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Mon April 29, 2013
2013 Three Rivers Arts Festival Marks Return of Point State Park Fountain
The 2013 Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off in early June with a splash.
On June 7, after years of reconstruction, the fountain at the Point will be turned back on permanently.
“Point State Park has been rebuilt from top to bottom over the last five years thanks to the efforts of one of the most extensive public-private partnerships in our history,” said Riverlife President and CEO Lisa Schroeder. “Planning for this massive project began in 2001 and is the largest park project ever undertaken in the commonwealth.”
The Three Rivers Arts Festival kick off will also feature a concert by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and the beginning of several light installations. The 10-day festival will include many other musical and artistic acts throughout the cultural district, along with other familiar features.
“Our artist market will feature over 300 artists; it also features an expanded footprint along Penn Avenue,” said festival director Veronica Corpuz. “And the new addition this year to our artist market is an enhanced Food Truck Fridays.”
The Three Rivers Arts Festival draws about 200,000 attendees each year and has featured more than 12,000 artists.
“This festival is estimated to generate more than $23 million for our region each year," said Kevin McMahon, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. "We are very proud of the festival’s history of stimulating the local economy through the arts.”
The Three Rivers Arts Festival runs June 7-16, and all events are free and open to the public.