Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Festival?
TRAF starts on the first Friday of June each year and lasts for 10 days. The 2019 Festival is slated for June 7-16.
Where is the Festival?
The Festival is located in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Point State Park, the Cultural District, and Gateway Center.
What are this year’s major attractions?
The full line-up of this year’s attractions are available to you directly through our site under our event listing. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter to stay connected!
What are the Festival’s hours?
Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is open from 12 pm to 8 pm each day. However, every attraction has its own operating hours, so if there is a particular event or exhibition that you’d like to see, be sure to check the schedule!
Where do I get tickets? How much?
All Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival attractions are free and open to the public, no tickets are required!
I’m traveling from outside of the city / another state / country. Are there travel/hotel packages?
Visit the Plan Your Visit section of our site for the most current information on traveling and lodging. Our team is working with the local visitors’ bureau and hotels within the Downtown Pittsburgh region, which are all within walking distance of Three Rivers Arts Festival, to develop helpful travel packages. Make a reservation today through VisitPittsburgh.
When/where/what is some particular attraction?
The Festival’s full schedule is available online and Program Guides are also available on-site at Information Tents in Point State Park and in Gateway Center and they include the schedule, maps, and more.
Where are the bathrooms?
Portable restrooms are located in Point State Park on the fountain-side of the portal bridge. Most Cultural District galleries also provide indoor facilities. Accessible facilities are available in all restroom locations.
I lost something. Can you find it?
If you’re on-site, visit an Info Hub in Point State Park or Gateway Center. If you’re off-site, email FestivalOperations@TrustArts.org or call 412-456-6666 with a description of the item you lost and we’ll do what we can to reconnect you to it.
Can I bring my pet with me to the festival?
Dogs on leashes are permitted in Point State Park. Owners must pick up after their pets.
The Festival has large crowds of people, many children, loud noises and other dogs. Patrons are advised only to bring animals that can be well-behaved in this environment. On-site police officers have the final say on public safety and may ask owners of unruly dogs to leave. Dogs are not permitted in the Artist Market at Gateway Center due to the tight space and fragile artwork. Dogs are not permitted at indoor venues.
Guide animals are welcome at all Festival venues.
What kind of food is served?
Check out the Plan Your Visit section of the Festival website. Typical Festival fare, ranging from funnel cake and lemonade to tabbouleh and lobster burgers, can be found at the Food Court in Point State Park. TRAF also offers Food Truck Fridays, which broadens the menu with local favorites. Check the site for the latest!
Is alcohol available?
Point State Park is a Pennsylvania state park and, as such, we must adhere to state park guidelines, which means no alcoholic beverages. The Cultural District boasts a wide variety of restaurants and bars. Check out DowntownPittsburgh.com for a complete list of local options!
It’s raining. You canceled the concert, right?
Wrong! We’re a hardy group. All festival events are rain or shine unless otherwise noted. We only close down when the weather presents a safety hazard to patrons, artists, and staff. In the event of a change in schedule a media alert will be issued along with postings to our website, Facebook, and Twitter. Stay connected!
I want some TRAF swag. What can I buy and where?
Stop by one of three locations to check out this year’s fresh designs! Art Mart is the place for official TRAF swag!
Point State Park | Daily, 12 – 9 pm
Main Entrance, near Commonwealth Place and Liberty Ave
Gateway Center | Daily, 12 – 8 pm
Main Entrance, just off of Penn Ave Extension
Cultural District | Daily, 9 am – 9 pm | Except Sundays 12 – 6 pm
Inside the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave
New and vintage t-shirts, limited-edition commemorative merchandise, and more — it’s all here! Looking for swag from our headline music performers? It’s here. Forgot your chairs for the show this afternoon? No worries; they’re reasonably priced at Art Mart. Forgot your sunscreen? We have you covered. We also have those cool bumper stickers you’re seeing all over the place. Take home some keepsakes and help support this free Festival!
I have an opinion about something. Who can I tell? (Art is good/bad, improvement is needed, etc.)
We’re all ears! Contact Us. We read every message. (Guest Services can also accept comments via phone and forward via email to relevant staff members for follow-up).
I want to help make this event happen. What can I do?
Hundreds of volunteers are necessary to make TRAF happen each year. Hours are flexible and positions can suit your interest. Visit the Get Involved section of the TRAF site for more details!
My company is looking for volunteering opportunities. Can we do anything at the Festival?
Yes. Check out the options in the Get Involved section of the TRAF site and complete the online form. You’ll be contacted by a member of our team!
I want to help keep the Festival free. How can I donate?
Thank you! If you’re at the Festival, you can make a donation at the Art Mart in Point State Park or Gateway Center. You can also make a donation online. If you’re not on-site, visit the website’s Get Involved section to donate and become a Festival Member.
What’s the difference between donating and becoming a Festival Member?
You can donate any amount of money to help keep the Festival free and the programming top-notch – $1 or $1 billion. Festival Membership means you’re donating at the giving level of $50 or more and receiving a number of perks for being so generous. Visit the Get Involved section to see all of the available perks and giving levels. Thank you!