Attending The 2019 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
The 2019 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Art Festival in Pittsburgh is a 10-day lineup of art, music, events, food, and ridiculous amounts of fun. Going on its 60th year, the Three Rivers Arts Festival packs a musical punch with incredible indie artists, soul-soothing R&B, and ear-calming orchestras. Beyond the music, talented performance artists bring a wholly unique atmosphere, and delicious street-side food vendors craft tasty treats to satisfy your belly at this year's Three Rivers Art Festival.
Let's take a look at some of the festival specifics and highlight some of the awesome attractions that keep people back to this 60-year old festival tradition.
What is the Three Rivers Art Festival?
For the past 60 years, the Three Rivers Art Festival has been hosted by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. It's a 10-day long event filled with live bands, performance artists, and tons of food. There's the main show each night, and plenty going on in-between.
The festival has a rich tradition, and they've seen Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, the Black Keys, and hundreds of other notable artists attend the event in the past.
This year, they're headlining with India.Arie — who boasts four Grammys and a plethora of other awards. But, she's definitely not the only notable musician attending the event this year.
Dates and Attractions
The entirety of the festival lasts from Friday, June 7th to Sunday, June 16th.
Here's a list of the main stage performers (and links to their website's so you can check them out) that will be at this year's show.
- India.Arie - Friday, June 07 (7:30 pm to 9:00 pm)
- Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives - Saturday, June 08 (7:30 pm to 9:30 pm)
- Nahko And Medicine For The People - Sunday, June 09 (7:30 pm to 9:00 pm)
- The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra - Monday, June 10 (7:30 pm to 9:00 pm)
- Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - Tuesday, June 11 (7:30 pm to 9:00 pm)
- Kaia Kater - Wednesday, June 12 (7:30 pm to 9:00 pm)
- Lucius - Thursday, June 13 (7:30 pm to 9:00 pm)
- Too Many Zooz - Friday, June 14 (6:00 pm to 7:00 pm)
- Tank and the Bangas - Friday, June 14 (7:30 pm to 9:00 pm)
- Mandolin Orange - Saturday, June 15 (7:30 pm to 9:00 pm)
- The Teskey Brothers - Sunday, June 09 (6:00 pm to 7:00 pm)
- Parsonsfield - Saturday, June 15 (4:00 pm to 5:00 pm)
- Mipso - Saturday, June 15 (6:00 pm to 7:00 pm)
Make sure that you arrive early. Last year there were over 500,000 in attendance. Plus, the earlier you arrive, the better the seats — which is always nice.
Remember, the event is completely free to the public, so you can check out some bands that you've never heard without breaking-the-bank.
Want to see some more info on these artists? Check out the Three Rivers Events Page.
Where to Stay?
If you're from out-of-town, the Three Rivers Festival can be a great excuse to explore the incredible city of Pittsburgh. Also, since the festival is free, you can convince yourself that you deserve to go out to eat once or twice as well!
When it comes to hotels, the options are pretty much limitless.
The official partner of the event is the Wyndham Grand — which is located smack-dab in the middle of all the events.
We recommend checking out all of the listings on the official Visit Pittsburgh website. They have a great list that's filled with rustic gems, luxury-drenched beds, and even a few possibly-dingy-but-cheap options (Hey! We all need to save some dough sometimes.)
Where to Park?
A 500,000 people festival in the heart of Pittsburgh that's free to the public. Yeah, that sounds like a parking nightmare. Not so! The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has an app that shows you real-time parking availability in all the parking garages around the festival.
So, you don't have to head out fearing the long quest for a spot. You can have your passenger monitor for spots or even check it before you leave.
Plus, Pittsburgh has plenty of public transport. Whether you want to ride the bus, the light rail, the incline, or the paratransit, there is no shortage of options.
Food + Drink
Sure, arts festivals are known for their music, cultural significance, and fun vibes. But, let's be honest. You want that funnel cake. We all want that funnel cake.
Luckily, Three Rivers has three major food-and-drink options that will satisfy everyone's pallet.
There are two food courts that run the entirety of the event.
- The main lawn near the Dollar Points Stage (this is where you'll be watching all of those killer artists perform)
- The main entrance right by Penn Ave Extension
When it comes to guilty pleasures, the food courts have mouth-watering goods. We're talking funnel cakes, lobster sandwiches and burgers, lemonade, and all of the other things that you guiltily inhale.
The entire event is also going to be riddled with Pittsburgh's best food trucks. Which ones? We don't know. But, we do know that they will be delicious. Like all events, expect a free-for-all food truck war filled with strange eats and unique twists on culinary classics.
Finally, there are plenty of restaurants around the Cultural District. DoughBoy's Pizza, Savoy, Butcher and the Rye, you name it! Whether you're looking to tuck into a bar or nightclub after the latest show or you want to munch on some good old Pittsburgh pizza, the cultural district is a foodapalooza of delectable bites.
If you want to learn even more about this great event visit the official Festival website.
Are you ready to experience fantastic music, delicious food, beautiful art, and exciting vibes? Check out this year's Dollar Bank Three Rivers Festival. With all of that fun and excitement, you may want to bring a camera! Speaking of which...