Booking an Event at the Midtown Scholar

Thank you for your interest in planning an event with us! Below you will find a list of the events we typically
hold at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, but we do welcome all event ideas!

Musical Performances:  

The Midtown Scholar is always looking to hear from bands and artists whose passion for music resonates with our love of art and literature. To begin the process for you or your band to perform on the Scholar's main stage, please submit an event request through our Partnership Planning system. Before submitting your request, we do ask that you read through the complete list of considerations for musical performers at the bottom of this page. Thank you!

Local Authors

The Midtown Scholar is pleased to partner with local authors to promote central Pennsylvania's literary culture. We ask that all authors, whether to arrange for book consignment or for an author signing/lecture event, submit their request through our Partnership Planning System

Book Club: 

Please feel free to submit event requests through our Partnership Planning System for book clubs, reading events, or literary discussions that you would like hosted in the Midtown Scholar! We are constantly on the lookout for groups who are passionate about bringing reading and scholarly discussion to the city of Harrisburg.

Children's Events

The Little Scholar is our dedicated space for all readers young at heart! With walls covered by hand-painted murals from the renowned children's book illustrator Jonathan Bean, the Little Scholar is the perfect spot for children's events of all kinds. To arrange a children's activity of your own, log onto our Partnership Planning System to get started.

Community Events:

If you are interested in proposing a community event at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore, please submit an event request through our Partnership Planning System. We do ask that you submit all community event requests at least two months prior to the event date, and all of our community events are free and open to the public.  

For music, local authors, book clubs and children's events please create an 

"Event Planning" account in our Partnership Planning System.

 Click Here to Get Started



Additional Information for Musical Performances:

1)  Because of our focus on community outreach and cultural enrichment, we do not charge admission for concerts and musical events. And, with our limited budget for events, we are unfortunately unable to financially reimburse the wonderful artists who chose to play at the Midtown Scholar. All artists are more than welcome to collect tips and sell merchandise at their shows, however.

2)  Our venue is rather unique as it is an operating bookstore and cafe, which means that the house lights will be up during your performance, and customers may be browsing while you are on stage.

3)  The Main Stage is outfitted with an excellent soundboard, and our staff will be available to help you plug in and check your sound. However, we simply do not have the staff available to offer you a dedicated sound person for the show. We also ask that you do not bring amps or full percussion sets, as the acoustics of the space and the layout of the stage are unable to accommodate these elements.

4)  If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the event submission and review process, please email Thank you!