Downtown and multiple locations
September 9 — October 9
Various times

For the next month, the city of Pittsburgh will be at the epicenter of creative reuse, sustainability and transformation.

Joyce Dallal, The Other Toy Story.

Art with a (re)purpose is the guiding thread tying together more than 80 public programs (most of them free!), 12 venues and some 120 artists and performers—all showcased during Pittsburgh’s newest arts festival.

Experience art and culture like never before at the first-of-its-kind Re:NEW Festival—from a massive sculpture of a baby ingesting local hand-me-down toys installed inside Gateway Center Two and teams competing to make art from Goodwill donations, to delicious and nutritious meals made from rescued produce.

Edith Abeyta, Long Beach Garment Manifestation.

Animating Downtown Pittsburgh and additional hotspots around the city from September 9 through October 9, the highly anticipated festival is your one-stop shop for an eye-opening and mind-expanding month packed with international art exhibitions, film screenings, discussions, family and school workshops, public art, live music, markets, large-scale installations, and more.

Here are some not-to-miss highlights from the 20-plus events taking place on opening day, Saturday, September 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout Downtown Pittsburgh:

  • North American premiere of Barcelona-based Drap-Art—the world’s leading international festival of recycling art—at Philip Johnson’s iconic PPG Wintergarden, including 80 works by 40 artists, along with talks by Drap-Art founder Tanja Grass, and participating artists Imanol Ossa, Marcel-li Antunez, Dolo Navas and Karol Bergeret.
  • Music showcase hosted by Misra Records and WYEP featuring local bands and musicians from noon until 8 p.m. in the US Steel Tower Plaza.
  • Hull, an immersive, large-scale light installation created by Pittsburgh-based artist Ian Brill located inside a giant retaining wall adjacent to the US Steel Tower Plaza.
  • Juried exhibition of 31 works by 21 regional artists presented inside a re-purposed, formerly vacant retail space located at 623 Smithfield Street.
  • Tree Tours led by artist Ann Rosenthal featuring native trees and botanicals in the downtown area, including a botanical illustration exhibition in the glass kiosk on Stanwix Street.
  • Public art installation constructed by Tim Kaulen and artists from the Mobile Sculpture Workshop using scrap elements culled from Duquesne Light Company’s field operations in Gateway Center.
  • Market featuring upcycled goods, a family workshop led by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and puppet plays performed by artist Felicia Cooper at 623 Smithfield Street.
Courtesy Drap-Art.

On Sunday, September 11, Re:NEW heads over to Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center on the historic Northside for a series of free public events, including a cookout, art tour and “barn raising” ceremony for Brooklyn-based artist Matthias Neumann’s functional bench made entirely from sustainably sourced wood.

Also on Sunday, don’t miss artist talks by Drap-Art Founder and President Tanja Grass and internationally acclaimed performance artist Marcel·lí Antúnez at Carnegie Museum of Art.

Mark your calendar now for a public talk and book signing with The New York Times bestselling author Sebastian Junger on September 15 at Carnegie Lecture Hall.

Keep reading NEXTpittsburgh for updates about the Re:NEW Festival.

View a complete Re:NEW Festival schedule.

Looking for more events? Read our 12 Pittsburgh events not to miss in SeptemberEverything you need to know about Pittsburgh concerts in September and 10 great family adventures in Pittsburgh this September feature stories.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...