photo of crowd at 2009 blues festival

About

The Pittsburgh Blues Festival is Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s largest annual event, raising nearly $2 million to fight hunger over its eighteen years. The Festival takes place each year in July at Hartwood Acres, one of Allegheny County’s prettiest parks located in Hampton Township. Entertainment includes a full line-up of national and local blues music; food and merchandise vendors; and a KidZone with arts and crafts, nutrition education and games. There is simply not a more exciting, family-friendly or affordable summer entertainment opportunity!

2013 Blues Festival Press Release

History

Since the first year at the Riverplex at Sandcastle, the Pittsburgh Blues Festival has survived the growing pains of several different locations to land at Hartwood Acres. Some of the greatest names in Blues, like Koko Taylor, John Mayall, Gatemouth Brown and Taj Mahal have shared the stage with the new blues generation like Bernard Allison, Guy Davis and Devon Allman. International stars like Robert Cray rubbed elbows with Pittsburgh's own finest local talent. Since moving to Hartwood, the Blues Festival has perfected a friendly, mellow atmosphere. The KidZone entertains with games and music and healthy snacks. You can meander among the food and merchandise vendors, hang out in your camp chair, and even bring the dog. But one thing has never changed: the Pittsburgh Blues Festival helps the Food Bank feed thousands of people at risk of going hungry.