Today, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse announced Kipona 2014.
This year’s Kipona will include mainstays on City Island such as the PA Native American Pow Wow and the Keystone Regional Chili Cookoff as well as food vendors along Riverfront Park. Front Street will be closed for the festivities from Locust to Walnut Streets.
There will also be canoe races, a Conservation Camp co-hosted by Capital Region Water, and an Artisans Village.
Parking will be free on City Island on Saturday August 30th through Monday September 1st. There will be no charge at City meters on Monday the 1st. Free bike taxi rides will be offered across the Walnut Street Bridge.
A fireworks show will take place on Sunday evening.
New this year, Recycle Bicycle will have a “bike checking station” on City Island for bicycle riders who attend the festival.
The Papenfuse Administration says this year the city will spend less than previous years with a budget of $37,500. Fireworks account for $20,000 of the budget, and sponsors have already made contributions to support this year’s Kipona and more are being sought.