Downtown Harrisburg’s Riverfront Park is the setting for the Kipona Festival.
The festival is held on Labor Day weekend, by the Susquehann River and the festival gets its name, ‘Kipona’, from the American Indian name that means ‘Sparkling Waters’.
Activities include the Kipona Canoe races, and juried ArtFest, the Rubber Duck Regatta, dragon boat races, and the Pennsylvania State Chili Cook-off! A native American pow-wow is also held, with exhibits of tepees and native American dances and rituals. There is quite a wide range of events for the entire family.
Don’t forget music! It does not seem to be a Harrisburg festival if there is no music. In a similar, but smaller fashion to the American Music Festival, stages are set up with a wide variety of musical genres. You will definitely find the type of music that makes you dance (or smile at least!)
Fireworks are held on Labor Day to call an end to the festivities.
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