Calendar of Events

  • 8/12/22

    Sunset Series Performance: Mariachi Villasenor – The Authentic Mariachi Experience

    Time:
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Enjoy a free concert by Mariachi Villasenor – The Authentic Mariachi Experience

    Every Friday night in a 13 week series between June and August, Dauphin County Parks and Recreation is teaming up with Highmark Wholecare , t0 highlight local performing arts organizations and summer movie nights, outside, under the stars in beautiful Fort Hunter Park.

    *pack a picnic basket 
    *bring your blankets and lawn chairs 
    * food trucks – ShreddRRZ and Sarah’s Creamery – will begin serving at 6:00 p.m.
    *no alcohol is permitted at Fort Hunter Park
     
    Admission- Free
                                                             

     

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    Note: In the event of inclement weather, we make the decision on whether or not to postpone the event on Friday afternoon around 1:00 p.m.  Typically, the rain date will be on Sunday of the same weekend. Follow Dauphin County Parks & Recreation  Facebook page for updates. 

    Visit the Dauphin County Parks and Recreation website for the complete listing of the summer’s free concerts and movies.

     
     
     
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  • 8/14/22

    Farm to River V

    Time:
    4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion & Park

    Join the Friends of Fort Hunter for their much anticipated annual fundraising farm-to-river experience. Attendees will enjoy locally-sourced, homemade dinner offerings, along with local brews, wines and live acoustic music.

    On the front lawn of the Fort Hunter Mansion overlooking the river, as the warm summer day winds down, dinners will be served individually boxed from Healthy You Cafe.  Floral arrangements are provided by Jeffrey’s Flowers. Enjoy a cash bar (free to Patrons) with local brews from Boneshire Brew Works and wines from Nissley Vineyards. Enjoy acoustic music by RiverRat Jenkins

    Patrons will be hosted, prior to the meal, at 4:30 p.m., enjoying hors d’oeuvres and a signature drink.

    A gift card raffle will be available for $20 per ticket.

    Would you like to be a Sponsor of this event? Sponsors levels and benefits differ, learn more here.

    Patrons are recognized in the invitation and at the event and may attend the exclusive reception prior to the dinner.  Consider supporting the Fort by becoming a Patron.

    In the event of inclement weather, all guests may gather their meals and depart to the safety of their vehicles.

    Patrons: $150
    Dinner Only – $75
    Reservations are required.  Click here for tickets.
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  • 8/19/22

    Sunset Series - Movie Night: The Lorax

    Time:
    8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Enjoy a free showing of The Lorax, the movie.

    Every Friday night in a 13 week series between June and August, Dauphin County Parks and Recreation is teaming up with Highmark Wholecare, t0 highlight local performing arts organizations and summer movie nights, outside, under the stars in beautiful Fort Hunter Park.

     
    *pack a picnic basket 
    *bring your blankets and lawn chairs 
    *movie concession stand (popcorn, candy and beverages) sponsored by the Friends of Fort Hunter
    *no alcohol is permitted at Fort Hunter Park
     
    Admission- Free

     

    Presented By:                                                                 

     

    Note: In the event of inclement weather, a decision on whether or not to postpone the event will be made on Friday afternoon around 1:00 p.m.  Typically, the rain date will be on Sunday of the same weekend. Follow Dauphin County Parks & Recreation  Facebook page for updates. 

    Visit the Dauphin County Parks and Recreation website for the complete listing of the summer’s free concerts and movies.

     
     
     
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  • 8/26/22

    Sunset Series Performance: Across the Pond (Irish)

    Time:
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    Enjoy a free concert by Across the Pond.

    Every Friday night in a 13 week series between June and August, Dauphin County Parks and Recreation is teaming up with Highmark Wholecare , t0 highlight local performing arts organizations and summer movie nights, outside, under the stars in beautiful Fort Hunter Park.

    *pack a picnic basket 
    *bring your blankets and lawn chairs 
    * food trucks Mac’s Pit Stop and The Popcorn Loft will begin serving at 6:00 p.m.
    *no alcohol is permitted at Fort Hunter Park
     
    Admission- Free
                                                             

     

    Presented By:                                                                

    Note: In the event of inclement weather, we make the decision on whether or not to postpone the event on Friday afternoon around 1:00 p.m.  Typically, the rain date will be on Sunday of the same weekend. Follow Dauphin County Parks & Recreation  Facebook page for updates. 

    Visit the Dauphin County Parks and Recreation website for the complete listing of the summer’s free concerts and movies.

     
     
     
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  • 9/10/22

    Dauphin County Jazz and Wine Festival

    Time:
    3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:

    Join Dauphin County Parks and Recreation at beautiful Fort Hunter Park to enjoy national, regional and local recording artists. Browse among some of Central Pennsylvania’s top wineries and a fine gathering of wine, craft and food vendors. Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Outside alcohol is not allowed.  Click here for music line up,  participating wine vendors and tickets.

    Also  Sunday, September 11, one ticket, two day pass.
    $50 advance, $60 at the door
    Click here for tickets.
     
    Sponsored by:
     
     

     

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  • 9/11/22

    Dauphin County Jazz and Wine Festival

    Time:
    3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Location:

    Join Dauphin County Parks and Recreation at beautiful Fort Hunter Park to enjoy national, regional and local recording artists. Browse among some of Central Pennsylvania’s top wineries and a fine gathering of wine, craft and food vendors. Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Outside alcohol is not allowed.  Click here for music line up,  participating wine vendors and tickets.

    Also  Saturday, September 10, one ticket, two day pass.
    $50 advance, $60 at the door
    Click here for tickets.
     
    Sponsored by:
     
     

     

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  • 9/18/22

    Fort Hunter Day

    Time:
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Hunter Mansion & Park

    Fort Hunter Day ushers in fall with a free celebration of the old-time way of life. Sponsored by M&T Bank, visitors will find arts and crafts, children’s games and activities, historic demonstrations and exhibits, entertainment, a bake sale, festival food and more.

    Shop at the arts and craft show, learn about rug hooking, spinning, old-time cooking and soap making.

    Learn about native foods – pawpaws, persimmons, hickory and shagbark hickory nuts and sassafras and take short, guided walks.

    View antique tractors, a 1947 Mac fire engine, a 1931 Custom Imperial Roadster and a 1929 Chrysler Imperial Roadster from private collections.

    Throughout the day enjoy musical entertainment on the corncrib stage in partnership with the Susquehanna Folk Music Society.

    Sincere thanks to Event Sponsor M&T Bank and Media Sponsor abc27 for their support of this fun, family day.

    Free

    Highlights

          Arts and Crafts Show
          Dairy Cow and Goat Milking
          Antique Tractors, Vintage Cars, Antique Fire Engine
         Children’s Hands-on Activities
         Heckton Church Concerts 
         Walking Tours: Pre-colonial Era Along the Susquehanna, 11 am
                                            McAllister Cemetery, 1 pm
                                            Fall Fruiting Trees and Shrubs, 2 pm
         Hay rides
         Children’s Games and Play Area
         Strolling Bagpipe –
         Archaeology Excavation Interpretation
         Pretzel Purveyors
         Craft Demonstrationsnative foods demonstration, foraging,
              broom making, apple butter making, spinning,
             quilting, soap making, woodworking, bee keeping
         Mansion Tours$3.00
         Quilt ExhibitAfrican-American Quilters Gathering of
                Harrisburg
         Children’s Crafts
         Corncrib Stage EntertainmentSusquehanna Folk Music
            
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  • 10/29/22

    "Hit the Road Educational Tour" Haunting Halloween Adventure

    Time:
    7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn
    Join the Friends of Fort Hunter for a trip to Philadelphia for three haunting visitations – the Eastern State Penitentiary; the home of Edgar Allan Poe and Continental Tavern. During the trip Dr. Donald Koones will provide an energetic historical review of both historical sites.
     

    The first stop will feature the Eastern State Penitentiary which was operational from 1829 through 1971 where famous inmates Al Capone and bank robber, Willie Sutton were imprisoned.

    The second stop was once the home of the master of suspense and horror, Edgar Allan Poe. This home witnessed his most prolific writing period producing “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Murder in the Rue Morgue”, and “The Gold Bug.” Special attention will be given to the basement which resembles a scene described in “The Black Cat”.

    The final dinner stop will be in the historic and haunted Continental Tavern , dating from 1864. This tavern concealed a stop on the “Underground Railroad”, witnessed two (2) murders, and possessed 10,000 whiskey bottles from the Prohibition Era. Finally, the tavern is haunted and visitors discuss their paranormal experiences.

    Bring a bag lunch, snacks and beverages (no cans, beverages must have lids)to eat on the bus between the Penitentiary and Poe House sites.

    Park in the Centennial Barn parking lot.  Please secure your vehicle and do not leave valuables visible in your car.

     
    Participants that are not members of the Friends of Fort Hunter will automatically receive an “Individual” level membership ($25 value) in the Friends of Fort Hunter with the trip ticket.
     
    Cost:$150 non-members; $130 members   Click here for tickets
     
    Trip itinerary:
    • Bus departs Fort Hunter Centennial Barn parking lot at 7:45 a.m. (please arrive for check-in by 7:30 a.m.)and returns by approximately 8:30p.m. (Please secure your vehicle)
    • Guided audio tour of Eastern State Penitentiary
    • Bring your own bag lunch
    • Escorted tour at Edgar Allan Poe Historic Site
    • All-Inclusive Buffet at Continental Tavern
     

    Tickets include:

    • Transportation by Cross Country Coach
    • Admission to Eastern State Penitentiary, Edgar Allan Poe Historic Site, narration by Dr. Donald Koones and all-inclusive buffet at Continental Tavern
    • Not included – Gratuity for the bus driver
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  • 11/26/22 to 12/18/22

    Annual Festival of Trees - Saturdays and Sundays only

    Time:
    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Tavern House

    Co-sponsored by the Harrisburg Area Civic Garden Center, six themed Christmas trees are exhibited for viewing.

    Beautifully decorated with handmade ornaments and trimmed by local garden clubs the trees are available for raffle. A selection of handmade ornaments will be available for purchase.

     
     
     
     
    Open Saturdays and Sundays only
    12:30 – 4:30  
    November 26 – December 18   

    Free

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  • 11/26/22 to 12/18/22

    Toy Train Exhibit - Saturdays and Sundays Only

    Time:
    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Location:
    Centennial Barn

    All aboard! The magical HO gauge model trains start rolling November 26 – December 18every Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 – 4:30. Presented by the Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society. Lots of interactive elements and the walk-around setup make this a must-see attraction for the whole family!

    Old and new trains will be displayed each week and for the annual visitor, exciting new additions are made each year.

    Thanks to the Friends of Fort Hunter for underwriting this popular attraction.

    Open November 26 – December 18
    Saturdays and Sundays only
    12:30 – 4:30

    Free admission

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