The Polish Hill Arts Festival Returns for it’s Eighth Year

Published On July 17, 2015 | By Megan Tomasic | Community

Photo Cred: Polish Hill Arts Festival

On Sunday, July 19, the Polish Hill Arts Festival is returning to the ‘Burgh for it’s eighth year. This quirky, relaxed festival reflects the personality of the Polish Hill community by outlining its aspects and the individuality of the people that reside there. This year’s festival will feature live music and performances, food vendors (with vegetarian and vegan options available), free hands-on art activities, over 30 local artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their work, and artist projects and demos.


The Hills and the Rivers

The Polish Hill Arts Festival was founded in 2008, and originally titled Art What You Got by the Polish Hill Civic Association. The name was eventually changed in 2010 to the Polish Hill Arts Festival to promote and honor the neighborhood. Every year the festival follows the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church festival, a day of mixing history with modern-day traditions including polka dancing, games, and Polish food.

Make sure you bring your walking shoes and get ready to explore artists and local businesses such as Mind Cure Records, Alfreds Deli Market, Lili Cafe, Gooski’s and Pope’s Place, among several others. Be sure to check out the food options with selections from Pop Stop, Root 174, Tony’s Gyros, Onion Maiden, Bulldawgs, Pie Pie My Darling, and more.

Musicians scheduled to perform at the event include, Pandemic PeteTimbeleza, Mathew Tembo, The Hills and the Rivers, Party!, May Day Marching Band, Urgent Notice, and Tilley Hawk.

The Hills and the Rivers is a DIY folk band from Pittsburgh. The band is centered around the Hill siblings, who give each song their own unique twist. By blending the sounds of the street with sophisticated lyrics, the band finds a comfortable balance between folk, indie, punk, and pop music.

Throughout the event, there will also be free art activities and demonstrations provided by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Assemble, Little House, Big Art, Land Art Generator, Mobile Sculpture Studio, and Sleepwatch Project.


Photo Cred: Mobile Sculpture Workshop

The Mobile Sculpture Workshop is a community outreach program of the industrial arts cooperative. The summer workshop aims to teach and inspire the youth of Pittsburgh safe and proper welding techniques as well as metal fabrication, while creating a large-scale sculpture. Students are accepted into the program based on their individual interest and passion. This year’s sculpture will travel to 12 different community events, where apprentices will demonstrate live sculpture-making and metal work.

The festival is still looking for donations to make the day a success. Those interested in donating can visit their Indiegogo campaign page for the chance to purchase items and certificates that support the Polish Hill community.

The Polish Hill Arts Festival will take place Sunday, July 19 from 12-9PM. Come meet talented local artists and learn more about the Polish Hill community. It is free and open to all ages, and will take place on Brereton Street near Dobson.

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