Every year, dozens of festivals and events happen in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Whether planning on visiting Harrisburg during the summer, there are three festivals that are particularly fun to attend. Not only are these annual festivals enjoyable for the whole family, but they are also educational and provide a rich culture experience.
Pride Festival of Central Pennsylvania
The Pride Festival of Central Pennsylvania happens every year near the end of July in Harrisburg. As of 2013, it has been going on for 22 years. This festival celebrates pride for all walks of life and includes live music and performances, food, vendors to buy gifts and activities for kids. If the whole family is coming, check out Family Zone, which includes face painting, craft projects and vendors for kids.
Near the beginning of August every year is the Harrisburg Cultural Fest. This festival celebrates the different cultures in Pennsylvania, and is a way to teach children about cultural diversity. A lot of ethnic foods are available, as well as a Kid’s Corner, crafts and live music and performances. Lawn chairs are recommended as most performances are on stages with no seating aside from the grass. Feel free to bring the kids out and enjoy the outdoor playground equipment, as they learn something important at this Cultural Fest.
Kipona Wine Art and Blues Festival
This festival for adults also occurs in the summer, near the middle to end of August in Harrisburg. The Kipona Wine Art and Blues Festival is located at Riverfront Park and has live blues music, wine tasting, a chili cook-off and plenty of food and games.