The historic Forum Auditorium is home to the sweet sounds of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. With its awe-inspiring ceiling of zodiac constellations and unmatched reputation for crisp acoustics, the venue plays host to HSO’s annual performance series as well as additional concerts and special events. The Forum is located on the sprawling PA State Capitol grounds in Harrisburg.
Gamut Theatre Group brings classic stories to audiences in new and exciting ways. Staged in a beautifully renovated former church and historic building on 3rd Street in Harrisburg, stories come to life in two areas: the Select Medical Mainstage and the Alexander Grass Second Stage which hosts Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre. Gamut presents upwards of 200 performances throughout the year. See improv, classic tales, children’s theatre, and more.
Harrisburg University is generally known for educating and inspiring the next generation of great scientists and world-class minds in math and technology. But they are also happen to be crazy good at booking the BEST local, regional, and national recording artists from both the indie and mainstream music scenes. The annual Summer Concert Series is hosted at Harrisburg’s Riverfront Park where about 3,000 fans sing under the stars with the Susquehanna River rolling by. Tons of additional shows are held throughout the year at XL Live, an awesome live music venue just short mile outside of the Harrisburg Ats District.
Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center. House of Music, Arts & Culture. Either way – it’s “H·MAC” to anyone who knows and loves the arts & entertainment vibe of Harrisburg’s Midtown neighborhood where live music, comedy, poetry, and self-expression rule the day. The 34,000 square foot multi-venue complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
Movies are just cooler here! Midtown Cinema is a throwback-meets-modern movie destination. From Rocky Horror to Rocky and from black-and-white to first run films, movie-goers can catch a wide variety of cinematic magic on the big screen. On your way to the Independent Art House Cinema’s screening areas, grab locally crafted beer from the ZeroDay Outpost, an Elementary coffee, and fresh popcorn all located in the lobby area!
At Narcisse, local theatre goes beyond a local cast. More than half of the theatre’s productions are original works from Harrisburg playwrights, with clever and though-provoking revivals filling up the remaining dates on the calendar. Narcisse Theatre is a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) -founded and led multicultural non-profit theatre and arts education organization with a vision to engage a vibrant and diverse community to enjoy and experience the arts.
“Bold stories told by passionate artists in downtown.” It’s a perfect description from Open Stage Harrisburg, a regional professional theatre and educational program presenting diverse offerings of thought-provoking theatre and educational activities in intimate settings. Located behind the Harrisburg Hilton, Open Stage has three performance venues: the Main Stage, the Studio Theater, and the Court Street Cabaret.
Founded in 1926, Theatre Harrisburg is one of the region’s oldest performing arts organizations and one of the oldest active community theatres in the United States. With a permanent home at the Krevsky Center (an intimate black box performance space on North Street just a few blocks above the Arts District) and several elaborately-staged musicals throughout the year at Whitaker Center, Theatre Harrisburg delivers powerful performances for audiences of all ages and interests.
See ballerinas take flight. Hear legendary musicians rock. Feel the passion in every monologue and chorus belted from the Broadway-style stage. The Sunoco Performance Theatre at Whitaker is a gorgeous, intimate theatre setting in the heart of Downtown Harrisburg. None of the theatre’s 700 seats is more than 65 feet from the stage, making the space perfect space for live music, theater, dance and more.
Check our Events Calendar for performances in the Harrisburg Arts District by talented organizations like Bare Bones Theatre and Sankofa African American Theatre Company.
Sankofa is an African American-led organization focused on the African American experience and perspective while encouraging inclusivity for all races, cultures, and interests. You’ll find thought-provoking original works and inspiring takes on existing material when the lights go up on performances at venues like Open Stage and Gamut Theatre.
Bare Bones Theatre Ensemble thrives on exactly what its name conveys, thought-provoking stripped-down performances in unconventional settings where raw talent and emotion takes center stage.