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Community Corner: Notable September Events

September Community Corner

Mural Fest
Aug. 30-Sept. 8: Explore the 10-day Harrisburg Mural Festival, with local, national and international artists creating murals. The festival will host a weeklong series of events, including artist meet-and-greets, talks on public art, a community paint day and a final-day block party. 

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Enjoy the 103rd annual Kipona Festival in Riverfront Park and City Island with food vendors, live music, handmade art and crafts, a beer garden, Native American pow-wow, canoe races, family fun zone and more. 

Job Expo
Sept. 4-5: The commonwealth hosts “Government That Works! PA Procurement Expo & Forum” at the PA Farm Show Complex, 2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, with speaker Ron Jaworski, exhibits, demonstrations, educational sessions, networking opportunities, a job fair and more.

Archaeology Dig
Sept.4-Oct. 4: State Museum will conduct its annual excavation at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg. Archaeologists will be on site weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come see what they find.

Coffee Party
Sept. 6: Cracked Pot Coffee Shop, 130 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, hosts its “End of Summer Celebration” with food trucks, music, kids’ activities, cornhole tournament and cafe beverages, 4 to 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit shop, which supports foster youth.

Jazz & Wine Fest
Sept. 6-8: The annual Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival will be at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg. Local and national artists will join area wineries for the three-day event. Purchase tickets in advance or at the door.

Boutique Week
Sept. 6-14: York City Boutique Week highlights York’s small and independent retailers and eateries. The week includes four main special events, as well as in-store events, trunk shows, pop-up shops and more. Facebook: York City Boutique Week

Memorial Ride
Sept. 7: Jason Frye Annual Memorial Ride will be held 8:30 to 10 a.m., beginning at Shermans Creek Inn, 5150 Spring Rd., Shermans Dale, and ending at Landisburg Fire Hall. Proceeds go to to the Jason Frye Memorial Fund. Contact 717-586-7320, 717-789-3048 or

HBG Flea
Sept. 7: Shop the HBG Flea for local art, vintage treasures and curated curios, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg.

Gallery Walk
Sept. 8: Explore 19 galleries and exhibit spaces to enjoy art, music and refreshments during the Art Association of Harrisburg’s 31st annual Gallery Walk, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout Harrisburg.

Restaurant Week
Sept. 9-20: Harrisburg’s premier dining event returns, spanning two weeks, Sept. 9-13 and 16-20.

9-11 Observance
Sept. 11: PA National Fire Museum, 1820 N. 4th St., Harrisburg, will host a 9-11 anniversary observance with a series of events starting at 8:30 a.m.

Mega Mixer
Sept. 11: Join members of West Shore, Carlisle Area, Mechanicsburg and Shippensburg chambers of commerce for 13th Annual Mega Mixer at the U.S. Army Heritage Center, 950 Soldiers Dr., Carlisle, 5 to 7 p.m.

Puppies and Pints
Sept. 11: Join Harrisburg Young Professionals at Midstate Distillery, 1817 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., for “Puppies and Pints,” benefiting Homeward Bound Animal Rescue. Adoptable puppies will be on-site.

Tinkering Minds
Sept. 12: Kids ages 3 to 6 are invited to the State Museum, 300 North St., Harrisburg, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Using a tinkering box of found materials, kids can explore and make their own creations.

Gardening Demo
Sept. 12: Join Master Gardener Connie Hawkins at Perry County Food Bank Demonstration Gardens, 300A S. Carlisle Street, New Bloomfield, for “Putting Your Garden to Bed,” 6 to 7:30 p.m., with recipes and tips on wrapping up the garden for the season.

Hershey Birthday
Sept. 13: Head to ChocolateTown Square, Chocolate and Cocoa avenues, to celebrate Milton Hershey’s 162nd birthday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy live music, as well as cupcakes and milk chocolate bars.

Work Site Day
Sept. 14: Join Harrisburg Young Professionals for a work site day volunteering time with Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area, 8:15 a.m. 3:30 p.m. No specific skills or expertise needed.

Hispanic Heritage Fest
Sept 14: Latino Hispanic American Community Center presents Hispanic Heritage Festival, 13th and Derry streets, Harrisburg, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy live music, food vendors, entertainment, games, kids’ activities and giveaways.

Arts Festival
Sept. 14: 38th annual Hummelstown Arts Festival will be held at the Hummelstown Fire Co., 249 E. Main St., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with works by juried artists, a silent auction, live music, a wine bar and catered appetizers. Visit Facebook page: Hummelstown Arts Festival.

Food Truck Fest
Sept. 14: The 2019 Wish Upon a Food Truck Festival will be held at AACA Museum, 161 Museum Dr., Hershey, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with live entertainment, children’s activities, music, a special wish reveal and more, in support of Make-a-Wish.

Less Stress
Sept. 14: Yoga at Simply Well, 28 Pitt St., Carlisle, hosts “Back to School with Less Stress: A Mother/Daughter Event,” 1 to 2 p.m., to explore tools and strategies for helping to manage the school year. Cost is $10 person.

Rugged Run
Sept. 14: Ned Smith Center, 176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, hosts Tröegs Rugged Trail Run, 4 to 9 p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m.; race starts at 5 p.m. Enjoy food, live and silent auctions, live music and more.

Leisure Bike Ride
Sept. 15: Harrisburg Bicycle Club’s Three Creek Century ride will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning at Penn Township Fire Dept., 1750 Pine Rd., Newville.

Fort Hunter Day
Sept. 15: Celebrate fall with a craft show, children’s crafts and games, hay rides, carriage rides, exhibits, music, food and more, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg.

Heart Walk
Sept. 15: American Heart Association Capital Region’s Heart Walk will be held 12:30 to 4 p.m. on City Island, Harrisburg. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.; the walk starts at 2 p.m.

Healing Concert
Sept. 15: World Surgical Foundation hosts “Music and Healing, a Concert to Benefit the World,” a performance by Odin Rathnam and Robert Koenig, 3 p.m., with a pre-event reception for VIP ticket holders.

Crab Fest
Sept. 15: West Shore YMCA and Trinity High School, 3601 Simpson Ferry Rd., Camp Hill, host the 3rd Annual Central PA Crab, Beer and Wine Festival, 4 to 8 p.m. Enjoy craft beer, wine, crabs and live music, with proceeds benefitting the Central PA Food Bank.

Meet and Greet
Sept. 17: Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania, 1130 S. 19th St., Harrisburg, hosts an evening with professional golfer Jan Stephenson, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Proceeds support their programs and services. Contact 717-238-2531 or

Photo Talk
Sept. 17: Maryland photographer Kathleen Hertel will present “Adventures of a Bucket List Photographer” at Harrisburg Camera Club, 7 to 9 p.m., in Giant Community Room, 3300 Trindle Rd., Camp Hill.

Fall Book Sale
Sept. 19-22: Shop the Friends of Fredricksen Fall Book & Media Sale at Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill. The library will hold a preview sale on Sept. 22, 2 to 7 p.m., and a bag sale on Sept. 22, 1 to 4 p.m.

3rd in The Burg
Sept. 20: 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, 6 to 9 p.m.

Harvest Hop
Sept. 21: Spend the day in Camp Hill at “Harvest Hop—Sip, Stroll and Shop” to kick off the fall season, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local businesses will offer kids’ activities in the morning and adult-focused offerings in the afternoon. Facebook: Downtown Camp Hill.

Celtic Fest
Sept. 21: Head to the 2019 Celtic Craic Music Fest at Harrisburg Postal Picnic Grounds, 1500 Roberts Valley Rd., for live music, dancing, bagpipes, beer, wine, food, vendors and kids’ activities, 12 to 10 p.m., in support of Methodist Home for Children and Veteran’s Promise PA.

Bag Bingo
Sept. 21: Harrisburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Delta Research and Educational Foundation, present “Designer Bag Bingo” at Scottish Rite Cathedral, 2701 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, to benefit community programs. Doors open at 3 p.m. Call 717-902-9813.

FAB Night
Sept. 21: In honor of 50th anniversary of Stonewall, LGBT Center of Central PA celebrates a “Legacy of Resistance and Resilience” at its annual FAB event, Hershey Lodge, 325 University Dr, Hershey, 6 to 10 p.m.

Beer & Wine Fest
Sept. 21: Enjoy local beer, wine and food at the Mechanicsburg North Rotary Club’s Beer and Wine Festival, Central Penn College, 600 Valley Rd., Enola, 3 to 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs to relax and enjoy live music.

Comic Con
Sept. 21-22: Celebrate all things comics, anime, games, sci-fi, movies and pop culture at Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., with celebrity guests, comics, cosplay, contests, panels, guest artists and vendors.

Fall Fest
Sept. 21: Junior Board of YWCA Greater Harrisburg hosts its 10th Annual Fall Fest, 4 to 7 p.m., to raise funds for Camp Reily, 300 Camp Reily Rd., Harrisburg, a summer day camp for children Enjoy beer tastings, food and entertainment.

Art & Beer Crawl
Sept. 25: Head to The Millworks, 340 Verbeke St., Harrisburg, for an evening of sampling beer, food and art, 6 to 9 p.m. Make art with Millworks artists and take home your creations.

Books on Tap
Sept. 26: Dauphin County Library System hosts “Books on Tap” book club at Sturges Speakeasy, 400 Forster St., Harrisburg, 5 to 6 p.m. Dive into new genres and forms while getting to know other readers. The club will discuss Fredrik Backman’s “Beartown.”

Sept. 26: Temple University political economist Alistair Howard will discuss Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union at West Shore Country Club, Camp Hill, 7:30 p.m. A dinner precedes the talk.

Tasting Tour
Sept. 28: Join Millersburg Rotary Club for a “Tasting Tour of Millersburg,” 12 to 4 p.m., with food, drinks, historic ambiance and river views. Funds support the club’s contribution efforts to Millersburg’s MYO Park Centennial Renovation Project.

Coin Show
Sept. 28-29: Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, 2701 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, hosts the Harrisburg Coin Show with more than 70 exhibit tables, free admission, free parking, a raffle, door prizes, food and free seminars.

Yoga Festival
Sept. 28-29: Central PA Yoga Love Festival will be held at Amethyst Retreat Center, 44 Buffalo Creek Rd., Duncannon, featuring yoga studios, healthy food, vendors, live music, a drum circle and more.

Celebrate Wildwood
Sept. 29: Come to “Celebrate Wildwood,” 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy kids’ activities, pumpkin painting, environmental education, music, food vendors, used book sale and a “Walk for Wildwood.”

Sept. 29: 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.

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