If you love the arts but don't enjoy the hustle and high prices of big cities, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is the perfect place to visit. The state capital boasts a number of arts fairs throughout the year, in addition to thriving concert series with local and visiting artists. Here are the top three places to go to enjoy the arts in this historic city.
Founded in 1926, the Theatre Harrisburg is the region's community theatre. The playhouse puts on a number of diverse, full-scale productions each season. It has many different show times and family-friendly productions, and always strives to put community first.
Harrisburg's Riverfront Park is home to a number of local arts festivals. The Greater Harrisburg ArtsFest — which draws around 10,000 people and features work from 250 vendors — takes place in late May. This festival has something for everyone, whether you like Impressionist-style paintings or eclectic modern art featuring anything from melted clocks to large rat traps.
If you love the Bard, though, you may want to wait until June to visit, as the Harrisburg Shakespeare Company puts on free plays in the park's Levitt Pavilion. The Central Pennsylvania Commerce Bank Jazz Festival also occurs in June, while the American MusicFest is held in July. Visit the park all year long to see an 1898 mansion turned into an art gallery.
The city's State Forum is an Art Deco-styled government building hosting a number of concerts and events each. It's the home of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, which present seven classical and three "pops" series per year. A number of other concerts and lectures are held in the auditorium each year.