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Your guide to Kipona 2017

A scene from the Native American pow-wow at Kipona 2014.

Kipona, Harrisburg’s annual Labor Day festival, will bring food, music and high-adrenaline stunts to the city from Saturday through Monday. This year’s event will be held in Riverfront Park from Market Street to Forster Street, with additional attractions on City Island and on State Street near the Capitol.

The city published a full festival guide here with detailed schedules and a city map. We compiled some essential details, including event highlights and parking info, below:

Map of Kipona events (click to enlarge)

Fireworks from City Island will start at 8:15 p.m. on Sunday.

Tight rope walkers will make walks over the Susquehanna throughout the weekend. On Saturday at 2 p.m., wire-walker Alice Herrick will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest wire walk in high heels.

A 28-foot high, 200-foot long zipline will be open on State Street starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday. It’s open to the public for free, but only for one day.

Sample food and watch performances at the Taste of India festival, taking place all day Saturday on City Island.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer will host a rubber duck race at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Sponsor a duck for $5, or dedicate a pink survivor duck for $8.

The Dick Reese Canoe Race will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday.

Throughout the weekend:
More than 45 food vendors will set up shop near State Street and on Kunkel Street Stage (between Market and Walnut streets.) Ice cream tacos, Auntie Ann’s pretzels, crab cakes and more are on the menu.
Witness indigenous cultural demonstrations at the Native American Pow-Wow on City Island.
Enjoy live music at the Market Street Stage, Kunkel Street Stage, and acoustic music tent starting at 11 a.m. each day.
Browse crafts at the Artist Market on Walnut Street
Enjoy face painting, bouncy houses, and entertainment at the Children’s Festival on Pine and South streets.
Enjoy a drink at the Millworks/Zeroday biergarten, adjacent to the Midtown Cinema screening tent in Riverfront Park.
Give your dogs a break at the Doggie Rest Stop near South Street.

Front Street between Market and Forster streets, and State Street from 3rd to Front streets, will be closed from Friday evening until Tuesday morning.

Parking is free on Sunday and Monday. Regular rates apply for Sept. 2, but use the code LUVHBG in the city meters for four hours of free parking. Alternatively, a full day of parking on City Island will cost $4.

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