3rd Thursdays

3TMapClick here for the story in the Berkshire Eagle about the August 3rd Thursday.

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

Click here for more information about the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at 3rd Thursday in September.

Click here for the 3rd Thursday vendor application.


August 3rd Thursday celebrates All The World’s A Stage with performances by the Pittsfield Town Players, 8 Foot River, the Eagles Trombone Ensemble and so much more

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, August 20th with the All The World’s A Stage theme. 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.

Presenting sponsor Guardian Life Insurance Company of America will host a sponsor booth with giveaways, face painting, arts and crafts, a photo booth and more at the newly renovated Sottile Park. The main stage at Persip Park will feature a performance of Whatever Floats Your Boat with the Pittsfield Town Players (5pm) and live music from alternative indie rock band 8 Foot River (6:30pm).

Other 3rd Thursday highlights include: The Eagles Trombone Band at Persip Park; Dr. Seuss’ Balloonitik performance with Linda Peck; an interactive hula hoop performance with Pittsfield City Hoopla; a book signing for You Are Amazing/I Am Amazing with author Ty Allan Jackson; life drawing at Dottie’s and look for more additions to the art oasis at the north end of North Street. The band Mindful Intuition will perform outside at the Crowne Plaza.

The Berkshire Arts Association will be hosting the Superhero Arts Tent alongside the Community Art Project and outdoor chalk art gallery which this month will be in the Relax area of 3rd Thursday, in front of Berkshire Bank at 99 North St.  The Play area will again be smoke free and feature a bounce house sponsored by Carr Hardware. The fancy food court with food trucks and vendors will be in the Play area as well. The destination areas are designed for the different 3rd Thursday activities structured to support the themes Relax, Play and Create. The Whitney Center for the Arts will once again host a 3rd Thursday After Party featuring live music and refreshments for purchase. This month features the Easy Ridin’ Papas – a country blues/jazz, bluegrass, western swing and southern gospel band.

The miniature train rides from Roaming Railroad are back, as is the Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club Fun Zone. The Pittsfield Family YMCA will be doing Zumba at 6:45pm. There are approximately 100 vendors signed up for the August 20th 3rd Thursday.

The Berkshire Museum offers free admission for Berkshire County residents during the 3rd Thursday events. The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will host Reimagined! An International Show of Comic and Cartoon Art.

3rd Thursdays season sponsors include: Guardian Life Insurance Company of America; Berkshire Gas; Berkshire Bank; the Berkshire Eagle; Berkshire Health Systems; Greylock Federal Credit Union and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Upcoming 3rd Thursday dates and themes are: September 17th: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and October 15:  Harvest Festival.

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.