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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, Hit the Angles 360, Green Mountain Energy, Harrisburg 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 are traditionally held on Labor Day during the festival. Unfortunately, the 2021 races are cancelled due to high water levels. We look forward to having the races return in 2022 to benefit Harrisburg Making Connections Outdoors.

WIREWALKERS

Traditionally, the talented American Tightwire entertainers perform a series of dramatic walks across a tightwire above the Susquehanna River. However, due to the high water levels this year, the tightwire walks will take place in Riverfront Park near Walnut Street from 12-3pm Saturday-Monday. Attendees can also try to walk the short wire with the assistance of one of their professional coaches.

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. View the schedule of events here.

 

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 near South Street. The space will offer water dishes to keep your pup hydrated, a dog treat vendor, free pup cup from Farm Show Milkshakes, animal & human
caricatures by Neillustrations, nail trims from 11am-2pm each day (suggested $5 donation to HSHA) & training series by Keystone K-9. The trainings are from 1-1:15pm and include “Anxiety Issues” on Saturday, “Socializaton Issues” on Sunday & “Training in a COVID World” on Monday. 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 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.

View a list of participating vendors here. 

 

LIVE MUSIC

Enjoy performances from 35 local bands and musicians at two stages. There will also be 11 acoustic performers in the biergarten.

View the full schedule of performances at all 3 stages here.

 

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.

View the foodie guide here.

BIERGARTEN

Enjoy a beer from Zeroday Brewing, Boneshire Brew Works and The Millworks along the riverfront between Locust and Cranberry Streets.

WINE GARDEN

Enjoy a glass of wine from local wineries and vineyards at the Civic Club of Harrisburg’s riverfront garden. Participating vendors include J&P Winery, Nissley Vineyards & Cheers To You Mobile. 

 

 

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. 

View the schedule of activities here.

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

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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

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
Supporting Sponsor - Hit the Angles 360
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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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