Enjoy ArtsFest in Downtown Harrisburg

Find fun for families and kids this weekend at Riverfront Park, Harrisburg

May 25, 2023

The 55th annual Artsfest will feature 150+ juried artisans and craftsmen from across the country on May 27-29, 2023 in Riverfront Park. Hand-crafted pieces will be available for sale in sixteen different categories. The festival also features live entertainment, Jazzfest, a community ceramic mosaic project, Kidsfest, HBGFest powered by the HBG Flea, 25 food trucks and more.

KIDSFEST: The Kidsfest will provide fun for the whole family! Enjoy free activities such as face painting, balloon animals, DIY sidewalk chalk creations, and more art-centric kids activities each day of the festival. The popular circus activity station also returns in 2023 from 12-4pm each day. This area will feature demonstrations of tightwire walking along with interactive juggling, a mini tight wire, plate spinning and close up magic provided by American Tightwire. Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning & The Bridge will provide a free BYO bird house activity and coloring stations will be provided by Renewal by Andersen & Author Diana Jules-Peene. Jubilee Cake Studio will also provide quick cookie & cupcake decorating lessons for the first 300 kids each day.

Paint Parties by Joy will offer free colorful ostrich canvas painting classes at 11am and 12:30pm on May 27 and 28.

Menchey Music will offer a free “Instrument Petting Zoo” featuring a variety of instruments for kids to test out and receive simple lessons from their staff from 11am-5pm on May 27.

PARKING: $5 parking on City Island and $10 parking at the Market Square Garage from 8am-9pm courtesy of Park Harrisburg. Street parking is free on May 28 & 29. On May 27, street parking in the Downtown area is free after 5pm and you can get 4 hours of free street parking in the Downtown before that using the code LUVHBG in the Parkmobile app.  Handicapped parking spaces will be available on State Street near Front Street.

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