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Community Corner: Notable September Events

September Community Corner

Mural Festival
Sept. 1-10: Ten murals will be painted in 10 days, thanks to Sprocket Mural Works’ inaugural Harrisburg Mural Festival. In addition to the painting of murals, the festival will feature a kickoff event, artist talks and meet and greets, ending with a party at the PA State Capitol. Visit

Graffiti Removal
Sept. 1-7: During the 2017 Mural Festival, Friends of Midtown Beautification Committee volunteers will be available to help residents and business owners remove graffiti. Contact Cate Rowe at for information on how to participate.

HBG Flea
Sept. 2: Shop the HBG Flea for local art, vintage treasures and curated curios at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit for more details.

Sept. 2-4: Enjoy the annual Kipona celebration along the Harrisburg riverfront and on City Island with food vendors, a Native American pow-wow, canoe races, music, carnival games, children’s events and more. Visit

Arts Fundraiser
Sept. 3: Perry County Council of the Arts will host its annual fundraising event, Country Casual, at the Winery at Hunters Valley, 3 Orchard Rd., Liverpool, 4 to 8 p.m. Join the nonprofit community arts council for silent and live auctions, live music, local fare, adult beverages and a great view. Visit

Brewers’ Symposium
Sept. 7-8: Brewers of Pennsylvania will host the third annual Mid-Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium at the Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center, State College. The event includes a keynote address from House Liquor Control Committee Democratic Chairman Paul Costa and seminars from leaders in the craft brewing industry. Visit

Blood Drive
Sept. 8: Donate blood to save a life in our community. Stop by the Wells Fargo Bank entrance on the outside of Harrisburg Mall, 2 to 6 p.m., to support the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank. Visit for more information.

Foreign Film Friday
Sept. 8: Join Fredricksen Library for “Wadjda,” a story of a girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. Showings are at 2 and 7 p.m. Visit

Jazz & Wine Fest
Sept. 8-10: The Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival celebrates its 11th anniversary with music and wine in Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg. Local and national artists will join eight area wineries for the three-day event. Weekend passes are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Visit

LHACC Festival
Sept. 9: The Hispanic Heritage Festival returns to Allison Hill with an array of food, entertainment and culture, celebrating our area’s rapidly growing Latino community. The event, organized by the Latino Hispanic American Community Center, runs 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Derry Street between 13th and 14th streets, Harrisburg. Visit the LHACC Facebook page for more.

Flea Market
Sept. 9: Join the Ladies Auxiliary of the Linglestown Fire Co., 5901 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, for an indoor flea market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit or call 717-652-4166 or 645-1596.

Volunteer Work Day
Sept. 9: Head to Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, to help with continuing park and habitat enhancement projects, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Snacks, tools and work gloves will be provided. Bring a water bottle. Refreshments will be available. Visit

Fort Hunter Day
Sept. 9: Celebrate fall with a craft show, children’s crafts and games, exhibits, farm animals, music, demonstrations, food and more, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg. Enjoy Colebrook Road on the Corncrib Stage and participate in the apple pie baking contest. Visit for more details.

Kindness Festival
Sept. 9: Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple will host the first Loving Kindness Festival, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Dickinson College Holland Union Building, 28 N. College Street, Carlisle. The festival is a free introduction to meditation, yoga and related activities. For more details, visit

Community Paint Day
Sept. 9: Join the creativity of the Harrisburg Mural Festival by helping to paint a mural on fabric that will be installed in the city, 2 to 6 p.m. at Zeroday Brewing Co., 250 Reily St., Harrisburg. Visit

Arts Festival
Sept. 9: The Hummelstown Arts Festival will be held at the Hummelstown Fire Co., 249 E. Main St., 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy works by juried artists, a silent auction, live music, a wine bar and catered appetizers. Visit the Facebook page: Hummelstown Arts Festival.

Boxing Event
Sept. 9: Titans Boxing Promotions will host “Proving Grounds II: Crosstown Throwdown,” featuring nine bouts, some with local fighters, at the PA State Farm Show Complex, 2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, 6-11 p.m. Visit

Diversity Festival
Sept. 10: Experience world music, dance, food and culture at the third annual Unity in Diversity Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Schaffner Park, Hummelstown. Enjoy multicultural entertainment, food, crafts and other activities. To learn more, visit Unity in Diversity Festival on Facebook.

Food Truck Fest
Sept. 10: The 2017 Wish Upon a Food Truck Festival will be held at the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event includes children’s activities and characters, music, a special wish reveal and more. Visit

Gallery Walk
Sept. 10: Two-dozen venues will open their doors for the Art Association of Harrisburg’s 29th annual Gallery Walk. The event runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the city, including in non-traditional art spaces rarely open to the public. For details, visit

History Talk
Sept. 10: Harrisburg historian Calobe Jackson, Jr. presents the story of James Reese Europe, an African-American ragtime and early jazz bandleader, 2 p.m., at the Harris-Cameron Mansion, 219 S. Front St., Harrisburg. Visit

9-11 Observance
Sept. 11: The Pennsylvania National Fire Museum, 1820 N. 4th St., Harrisburg, will host a 9-11 anniversary observance. Throughout the morning and afternoon, the museum will hold a series of events commemorating the 16th anniversary of the attack. Visit

Restaurant Week
Sept. 11-22: Harrisburg’s premier dining event is back, now spanning two weeks, Sept. 11-15 and 18-22 Enjoy three dinnertime courses for $30 for single diners or a special deal of $40 for a couple at participating restaurants. Visit

Archaeology at Fort Hunter
Sept. 11-Oct. 6: The State Museum of Pennsylvania will conduct its annual excavation at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg. The public is welcome to visit. Archaeologists will be on site weekdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit

Photo Talk
Sept. 12: Matthew Christopher, author of “Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences” and “Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream,” will speak at the Harrisburg Camera Club’s 2017 kickoff meeting in the community room of Giant, 3300 Trindle Rd., Camp Hill, 7 p.m. Visit

Puppies and Pints
Sept. 13: Join Harrisburg Young Professionals at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, 1110 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., for its first Puppies and Pints event, benefiting Miffy’s Animal Rescue. Miffy’s will bring several dogs that need a home. Visit 

Mega Mixer
Sept. 14: Join the members of West Shore, Greater Carlisle Area, Mechanicsburg and Shippensburg chambers of commerce for the 11th Annual Mega Mixer at the U.S. Army Heritage Center Foundation, Carlisle, 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy food and great connections. Registration required. Visit for more details.

Film & Talk
Sept. 14: Harrisburg Jewish Community Center, 3301 N. Front St., will host a free viewing of “Salam Neighbor,” 7 p.m. “Salam Neighbor” is the story of two filmmakers who embed themselves in a Syrian refugee camp. A discussion and light refreshments will follow. Donations will be accepted to help local refugee families. Visit

3rd in The Burg
Sept. 15: Enjoy the best of Harrisburg during 3rd in the Burg, the monthly arts and culture event at galleries, restaurants and art spaces throughout downtown and Midtown. Check out all the action at­

Film Festival
Sept. 15-20: The Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival will be held at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg. The festival will include more than 40 feature, short and documentary films. Visit for more details.

Art on the Farm
Sept. 16: Carlisle Arts & Learning Center and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture will host Art on the Farm, a collaborative fundraiser, at Dickinson College Farm, Boiling Springs, 4 p.m. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres by local restaurants and craft beer and wines, a local, fresh dinner and live and silent auctions. Visit or

Fall Fest
Sat. 16: St. Theresa Parish presents the 2nd annual Fall Fun Fest at St. Theresa School, 1200 Bridge St., New Cumberland, 4 to 10 p.m. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to enjoy food trucks, desserts, adult beverages, games for children, basket raffles and a DJ. For more details, email or 

Leisure Bike Ride
Sept. 17: The Harrisburg Bicycle Club’s Three Creek Century ride will be held at the Penn Township Fire Department, 1750 Pine Rd., Newville. This ride offers quiet rural roads that wind through beautiful western Cumberland County. Details can be found at

Sept. 21: West Shore Chamber of Commerce, 4211 Trindle Rd., Camp Hill, will host a Member Benefits Luncheon, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Chamber members and non-members are invited for a complimentary lunch to learn more about the chamber and network with members. Visit

Business After Hours
Sept. 21: Mingle with business professionals at Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC’s free networking event at David’s Furniture & Interiors, 5078 Jonestown Rd., Harrisburg, 5 to 7 p.m. Visit

Cirque Italia
Sept. 21-24: Cirque Italia, the first traveling water circus, will perform at Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., with an experience combining technology and the performing arts. Tickets are $10 to $50. For more details, visit

Dress for Success
Sept. 21-24: Shop for professional clothing with Dress for Success/Suits to Careers, next to New York & Co. on the lower level of the Harrisburg Mall. Most items are $5 to $10. Sale days are Sept. 21 to 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sept. 24, 12 to 3 p.m. On Sunday, make a donation of $20 to fill a bag. Visit

Fall Book Sale
Sept. 21-24: Shop the Friends of Fredricksen Fall Book & Media Sale at Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill. The library will hold a special preview sale on Sept. 21 and a bag sale on Sept. 24. Visit

Local Lunch
Sept. 23: Join Friends of Midtown at its monthly community lunch, which will be held at Crawdaddy’s, 1500 N. 6th St., Harrisburg, 12 to 2 p.m. Contact or visit

Sept. 24: The annual celebration of all-things canine returns to Harrisburg’s Riverfront Park, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring music, food, prizes and the largest pet adoption event on the East Coast. Visit

Celebrate Wildwood
Sept. 24: Celebrate Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 12 to 4 p.m. Enjoy kids’ activities, environmental education, music, food vendors, used book sale and a Walk for Wildlife, beginning at 1 p.m. Visit for more details.

Dinner & Talk
Sept. 28: Foreign Policy Association of Harrisburg hosts Heather Conley, director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., in a dinner and free talk on “Western Europe in a Time of Upheaval” at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, Camp Hill, 7:30 p.m. Visit

Annual Fundraiser
Sept. 30: Friends of Fort Hunter hosts its Centennial Barn Bash—Denim, Dining & Dancing annual gala and fundraiser at the Centennial Barn at Fort Hunter Park, 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy delicious food and a signature event drink by Stocks Catering, music by Hemlock Hollow and a gallery by Harrisburg photographer Paul Vasiliades. Visit

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