One of the hottest tickets this September is on sale now: the two-day Thrival Festival, a celebration of the city’s thriving and reviving innovation community on Sept. 13-14 from noon to midnight.

This year’s festival moves to an expanded format with two full days of conferences, workshops and the highly anticipated music festival. The daytime events will offer sessions on coding, social media, gaming, education and more, says Bobby Zappala, co-founder and CEO of Thrill Mill.

Moby and Portugal. The Man. will headline this year’s concert, held at Bakery Square 2.0 on September 13 and 14. Portugal. The Man. will close out Saturday night’s concert while Moby will play a DJ set on Sunday night.

In addition, Thrival’s Saturday line-up will include performances by Phosphorescent, Talib Kweli, Motion City Soundtrack, MisterWives, Raury, and Pittsburgh-based artists 1,2,3, The Red Western, and Tairey.

Sunday’s EDM-focused line-up will be led by Moby and will feature Green Velvet, Z-Trip, Mayer Hawthorne, Buku, and local DJs.

This marks the second Thrival Festival in Pittsburgh. The event began as a series of backyard barbecues to raise money for the startup community and has evolved into a fundraiser for The Thrill Mill and Hustle Den, an East Liberty startup incubator.

Daytime events will take place at local accelerators and incubators including Thrill Mill, Beauty Shop, AlphaLabGear and the Cloak Room. Other hosts include UPMC’s Technology Development Center at Bakery Square and Google.

Thrill Mill’s 13 teams will deliver their investment pitches to the community at Google Pittsburgh’s headquarters. PNC will award a $25,000 prize to the winner of the pitch competition, which will be patterned after the recent “Rise of the Rest” tour with Steve Case.

“Thrival has grown exponentially this year not just through the quality of the overall music lineup, but more importantly in the opportunities that will be made available to learn about and engage in Pittsburgh’s entrepreneurial scene,” says Zappala.  “We’re going to make a lot of noise well beyond the region with this year’s event.  It’s very exciting.”

Supporters and sponsors include NEXTpittsburgh, PNC, c-leveled and the Global Shapers Hub and Global Shapers Community, part of a network of hubs developed by young people who are driving change to make a contribution to their communities.

Deb Smit

Deb is an award-winning journalist who loves ancient places and cool technologies. A former daily newspaper reporter and Time-Life Books editor, she writes mostly about Pittsburgh. Her stories have appeared...