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Shadyside Arts Festival (during August 23-24)

17th Annual Shadyside Arts Festival on Walnut Street August 23rd & 24th, 2014    

Saturday 10am - 7pm & Sunday 10am - 5pm

Free Admission!

This will be a great opportunity to spend a weekend afternoon in a relaxing atmosphere at one of our region's signature festivals. We'll walk around a bit while checking out booths featuring local artists as well as a wide range of artists from around the country working in different mediums (painting, sculpture, etc.). 

We'll have a chance to visit various Shadyside boutiques, shops and galleries mingled with national retailers in a neighborhood of tree-lined streets and historic homes, and distinctive restaurants. 

Depending on the interests of the group, we'll also have plenty of time to take some breaks for ice cream, cool drinks, and perhaps even a lunch or dinner.

The Shadyside Arts Festival involves hundreds of artists/activities along Walnut Street -- centered primarily between the intersections with S. Aiken and Ivy. What started out as a neighborhood street fair, is now regarded as one of the top shows in our region

For more information on the visual artists exhibiting at the festival, please visit http://blog.artfestival.com/category/artists-2/

For more information on the crafters (jewelry, leather, etc) exhibiting at the festival, please visit http://blog.artfestival.com/category/crafters-2/

For more information on the entire festival, please visit http://www.artfestival.com/Festivals/Shadyside_The_Art_Festival_on_Walnut_Street_Pittsburgh_Pennsylvania_August.ASPX

MEETUP Considerations

This event has been posted for Sunday afternoon ... but if people would rather get together for Saturday afternoon/early evening, please post some comments when you RSVP.  

As always, it is also fine if people prefer to check out the festival on their own (with family/friends) or in smaller groups.

When you RSVP, please indicate if you might also like to consider a lunch/dinner at a local Shadyside restaurant so we may be able to adjust the meeting times.

We'll post some specific locations/times so members have a chance to meet/mingle depending on when they arrive and how long they decide to stay at the festival.

Meeting Times & Locations  From 1:20-1:50 PM, we'll begin at one end of the festival -- specifically in front of the Bruegger's (806 S. Aiken) which is across from where Walnut Street begins. At Bruegger's, people can meet/mingle and also get an iced coffee/tea/lemonade/etc before we walk around.

There are over 150 festival participants (artist booths, etc.) to check out plus galleries/boutiques, so it should be a great afternoon.

Another gathering spot will be at the other end of the festival at the corner of Ivy & Walnut from 4-4:15 PM.  This would be a good time for people to meet and decide what booths they'd like to look at some more -- or possibly buy some things before the festival ends -- and also decide if they'd like to also have dinner/drink before heading home.

Parking While there is a Pittsburgh Parking Authority garage in Shadyside which charges fairly reasonable rates ($3-$10 depending on how long one stays), the garage may be busy and thus many people visiting Shadyside Arts Festival opt for street parking and then just walk as there are many side streets in this neighborhood. But if you want to try swinging by the garage, it is located at 714 Bellefonte Street (a short distance off Walnut Street) or call[masked] or visit their website http://www.pittsburghparking.com/shadyside-garage 

There is also plenty of public transportation that serves this neighborhood with stops within 2 blocks of the festival (64, 71B, 71D, 75) and 3-5 blocks of the festival (P1, 71A,  71C, 82, 86)

Stay tuned for updates!

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  • Mark

    For those that might be interested, from 1:20-1:50 PM, the group could meet at one end of the festival -- in front of the Bruegger's (806 S. Aiken which is across from where Walnut Street begins). At Bruegger's, people can meet/mingle and also get an iced coffee/tea/lemonade/etc before walking around together at 2 PM.

    Another gathering spot could be at the other end of the festival at the corner of Ivy & Walnut from 4-4:15 PM. This would be a good time for people to meet and decide what booths they'd like to look at some more -- or possibly buy some things before the festival ends -- and also decide if they'd like to also have dinner/drink before heading home.

    I'll be wearing something easy to spot -- a red shirt with jeans and glasses.

    August 24, 2014

  • Martha M.

    I'd be up for meeting with people on Sunday before 1:30 at a designated place for lunch/brunch, coffee, whatever.... Also, if anyone else is a morning person and doesn't live that far, we could meet around 10 when it's far less crowded and then meet others later on.

    August 18, 2014

    • Martha M.

      Hi, Maryann. Are you planning to meetup on Sunday? I'll probably be at Brugger's by 1, but am not ready to say so definitely yet.

      August 22, 2014

    • Maryann

      Hi Martha, I sent you an e-mail about meeting at 11:00 at Bruggers, but if not I will be back at Bruggers around 1:00. My first e-mail did not go through, I think! my cell is[masked] so call me and we can find each other or just meet with group around 1:00. I want to walk around before others arrive and see a friend who has a booth.

      August 23, 2014

  • Mark

    From 1:20-1:50 PM, the group could meet at one end of the festival -- in front of the Bruegger's (806 S. Aiken across from where Walnut Street begins) and also get an iced coffee/tea/lemonade/etc before walking around together at 2 PM.

    Another gathering spot is the other end of the festival at the corner of Ivy & Walnut from 4-4:15 PM. They could decide what booths they'd like to look at some more -- or possibly buy some things -- or decide if they'd like to have dinner/drink before heading home. With this flexible approach, people could arrive in the morning/brunch/lunch and then socialize with Meetup from 1:20-1:50 PM at Bruegger's and then check out more of the festival together.

    Similarly, those arriving in the afternoon have options to meet others (1:20-1:50 PM near Bruegger's at one end) and then 4-4:15 PM at the other end of the festival (corner of Ivy & Walnut Street) before deciding what to do next, dinner/drink, shopping, going over to Little Italy Days, etc.

    August 22, 2014

  • Mark

    Also, another fun dinner option would be to go over to Little Italy Days in Bloomfield which is only about a mile away. As many of you may already know, we have another Meetup group for Little Italy Days from about 6-9:30 PM which includes the fun 'Dance Lesson, Wine Session' afterparty which is BYOWine http://www.meetup.com/Art-lovers/events/196867112/

    So there is definitely the option where people can check out the late afternoon Shadyside Arts Festival and head over to Little Italy Days for some street food, live music, etc. or the Dance/Wine afterparty.

    We're planning the Shadyside Arts Festival meetup so there is flexibility where the group can gather together at each end of the festival -- before 2 PM near Bruegger's at S. Aiken near Walnut; and also around 4 PM at the other end near the corner of Ivy & Walnut. It looks like the weather will be sunny and really nice for spending time outdoors at the festival.

    1 · August 21, 2014

  • Eileen

    I went this before-had a great time.. Looking forward to enjoying it again with all of you

    July 15, 2014

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