Kick off Summer with the annual Harrisburg Arts Festival. This juried fine arts festival has been around since 1966, and every year draws tens of thousands of visitors. Enjoy the works of artist from across the state, along with lots of delicious food, local music, and children’s activities. This quirky gem is a must-see for any lover of art, of community, or of fun. This three-day event takes place along the Susquehanna River and features a little something for everyone.
Artwork at the Harrisburg Arts Festival is juried and runs the gambit of hand-made jewelry and custom fabrics, as well as original paintings and mixed media arts. But in addition to the flare and quality expected of most fine arts festivals, the Harrisburg Arts Festival has a bit of a quirky taste too, that makes it oddly fun and unique. Take for instance that through the streets, artists also sell hand-made hula hoops and across the way, an artist is selling fully-functional refurbished bikes. In this subtle but real way, this festival transcends from being merely an art show to being a full-fledged community event. And the crowds respond. For this event and these 250+ artists, crowds of 30,000 are the norm.
Adjoining the Harrisburg Arts Festival is an annual film festival at the local civic club. This addendum has been going strong since 1999, and has become for many a fixture of the revelry that is this arts festival. There are also fun activities for children and a whole section of kid vendors selling marshmallow shooters and duct tape wallets. Community art projects like the popular Peace wall. The Peace Wall is a public canvas in which anyone is welcome to draw, paint, or sketch their representation of peace and hope for the future.
Admission is FREE, and parking is in town.