So I made it to the Three Rivers Arts Festival Wednesday night. This event was quite popular when I was in high school – all festivals, etc were. What else do you do before you are 21? We would cruise into the city, wander around, listen to music, EAT. Somehow, I don’t think I have made it to the festival in a few years. When a friend mentioned she was heading down on Wednesday, I decided to join her.
I enjoyed perusing the artists market (pictured above – near Gateway Center), although many of the items are a bit ‘folksy’ for me. Booths of carved wooden boxes, leather goods, yard art, etc – not for me. I am always taken with the photography booths though – there are lots here specializing in Pittsburgh works.
Many people hit Arts Fest simply for the food (this part of the festival is set up in Point State Park) – I am not totally sold on this though. Sure, you can every junk food imaginable – fries, pizza, crepes, gyros, corn dogs. Earlier in the day, I even happened upon a whole article devoted to ‘healthy eating’ at the Art Festival. But most of the food there strikes me as mass produced and mediocre. I sampled a falafel sandwich last night that ran me $7 and could not even compare to the one I usually munch at Kassab’s. Maybe I just chose poorly? Perhaps everything wasn’t quite as fresh on a Tuesday night as it would have been on a Saturday afternoon?
In all, I do enjoy the Three Rivers Art Festival. Deep down, I love the idea of indulging in a funnel cake or french fries, eaten while lounging in the cool grass of Point State Park, listening to live music. I am not jaded. I still believe in the atmosphere. Heck, I might even go back this weekend.