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At conception, the Harrisburg Youth Festival was created to offer an opportunity for families, friends, youth and young adults of the Dauphin County area to enjoy a time of fun, laughter, and entertainment without the burden of worrying about safety and life responsibilities. As we embark upon our second year, we have decided to broaden our view and add even more fun and development for the community as well as a greater opportunity to impact and empower the youth of this area.


This year, we are moving from just a carnival to a city wide community day free of charge and this year's youth fest will feature so much more to include entertainment for all ages, empowerment, community services, volunteering opportunities, youth and young adult vendors, and more. In addition, alongside an influential organization DBA Academy of Arts & Development, we are offering a weekend of motivation and mentorship through a Teen Summit and an intricate Xperience with featured impactful and high-profile guests. We want to change the narrative of youth organizations in Dauphin County, and shift the paradigm so our community can flourish and excel in the areas of arts, academics and innovation.

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Are there any fees associated with HYF?
No, Harrisburg Youth Fest and all of its affiliated events are free and open to the public.

Is Harrisburg Youth Fest age restricted to just youth?
Yes, and no. The Youth Summit is restricted to just teens ages 12-17 years of age(See Summit Page For More Details). However, we encourage parents, guardians, and persons 18+ years of age to attend all of the other events being conducted during the weekend. 

How is the HYF Staff planned to combat the COVID-19 pandemic? 
For the outdoor events there's no screening. Attendee's are encouraged to wear a mask. All hands on activities will be thoroughly sanitized and cleaned throughout the event. (Please see other event pages for regulations pertaining to that particular event) 

Is HYF ADA Compliant?
Yes, Harrisburg Youth Fest and all of its affiliated events are ADA compliant and have parking available. 

Are children allowed to attend alone?
No, Due to the nature of the event. Parents and Guardians must attend all events with her child(ren). The only event children are allowed to attend alone is the summit. Please see summit page for more details. 

Is this event only for the Harrisburg community?
No, We openly invite anyone from around the Tri-State area to join us as we embark on this journey towards uplifting our community.

How can I be a vendor at HYF or any of it's affiliated events?
Please reach out to us at and we will connect with you.

What is your weather policy?
While it is our goal to have all attractions and entertainment during the scheduled hours, weather conditions like rain, lightning, wind, and certain temperatures can temporarily or permanently halt or close. The DBA Academy of Arts & Development staff will monitor all weather conditions closely and make the best decision based upon conditions. 


Are any of the events affiliated with Harrisburg Youth Fest Weekend age restricted?

Yes, We apologize to inform you that the summit will be restricted to only registered students (Please see DBA Summit page for more information to summit). However, parents, guardians, and adults over the age of 18 are invited to join us at all of the other events taking place during the weekend

For any other questions or inquiries please contact us at 

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