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Friday night fun in Harrisburg

Des Sera performs on the main stage for 3rd in the Burg
Des Sera performs on the main stage for 3rd in the Burg
Midtown Scholar Bookstore

As the capital city of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg has its share of fun things to do, especially on a Friday night. Typically, this is the first evening that those working traditional 9-5 jobs can let their hair down and relax, and they do so in a wide variety of ways.

Below are some great ideas for Friday night entertainment and enjoyment in the ‘Burg.

Cuisine for All Palates

Tastes run the gamut, as do pocketbooks, so it’s nice to know that Harrisburg offers plenty of eateries.

For those seeking high-end culinary treasures, Bricco and Mangia Qui always aim to please. These are terrific options for group dining, or date nights.

People who are more in the mood for lots of food and a social ambiance will find The Firehouse Restaurant and the Gingerbread Man Downtown to be their liking.

Finally, individuals who want a fast food price tag without sacrificing quality will love Neato Burrito and The Pita Pit. As a bonus, there are healthy options at both. For a more café style, try Tomato Pie Café for a relaxing environment and unique and healthy café option.

Always Something to Do…

Not everyone wants to sit at home on a Friday and watch re-runs of 1990s Lifetime movies or whatever is playing On Demand. That’s where Harrisburg’s plethora of activity options comes into play.

For theatre-goers and movie lovers, there are often shows at the Gamut Theatre, Open Stage, Theatre Harrisburg and the Regal Great Escape at the Harrisburg Mall. On a regular basis, The Forum has dancing, singing, comedy, orchestras and other acts.

Those who are more into sitting back with a good cup of coffee and a great book in a café atmosphere flock to the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. More a destination than a place to simply peruse through bookshelves, the Midtown Scholar regularly hosts events like poetry readings, improvisational acts and author discussions.

Of course the many towns surrounding Harrisburg are only a few minutes away: Camp Hill, Hershey, Middletown, New Cumberland, Carlisle and Mechanicsburg. Each has its own Friday gems as well, which means every weekend of the year can be an opportunity to make a wonderful memory.