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Join the City of Harrisburg for the 106th annual Kipona Festival! The 3-day event will feature food, fireworks, live music, Artist Market, Family Fun Zone, Native American Pow-Wow, Soul Smirk Fitness & Wellness Zone, biergarten, Dick Reese canoe & kayak races, wirewalkers and more.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

– September 3: 11am-8pm

– September 4: 11am-8pm with fireworks to follow at 8:15pm

– September 5: 11am-6pm

Check back in August for the full schedule of all activities

PARKING/TRANSIT:

– Street parking is FREE on Sunday and Monday. On Saturday, Downtown street parking is free after 5pm and the code LUVHBG can be used before that to receive 4 hours of free street parking.

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

– Recycle Bicycle will provide free bike parking along Front Street near Market & Forster Streets.

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

SPONSORS:

Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, Explore HBGHarrisburg Downtown Improvement District, Park Harrisburg

Share your experiences with us using #KiponaHBG.

FESTIVAL FAVORITES

DICK REESE CANOE AND KAYAK RACES

The annual Dick Reese canoe & kayak races return to the festival on Monday, September 5. 

WIREWALKERS

The talented American Tightwire entertainers will perform a series of dramatic walks across a tightwire above the Susquehanna River. 

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, Iroquois social dancing, Candy Dance, intertribal and specialty dancing and more. 

Check back in August for the full schedule.

 

PAWS IN THE PARK

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the festival & will enjoy making a pit-stop at the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area (HSHA) & Keystone K9 Paws in the Park area along the riverfront. The space will offer water dishes to keep your pup hydrated, a dog treat vendor, free pup cup from Farm Show Milkshakes, and more. HSHA will also have pet items, merchandise, games, giveaways & helpful tips on pet ownership, adoption & more.

SOUL SMIRK FITNESS & WELLNESS ZONE

Enjoy a variety of free fitness classes offered by Soul Smirk along the Riverfront on City Island during the event. Classes include Yoga, Zumba, Cardio, HIIT and more. There will even be glow yoga and Zumba classes and a sunrise yoga class! The space is managed by Soul Smirk Yoga & Mindfullness in partnership with Zumbalicious, Two Wolves Strength & Conditioning, Community Yoga Space & Rob Heck.

View the full schedule of classes and sign-up here.

 

FIREWORKS

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 | 8:15PM

Enjoy watching the fireworks display illuminate the Susquehanna River waterfront. The show will begin at approximately 8:15 p.m. and can be viewed from miles of space along Riverfront Park, City Island and other locations in the City of Harrisburg.

 

ARTIST MARKET

Over 40 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.

Check back in August for a list of participating artisans. 

 

LIVE MUSIC

Enjoy performances from more than 30 local bands and musicians at two stages. 

Check back in August for the performance schedule.

 

 

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.

BIERGARTEN

Enjoy a beer from Zeroday Brewing and other City breweries along the riverfront.

 

 

 

FAMILY FUN

There will be free face painting, balloon animals, craft, entertainment stage and more. There will also be a few pay-to-play carnival games and sand art. The entertainment stage will feature more than 20 acts including live children’s theatre, educational presentations, a magician, martial arts class, puppet show, live bug presentation, youth yoga classes and more.

Check back in August for the full schedule.

Families can also ride the railroad, play a round of mini golf or sail aboard the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat on City Island.

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. 

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.

Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting the 2022 event! It would not be possible without your support.

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VENDORS

If you are interested in being a vendor at the 2022 Kipona Festival, please complete the appropriate application below and return by email to [email protected] by Friday, June 17. We will begin to send acceptance notices on Friday, July 8 so we recommend applying prior to that for best consideration on acceptance.  

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

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. 

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. 

A non-profit vendor is a registered non-profit organization that wishes to sell items and/or disburse information about their services.

A product vendor is a business that wishes to sell items and/or disburse information about their products or services.

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