PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Hundreds of artists and musicians are gearing up the 53rd Annual Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Organizers said this year will be bigger and better than ever.

Bluegrass group, Midnight Drive, is just one of many that will take the stage during this year’s festival.

In fact, an entire day will be devoted to bluegrass this year.

“It’s one of those things that’s just grown steadily over the last 60 years and it’s a really neat sub culture of people and I think that day you are going to see a lot of people bringing their own instruments down here,” Jeff Scheller of Midnight Drive said.

“We’ve got great bluegrass musicians, legends like Peter Rowan and Del McCory and some young musicians like Green Sky, Blue Grass,” Marguerite Garret Marks from the Three Rivers Arts Festival said.

Besides bluegrass, there will also be jazz.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will return for a performance in the park.

Of course, there will be tons of art to check out.

“We have more than 500 visual artists, we’ve got hundreds of musicians, dancers, and it gives them an opportunity to have one of the biggest stages in the country,” Marks said.

The festival is expected to pump more than $20 million into the city.

“This is when you see it all come together, and we feel incredibly proud of what we are going to offer and we know people are going to have a great time,” Marks said.

In the coming weeks, you’ll see Point State Park go from empty to filled with hundreds of artists.

The festival runs from June 1 to June 10.

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