Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival: Five Reasons Why You Should Check it Out

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In my eyes, the official kickoff to summer in Pittsburgh is the Three Rivers Arts Festival. Sponsored by Dollar Bank, the family-friendly 10 day outdoor festival intertwines gorgeous art displays, fun activities, and food, and each day of the festival provides a new reason reason to head downtown to check it out.

Whether you’ve been to every Three Rivers Arts Festival or are planning a visit for the first time, here’s five reasons not to miss it this year!

1. It’s FREE!

Yes, 10 straight days filled with live entertainment including music, live theater, activities that will bring out your creative side, dance, and art installations for the bargain price of zero. Zip. Zilch. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has a long list of sponsors including individuals, corporations, and foundations that generously donate every year to keep the admission free.

2.  FOOD

Point State Park and Gateway Center will offer both traditional festival food and unusual meal offerings. From funnel cakes to lobster, there’s something for everyone’s palate. For both weekends during the festival, Pittsburgh Food Trucks will be in full force at Gateway Center and along Penn Avenue extension as well. Looks like i’ll be eating my way around the festival this year!


Trying to get the kids more involved in the Pittsburgh art scene? The three Rivers Arts Festival is the way to go! There’s Family Hip Hop Yoga, Reuse-A-Palooza, show-themed grafts and games from the Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater, a mobile media classroom by Dreams of Hope, and a miniature marina at Gateway Center. If that’s not enough, feel free to walk the kids around the festival and check out the gorgeous arts displays.


Performing arts, literary arts, art on film, exhibitions, technical art, dance, and music. Covering all aspects, the festival will feature both local and world-renowned musicians and artists.


The Dollar bank Three Rivers Arts Festival has received the coveted gold-level accreditation from Pennsylvania Resources Council’s Zero Waste Pittsburgh Initiative. What’s that mean? It cares for the environment and by reducing waste and limiting its carbon footprint, the festival is setting a standard for other large, outdoor festivals to emulate.

Want all the festival details? Head to Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival’s official site here.

See you in The ‘Burgh this week and Happy Travels!

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