This June, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the 62nd Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival with both in-person and virtual events. The hybrid festival runs June 4-14, 2021 and features a variety of events and local talent. See the schedule below and don’t miss out on supporting the local arts community!
In-person and virtual
The 2021 Artist Market features 100 independent artists in an open-air setting, selling handmade fine art and fine crafts from 12-8 p.m. each day of the Festival. The artists are split into two sessions with 50 artists appearing June 4-8 and another 50 artists appearing June 9-13.
A map and schedule will be available at TrustArts.org/TRAF.
Free ticket reservations are required for the Artist Market, which provides access for a two-hour window. Guests may enter and exit three capacity-controlled Artist Market zones (the Benedum Center Street Level Parking Lot, Trust Oasis, and Allegheny Overlook Pop-Up Park) during this time. See map attachment for noted Artist Market locations.
In addition to the 100 artists on-site, more than 350 artists from around the country are participating simultaneously in the virtual Artist Market at TrustArts.org/TRAF. Artist previews will be available prior to the Festival so that guests can mark their ‘favorites’ to shop during the run of the in-person and virtual Artist Markets. For the virtual market, purchases will take place between the artist’s preferred website and the guest.
Dollar Bank Main Stage at the Byham Theater
In-person and virtual
Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the Festival – June 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 p.m. – featured music concerts will take place on the Dollar Bank Main Stage inside of the Byham Theater at 101 6th Street in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.
Each show will welcome a limited-capacity, in-person “studio audience” of approximately 350 guests, safely filling the 1,300-seat theater according to social distancing protocols. Free tickets are required for a visit to the Dollar Bank Main Stage at the Byham Theater and will be in high demand. Tickets to these featured music concerts will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket reservations open on May 20 at 12 p.m. at TrustArts.org/TRAF (May 18 for Festival Member Early-Bird Access).
Audience members throughout the Pittsburgh region and beyond who are unable to secure a free ticket (first-come, first-served) or who prefer to experience the concerts remotely can still enjoy these concerts either via multi-camera video and soundboard-quality audio feed on Pittsburgh Cultural Trust social media channels or live, over the airwaves on 91.3 WYEP-FM, a longtime partner of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival.
The lineup includes:
Celisse, June 4
Bassel and the Supernaturals, June 5
Rayland Baxter, June 6
Shemekia Copeland, June 11
Caroline Rose, June 12
Son Little, June 13
Riverside Stage at Allegheny Overlook Pop-Up Park
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Riverside Stage at Allegheny Overlook Pop-up Park is positioned on a partially-closed Fort Duquesne Boulevard between Stanwix and 7th Streets. The region’s top music and dance talent will perform on this stage throughout each day of the Festival.
Free ticket reservations are required for a visit to the Riverside Stage at Allegheny Overlook Pop-Up Park. Free tickets provide first-come, first-served seating and standing room access. Reservations open on May 20 at 12 p.m. at TrustArts.org/TRAF (May 18 for Festival Member Early-Bird Access). Performances on the Riverside Stage are in-person only and will not be livestreamed (only Dollar Bank Main Stage performances are livestreamed).
Visual Art Gallery Exhibitions
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust reopens its galleries in tandem with the 2021 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. No reservations are required, and venues include Wood Street Galleries, SPACE, 820 Liberty, 937 Liberty, and 707 Penn with open hours between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. During peak periods, a socially-distanced waiting line may be utilized in order to safely control capacity inside of each venue.
Outdoor Public Art Installations and Activities
Cultural District long-term public art pieces such as Magnolias for Pittsburgh, Cell Phone Disco, and FLOW will be on view during the Festival, along with public art pieces brought to Pittsburgh especially for the 10-day celebration. The latter will be announced in mid-May. Other in-person activities include the return of the Giant Eagle Creativity Zone and Story Corners, neither of which requires advance registration or tickets.
Juried Visual Art Exhibition
In-person and virtual
Transverse, the Juried Visual Art Exhibition that was ready for installation in 2020 when the pandemic hit, takes place live and in-person in 2021 at 820 Liberty Avenue. Pieces will be on display throughout the duration of the Festival and the custom-built virtual exhibition from 2020 remains on display, replete with photos, videos, and even audio recordings from select artists. As always, this exhibition showcases exceptional new art by regional artists.
Anthropology of Motherhood: Culture of Care
Supported by Allegheny Health Network
In-person and virtual
Celebrating its sixth year as part of the Festival, the Anthropology of Motherhood features works of art and design that engage in the complex visual, material, emotional, corporeal, and lived experiences of motherhood, caregiving, parenting, nurturing, and maternal labor.
Installed in-person in the O’Reilly Theater’s lobby at 621 Penn Avenue as an art space, interactive amenity, and place of respite for nursing mothers and families with young children, this year’s exhibition has also been reimagined for virtual exploration at TrustArts.org/TRAF.
Harris @ Home
Harris Theater @ Home, a virtual cinema accessible through this website, celebrates the diversity of cinematic artistry by providing the best of independent, international, and documentary films. All Harris @ Home presentations during the Festival will be free and announced, available for reservations in mid-May.
24/7 Virtual Stage
Available during all hours and days of the 10-day Festival, the 24/7 Virtual Stage features brand new music, dance, and literary art performance videos. The full selection of videos will go live at TrustArts.org/TRAF when the Festival starts at 12 p.m. on June 4.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has implemented a number of layers of defense in is theaters and arts venues to protect guests, staff, volunteers, and artists from the spread of COVID-19. TrustArts.org/Health and TrustArts.org/Safety will be updated regularly with “Know Before You Go” information pertinent to guests before they visit the Cultural District.