COVID-19 Arts Updates

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

Updated February 3, 2021

The Mattress Factory is temporarily closed and will reopen on February 10, 2021.

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

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra  has canceled all concerts currently scheduled for January through March of 2021 at Heinz Hall. This Winter 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.

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.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust suspended all in person performances, exhibitions, films, and events through Spring 2021.

In compliance with the most recent Allegheny County health advisory, the Claude Worthington Benedum gallery at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center has closed. Please view Dominic Chambers: Like the Shapes of Clouds on Water virtually.

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 with virtual online perfomances. Visit for more information.

PICT Classic Theatre has announced its 2020-2021 Season.   Adapting to the limitations of COVID-19, PICT will present a collection of three plays beginning in March 2021 crossing three different artistic experiences. PICT’s 24th season will feature two radio dramas, a streamed production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, and a hopeful return to the stage with the regional premiere of Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band.

Chatham Baroque presents their first ever Digital Concert Series. These innovative concerts, performed at glorious venues around Pittsburgh, are beautifully produced with the highest fidelity sound and 4K video. They offer a unique view of the artists and their instruments, with vivid details that you might not be able to see in a concert hall. Starting in October 2020, they will release a new concert video each month through May 2021, along with interviews with the artists and bonus materials for our subscribers.

Calliope is now offering their concerts online. Learn more at

The Frick Pittsburgh campus has reopened. Timed tickets are required for entry to The Frick Art Museum and the Car and Carriage Museum. Clayton, the Greenhouse, and The Café remain closed due to social distancing.

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.

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. 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.