Kipona Festival brings food and entertainment to Harrisburg, plus a COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Kipona Festival in Harrisburg kicked off on Saturday and closed out on Monday and there was plenty to see and do for people of all ages.

It was the 105th year of the event, featuring food trucks and vendors that are providing a variety of food options on Riverfront Park and City Island. The weather was great for the final day, too.

There was also the opportunity to shop for clothing and other unique items.

Organizers say it was a great three-day event after last year’s festival was a one-day food truck experience. This year, there was plenty of live music and entertainment, including a pow wow to help people learn about the importance of Native American culture. Plus, there were fireworks Sunday night.

“We dance in honor of many things,” Diane Larkin said. “We dance to honor the earth and for the sky, all the elements, the wind, the water and the fire. We dance for those who have passed and those who are ill.”

The event was spread out so people could enjoy the festivities from City Island River Front Park all the way to Forrester Street to help with social distancing efforts.

“Having it this year is great. I have been down here for two days so it’s my second day and it is great seeing people out and people that you didn’t see for while due to COVID,” Charles Anderson, festival attendee, said.

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There was free parking in the city Sunday and Monday but visitors did have to pay $5 to park on City Island.

Kipona also hosted a vaccination clinic near the Walnut Street Bridge. More than 50 people received shorts during the three-day festival.

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