Hybrid Experience – 2021 Festival Overview
As Festival season nears, we understand that not everyone is ready to attend in-person and, for others, it’s go time! However you feel – so long as it includes some open-mindedness, patience, and a willingness to work together – we’re ready for you.
In fact, we’ve built a hybrid experience specifically for these times—a dynamic celebration of the arts overflowing with artists’ creativity while prioritizing our community’s health and safety. Whether you choose to join virtually — here at TrustArts.org/TRAF — or in-person in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District and Point State Park, we welcome you for ten days of free art + music at the 62nd annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival!
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In late April, we announced significant updates to this year’s Festival, including new event locations and a free ticket requirement for select in-person events. Since that time, disease dynamics and official health and safety guidelines have evolved, allowing us to create a simpler, better, and more familiar Festival experience.
The Festival is free and open to the public once more — 12-8 pm daily with no tickets required! Additionally, the in-person Festival will expand beyond Pittsburgh’s Cultural District as the Dollar Bank Main Stage returns to Point State Park for six of ten days—each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the Festival, June 4-13 (no park attractions Monday through Thursday).
The safest way to experience the Festival is to be vaccinated or to mask up!
All Pittsburgh Cultural Trust staff, artists, crew, sponsors, and other partners, will wear masks (regardless of vaccination status) and will be required to complete a health questionnaire before checking in to participate on each day of the Festival. If you’d like to learn more about the Trust’s reopening plans in the Cultural District, please review our Guest Pledge at TrustArts.org/Health and safety protocols at TrustArts.org/Safety. We also encourage guests to read the CDC's Large Gatherings Guidelines to stay up to date on best practices in health and safety.
The 2021 Artist Market features 150+ independent artists in an open-air setting, selling handmade fine art and fine crafts from 12-8 pm each day of the Festival. Each of this year’s four Artist Market locations features two distinct sessions, meaning that you can discover new artists in the same spot when you visit the Festival a second (or third!) time.
Cultural District locations include the Benedum Lot (Penn Ave & 7th St), Trust Oasis (133 7th Sth), and Allegheny Overlook Pop-up Park (Ft. Duquesne Blvd between 6th & 7th St). Approximately 50 artists will appear across these three locations in the first session, June 4-8, with another 50 moving in for June 9-13. The fourth Artist Market location is in Point State Park, which is only open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Approximately 30 artists will appear during the first session, June 4-6, with another 30 moving in for June 11-13.
In addition to the 150 artists on-site, 200+ artists from around the country are participating simultaneously in our virtual Artist Market at TrustArts.org/TRAF starting on June 4.
Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the Festival — June 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, & 13 at 7:30 pm — featured music concerts will take place on the Dollar Bank Main Stage on the city-side lawn at 7:30 pm. These shows are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
Like any other year, seating is not provided in Point State Park and guests can set-up their own area on the lawn. Please be mindful of fellow concert-goers by respecting distance and continuing to follow health and safety recommendations.
The all-new Riverside Stage at Allegheny Overlook Pop-up Park – positioned on a partially closed Fort Duquesne Boulevard between Stanwix and 7th Streets will light up two or three times daily between 12-8 pm to feature some of the region’s top music and dance talent.
First-come, first-served seating is available in front of the stage with additional standing room available behind the seating area. Please be mindful of fellow concert-goers by respecting distance and continuing to follow health and safety recommendations.
The Festival’s indoor Gallery Exhibitions dot Pittsburgh’s Cultural District on Penn and Liberty Avenues: Wood Street Galleries at 601 Wood St., SPACE at 812 Liberty Ave, 820 Liberty, 937 Liberty, and 707 Penn with open hours between 12-8 pm daily.
In addition to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s long-term public art installations, a number of temporary, Festival-specific installations will be on view during these fleeting ten days. Check back in late May for a full list and map.
The Festival’s virtual offerings, which will be available at our virtual grounds – here at TrustArts.org/TRAF – and via select Pittsburgh Cultural Trust social media channels, will incorporate innovations from the first-ever virtual Festival in 2020, plus some new enhancements for 2021.
Like last year, some events will happen “live” for a real-time communal experience. Most will be available at TrustArts.org/TRAF for the duration of the Festival, allowing visitors to explore attractions at their own pace.
While this year’s in-person Festival features 150+ independent artists in the Cultural District and Point State Park, our virtual Artist Market features more than 350! These artists, originally accepted into the 2020 Festival prior to the pandemic, have provided us with updated websites and details since last year and will remain on our website for the Festival’s full ten days. Prior to the Festival, you can preview which artists will appear in-person and, on the first day of the Festival, June 4th, the website will go live with all 350+ artists.
Our updated custom-designed “virtual map” of the Artist Market now features an in-person only section, to further clarify who’s in town and who’s online only. Don’t forget to mark your “favorites” so that you remember to come back and make a purchase. All purchases, like during a typical Festival, will take place between the artists’ preferred websites and the guest.
The virtual Artist Market will be live on June 4 at 12 pm!
Dollar Bank Main Stage at Point State Park
Following the recent move to Point State Park, which provides increased audience capacity, featured concerts will not be livestreamed on video by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. That said, if you can't make it in person you can still hear the shows on WYEP! Tune in Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night at 7:30 during the Festival to hear live broadcasts of the festival headliners. Catch the shows on 91.3 FM, streaming at wyep.org, on WYEP's smartphone apps, or tell your smart speaker to “play WYEP.”
Still to be announced:
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