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Join the City of Harrisburg for the 105th 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:

– Available mid-August

PARKING/TRANSIT:

– Street parking is FREE on Sunday and Monday and the code LUVHBG can be used to receive 4 hours of free street parking on Saturday.

– The Market Square Garage is discounted to $10 from 9am-10pm on 9/4-9/5 and from 9am-7pm on 9/6 courtesy of Park Harrisburg. 

– Recycle Bicycle will provide free bike parking at the event.

– The train station is just 3 blocks away.

SPONSORS:

Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, Explore HBG, PHFA, T-Mobile, UPMC, Capital BlueCross, Belco Community Credit Union, Renewal by Anderson, Mid Penn Bank, Staybridge Suites, AAA Central Penn, Green Mountain Energy, Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, Park Harrisburg

The event program will be available mid-August. Share your experiences with us using #KiponaHBG.

FESTIVAL FAVORITES

DICK REESE CANOE AND KAYAK RACES

The annual Dick Reese Kipona Canoe and Kayak Races will be held at the northern tip of City Island on September 6 starting at 10 am. Registration is $15/person or $45 per family of 3 or more racers, and includes a t-shirt for each racer. Participants can register in advance at https://www.ccghpa.com/kipona-race/ or on Saturday, Sunday or 8-9 a.m. Monday at the Canoe Club of Harrisburg vendor booth. Participants may use the provided 17-ft canoes or bring their own canoe or kayak for the distance races. Proceeds will benefit Harrisburg Making Connections Outdoors, a volunteer organization of the Sierra Club that provides outdoor experiences to urban youth.

WIREWALKERS

American Tightwire will perform a series of impressive tightwire walks above the Susquehanna River from the Walnut Street Bridge to the riverbank. Their performance schedule is below.

9/4 – 12 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. (night walk)

9/5 – 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.

9/6 – 12 p.m.

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 mid-August for the full schedule of events. 

PAWS IN THE PARK

Your furry friends will enjoy this festival as well! There will be an area dedicated to doggie treats, water stations and 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! Check back mid-August for the full schedule.

 

FIREWORKS

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 | 8:15PM

Enjoy watching the PHFA 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.

FIREWORKS

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 mid-August for a list of participating vendors.

LIVE MUSIC

Enjoy performances from over 30 local bands and musicians at two stages. There will also be acoustic performers in the biergarten.

Check back in mid-August for the full line-up.

 

FOOD & BEVERAGE

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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. Check back in mid-August for the foodie guide!

BIERGARTEN

Zeroday Brewing, Boneshire Brew Works and The Millworks will offer a biergarten along the riverfront. 

 

 

FAMILY FUN

There will be free face painting, balloon animals, craft and more. There will also be small fee pay-to-play activities such as sand art and carnival games. 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.

SATURDAY NIGHTS – DINING IN THE STREETS

Saturday Nights in the City returns every Saturday in September from 5-10pm! Enjoy an expanded outdoor dining area in the streets at some of your favorite City restaurants. This initiative was made possible by Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District and The City of Harrisburg. Be aware of the following street closures.

– Second from Market to Pine | Walnut Street from Second to Third | North Street from Susquehanna to Third (westbound only) | State Street from Church to Second (westbound only) | North Street from Second to Buttonwood | Conoy Street

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. 

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.

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

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

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 Megan Roby at 717-255-3169 or mmroby@harrisburgpa.gov for more information about sponsorship opportunities.

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Supporting Sponsor - Belco Community Credit Union
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Supporting Sponsor - Staybridge Suites
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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 clranckcameron@harrisburgpa.gov by Friday, July 23. We will begin to send acceptance notices on Friday, July 16 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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