Free Activities Announced for Annual EQT Children’s Theater Festival

Free Activities Announced for Annual EQT Children’s Theater Festival

50 plus FREE activities throughout Downtown just announced

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The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust recently announced the featured performances for the 2023 EQT Children’s Theater Festival taking place in the Cultural District May 19 – 21. 

In between featured Festival events, families can enjoy pre-show and post-show lobby activities, pop-up performances by musicians, magicians, storytellers, and street artists, visit one of many arts and crafts stations and creative learning workshops, participate in face-painting, marvel at chalk and balloon art, build Lego systems, play larger-than-life games, and much more, all throughout downtown Pittsburgh!

The Trust Arts Education team will also be presenting Story Corners at Trust Oasis featuring popular stories such as Hair LoveCarnival of the AnimalsGiraffes Can‘t Dance, and more. All story times can be found at TrustArts.org/StoryCorners.  

Origami lovers can visit one or both of the two exciting FREE events featured at the Festival this year. Limited seating is available and advance registration is recommended. The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania will also be hosting an Origami Station at the gallery.

Visit TrustArts.org/CTF for the full list of events. 

Community partners and local artists participating in this year’s Festival include: Andy Warhol Museum, Cajon Drumming with Vince Wallace, The Chalking Dad, Citiparks, Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership, Enchanted Experiences, Face Paint Pittsburgh, Fairytale Princess Visits, Giant Puppet Dance Club, Japan-American Society of Pennsylvania, Kidsburgh, The Mattress Factory, Mike the Balloon Guy & Company, Moonshot Museum, O’Ryan The O’Mazing, PGH Rangers, Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative, Point Park Playhouse, Queens Gambit Institute of Pittsburgh, Riverlife Pittsburgh, Unisound, Steel City LUG, School of Rock South Hills, The Starry Messenger, Strong Women Strong Girls, and more.


All Festival facilities are relandscaped accessible, and ADA-compliant cable covers are used throughout the Festival footprint. ASL interpreters are available if requested at least 2 weeks prior to each performance.

No Festival is complete without the food! Participating food trucks* include Aviva Brick Oven, Goodeats, Hot Bunz, and Kona Ice. There is also an array of Family-Friendly restaurants in the District and beyond with select locations offering a special discount to Festival attendees. Visit the Festival website for more information.  

*Participating food trucks are subject to change.

The popular Frog Stop Scavenger Hunt returns! Festival-goers should check TrustArts.org/FrogStops closer to the Festival for the list of key locations throughout the Festival grounds where they can collect stickers and win special prizes.

Tickets remain for selected featured theater performances of The Gruffalo, It’s Okay to Be Different, Buoyant SEA*Sakasaka, Hiccup, A Letter for Elena, and Origami Tales and can be purchased by visiting TrustArts.org/CTF, calling 412-456-6666, or visiting the Box Office at The Benedum Center. Orders for groups of 10+ tickets or more may be placed by calling 412-471-6930.

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