COVID-19 Arts and Culture Updates
Closures, cancellations and postponed events.
Updated September 8, 2020
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, part of the Senator John Heinz History Center’s family of museums, will offer free admission for kids ages 17 and under throughout September 2020. Fall Hours: Meadowcroft is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Meadowcroft will remain open through the end of October.
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.
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.
In response to public health guidance and restrictions on public assembly due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) will present an updated 2020-2021 Season, beginning September 10 with a series of outdoor performances at PBT Studios in the Strip District.
All 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 https://citytheatrecompany.org/2020-2021-season/ 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.
The Frick Pittsburgh‘s The Frick Art Museum and the Car and Carriage Museum are open to the general public. Timed tickets will be required for entry and will be available for reservation three days in advance of visit date. Reopening Hours for the grounds and gardens are Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m. to Dusk. The Museums and Visitor Center are Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clayton, the Café, and the Greenhouse remain closed due to social distancing.
Staff and visitors over the age of 2 must wear snug-fitting face coverings over their noses and mouths at all times while on-site, indoors and outdoors, with the exception of picnicking outdoors at least six feet away from other parties. Please follow directional signs and keep at least six feet between yourself and others outside of your party. For art preservation reasons, bags larger than 11×15 inches and backpacks are not permitted.
Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures postponed their April and May lectures.
Robin DiAngelo’s lecture scheduled for Tuesday, April 14th is rescheduled for Thursday, September 10, 2020. All previous tickets will be honored for the new date. All previous tickets will be honored for the new date. This event will be presented virtually. Ticketholders will be emailed a link to view the lecture on Thursday, September 10, 2020.
Jodi Kantor’s lecture scheduled for April 27th has been rescheduled for Monday, November 30, 2020. All previous tickets will be honored for the new date.
All 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 Bensusan – May 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. To keep everyone safe, they have moved to digital productions for their final two 2020-2021 CSA performances. The Mind-Body Problem by Gil Teixeira will be presented virtually September 3 & 4, 2020. The Dragon of Polish Hill by Dave English featuring Will Schutze will be presented virtually September 24 & 25, 2020. Learn more about these events at https://newhazletttheater.org/
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.