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Community Corner: Notable September Events

Community Corner

Celebration of Friends
Sept. 2:  Learn a new way of travel and meet friends from all over the world at the Friendship Force of Greater Harrisburg’s free kickoff celebration from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg.

HBG Flea
Sept. 4: Explore the HBG Flea on first Saturdays for art, handmade gifts and vintage wares from local artists and curators, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Outdoor markets are held at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg.

Sept. 4-6: Enjoy the 105th annual Kipona Festival in Riverfront Park and City Island with food, fireworks, live music, artist market, family fun zone, biergarten, canoe races, wire walkers and more. 

Puppies and Pints
Sept. 8: 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 and donations will be collected.

Luminary Awards
Sept. 9: West Shore Chamber of Commerce will honor two female professionals at the Luminary Awards Luncheon at Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, Camp Hill, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Jazz Walk
Sept. 10: Explore the sights, sounds and yummy smells of Midtown Harrisburg while enjoying the sounds of local jazz musicians during the 2021 Harrisburg Jazz Walk, hosted by Central PA Friends of Jazz and Dauphin County Parks & Recreation as part of the Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival.

Morning Mixer
Sept. 10: Join the West Shore Chamber of Commerce for a morning mixer of members at PaySmart Payroll Services, 650 Wilson Lane, Suite 100, Mechanicsburg, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. This free event is open to chamber members, and potential members are welcome to attend two free chamber events.

Pop-Up Carnival
Sept. 10-11: Enjoy a festive Mardi-Gras themed pop-up carnival with Zydeco music, dancing, cocktails, hors d’ oeuvres and more at Historic Harrisburg Resource Center, 1230 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Costumes encouraged.

Bird Walk & Cleanup
Sept. 11: Harrisburg Young Professionals and Appalachian Audubon Society team up for a bird walk and to lend a hand during the Volunteer Work Day at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg. The bird walk begins at 8:30 a.m. before the workday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fall Garden Fun
Sept. 11: Join Penn State Extension Master Gardeners at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, to learn how to create excitement in your fall garden, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Workshops include indoor and outdoor components and are limited to 12 participants. Preregistration required.

Volunteer Work Day
Sept. 11: Head to Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, to enjoy the outdoors and help with continuing park and habitat enhancement projects, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tools and work gloves provided. Pre-registration required.

Rugged Run
Sept. 11: Ned Smith Center, 176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, hosts the Tröegs Rugged Trail Run, 3:30 to 10 p.m. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m., and the race starts at 5 p.m. Enjoy food, auctions, live music and more.

Evening Mixer
Aug. 11: Build new relationships with local business professionals at the West Shore Chamber of Commerce’s September Evening Networking Mixer, 4 to 6 p.m., at Isaac’s Restaurant patio, Rossmoyne Business Center, 4940 Ritter Rd., Mechanicsburg. The event is free and open to chamber members.

Nocturnal Animals
Sept. 11: Explore nocturnal wildlife through sound and sight with a Wildwood Park Naturalist at Detweiler Park, 1451 Peters Mountain Rd., Dauphin, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call for owls and discover insects that come to life at night. Admission is $5 per child; chaperones free. Pre-registration required.

Jazz & Wine Fest
Sept. 11-12: The annual Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival will be at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 3 to 9 p.m. Local and national artists will join area wineries for the event. Doors open at 2 p.m.

Gallery Walk
Sept. 12: Explore 20 galleries and exhibit spaces to enjoy art, music and refreshments during the Art Association of Harrisburg’s 33rd annual Gallery Walk, 12 to 5 p.m., throughout Harrisburg.

Garden Cleanup
Sept. 13: Harrisburg Young Professionals will host a cleanup at Heart of the Community Garden, 1421 Derry St., Harrisburg, 5 to 7 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help maintain and beautify the garden. RSVP at

Restaurant Week
Sept. 13-24: Harrisburg’s premier dining event returns, spanning two weeks, Sept. 13-17 and Sept. 20-24.

Heart Walk
Sept. 15: American Heart Association’s Capital Region Heart Walk will be held 12:30 to 4 p.m. on City Island, 245 Championship Way, Harrisburg. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m.; the walk starts at 2 p.m.

3rd in The Burg
Sept. 17: 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.

Coin Show
Sept. 17-18: Scottish Rite Entertainment Complex of Harrisburg, 2701 N. 3rd St., hosts the Harrisburg Coin Show with more than 70 exhibit tables, free admission, a raffle, door prizes, food and free seminars, Sept. 17, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event supports the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Central PA Harrisburg.

Anniversary Concert
Sept. 18: The Foundation for Enhancing Communities celebrates its centennial with a concert featuring past scholarship recipients of the Joseph L. and Vivian E. Steele Music Fund. The free event starts at 5 p.m. at Whitaker Center, 222 Market St., Harrisburg, followed by a free reception.

5 Mile Run
Sept. 18: Join Harrisburg Young Professionals on City Island at 7:30 a.m. for the 8th Annual HYP 5 Miler to benefit HYP Outreach Initiatives, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Wildheart Ministries, Keystone Warriors and Make-A-Wish. This year, HYP partners with the Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley’s Wish Upon a Food Truck Festival, which will take place directly after the race.

Arts Festival
Sept. 18: Hummelstown Arts Festival will be held in the Hummelstown Square, Hanover and Market streets, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with works by more than 120 juried artists, children’s activities, a food court and more. Find Hummelstown Arts Festival on Facebook.

Food Truck Fest
Sept. 18: 2021 Wish Upon a Food Truck Festival will be held on City Island, 245 Championship Way, 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.

Book Event
Sept. 18: Fifty authors will sell and sign their books at The Barn at Creeks Bend at the Sports Emporium, 29 S. Middlesex Rd., Carlisle, 12 to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit Dauphin County Library System. This event is for people 18 years or older. www.BooksBooksBooks2021

Crab Fest
Sept. 18: Trinity High School, 3601 Simpson Ferry Rd., Camp Hill, hosts the 5th Annual Central PA Crab, Beer and Wine Festival, 4 to 6 p.m. This year’s event will be held grab-and-go style. All crab and BBQ orders must be placed by Sept. 16 at 6 p.m.

FAB Night
Sept. 18: Help celebrate the LGBT Center of Central PA’s work and honor leaders at “FAB 2021—Connected Across Communities,” at Hershey Lodge, 325 University Dr, Hershey, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. FAB 2021 is a hybrid event, with in-person and free virtual options.

Yoga Fest
Sept. 18-19: Central PA Yoga Love Festival will be held at Amethyst Retreat Center, 44 Buffalo Creek Rd., Duncannon, with yoga classes, workshops, hiking, live music, healthy food, camping, drumming, dancing and more.

Comic Con
Sept. 18-19: Celebrate all things comics, anime, games, sci-fi, movies and pop culture at Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St.. The event will be held 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 18 and 11 a.m. to 5 pm. on Sept. 19.

Bike Ride
Sept. 19: 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.

Fort Hunter Day
Sept. 19: Celebrate fall with family fun, including arts and crafts, children’s games and activities, historic demonstrations and exhibits, entertainment, food and more, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg.

100th Celebration
Sept. 22: Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania (VROCP) will host its second centennial celebration event at Linwood Estate in Carlisle, 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets include a happy hour with live music and hors d’oeuvres, a full course meal, champagne toast and more. Proceeds support VROCP.

2021 Blue & Gray Gala
Sept. 23: National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle, Harrisburg, will host the 15th Annual Blue & Gray Gala, 6 to 9 p.m. Attendees can tour museum galleries while enjoying food and beverage pairings. A raffle drawing and silent auction will be held.

Annual Celebration
Sept. 23: Bethesda Mission will hold its Annual Celebration Banquet at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Stories of those helped by the mission will be featured, along with volunteer of the year awards and ministry updates. Reservations required. Visit or contact Rebecca Clymer at 717-257-4442 x229 or

Fall Book Sale
Sept. 23-26: Shop the Friends of Fredricksen Fall Book & Media Sale at Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill. The library will hold a bag sale on Sept. 26, 1 to 4 p.m.

Native Plant Sale
Sept. 25: Appalachian Audubon Society will host a native plant sale at Diakon Wilderness Greenhouse, 571 Mountain Rd., Boiling Springs, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Portion of proceeds will benefit AAS environmental education scholarships.

Great Harrisburg Litter Cleanup
Sept. 25: Make Harrisburg a cleaner and safer place to live, work and play by participating in the Great Harrisburg Litter Cleanup. This event leaves a huge impact in a few short hours every year. Sign up at

Celebrate Wildwood
Sept. 25: Help celebrate Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, with a nature-themed afternoon, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participate in kids’ activities, children’s crafts, live music, bird and plant talks, and the annual Walk for Wildwood.

Fall Fest
Sept. 25: Junior Board of YWCA Greater Harrisburg hosts its 12th 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. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Sept. 26: 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.

Tribute Concert
Sept. 26: Central PA Friends of Jazz honors local music legend Steve Rudolph with a concert, “This One’s for You,” 4:30 p.m., at Whitaker Center, 222 Market St., Harrisburg. Steve will play with many of his favorite musicians during his decades in Harrisburg.


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