A Fair in the Park
All photos courtesy of A Fair in the Park.

Mellon Park
September 9, 10, 11
Various times

A time-honored arts tradition will again set up shop for three days in Shadyside’s scenic Mellon Park. Celebrating its 47th edition, A Fair in the Park runs on Friday, September 9 from 1 to 7 p.m., on Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A Fair in the Park

Produced by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh, the free family-friendly event will showcase original work by more than 100 artisans and craftspeople from Pittsburgh and across the country.

More than just an art show, the three-day affair will be bustling with live local music, hands-on activities for all ages, master craftsmen’s demonstrations, and mobile kitchens and food trucks.

Artwork by Mitzi Hall.
Mosaic artwork by Mitzi Hall.

The fair’s centerpiece is a juried marketplace, where attendees can shop for handcrafted products representing a diverse array of mediums, such as glass, metal, ceramics, fiber, mixed media, mosaic, wood, 2D, and jewelry. Feature artisans are selected by a rotating committee of jury members from the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh, and four prizes will be awarded at this year’s event.

Performing live music this year will be Vince & Molly, Bruce Molyneaux, Matt Miskie, Mark Passaro, Steel Clover/Sue Borowski, Calliope House: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society, Abbots Cross, Olga Watkins Band, Blended Reality, RML Jazz, and Aron Honick.

Families with budding young artists won’t want to miss the Kids’ Activity Area featuring interactive projects led by the Frick Art & Historical Center, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Hatch Art Studio, The Kentucky Avenue School, Sunburst School of Music, The Andy Warhol Museum, and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

A Fair in the Park

When you’re ready for lunch or dinner, head over to the mobile kitchen and food truck roundup. featuring offerings from BRGR, PitaLand, Mac & Gold, Randita’s, Wood Fired Flatbreads, Berlin Street Food, South Side BBQ Company, Zeke’s Coffee, and Stickler’s Ice Pops.

On Sunday, September 11, from noon to 4 p.m., Fair-goers can also pop into Pittsburgh Center for the Arts to attend a special open house featuring studio tours, outdoor Raku firing demonstrations, children’s activities, displays of ceramic art, and more.

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Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

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 of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.