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Community Corner: Notable September Events

September Community Corner

HBG Flea
Sept. 1: 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

Button Box Fest
Sept. 1-2: St. Lawrence Club of Steelton, 13 Highland St., hosts Steelton Button Box Bash gathering of button box players, Sept. 1, 5 to 11 p.m., and Sept. 2, 12 to 3 p.m., with accordion music, dancing and refreshments. Cost is $10 on Saturday, $5 on Sunday. Visit Lawrence Club Facebook page.

Sept. 1-3: Enjoy the 102nd Annual Kipona Festival in Riverfront Park and City Island with food vendors, live music with bands, handmade art and crafts, a biergarten, Native American pow-wow, canoe races, music, carnival games, children’s activities and more. Visit

Archaeology at Fort Hunter
Sept. 5-Oct. 5: State Museum of Pennsylvania will conduct its annual excavation at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg. Archaeologists will be on site weekdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit

Mary Sachs Centennial
Sept. 6: A tribute to legendary retailer Mary Sachs begins at Capitol Park, across the street from her famous store at 208 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, at noon, then continues with the opening reception of “Harrisburg’s Merchant Heritage and the Legacy of Mary Sachs,” 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Historic Harrisburg Resource Center, 1230 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. Visit

PA Art Tour
Sept. 7: Join docents at State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, at 12:15 pm., for a final look at the annual “Art of the State” exhibition. Visit

River House Concert
Sept. 7: Lysaght River House Concert Series presents Bob Barry & Friends’ “The Fifty Year Journey” in two concert sets, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at 5258 N. Front St, Harrisburg. Tickets are $45. Call Piano One Records for ticket availability. Visit

Jazz & Wine Fest
Sept. 7-9: The 12th annual Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival will be held at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg. Local and national artists will join area wineries for the three-day event. Weekend passes are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Visit

Plant Sale & Garden Tour
Sept. 9: Manada Conservancy will host a Native Plant Sale and Garden Tour, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 108 Banbury Circle, Hummelstown. Shop for plants, native perennials, trees, shrubs and vines and visit the gardens of a Manada Conservancy board member. Visit

Gallery Walk
Sept. 9: Explore 22 galleries and exhibit spaces to enjoy art, music and refreshments during the Art Association of Harrisburg’s 30th annual free Gallery Walk. Event runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout Harrisburg, including in many non-traditional art spaces. Visit

Restaurant Week
Sept. 10-21: Harrisburg’s premier dining event returns, spanning two weeks, Sept. 10-14 and 17-21. Visit for participating venues and specials.

9-11 Observance
Sept. 11: Pennsylvania National Fire Museum, 1820 N. 4th St., Harrisburg, will host a 9-11 anniversary observance. Starting at 8:46 a.m., the museum will hold a series of events. Visit

Photo Talk
Sept. 11: Maryland photographer Cam Miller will discuss her “Daily Photo Walk” at Harrisburg Camera Club, 7 to 9 p.m., in the Giant Community Room, 3400 Trindle Rd., Camp Hill. She will share tips and photos to inspire other photographers. Visit

Friendship Flowers
Sept. 12: Harrisburg Chapter #18 of Ikebana International will celebrate 60th Anniversary of “Friendship through Flowers” with a special program and luncheon at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2000 Chestnut St., Camp Hill. Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging. For reservation and membership information, contact

Puppies and Pints
Sept. 12: Join Harrisburg Young Professionals at HMAC, 1110 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., for “Puppies and Pints,” benefiting Miffy’s Animal Rescue. Miffy’s will bring several dogs that need a forever home. Visit

Leadership Talks
Sept. 13: Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC will host “Rebels, Renegades & Pioneers” half-day leadership conference at HMAC, 1110 N. 3rd St., 8 to 11:30 a.m. Speakers will discuss their leadership journeys and paths to success. Visit

Mega Mixer
Sept. 13: Join members of West Shore, Carlisle Area, Mechanicsburg and Shippensburg chambers of commerce for the 12nd Annual Mega Mixer at the U.S. Army Heritage Center Foundation, 950 Soldiers Dr., Carlisle, 5 to 7 p.m. Registration required. Visit

Country Gala
Sept. 14: Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, hosts “A Country Gala” fundraising event, at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy food stations, live and silent auctions, musical entertainment and more. Visit

20th Celebration
Sept. 14: Join HYP for its 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Hill Society at Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. 2nd St. The pre-party reception will be held, 5 to 6:30 p.m., with the main event, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Live music by Klock Entertainment. Learn more at

Foreign Films
Sept. 14, 28: Join Fredricksen Library for “In Between,” a story from Palestine on Sept. 14, and “Kinyarwanda,” a film from Rwanda, on Sept. 28. Showings are at 2 and 7 p.m. Visit

Arts Festival
Sept. 15: Hummelstown Arts Festival will be held at the Hummelstown Fire Co., 249 E. Main St., 9 a.m. to 4 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.

Food Truck Fest
Sept. 15: The 2018 Wish Upon a Food Truck Festival will be held at AACA Museum, 161 Museum Dr., Hershey, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event includes food trucks, entertainment, children’s activities, music, a special wish reveal and more. Visit

Mugs & Music
Sept. 15: Explore downtown Mechanicsburg shops, galleries and eateries, with mugs in hand, to participate in tastings at more than 20 merchants, 12 to 4 p.m. Mugs can be purchased at Brittle Bark, 33 W. Main St., Caromal Colours, 13 E. Main St., and Civil War and More, 10 S. Market St. Visit

Crab Fest
Sept. 15: West Shore YMCA and Trinity High School, 3601 Simpson Ferry Rd., Camp Hill will host the 2nd Annual Central PA Crab, Beer and Wine Festival, 4 to 8 p.m. A portion of proceeds benefit the Central PA Food Bank. Visit

Leisure Bike Ride
Sept. 16: Harrisburg Bicycle Club’s Three Creek Century ride will be held 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning at Penn Township Fire Dept., 1750 Pine Rd., Newville. Details, schedule and times can be found at

Fort Hunter Day
Sept. 16: Celebrate fall with a craft show, children’s crafts and games, hay rides, carriage rides, exhibits, farm animals, music, food and more, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg. Visit

Heart Walk
Sept. 16: 2018 American Heart Association Capital Region Heart Walk will be held 12:30 to 4 p.m. on City Island, Harrisburg. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., and the walk starts at 2 p.m. Visit

Curiosity Kids
Sept. 20: Young visitors and families can enjoy “Curiosity Kids—Walk Like the Animals” at the State Museum of PA, 300 North St., Harrisburg, 11:30 a.m. Explore animal footprints and see if you can move your body like the animals. Visit

Business After Hours
Sept. 20: 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

Archaeology Meetup
Sept. 21: Join Dr. Kurt Carr, senior curator of archaeology, 4 to 6 p.m., at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., to discuss and view this year’s archaeological excavation. Carr will discuss current and past excavations. Visit

Healthy Kids
Sept. 16: Children 2-14 are invited to join Healthy Kids Running Series, a nonprofit that provides a five-week program that gets kids active. The first of five consecutive Sunday afternoon races starts at 5 p.m. at George Park, 300 Nyes Rd., Harrisburg. Visit

Fall Book Sale
Sept. 20-23: 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. 20, 2 to 8:30 p.m., and a bag sale on Sept. 23. Visit

3rd in The Burg
Sept. 21: 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 what’s happening at

Fall Fest
Sept. 22: Junior Board of the YWCA Greater Harrisburg will host its 9th Annual Fall Fest at Camp Reily, 300 Camp Reily Rd., Harrisburg, 4 to 7 p.m. This event features beer and wine tastings, food and live entertainment. Visit

Women’s Retreat
Sept. 22: Paxton Presbyterian Church, 3500 Sharon St., Harrisburg, will host a Women’s Retreat, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Learn about YWCA programs for women, work on a project to benefit the women of the YWCA, and enjoy a rejuvenating activity. Registration is $10 before Sept. 7, $15 at the door. Register at the church or call 717-561-0510.

Sci-Fi Day
Sept. 22: Eighth annual Sci-Fi Day will be held at the Harrisburg Mall, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free event features authors, actors, cosplayers, panel discussions, artists, a costume contest and more. Visit

Celtic Fest
Sept. 22: Head to the 2018 Celtic Craic Music Fest at Harrisburg Postal Picnic Grounds, 1500 Roberts Valley Rd., for live music, Irish and Scottish dancing, bagpipes, beer, wine, food, vendors, kids’ activities and more, 12 to 10 p.m., in support of Methodist Home for Children and Veteran’s Promise PA. Visit

Celebrate Wildwood
Sept. 23: Celebrate Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy kids’ activities, environmental education, music, food vendors, used book sale and a “Walk for Wildwood,” beginning at 1 p.m. Visit

Sept. 23: 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

Blues Benefit
Sept. 23: Manada Conservancy will host its 3rd annual “Music Over the Mountains—A Celebration of Land Preservation,” 4 to 8 p.m., at Wind in the Willows, 35 Webster School Rd., Grantville, with blues, barbecue and brews. Visit

Fashion Benefit
Sept. 26: YWCA’s Power of Style Fashion Show takes place at Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. 2nd St., in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visit

Burg Built
Sept. 26: Harrisburg Young Professional hosts “How It’s Built in the ‘Burg” at Appalachian Brewing Co., 50 N. Cameron St., 6 to 8 p.m., with Brittany Holtz, founder of Studio B Power Yoga and Studio B University. HYP members are free, general admission is $20. Visit

Museum Celebration
Sept. 26-30: State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, will celebrate 50 years of Mammal Hall, one of its most beloved exhibits, with a week of special programming. Visit

FPA Talk
Sept. 27: Temple University Professor Orfeo Fioretos presents a free Foreign Policy Association of Harrisburg talk on “Globalism vs. Nationalism” at West Shore Country Club, Camp Hill, 7:30 p.m. Dinner precedes the talk. Visit

5 Miler
Sept. 29: Harrisburg Young Professionals’ 5th Annual HYP 5 Miler for 5 Charities will kick off at 7:30 a.m. on City Island, Harrisburg. There is a 5K-walk option and a fun run. Visit

Diversity Festival
Sept. 29: Experience world music, dance, food, culture, crafts and other activities at the 4th annual Unity in Diversity Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Schaffner Park, Hummelstown. Admission is free. Visit Unity in Diversity Festival on Facebook.

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