2020 Kipona celebration to feature food trucks, virtual entertainment


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The City of Harrisburg’s 104th annual Kipona celebration has been modified to feature a hybrid of in-person and virtual activities Labor Day weekend from September 5-7.

“While we are saddened the crowds will not be able to gather along Riverfront Park as we traditionally do each Labor Day Weekend, we are pleased to offer a safe alternative celebration,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “Kipona may look different this year, but we look forward to offering all of the festival favorites with this hybrid celebration. I would like to give a special thanks to our Title Sponsor, Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, for their help in making this event possible.” 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration will feature a hybrid of in-person Saturday only and virtual activities all 3 days. The in-person activities will include 15 food trucks offering takeout. Masks are required to enter the food truck area.

On Saturday, September 5 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on City Island followed by fireworks at 8:15 p.m. Social distancing practices should be followed while enjoying the fireworks. Live stream fireworks will also be available on Facebook.

The virtual activities include an online marketplace, performance videos, kids activities, and more.

Participants will be able to support local artisans and small businesses by shopping handcrafted wares, specialty foods, and other products.

Free street parking will be available after 5 p.m. from Chestnut to State streets. All other street parking is free after 7 p.m. Parking on City Island will be $5. The Market Square Garage will offer a $10 discounted event rate, courtesy of SP+ from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Handicapped parking will be available on City Island.  

Visit harrisburgpa.gov/kipona for more details.

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