HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Kipona Festival, a Harrisburg Labor Day tradition, returns this weekend.
The Kipona Festival honors Native American traditions and showcases Native American crafts, dances, and music.
The three-day event will feature a Native American Pow Wow, live music, a family fun zone, food trucks, and even wirewalkers.
This year, the festival will also include its first-ever laser light show choreographed to music. The 25-minute show will be presented on Sunday night around 8:15 over the Susquehanna River from City Island, offering great views from Riverfront Park. according to a press release.
“The City of Harrisburg has never had anything as unique as a laser light show,” said Harrisburg Mayor Wanda Williams in the press release. “We were presented the opportunity to try something new that the whole family can enjoy. We hope it’s something we can bring back for future festivals.”
The wirewalkers will be suspended 50 feet above the Susquehanna River and will navigate from the Walnut Street Bridge to the lower Riverwalk, according to a release from the city. The walks will take place at noon all three days of the festival plus at 5 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. on Saturday and at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The event will also include canoe and kayak races, which will start at 10 a.m. on Monday. People can register in person to participate until 9 a.m. on race day.
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“We want people to have a great time at Kipona. Every year and every event we put on in the city, people have a blast,” said Matt Maisel, Communications Director for the City of Harrisburg.
Street parking is free all day on Sunday, Sept. 4, and Monday, Sept. 5, and is free after 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3. You can also use the code “LUVHBG” to get four hours of free street parking before 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The festival begins Saturday and runs through Monday. This will be its 106th year.