About the Pittsburgh Blues Festival
The 21st Annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival will be held July 24-26 at Hartwood Acres Amphitheater in Allison Park to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The Blues Festival has raised over $2 million towards initiatives to end hunger over the last 20 years and is the Food Bank’s largest fundraising event.
The concert will be held rain or shine, so come prepared for the weather. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and come early to get a good spot!
Performers include Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Buddy Guy, winner of multiple Blues Music Awards Bobby Rush, and Duke Robillard, a man BB King dubbed “one of the great players,” among others. The complete lineup for each day can be found here.
Get free admission to the concert on Friday night by bringing a bag of nonperishable food items! Advance tickets for Saturday and Sunday can be purchased online–children 12 and under are free! If you have a group of friends or family that would like to attend the Blues Festival, be sure to check out the group packages being offered! You might also consider reserving a weekend pass if you plan to attend each day.
Kids aged 3 to 11 are encouraged to visit the KidZone from 5 to 7 on Friday, 2 to 7 on Saturday, and 2 to 6 on Sunday for assorted activities. More specific details on what to expect at the KidZone are listed here.
Here’s a list of vendors that will be present at the festival. A $20 cooler fee will be charged at the gate for those who choose to bring their own snacks. However, please be aware that no outside alcoholic beverages are permitted.
This event is made possible by the people who volunteer their time for the cause. You can sign up to volunteer at the Blues Festival! Volunteers help at concession stands and check IDs, sell tickets and merchandise, help with children’s activities, and much more!
About the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank works toward its vision of a hunger-free southwestern Pennsylvania by feeding people in need and mobilizing the community to end hunger.
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has been repeatedly recognized for its great efforts by receiving the “Food Bank of the Year,” “Flame of Hope,” “Alfred E. Wishart Award for Excellence,” and three “Hunger’s Hope” awards.
The organization, founded in 1980, has distributed millions of pounds of food to people in the region over the last 35 years.