Saturday, August 21
2 :00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Gates open at 2:00 p.m.
City Island, Harrisburg
The Commissioners and the County's Cultural Celebration Task Force extend a warm invitation to a free, open-air festival celebrating cultural diversity in Dauphin County. This event will bring together our region's diversity and cultures to celebrate and increase awareness of our vast differences and commonalities.
The festival will offer strolling performances, featured entertainers, ethnic food trucks, craft vendors, Dauphin County Human Services, Systems of Care Youth Fest, Professional Development, Sports & Games, Children's Corner, and more. Cultural Fest seeks to engage and connect families and communities to enjoy a day of entertainment, food, and fun, while gaining connections to human resources and opportunities. This is a FREE event, but bring along some spending money to shop with the vendors and enjoy ethnic foods from a variety of food trucks. Bring your lawn chairs.
3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The 13th Annual Dauphin County Cultural Fest will feature the Children’s Corner from 3:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. for children ages three to twelve. Tying into the overall theme of the event, Family Reunion, this area will feature crafts, activities, and games inspired by different cultures around the world. Children will begin in the area at the registration table where they will receive a “passport” that will get stamped as they visit the differently themed tables. From there they will explore activities inspired by Kenya, Columbia, France, Japan, Romania, and more.
Youth Fest will focus on the youth in our community displaying their arts, inventions, exhibits and entrepreneurial works.
A Youth Entertainment Stage will allow youth to showcase their cultural differences and talents.
A special Youth Self Care Space will focus on hair stylists, barbers, nail and foot manicurists as well as health and wellness topics.
A Youth Fun Space will focus on youth pick-up games including volleyball and soccer and other culturally diverse games.
Are you a craft, artisan, or cultural food vendor looking to sell your products at this year's Cultural Fest? How about an employer looking to reach a more diverse audience for prospective employment? Join us for a fun and engaging day!
Craft Vendors: will be non-juried
Food Trucks: Preference will be given to ethnic foods and city licensing is required.
Employers: The Cultural Fest presents a great opportunity to connect and seek a diverse audience for employment at your prospective business.
Youth & Community Service: showcase the talents of our youth 13 yrs. - 24 yrs and provide valuable resources that can keep them inspired and safe in our communities.
Click on the links below and download your application to be a part of this year's event.
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1.) What is the cost to attend Cultural Fest?
FREE! There is no fee to attend this Dauphin County event at City Island. No tickets are required to attend. The Cultural Fest will feature live music and entertainment from national and local recording artists, cultural enrichment, and community services all for FREE!
2.) Health Guidelines
CDC and PA Health Department guidelines will be updated as of August 21. Hand washing stations will be available. Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds each time. Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used when soap and water are not available. Practice Social Distancing after receiving your food, exit the line promptly to allow space for the next customer and to keep the line moving to limit contact. Use a credit card whenever possible. No-touch trash cans will be used.
3.) What should I bring with me?
We encourage guests to bring your relaxing lawn chairs, blanket, and bug spray. You will also be allowed to bring a small table and picnic basket. NO tents, coolers, or alcohol are allowed at Cultural Fest. This is a family-friendly event.
3.) What types of food/craft vendors are at Cultural Fest?
We have many food vendors attending offering such delights as BBQ, hot dogs, crab cakes, kettle corn, and ethnic food festival favorites. There is something to tempt everyone's taste buds. A handful of craft vendors will also be displaying their goods at cultural Fest. Choose from fashions, fashion accessories, jewelry, and more.
4.) What activities are there for children?
Dauphin County Human Services will be providing a variety of games and hands-on activities for children of all ages. Bring the entire family to join in the fun.
5.) What happens if it rains?
There are contingency plans for inclement weather. Please consult the Dauphin County Parks & Recreation Page for any updates related to weather on the day of the event.
6.) Can we bring our dogs?
While we love dogs ourselves and think that they are part of the family, we ask that you leave your dogs at home for Cultural Fest. Dogs will not be permitted in the Soccer Field Area.
7.) We are traveling from outside of Harrisburg. What other resources can help me plan my evening at Cultural Fest? Please visit the Visit Hershey & Harrisburg for more fun happenings in the area.
8.) What types of amenities do you have at the Festival?
PARKING will be Free at City Island. Parking will also be available downtown at parking garages and metered parking on downtown streets. Parking rates vary between meters and garages.
Special Assistance will be given for handicapped in wheelchairs and walkers. Handicapped parking will be limited.
Transit Bikes will be permitted on the Island but not in the Soccer Field Festival Area. Market Street bust stop is .5 miles from City Island. See all CAT bus routes and schedules here. The train station is .8 miles from City Island.
Port-a-Johns will be available in many areas throughout the Island.
ATMs are available on the Island.
First Aid – an EMT is on-site during the entire event to take care of all of your health and wellness needs while attending Cultural Fest.
Information Booth – if you need information about where to eat, where to stay, etc, please visit our Information Booth.
Security will be seen throughout Cultural Fest to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.
If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to call our office at 717-599-5188, ext. 0.