We may not have reached the official first day of summer, but the unofficial kickoff to the season is underway: the Three Rivers Arts Festival. More than 300 vendors, musicians and artists are gathered in Downtown’s Cultural District to sell their handmade goods, play live music and celebrate art in the city.

The 64th annual festival kicked off on Friday, June 2, and runs through June 11 — so don’t miss your chance to get in on the action. The festival takes place entirely in the Cultural District again this year (instead of Point State Park as in years past), and the festivities are spread far and wide.

Here are some highlights from the festival’s opening days.

  • Four kids play with clay at the Three Rivers Arts Festival 2023.
  • Pittsburgh Arts Fest 2023 booths
  • Zach Layhew and Theresa Jorgensen
  • Kids play chess at the Three Rivers Arts Festival 2023
  • The Border Ride band at Three Rivers Arts Festival 2023
  • Pittsburgh Arts Fest 2023 booths
  • Actor Ernesto Mario Sanchez
  • Dan Kilbride demonstrates glass blowing
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performs at the 2023 Three Rivers Arts Festival
  • Visitors browse Roland Metal Art

All photos by Sebastian Foltz.

Planning on heading Downtown this upcoming weekend? Our TRAF guide has everything you need to know in one place. Find even more information on the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust website.

Sebastian Foltz is a Pittsburgh-based freelance photographer and writer with contributions to newspapers and magazines in Pittsburgh, Oregon and Colorado. An avid whitewater kayaker, mountain biker and skier, Sebastian has a background in news, sports and outdoor journalism.