food trucks lines. Please stand at these marks when in line to ensure social distancing.
  • pAfter receiving your food, please exit the line promptly to allow space for the next customer and to keep the line moving.
  • pThere will be one point of entry and one exit to the food truck area on City Island. Please see the map and follow the traffic pattern accordingly.
  • pIf eating your food or watching the fireworks in a public place, please respect those around you by staying at least 6-feet away from others in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

Limit Contact

  • pUse a credit card whenever possible.
  • pCondiment tables will not be available.
  • pNo-touch trash cans will be used.
  • pWe will not provide seating on the event grounds. Please bring your own chairs and blankets for seating if you intend to utilize the parks. You may NOT set up seating in the parking lots.

Be Healthy and Clean

  • pPer the Governor’s mandate, face masks are required.
  • pHand washing stations will be available. Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds each time. Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used when soap and water are not available.

Scavenger Hunt

Participate in the Ice in the Burg 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! View Kids Scavenger Hunt Sheet.

  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 the businesses below. All entrants will be notified by email on Tuesday, March 9.
    • Arooga’s, City Island Water Golf, Elementary Coffee Co, Good Brothas Book Cafe, Knead Slice Shop, Little Amps Coffee, Mangia Qui and Rubicon, Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat, Stock’s on 2nd, The Fix Cafe and Zembies


The City of Harrisburg relies on community partners to produce the Ice in the Burg event. Sponsors receive extensive media coverage, on-site promotion, promotional listings on billboards and marketing materials, guest speaker opportunities and much more. Please review the sponsorship packet and contact Megan Roby at 717-255-3169 or mmroby@harrisburgpa.gov for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

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