Free Garden Faire at Fort Hunter Park on May 2

Kids will love the live music, demonstrations, great food + more!

April 23, 2021

Enjoy lively music, dancing, blooming plants, tasty foods, exhibits, a variety of crafts and more at Dauphin County’s free Garden Faire on Sunday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at scenic Fort Hunter Park.  

Colorful annuals, herbs and old-fashioned perennials will be available for purchase. Knowledgeable gardeners will also be on hand to offer gardening tips. New craft vendors are among 30 participating vendors that will offer garden wares, soaps, accessories, jewelry and more. This year’s event sponsored by Doug Bonsall and Craig Staller will feature the Victorian Dance Ensemble as they will provide lively 1860s dancing with music from the Susquehanna Travellers. Enjoy a tasty lunch at the Barn, including overstuffed pretzel sandwiches. Mansion tours are available by reservation at for a minimal fee.

A host of special events will take place during the festival:

  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Take Home Children’s Activities
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Dauphin County Library System: MARCO
  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Susquehanna Art Museum’s Van Go! (canceled if raining)
  • 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Garden Chats
  • 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1 p.m.  – Victorian Dance Ensemble & Susquehanna Travellers
  • 1:00 p.m. – Cemetery Tour
  • 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – Maypole Dance
  • 2:30 p.m. – Croquet
  • 2:30 p.m. - Herb Gardening Demonstration with Erica Jo Shaffer
  • 3:15 p.m. – Gardening with Annuals Demonstration with Erica Jo Shaffer

The Harrisburg Chapter of Ikebana International will hold their Ikebana exhibition outside this year and the Susquehanna Bonsai Club will exhibit several bonsai specimens in the 1810 Stable. The Paxtang Art Association’s show and sale will be featured, once again, at the event.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, guests are asked to register in advance at to attend the event. Guests are also asked to wear masks and social distance while they visit this year’s

outdoor event.


Fort Hunter Mansion and Park is located at 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg. Fort Hunter is owned by Dauphin County and operated by Dauphin County Parks and Recreation.

For more information, please visit or call 717-599-5188. Connect with Dauphin County Parks and Recreation at, Instagram @dauphincounty_parksrec or