Limited In-Person Events Returning to Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Arts Festival

This year's hybrid format will include both in-person and virtual events.
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2019 THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL

Like a lot of things this year, the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival will be a bit closer to normal, but far from what festivalgoers experienced in the pre-pandemic era.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced the 10-day festival, scheduled for June 4-13, will include food, live music and of course, plenty of art. But Point State Park and Gateway Center will not be filled with festivalgoers.

Arts Festival Director Sarah Aziz tells the Trib that gathering limits prevent the use of the Downtown locations where the festival is traditionally held because those areas can’t be fully gated to control the number of people.

“There are still so many logistics to work out,” says Aziz, “We want to make it as safe as possible and still give guests a great experience. We are excited to reopen part of the Cultural District.”

All in-person events will be via timed entry. Organizers plan to use several Downtown art galleries, such as SPACE and 937 Liberty. The juried visual arts exhibition will be located at 820 Liberty Ave., which was recently renovated.

Food will be available outside with diners staying in designated areas.

The Dollar Bank Main Stage will be inside the Byham Theater with limited capacity. Those shows also will be live-streamed.  The lineups will be announced at a later date.

Recognizing that pandemic rules are likely to change between now and the festival, Aziz says the festival will do its best to adapt as the situation evolves.

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