This Year’s Three Rivers Arts Festival to Include In-Person Concerts, Exhibitions and Artist Market

For the first time, the annual celebration of art will be held in the Cultural District instead of Gateway Center Point State Park.

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Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced the lineup for this year’s Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, set to take place June 4-13.

The 62nd festival will operate in a hybrid format, continuing with virtual events, a necessity last year during the pandemic, and returning to a number of in-person events with extra safety measures in place. 

“We cannot imagine summer in Pittsburgh without the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, and we are thrilled to see the work being done to return to in-person arts events and also build upon the accessibility of virtual experiences,” says Dollar Bank Senior Vice President of Marketing Joe Smith.

In-person concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the festival at the Byham Theater Downtown. About 350 audience members will be permitted inside the venue for the free performances, and virtual options are available for viewing or listening.

The lineup includes: Celisse (June 4), Bassel and the Supernaturals (June 5), Rayland Baxter (June 6), Shemekia Copeland (June 11), Caroline Rose (June 12), and Son Little (June 13).

Tickets to these featured music concerts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket reservations open at noon on May 20 at TrustArts.org/TRAF and on May 18 for those who made a donation before May 14 and received Festival Member Early-Bird Access.

The Byham and all Cultural Trust facilities will require guests to wear masks indoors and download the new CLEAR Health Pass app, which requires individuals to verify their identities and answer a series of health survey questions.

The Trust notes that the Byham Theater and the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts were the first performing arts venues in Pennsylvania to achieve the GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA – The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, to prevent and respond to outbreaks. 

Navigating the Artist Market
The 2021 Artist Market will feature 100 independent artists selling handmade fine art and fine crafts from 12-8 p.m. each day of the festival. The artists are split into two sessions with 50 artists appearing June 4-8 and another 50 artists appearing June 9-13. A map and schedule will be available at TrustArts.org/TRAF.

Free ticket reservations are required for the Artist Market, providing access for a two-hour window. Guests may enter and exit three capacity-controlled Artist Market zones (the Benedum Center Street Level Parking Lot, Trust Oasis, and Allegheny Overlook Pop-Up Park). 

More than 350 artists from around the country will participate in the virtual Artist Market at TrustArts.org/TRAF. Artist previews will be available prior to the festival so that guests can mark their “favorites” to shop during the run of the in-person and virtual Artist Markets. 

Other Attractions
More in-person entertainment will take place each day at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Riverside Stage at Allegheny Overlook Pop-up Park on Fort Duquesne Boulevard between Stanwix and 7th streets. The music and dance performances will offer free, first-come, first-served seating and standing-room reservations. They will not be live-streamed.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will also reopen its Downtown galleries, including Wood Street Galleries, SPACE, 820 Liberty, 937 Liberty, and 707 Penn, during the festival, and other Trust public art pieces will be on display. 

“Transverse,” the Juried Visual Art Exhibition showcasing new art by regional artists that was ready for installation in 2020 when the pandemic hit, will take place live and in-person this year at 820 Liberty Ave. Pieces will be on display throughout the festival, and the custom-built virtual exhibition from 2020 remains on display, with photos, videos and audio recordings from select artists. 

Another returning piece of the festival will be “Anthropology of Motherhood: Culture of Care,” featuring works of art and design related to motherhood and caregiving. It’s installed in the O’Reilly Theater’s lobby at 621 Penn Ave. as an art space, interactive amenity and place of respite for nursing mothers and families with young children. It has also been reimagined for virtual exploration at TrustArts.org/TRAF.

Two more virtual events will take place: Harris Theater @ Home, a free virtual cinema showing independent, international and documentary films, and the 24/7 Virtual Stage, featuring new music, dance and literary art performance videos throughout all hours and days of the festival. The full selection of videos will go live at TrustArts.org/TRAF when the festival starts at noon on June 4.

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