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Three Rivers Arts Festival

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Three Rivers Arts Festival
Chris Hillman performing at the Three Rivers Arts Festival on June 16, 2004.
Genreall types
Location(s)United States Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Years activeSince 1959
FoundersThe Women's Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art in cooperation with a cross section of Pittsburgh business and cultural leaders.
WebsiteThree Rivers Arts Festival homepage

Three Rivers Arts Festival is an outdoor music and arts festival held each June in the Downtown district of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1] The festival features live music and performance art, as well as visual art and vendors who sell their wares. The event is centered in Point State Park.[2]

Founded in 1960 by the Women's Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art, the festival has presented more than 10,000 visual and performing artists. Stage performances have included Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Philip Glass, Steven Reich, Smokey Robinson as well as literary legends Allen Ginsberg and Spalding Gray.[3]

Since 2015, the CREATE festival has been part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.[4]

Most outdoor events were cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic; some went virtual.[5]

The Three Rivers Arts Festival Gallery, located at 937 Liberty Avenue, is a year-round extension of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.


  1. ^ "Three Rivers Arts Festival: A timeline". Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  2. ^ "Arts Festival Schedule." Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 3, 2001, p. 75 (subscription required).
  3. ^ "ImaginePittsburgh.com : Explore : Three Rivers Arts Festival". imaginepittsburgh.com. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
  4. ^ "Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Arts Festival announces lineup, new features". Pittsburgh City Paper. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  5. ^ Mervis, Scott. "61st annual Three Rivers Arts Festival will not be like any other before it." Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 4, 2020, p. WE8 (subscription required).