Lights back on in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District after nearly 18 months

PITTSBURGH — They’ve been in the dark for 18 months, but now the lights are shining brightly in Pittsburgh’s downtown Cultural District as live performances are again underway.

Starting this weekend, the streets will be bustling with art lovers from all over the area.

“Seeing more people around would be really great. It’s like we’re trying to get back to normal. We’re starting to,” explained Connor Powers.

The Cultural District will celebrate the return to normal with a three-day “Lights On” event.

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This free, special celebration will feature live performances across the city and will take place at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater’s mobile stage, Trust Oasis, and Overlook Park.

“It’s been a horrific 18 months, and to be able to bring the arts back to the community, to bring this orchestra back in full force is really remarkable,” said Pittsburgh Orchestra member Melia Tourangea.

In total, 30 arts organizations will come together to light up the district with this event.

Lights On is the official kick-off to Radical Days, an annual thank you to the public by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, which runs through Oct. 9.

You can catch live performances throughout this evening in the Cultural District.

Mask are required for the unvaccinated.