The 53rd Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off on Friday, June 1, with opening celebrations at visual art galleries throughout the Cultural District and a concert from The Wailers at Point State Park on Friday. 2012 Festival highlights include the return of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a new multimedia show by Squonk Opera, the premier of Bluegrass Day on June 9th, an expansion of the Artist Market (over 300 vendors), plus greening initiatives.
This opening weekend will also be enriched by the 2nd annual indoor/outdoor Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival (June 1-3) produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
The popular, free Three Rivers Arts Festival is very walkable -- great for those of you looking for a free lunch time outing, or a quick visit after work. During the week, public transportation is probably your best bet for getting to the festival. The Wood Street and Gateway Center "T" stops are both within easy walking distance of Three Rivers Arts Festival activities. In addition, many bus routes have stops within the Festival's activity zone. If you plan to drive, the Gateway Center and Cultural District parking lots are within easy walking distance of Three Rivers Arts Festival activities. Some street parking is available during limited hours. Many garages offer discounted rates evenings and weekends. A map of downtown parking facilities is available from the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.
The Three Rivers Arts Festival, which runs from Friday, June 1 - Sunday, June 10, 2012, offers ten days of free art, live music, fine food and festival fun, including the always popular Artists Market, the Creativity Zone, and a continuous schedule of free concerts and performances. It's looking to be a mostly sunny weekend too once we get through Friday's storms!