PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh’s annual celebration of the arts, the Three Rivers Arts Festival, gets underway this Friday. Complete with 50 bands and 450 artists, the festival will feature ten days filled with films, exhibits, artists’ booths, and live music performances. Here’s a breakdown of a few not-to-miss highlights!
The Three Rivers Arts Festival
When: Friday, June 3, 2011 through Sunday, June 12, 2011
Location: Various locations Downtown Pittsburgh from Point State Park to the Cultural District
Cost: Most events are free
Events: Click Here for the Schedule
The Artists’ Market
One of the most popular parts of the Three Rivers Arts Festival is the artists’ market. With more than half of the 50 states represented by participating artists, the Artists Market showcases a cornucopia of contemporary American art, including ceramics, worked fiber, beautiful glass objects, leather handbags, jewelry, hand-worked wood and metal art, mosaics, paintings in many different styles, pottery, printmaking and graphics–even musical instruments. From fine art to folk art, there will be something of interest for everyone. Artist displays will be changing throughout the festival, so stop by several times during the ten-day event to be sure you don’t miss some beautiful artwork. The Artists Market will be open daily from 12 pm—8 pm.
As part of the festival, the Harris Theater (809 Liberty Avenue) is showing several films about art and artists throughout the week — many of which were produced by Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Most of these films have no admission charge. Visit 3RiversArtsFest.org for scheduled showings.
The August Wilson Center for African American Culture hosts several on-going exhibits; gallery exhibitions are free throughout the week. Several galleries in the Cultural District, including 707 Penn Gallery and 709 Penn Gallery, Trust Arts Education Center, 937 Liberty Avenue, SPACE Gallery, Cabaret at Theater Square, and others will also be displaying exhibits for free throughout the week as well. Galleries will be open Monday through Saturday, 11 am—8 pm, and Sunday, 12 pm—6pm.
The Live Music
And don’t forget the live music. Sunday, June 5, at 6 pm, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will be performing a concert of popular classical music on Dollar Bank Stage at Point State Park. Other musical performances throughout the week include R&B and Gospel musicians, singer-songwriters, acoustic musicians, and pop and folk artists, at various locations including Gateway Center, Katz Plaza, and Dollar Bank Stage at Point State Park. Check the festival website for details on times, dates, and locations of the performances.
The Three Rivers Arts Festival is one of the best times of the year to see some art, meet some artists, catch an art film, or hear a performance. Don’t miss out!