A performer sings into microphone on stage at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, PA.

Insider's Guide: Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Arts Festival

Enjoy 10 days of free music and art from at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival!

The annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is back June 2-11, 2023! 

Featuring 400+ artists and musicians over 10 days, this Only In Pittsburgh festival is one of the best ways to start your summer. The best part? The Three Rivers Arts Festival is FREE!

New Year, Same Location

The Three Rivers Arts Festival can now be found entirely within the Cultural District for 2023. All shows and activities will be centered around the new pop-up park and stage at 9th and Penn.

All concerts and live music performances begin at 7:30 p.m. nightly. If you don't feel like standing, dust off your parking chair and bring it to the venue, too!

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Two women holding palettes of multicolored paint apply paint to a canvas with brushes at the Three Rivers Arts Festival

What to know before you go:

Where Do We Eat

With the move to the Cultural District, there are now more dining options than ever to satisfy even the pickiest eater. The main food court for the festival is located at Ft. Duquesne Blvd. and 7th Street, and food trucks will be available throughout the festival.

If you are looking for a sit-down experience, there's mouth-watering meals within walking distance including Butcher and the Rye for upscale takes on rustic classics and Con Alma, named one of the top 27 bars in America by Esquire Magazine.

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Dress for the Weather

In any given year at the The Arts Festival you may need massive amounts of sunscreen, a light jacket, or an umbrella. The weather is unpredictable in June, but Pittsburghers are down to enjoy the festivities no matter what it's like outside. The only time events close down is when the weather presents a true safety hazard, but keep an eye on social media for any changes to the schedule.

Best Time to Go

The festival's hours are 12-9 p.m. every day, giving you a ton of time to explore. If you want space to admire all of the inspiring art, going over lunch time is a great way to beat the crowds. For the featured music performances, check out the full schedule and make sure to plan enough time for parking and grabbing that perfect viewing spot.

Parking & Transportation

You have plenty of options to get to the Three Rivers Arts Festival. Public transportation is available through the Port Authority of Allegheny County by bus, light rail and the incline, and there are several stops in the Cultural District or within easy walking distance. Biking is a great option as well thanks to downtown Pittsburgh's dedicated bike lanes. The North Shore is also an easy place to park (check the Pirates' schedule to be sure there's no game) and take a scenic trek over the Allegheny River into the festival grounds.

If you're driving, make sure to download the ParkPGH app for real-time the availability at downtown garages. For more information, check out our transportation page.

An artisan sells to a person standing in front of a table with hand blown glass items at the Three Rivers Arts Festival

The Bathroom Situation

Go in the know. Portable restrooms are located at Maddock Place, between Trust Oasis (131 7th Street) and the pedestrian pass-through to 8th Street. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are additionally available in Theater Square (655 Penn Avenue).

This unique festival is a perfect example of the free, fun events you can find Only in Pittsburgh. Start preparing for your trip to the Three Rivers Arts Festival and book your stay now so you don't miss out!