We were recently asked this exact question by a travel writer and this is what we said...

HARRISBURG, PA (March 15, 2017) — Our region hosts a wide variety of unique Fairs & Festivals every year.

So you can imagine the challenge we faced when we were recently asked this exact question by a visiting travel writer.

After great thought and debate, we landed on the following three events that would be the most unique or defining of our region.

But we also want to emphasize that once you’ve experienced these, plan to come back and see us for another three recommendations worth checking out in the Hershey Harrisburg Region.

1. Pennsylvania Farm Show

PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA.

January 6 – 13, 2018

Since 1916, Pennsylvania’s Hershey Harrisburg Region has been home to the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits.

In 2018 this event will celebrate 102 years as the premier gathering for all aspects of farm and agricultural exhibits and contests.

According to the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau, this annual eight-day event draws approximately 600,000 attendees & 300 exhibitors, supports an estimated 18,000 jobs, and generates $95 million for the local economy.

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PA Farm Show Event - Square Dancing Arena

2. Kipona Festival

Riverfront Park & City Island in Harrisburg, PA

Held every Labor Day Weekend

This year’s event will be held Saturday, September 2 – 4, 2017

In 2016, Pennsylvania’s Capital City of Harrisburg marked the 100th Anniversary of their Kipona Festival, which traditionally celebrates the Susquehanna River and the region’s Native American roots every Labor Day Weekend.

The festival’s name “Kipona” was derived from an American Indian translation for “Sparking Waters” and many of the festival’s most popular events pay tribute to the art, culture, and food of the Native Americans.

Today, this river festival is Harrisburg’s largest special event, attracting more than 50,000 people with family-friendly entertainment focused on fun, food, live entertainment, arts & crafts, interactive games and contests, and always a fireworks finale.

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Events - Kids at Festival in Harrisburg

3. Little Buffalo Festival

Little Buffalo State Park in Newport, PA.

Always held the 1st Saturday in October from Noon to Dusk with FREE Admission.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, October 7, 2017

In the fall of 2017, Little Buffalo State Park in Pennsylvania’s Hershey Harrisburg Region will host this day of free family-friendly entertainment for the 34th year.

Highlights include musical performances on three (3) stages, arts & crafts, poetry reading and dance workshops, face painting and children’s activities, kids musical and dance performances.

This event is set among the sprawling 923 acres of a pristine historical and recreational State Park, which features a covered bridge, a restored and operating grist mill, 8-miles of walking trails, picnic areas, a large swimming pool with 2 slides and sprayground attraction.

The 88-acre Hollman Lake is open year-round for limited boating and fishing and was ranked as a Top Place for Family-Friendly Fishing in the U.S. by TakeMeFishing.org.