Courtesy Pittsburgh Art Car Festival.

Winebiddle Street and Penn Avenue
September 24
Noon — 6 p.m.

Rev up those creative engines and cruise over to the Penn Avenue Arts District on Saturday to experience art on four wheels—and in motion.

For six jam-packed hours, two grassroots festivals—Penn Ave Arts in Motion and the Pittsburgh Art Car Festival—are teaming up to roll out one very electric community happening.

A lively showcase of “art and mobile masterpieces,” the free block party will park itself from noon to 6 p.m. at the corner of Winebiddle Street and Penn Avenue in Garfield.

With something for movers, shakers, speed seekers and makers of all ilks, the festivities will include live music, dance performances, hands-on art making activities, games, and more.

A centerpiece of the unique festival will be the “mobile masterpiece roundup” displaying all kinds of creative modes of transportation under the sun. Along with impressively adorned classic, muscle and art cars, visitors can check out a vibrant assortment of decked out whips, franken rods, big wheels, tricycles, bikes and more.

In addition to showcasing Burgh-made mobile masterpieces, the event will also feature Ohio wheels of wonder, such as Toledo’s famed “Tiki Car” and “That Car” from Columbus.

Attendees can roll up their sleeves to help decorate an art car, design t-shirts with Pittsburgh Printing Press, and compete in lively races. The event will also feature a marketplace of handmade goods presented by Second Shift Crafters, live painting by Danielle Robinson and food trucks.

The live musical roster will span rock and roll and rap to indie pop and metal, with performances by Jacquea Mae, King Fez, The Mad Muse, Destine81 and many others. Also performing will be local puppeteers, aerialists, DJs and belly dancers.

Kids can pop into Assemble’s new digs to participate in art and tech projects, have their portrait or caricature drawn by artist Sam Thorp and enjoy free hot dogs provided by ShurSave.

Have cool wheels to show off? The public is invited to bring a car, bicycle or other mobile work of art to the festivities.

Added bling? The first 30 cars to arrive will receive a special artistic dash plaque.

View a complete schedule.

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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...