PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The summer season is only just getting underway here in Pittsburgh, but this weekend is shaping up to be one of the busiest of the season.

The flurry of activity begins today as the Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off this afternoon downtown. The artisans moved in overnight, and are set to open for business by lunchtime.

The food vendor booths are set up too, offering things like pizza, grilled chicken, funnel cakes, ice cream and more.

In addition to the food and art, there will also be music.

“We have music in Katz Plaza in the district; we’ve got music on… the acoustic stage that is right here in Gateway,” said Marguerite Jarrett Marks, the festival coordinator.

At Point State Park, the Blind Boys of Alabama take the Dollar Bank Stage around 8 p.m.

“They have a huge following and to have opening night be them is pretty fabulous,” said Joe Smith, the vice president of Dollar Bank.

The Arts Festival runs through June 12.

A few blocks from the festival will be the Pittsburgh JazzLive International event. The three-day celebration is being held in the Cultural District.

“So, in about 40 venues throughout the Cultural District, we’ll have jazz musicians playing,” said Marks.

Also, the band “Panic! At The Disco” is playing at Stage AE on the North Shore tonight. The gates open at 6:30 p.m.

The Pirates are back in town for a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Then, on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Power will take on the Cleveland Gladiators at the CONSOL Energy Center. The division title is on the line there.

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