important information from the city of pittsburgh about traffic for the three rivers arts festival

Update on 6-14-2014: I’ve had some inquiries asking about hours for the festival. You can find that information by clicking on the festival’s website here.


June 6 – 15, 2014 | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | Cultural District

Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the 55th Annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, being held June 6-15 in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Point State Park and throughout Gateway Center.

This festival, aimed at connecting community to the arts, will bring prominent local artists as well as award-winning national artists to Pittsburgh’s Cultural District to present world-premiere performances, exhibitions and installations.  Over 400,000 visitors will visit the Cultural District to partake in this year’s event which is focused on the intersection of the festival’s core values of aesthetic creativity and environmental sustainability.

To ensure that residents and visiting festival attendees can experience a safe and enjoyable environment over the course of the 10 days, please be aware of the following traffic and parking provisions.  Most major streets leading into and out of downtown’s Cultural District remain open to traffic before, during, and following the event. 

For the safety of our guests and participants of the Arts Festival, the following street closures will occur around Point State Park and western edge of the Cultural District:

  • From 10:00am on June 3 through 10:00pm on June 17, two lanes of Commonwealth Place between Penn Avenue Extension and Ft. Duquesne Boulevard, adjacent to Point State Park, will be closed.  Traffic will continue to flow in both directions in the remaining two lanes of Commonwealth closest to the Wyndham Grand Hotel.
  • WEEKEND CLOSURES from 6pm Fridays to Sundays at midnight (June 6-8 and June 13-15), the following temporary closures will be in effect:
    • Penn/Liberty Ext outbound from Stanwix to turnaround near Commonwealth Place.
    • All lanes of the Penn Avenue Extension outbound will be closed between Stanwix Street and Commonwealth Place.
    • Parking meters and curbside lanes along Commonwealth Place between Ft. Pitt Boulevard and Liberty Avenue.
  • SPECIAL CLOSURES for Festival Load in and Load out
    • On June 5, 10 and 12 the Liberty Avenue inbound lanes from the Gateway Center parking garage near Commonwealth to Stanwix will be closed, and the Liberty Avenue/Penn Avenue outbound Extensions outbound will be extremely restricted.  
    • There will be no parking on any street surrounding the Gateway Centers, Wyndham Hotel, Point State Park and Commonwealth Place.
    • Access to all Pittsburgh Parking Authority Garages and all parking garages will be open and will not be impeded by the road closures.
    • All of the above closures are in addition to street closures for Pittsburgh Pirates home games, Pride in the Streets and PrideFest. 

Parking and Transportation
For information about parking lots and garages in the Cultural District, visit

Parking information is also available through Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership website:

The Cultural District is serviced by public transportation options through the Port Authority of Allegheny County. For information on Port Authority bus stops that may be affected by the street closures, please call the Port Authority Customer Service center at (412) 442-2000 or the TTY number (412) 231-7007, for the speech and hearing impaired, or visit

About the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is a celebration of the arts in downtown Pittsburgh unlike any other in the nation. Each of its world-class, multi-disciplinary performing and visual arts attractions is free to attend and open to the public. The Festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city’s world-renowned Cultural District. For more information, visit

About The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit

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