The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is moving a little further away from the three rivers.
After decades in Point State Park, the 63rd annual event, which is free and open to the public, will take place entirely in the Cultural District from June 3-12. The festival grounds will be anchored by a pop-up park located at Eighth Street and Penn Avenue.
“Pittsburgh is the prime example of a comeback city — over 35 years, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has shown how arts can be used as a tool for urban revitalization,” says Kevin McMahon, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. “Our return to in-person arts events last year after an 18-month shutdown furthered this revitalization and we are excited for our beloved festival to continue this trend.
“While we will miss the iconic setting of Point State Park, we are also excited to further showcase our beautiful, world-renowned Cultural District.”
The move was prompted by new usage rules and regulations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for Point State Park.
McMahon says local residents and visitors from around the country can expect the same high-quality music and dance performances and art installations and gallery shows, including the annual Juried Visual Art Exhibition, as well as the artist market.
More information, including lineup announcements, will be released in April and May.
Last year’s arts festival was also held outside of the iconic Point State Park location to better control social distancing during the pandemic. The hybrid event offered both virtual presentations and select in-person, limited-capacity attractions in the Cultural District.