Greater Harrisburg's Community Magazine

Community Corner: Notable July Events


Coloring Contest
July 1-31: Children ages 5 to 10 are invited to participate in Wildwood Park’s second annual coloring contest. Young artists may submit a Wildwood-themed, 8½-by-11 hand-drawn, portrait-style coloring page using colored pencils, crayons or markers. Entries may be submitted to the Nature Center, via mail or email throughout July.

HBG Flea
July 2: Shop the HBG Flea for local art, vintage treasures, curated curios and unique gifts, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg. The mission of the HBG Flea is to create a platform for community growth by bringing artists, small businesses and patrons together.

4th Celebration
July 3: Enjoy a July 4th celebration at the Star Barn Village, Newville Rd., Elizabethtown, 3 to 9 p.m. Take a ride through Herr’s Mill Covered Bridge, self-guided tours of The Star Barn Village attractions, visits with animals, tractor-pulled wagon and pony rides, games, art displays, demonstrations, train rides, fireworks and more.

Holiday Concert
July 3: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Independence Day celebration returns with a Hershey Symphony Orchestra concert, 500 University Dr., Hershey, 7:30 p.m. Ice cream and water will be provided, and food and drink will be available for purchase from food trucks. The rain date is July 4.

4th of July Concert
July 4: Join the Friends of New Cumberland Public Library for a 4th of July concert with the New Cumberland Town Band on the Library Lawn, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be concessions for sale during the concert.

Taste of Independence
July 4: Harrisburg toasts the nation’s birth with a July 4th Food Trucks and Fireworks featuring food trucks, live music, a wine garden, kids’ activities and more in Riverfront Park, 1 to 9 p.m. The annual fireworks display follows at dark.

Declaration Reading
July 4: The Historical Society of Dauphin County presents the 12th annual public reading of the Declaration of Independence with John Harris Jr. reenactor David Biser from the porch of the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 S. Front St., Harrisburg. Readings will take place on the hour at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., with a special candlelight reading at 8 p.m.

Film Fridays
July 8, 22: Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, will show “Roll Bounce” at 7 p.m. and June 24 at 2 p.m. The film follows Xavier, a teenage boy in Chicago, who struggles with the loss of his mother and turns to roller-skating as a way to deal with his angst.

Outdoor Movies
July 8, 22: Dauphin County Parks and Recreation presents Sunset Series Movie Night at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, with screenings of “Luca” on July 8 and “Soul” on July 22. The movies begin at 8:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or grab refreshments from the Friends of Fort Hunter concession stand.

Shipoke Flea
July 9: The annual Shipoke Flea returns, with a wide assortment of goods available for purchase. The event, organized by the Shipoke Neighborhood Association, runs 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. along the 500- to 800-blocks of S. Front Street, Harrisburg.

Volunteer Day 
July 9: Enjoy the outdoors and help with park and habitat enhancement projects at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tools and work gloves will be provided, and refreshments will be available.

Pump Primers
July 9: PA Pump Primers’ Annual Antique Fire Apparatus Show and Muster returns to Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A parade of antique fire trucks will leave the PA Farm Show building and travel to Riverfront Park, where they will be on view all day. Speak to owners, play games, grab food and listen to music.

Music Fest
July 9: Head to Midtown for the Millworks Music Festival at 340 Verbeke St., Harrisburg, 1 to 7 p.m., for a day of music, food, art and beer, as a benefit for the Broad Street Market.

Book Sale
July 9-14: Palmyra Public Library hosts its annual used book sale at Palmyra First United Methodist Church, 520 E. Birch St. The book sale opens on July 9 with an early preview from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Admission is $5 per person. Customers should bring their own boxes or bags.

Outdoor Play
July 13: Exchange screen time for Kids Discover-Outdoor Play at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 1 to 3 p.m. Join a naturalist at Fort Hunter to discover a variety of creative outdoor games anyone can play at home. Kids can think creatively, move around and have fun.

Food Rally
July 14: Enjoy fresh, savory foods at the New Cumberland Food Truck & Restaurant Rally every second Thursday of the month, 5 to 8 p.m. Grab dinner from area food trucks or New Cumberland restaurants, and enjoy shopping and special promotions at local businesses.

Curiosity Kids
July 14, 28: Kids ages 3 to 6 are invited to Curiosity Kids to learn about density on July 14 and the history of the general store on July 28, at the State Museum of PA, 300 North St., Harrisburg, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is included with general admission to the museum, but space is limited.

3rd in the Burg
July 15: Explore the best of Harrisburg during 3rd in the Burg, the monthly arts and culture event, where you can visit and enjoy galleries, restaurants and art spaces throughout downtown and Midtown, 6 to 9 p.m.

July 16: Sample more than 60 craft brews while listening to music and tasting food from area food trucks at the 10th Annual Dauphin County Brewfest on the front lawn of Fort Hunter Mansion, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door and $15 for designated drivers.

Boat Service
July 17: Salem UCC will host a casual ecumenical service on the Pride of the Susquehanna, an event free and open to the public. The boat leaves the dock at 10 a.m., and the service is followed by a picnic on City Island.

Flower Walk
July 17: Take a walk at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., to view joe-pye weed, pokeweed, three species of monarda and two species of jewelweed. Learn how these flowers were named and some of their early and even modern-day uses.

Vision Bowl
July 18: Bowl a couple of games, learn about vision loss programs and support Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania at the annual Vision Bowl, which starts at 6 p.m. at ABC East Lanes, 1001 Eisenhower Blvd., Harrisburg. Entry fee includes bowling, food, refreshments and a T-shirt. To learn more, contact Cheryl Cuddy at or call VROCP at 717-238-2531.

Harrisburg Mile
July 20: Join the annual sprint down Front Street or just watch from the sidelines during the 41st annual Harrisburg Mile. The race starts at 5:30 p.m. with a fun run and continues through 8 p.m. with age group, corporate challenge and elite heats, with a celebration at the finish line.

Heritage Days
July 21-24: Tuscarora Valley Heritage Days will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. each day at 6201 Route 75, East Waterford, with an antique tractor show, flea market and live music. Find Tuscarora Valley Heritage Days on Facebook for details.

Golf Scramble
July 22: The Children’s Dyslexia Center of Central Pennsylvania hosts its 15th Annual Harrisburg Consistory A.S.S.R. Golf Scramble at the Rich Valley Golf Course, 227 Rich Valley Rd., Mechanicsburg. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m. Registration forms are due no later than July 15.

Dutch Days
July 27-30: Head to Richfield Dutch Days, Basom Memorial Park, Richfield, for summer family fun, rides, bingo, food, fireworks and more. Enjoy a Dutch menu throughout the week. An outdoor picnic, church service and parade will be held on Sunday evening.

Evening Mixer
July 29: Join West Shore Chamber of Commerce for an evening mixer at Cedar Run, 824 Lisburn Rd., Camp Hill, 4 to 6 p.m. This free event is open to chamber members. Potential members are welcome to attend two free chamber events.

Bus Tour
July 30: The Historic Harrisburg Association hosts its second annual bus tour of local landmarks, featuring African American heritage sites in Cumberland County, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Pride Fest
July 30:
The Pride Festival of Central PA celebrates its 30th anniversary, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with music, food, performances, vendors and fun, at Emergency Responders Plaza, 3rd and North streets (behind the State Museum of PA), Harrisburg. Daylong parking for $10 is available at the 7th Street Garage. Pride requests a $10 donation for admission to the festival.

Nature & Art Fest
July 30: Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art hosts its annual Nature and Art Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at MYO Park, Millersburg. The free festival includes food and craft vendors, education and art presentations, make-it-yourself bluebird boxes, live music and more.

Concert Series
July 31: Harrisburg Young Professionals hosts a free concert with Natalie Ness at Italian Lake, N. 3rd and Division streets, Harrisburg, 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, picnic blankets and snacks.


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