Frequently Asked Questions

The PA Parade of Homes has been an annual fan favorite since 1995, showcasing the best new residential homes of the season, latest advances in technology, and beautiful home décor trends. It’s all about elevating the quality of life in Central PA and illustrating how achievable the American Dream really is. Experience the possibilities and allow yourself to dream about your next home, or design inspiration.

The PA Parade of Homes showcases over 30 homes each year, representing over a dozen Member Builders on both the East and West Shore. Thousands of local guests visit over the course of the 9 day event.

Zero! Nada! Zip! The event is free for all guests. We encourage you to visit all participating homes. Invite your friends and/or family. Make a fun experience out of it.

The event starts on Saturday, September 28th and goes through Sunday, October 6th. Homes are open weekdays from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and the weekends from noon to 7:00 pm.

The PA Parade of Homes is produced annually by the HBA of Metropolitan Harrisburg, a local non-profit dedicated to improving the Home Building Industry in Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry and Juniata Counties. We strive to be a trusted resource to all current and prospective home owners in Central PA. Our mission is to make the American Dream of home ownership a reality for all.

The Chefs on Parade is a fundraiser supporting the HBA Scholarship Fund, helping young people find and finance local educational opportunities in the building industry, ensuring that there is a supply of skilled young craftsmen for years to come. This fundraiser is an exclusive, and special kick-off event to generate excitement leading into the Parade, and to give guests a sneak peek into this year’s amazing selection of homes. A select group of homes are opened for one evening before the official start of the Parade. Catered selection and adult beverages are provided to those with tickets.

Visit the Chefs on Parade tab at the top of the page. There you will find dates, times, ticket details and more, including a list of participating caterers and menus available at each location.

Information about the PA Parade of Homes can be found in three places. You have already found the first, this website. Click the tabs at the top of the page to see more info about the builders, the homes, a map, and more. The second option is mobile, the PA Parade of Homes App. The perfect resource for Parade goers on the move, it lists all the homes and builders, as well as a GPS feature for turn-by-turn directions. The last option is Keystone Living Magazine, the annual publication listing all homes, builders, editorial content and a map. Guests may find copies at many local First National Bank Locations (Click Here to find a branch near you). Copies are also available at all participating homes. Simply visit your closest home and pick up a copy.

Builders are the stars of this event. All are members of the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Harrisburg which means they are committed to a high standard of quality and professionalism. Member builders are committed to presenting their best possible work and truly providing a great home for residents of Central PA. They are your neighbors, your friends, your local experts.

New to the PA Parade of Homes, the People’s Choice Award allows visitors to share their opinions and to vote for their favorite home. Registration is required to participate. Do not worry, this is free and the HBA of Metropolitan Harrisburg guarantees that no information will be shared with marketers or salespeople. We simply want to hear from you, and to learn a little about our guests. Click the “People’s Choice” button at the top of the page.

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Yes, and it is free to download. On Apple or Android devices search for “PA Parade of Homes” or “Central PA Parade” and look for a blue sky icon. On the mobile app you can track your trip, view images, share your comments, and even use your GPS for turn-by-turn directions.

You can view a map on the PA Parade of Homes on this website by clicking “Map” in the bar located at the top of the page. You can also view the map by clicking the icon “Map of Homes” located on the home page just below the slideshow. Maps are also available on the Mobile App (PA Parade of Homes for Apple and Android). One is also provided in Central Keystone Living Magazine, the annual PA Parade of Homes Publication.

The address of each home will be available to view on Sept. 1 both on this website and on the mobile app (PA Parade of Homes for Apple and Android). The address and map of each home can be found by clicking on any of the home images listed under the tab “View Homes.” The App (PA Parade of Homes for Apple and Android) may be downloaded on your smart phones and will provide turn-by-turn directions to each home as well.

Yes, Parade goers are encouraged to take many photos, post on social media and share the experience.

Of course, the event is free to all that visit. Enjoy the PA Parade of Homes as often as you like. Bring friends and family members, or even revisit homes that left a special impression.

Be prepared to take off your shoes. Some of these homes require socks or shoe covers (complimentary covers provided at each home). Also, some areas in each home are out of bounds. Builders, realtors, and home host will assist all visitors. Be respectful to the builders, hosts, and other guests. Lastly, enjoy yourself!

Kick off the PA Parade of Homes in style, with an exclusive sneak peek. Visit four select homes and enjoy a delicious catered selection of hor d’oeuvres and beverages. Adult beverage offered at specific locations.