COVID-19 Arts Updates

COVID-19 Arts and Culture Updates
Closures, cancellations and postponed events.

Updated December 1, 2020

Effective November 30, 2020 the Mattress Factory is temporarily closed.

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is closed for the season and will re-open on May 1, 2021


The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra canceled all concerts for September-December 2020. The Pittsburgh Symphony is currently planning to return to Heinz Hall in January 2021 with previously announced and newly imagined concerts, subject to ongoing public health guidance, and government regulations including possible travel restrictions.

This Fall enjoy Front Row: The PSO Virtual Experience, five newly reimagined digital episodes. Each one provides music, history, background and interviews that will elevate the soul, stir emotion and connect communities in Pittsburgh and around the world.


In response to on-going COVID-19 uncertainty and concerns, the Pittsburgh Opera modified its 2020-21 season, the company’s 82nd. Rather than six operas at a total of four different venues, the season will consist of four operas all performed at the George R. White Opera Studio at Pittsburgh Opera’s headquarters.

To help support its acclaimed Resident Artists program, this holiday season Pittsburgh Opera is taking fundraising live and online with the Pittsburgh Opera Holiday Bazaar. This multifaceted event will be held from Thursday, December 10th through Saturday, December 12th. It will feature a free live-streamed Holiday Hoopla concert performance by the Resident Artists and a three-day online Holiday Marketplace filled with local Pittsburgh-area experiences and gifts, as well as national and international trips that can be enjoyed post-COVID-19.


In response to public health guidance and restrictions on public assembly due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) presents an updated 2020-2021 Season.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Fireside Nutcracker brings the magic of the holiday season to your home! This free virtual production adapts the timeless holiday ballet for film, featuring Tchaikovsky’s stunning score, the brilliant ballet of PBT company dancers and classic Nutcracker characters. Pre-register for first access and unlimited views December 17 – 31, 2020.


The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust suspended all in person performances, exhibitions, films, and events through Fall 2020.


The August Wilson African American Cultural Center will reopen to the public on September 18, 2020.


Pittsburgh CLO announced that due to the uncertainties and risks related to the ongoing health crisis, all scheduled in-person performances are postponed until 2021. This includes the CLO Kara Cabaret productions Puffs, Dixie’s Tupperware Party and Untitled as well as Pittsburgh CLO’s annual production of A Musical Christmas Carol at the Byham Theater.


The Pittsburgh Public Theater postponed their 2020 production of Barefoot in the Park.
Given that it will not be possible to safely gather at the O’Reilly Theater for the foreseeable future, the previously announced 2020-2021 “What the Heart Wants” season will move to the following year. The blockbuster line-up, currently scheduled to kick off in the fall of 2021, now includes: Murder on the Orient Express, She Loves Me, Two Trains Running, The Belle of Amherst, and Yoga Play, and a special season opener Same Time Next Year!


City Theatre re-imagined their 2020-2021 Season as a Drive-In Arts Festival at Hazelwood Green starting September 10, 2020. Visit for more information.


The remainder of PICT Theatre’s 2019-2020 season and events are postponed to a later date.


Chatham Baroque postponed all performances of Les Nations: Music from the Time of Louis XIV and XV.


Calliope postponed their concerts with The Way Down Wanderers and Le Vent du Nord until Winter 2021.


The Frick Pittsburgh‘s The Frick Art Museum and the Car and Carriage Museum are temporarily closed for the time being.


Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures’ Ten Evenings lecture tickets for the September 2020 through April 2021 lecture season will include a virtual option.  If the lecture proceeds as scheduled, they will make livestreaming an option for those who prefer to view from home. Video links will be emailed to all ticket holders on the day of the scheduled lecture.


City of Asylum suspended all of their public programs at Alphabet City. Visit their new virtual platform, The Show Must Go On(line) Pittsburgh. The Show is a collaborative daily webcast that brings Pittsburgh arts organizations together to provide free access to high quality programs that connect artists and audiences and build community, even in this difficult time.


Corning Works postponed The Tipping Point at Carrick 25. The new dates are March 10 – 21, 2021.


All MCG Jazz shows are rescheduled to later dates. The MCG Jazz Box Office is currently operating remotely.

Pierre BensusanMay 8 2021
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – May 28 & y 29, 2021
Yellowjackets – September 24 & 25, 2021
Tierney Sutton and Ann Hampton Callaway –October 16, 2021
SFJAZZ Collective – April 2, 2022


The New Hazlett Theater will not be offering any live performances that include audiences until it’s safe to do so.


Kelly Strayhorn Theater postponed public events until further notice. Some Fall 2020 events were converted to the virtual realm. Check out KST Global Stream to learn more.


All Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation programs including K-12 educational outreach, lectures, tours, and other events, are cancelled or postponed.


Kente Arts Alliance suspended all live programming at least until September 2021.

To learn about upcoming online and virtual arts and culture events, please visit the PITT ARTS HOTLIST page.