Destination Dauphin County

US News & World Report ranked the nation’s 125 most populous Metro areas as it relates to the quality of life, choosing Harrisburg as #1 in Pennsylvania and #44 in the nation. The information cited in the article is confirmation of the position we at The Urban Connection have taken for numerous years.


What started with highlighting the Dauphin County Music Festivals grew into recruitment and retention strategies for multicultural, multi-ethnic, geographically diverse individuals. The Urban Connection coupled with the Access & Opportunity Career Fairs and Breakfast Series along with Make The Connection to the Capital Region all laid the foundation for Destination Dauphin County…Come To Visit Decide To Stay™.


We at The Urban Connection of the Capital Region wish to express our sincere gratitude to all the stakeholders, event partners, sponsors and speakers that gave voice and invested in this dynamic regional initiative.

Vera Cornish & The Urban Connection Team

Dauphin County Cultural Fest  Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III invite the public to the county’s 12th Annual Cultural Fest, a free open-air street festival celebrating cultural diversity, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday,...

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Daniel D: Dauphin County Jazz Festival, Sept. 7 Daniel D. is a three-time 1st place Apollo Theater winner and studied at NYC's Julliard School of Music. He has become one of the most popular new-age social media superstars with a constantly growing international fan base. A seasoned...

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Pieces of a Dream: Dauphin County Jazz Festival, Sept. 8 Pieces of a Dream emerged out of Philadelphia’s music scene in 1976. Keyboardist James Lloyd, drummer Curtis Harmon and former bassist Cedric Napoleon, were (and still are) managed by the drummer’s father and uncle, Danny and Bill Harmon,...

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JJ Sansverino: Dauphin County Jazz Festival, Sept. 8 With multiple Billboard-charting singles and three highly acclaimed CDs over the past twenty-five years, New York guitarist JJ Sansaverino has reached millions touring the world with his “Benson meets Santana” musical style. An...

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We Invite You To Make The Connection to Dauphin County


With Dauphin County as your hub, we invite you to embrace our curated collection of places to go and things to do. Each represents a cultural snapshot of the diversity that embodies the region inclusive of Harrisburg, the Capital of Pennsylvania; the culture of Lancaster and York; and the fun and excitement of Hershey. Imagine a walk along the river, biking the Capital Area Greenbelt, exploring Wildwood Park, or enjoying the beauty of Detweiler Park. The juxtaposition of urban, suburban and rural creates a quality of life that has earned national recognition.

The richness of the culture of the Capital Region is captivating with amazing venues; The Hershey Theatre, The Appell Center for the Performing Arts, and the Giant Center. If your preference is music festivals, then it’s Destination Dauphin County. Stimulating, passionate, and bold there is always something amazing to do in the region!

With quick, easy access to Baltimore, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York, the allure of the big city is only a short drive or train ride away! Add the easy access of Harrisburg International Airport; Dauphin County is a transportation hub.

 Make Dauphin County your destination!