3rd Thursdays


Click here for the story in the Berkshire Eagle about the September 3rd Thursday.

Click here for photos of the September 3rd Thursday from the Berkshire Eagle.

Click here for the photos from iBerkshires.

Click here for the 3rd Thursday vendor application.




Last Third Thursday of the Season Hosts the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk with the American Cancer Society!

Press Contact: Jen Glockner or Shiobbean Lemme; office: 413-499-9348; cell: 413-449-6411; cultural@pittsfieldch.com

(Pittsfield, Mass.) Upstreet Pittsfield’s award-winning street festival, 3rd Thursdays, returns on Thursday, October 15th for the last one of the season. The largest free outdoor event series in the Berkshires, 3rd Thursdays are family friendly and open to all. North Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from West Street to Linden Street and will be filled with music, performance, food and community activities.

The featured event for the evening is the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. These walks are the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation. The event is a non-competitive two mile walk along the streetscape of 3rd Thursday, beginning at Persip Park at the corner of Columbus Avenue and North Street. You can register beginning at 5pm at the start of the race or at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 28 Renne Avenue, where there will also be survivor parking available. The walk begins at 6pm. Click here for more information or to register ahead of time.

Other 3rd Thursday highlights include: Berkshire Bateria performing on the main stage at Persip Park and performances from Berkshire Music School and Funk Box Dance Studio at Palace Park. The Jill Gallagher Band will be rocking the Crowne Plaza stage with a food and drinks available for purchase. And don’t forget about the After Party at the Whitney Center for the Arts at 8pm. This month, Matt Cahill will be performing.

The Berkshire Eagle will conduct its annual Halloween photo booth at Sotille Park (corner of Eagle and North Street) from 5pm-6:30pm (available light) and take photos of those who wear their Halloween costumes to Third Thursday.  The Eagle will also be handing out goodies.

There will also be an opportunity to explore a candlelit Labyrinth on the lawn of St. Joseph’s Church from 5:15pm-7:15pm. The labyrinth is a single circuitous path that winds its way into the center. You will be able to slow down, relax and let go of the pressure and stress from your week and life. Click here for more information.

It’s live 95.9FM versus the Pittsfield Firefighters at the annual pizza eating contest at Baba Louie’s at 6pm. All proceeds will benefit the Moments House. Call 413-443-6800 for more information.

The miniature train rides from Roaming Railroad are back, as is the Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club Fun Zone. The Berkshire Museum offers free admission for Berkshire County residents during the 3rd Thursday events.  At 7pm, Veils will be performed at Barrington Stage Company on Union Street and at 8pm head over to Mission (no cover) and check out the Picky Bastards, a collective gathering of rotating local folk, rock and Americana musicians hosted by Rob Sanzone and Chris Merenda.

3rd Thursdays season sponsors include: Berkshire Bank, Berkshire Gas, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America; the Berkshire Eagle and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

3rd Thursdays is organized by the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development.  For more information on 3rd Thursdays please visit discoverpittsfield.com/3rdthursdays, email slemme@pittsfieldch.com or call 413-499-9348. 3rd Thursdays are held rain or shine and there is plenty of free parking throughout downtown’s Upstreet Cultural District.

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Click here for the story in the Berkshire Eagle about the July 3rd Thursday.

Click here for photos of the July 3rd Thursday from the Berkshire Eagle.

Click here for photos from the May 3rd Thursday.

Click here for photos from the Berkshire Eagle photo booth at the Lichtenstein.