The inaugural Harrisburg Mural Festival, sponsored by Sprocket Mural Works, aims to produce 10 murals in 10 days throughout the city from Sept. 1 to 10. In addition to the mural painting, the festival will feature a variety of community events from a meet-the-artists day to a community paint day to a mural run.
There’s no better time to work a little walking—or a lot of walking—into your day to see existing murals around the city and take in the new creations as they unfold. The festival is designed for any level of fitness. You can leisurely stroll past a few or notch a good exercise day and walk all over the city. Clearly, you could pick a starting point anywhere, but here are three routes run through Mapquest that could let you get the level of exercise you want while enjoying the art.
For a short jaunt of about half a mile, start at an existing mural at 250 Reily St. and then see a new creation in progress at 1519 N. Third St. and two more at 1307 N. Third, and yet another inside the Broad Street Market. You can end your stroll at a new mural at 1006 N. Sixth St.
For a longer trek of around 1.5 miles, start at an existing mural at Riverwalk and North Street, hit another existing design at 922 N. Third, take in a new creation at 920 N. Third St., hike to 1006 N. Sixth St., and stop in at the Broad Street Market and the other three murals noted above on N. Third Street. Top off the workout with existing murals at 250 Reily St. and 1725 N. Third St.
Take a water bottle and pursue a calorie-busting five-mile trip by starting at an existing mural at 1725 N. Third St., a new one at 1519 N. Third St., an existing installation at 250 Reily St., and two new projects at 1307 N. Third. Go inside the Broad Street Market at 1233 N. Third St., head to 1006 N. Sixth St., and trek back to an existing painting at 922 N. Third St. and a new one next door at 920 N. Third St. Head to Riverwalk and North Street, hit the 200 block of State Street, 213 Locust St., 313 Market St., 19 S. Third St., and Shipoke Community Park at Race and Conoy streets, and finish at 240 S. 13th St.
Whichever path you pick, your workout should be more enjoyable surrounded by art.