Kipona Field Trip

Field Trip
Labor Day Kipona Festival, PowWow and Fireworks
September 2 - September 4, 2017

            The Harrisburg Camera Club will hold a Kipona field trip during the Labor Day Weekend. The annual celebration is the largest event for the city each year attracting over 50,000 people. Photo ops include Festival of India, Native American PowWow, Canoe Races, and Fireworks. Events are 11am to 8pm with fireworks occurring after dark. Feel free to visit events on your own or get a group together.
PowWow: City Island Sat-Mon, 11am-7pm:
Festival of India: City Island Saturday. Visit the web site for Kipona hours and details:  day-celebration/4834/
Canoe Races: Monday, 10am
Food, vendors and crafts along Riverfront Park all weekend
Parking: Free street parking Sunday and Monday. Drivers can get four free hours of parking on Saturday by using the mobile phone app, Pango, with the validation code, “LuvHbg.” Visitors can also park on City Island throughout the festival for $3.
         The City of Harrisburg will have a fireworks display on Sunday, Sept 3rd. Fireworks are set off on City Island at the Boat House end of the island, starting  about 9pm. Good places to photograph the fireworks are:

  • Kunkle Park: Intersection of Front and State Streets where the statue of man reading a newspaper is located. Also good if you want to include people in your fireworks photos
  • Walnut Street Bridge entrance. Because the floor of the bridge is open lattice ironwork, it is difficult to set up a tripod on it.
  • Market Street Bridge entrance
  • Riverfront walkway below bridges
  • Capitol steps (this is where I’ll be if anyone wants to join me)
  • Negley Park in Lemoyne with backdrop of city skyline.
  • Wormleysburg Park along Front Street in Wormleysburg (take bug spray)
  • M. Harvey Taylor Bridge (spiders/webs)
  • Upper levels of parking garages that face the river (spiders/webs)

For a great Adorama tutorial on shooting fireworks see:
Contact me at with questions. Karen Commings