Schenley Plaza
September 3 & 4
Various times

Travel the globe this weekend without leaving Pittsburgh or packing a single bag. Back for its 60th annual celebration, the free Pittsburgh Folk Festival will set up shop in Schenley Plaza, bringing cuisine, culture and entertainment from around the world to Oakland’s green space hub.

Photo by Victor Ruiz.
Photo by Victor Ruiz.

Pittsburgh’s longest-running and largest showcase of ethnic diversity—and the second oldest festival of its kind in the U.S.—this year’s eclectic edition boasts programming representing more than 20 countries and 40 different cultures.

Kids can try their hand at intricate origami art, paper cutting, palm weaving, and Easter egg decorating, and can choose from hands-on crafts and make-and-take projects from 20 different countries.

The diverse array of live performances boasts everything from Argentinian tango and Scottish Highland dancing, to strolling accordion players and children’s symphonies. Be dazzled by dancers and performances from all over the planet—from Egypt, India and Slovakia, to Lithuania, Bhutan and the Philippines.

Courtesy Pittsburgh Folk Festival.
Courtesy Pittsburgh Folk Festival.

Savor delicious international foods and learn cooking tips to try at home during hands-on demonstrations.

Pop into the global marketplace to shop for unique imported goods, and learn about rich customs and traditions in cultural exhibitions representing China, Ireland, Israel, Lebanon, Switzerland, Vietnam, and more.

Celebrating western Pennsylvania’s cultural diversity and heritage, this year’s festival takes place in conjunction with the City of Pittsburgh’s ongoing bicentennial celebration.

Free to all ages, the festival runs on Saturday, September 3 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sunday, September 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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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.