Los Lobos performing at 2009 blues festival

FAQs

How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets can be purchased online beginning mid-May.

What is the deal with FREE Friday?
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, admission on Friday is FREE with a bag of non-perishable grocery items to donate to the Food Bank. We say “a bag” - please be as generous as possible. Children 12 and under are always free, but consider having them bring some items, too. Special thanks to FREE Friday sponsors Giant Eagle, Fox 53, and WDVE.

Can I bring my own cooler?
No outside alcoholic beverages permitted! If you choose to bring a food cooler you will need to pay a $20 cooler fee at the gate.

What are Blues Bucks?
Blues Bucks are used in place of cash to purchase food and beverages (including beer) at Food Bank operated concession and beverage stands. 100% of the proceeds from Blues Bucks benefit the Food Bank!

How do I get to the Festival?
Click here for directions to Hartwood Acres.


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You can get to Hartwood Acres by bus, bike, foot or car. In our efforts to “green” the Blues Festival, it is encouraged that you use alternative modes of transportation and consider car pooling. On Friday, consider participating in Bike Pittsburgh’s Car Free Fridays! Car Free Fridays encourages the region’s residents to reduce the number of single occupant car trips, and encourages the use of bikes, feet, transit, ride share, or a combination of modes to get to work and run errands. It’s easy to participate, the name says it all.

Traveling by Bus?
From downtown Pittsburgh, you can take bus Route 2 or P13, however, a significant amount of walking will be involved so consider taking your bike along! More information can be found on the Port Authority Website.

Traveling by Bike?
Check out the Google Maps bike option. If you are coming from downtown Pittsburgh, you may need to bike on Route 8 or Freeport Road. Freeport road is a better option, if you bike on Route 8, please consider using the sidewalks. As always, please practice safe biking by wearing a helmet and using lights, especially at night. Also, consider riding with other bikers.

How does the back stage pass raffle work?
If you purchase tickets in advance, either online or at a participating ticket outlet, you will receive one raffle ticket for each ticket purchased. The prize for this raffle is the opportunity to watch the headline act from backstage, and meet the musicians. The raffle tickets are numbered and we already have all the ticket stubs, so you are already entered in the raffle. All you have to do is bring the raffle ticket with you to the Blues Festival; you will need it to prove you are the winner.

We will call the backstage raffle between 8:00 and 8:30 p.m. The winner may bring one companion (total 2 people) backstage, meet the musicians and watch the headline act from backstage.

Are there places to stay near Hartwood Acres?
Yes. Check out the The Inn at nearby RIDC Park: 412-963-0600, and Super 8 Motel – Pittsburgh Harmarville: 412-828-8900. FYI: Allegheny County does not allow camping or RV's at Hartwood Acres over night. There are several tent and RV camping grounds within an hour's drive of Hartwood, in Beaver, Butler, and Westmoreland Counties.

Where do I park and how much does it cost?
Parking at Hartwood Acres is FREE - parking signs and volunteers will direct you.

What should I bring?

What shouldn't I bring?

Is Hartwood Acres handicapped accessible?
Yes, including parking,bathrooms and some paved paths. Please note, if you park in the handicapped parking area, you can purchase tickets or obtain a wristband at the merchandise tent - no need to trek to the top of the hill!

What kind of activities are there for children?
Plenty of kids activities will be available in the KidZone sponsored by UPMC Health Plan. We also offer a Family Fun Pack - with discounts on tickets, food and souvenirs. Please note: parents must accompany children in the KidZone.

How can I volunteer at the Blues Festival?
Volunteer opportunities will be posted on the volunteer page soon.

Can I become a Blues Festival vendor?
Yes, contact Patty for information on becoming a vendor or call(412) 460-3663 x209.

Can I become a Blues Festival sponsor?
Yes, contact Anne for information on becoming a sponsor or call (412)460-3663 ext. 205.

Can my band apply to play at the Blues Festival?
For our 20th Anniversary year we are not accepting band submissions. We will be showcasing local blues musicians and bands that have been with us throughout the years.

Still have a question?
If you have a question that was not answered here, email info@pittsburghfoodbank.org and we'll get you an answer!