SQUIRREL HILL NIGHT MARKET
Saturday August 29, Saturday September 26
In August we are launching what we hope will be the largest night market in the city of Pittsburgh. We will further our goal of creating a third place in the heart of Squirrel Hill's business district by delivering great music, shopping, food, and art in a cosmopolitan, open-street setting.
--Community organizations will close a portion of Murray Avenue in coming weeks for two Saturday night festivals featuring food, music and a variety of vendors.
The so-called Night Markets are scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 29 and Sept. 26 and will close Murray from Forbes Avenue to Bartlett Street.
The idea is to attract business and unite people, according to Alec Rieger, who worked with city Councilman Corey O'Connor, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Uncover Squirrel Hill, a merchant's association, to organize the events.
“We're bringing people to a business district that has seen its better days, and people are going to be spending money,” said Rieger, founder and executive director of NextGen: Pgh, a nonprofit community development organization. “In addition, people are going to be talking. ... There's real value to that. By talking and sharing ideas, that's how we can grow our city.”
The festivals will include live bands and acoustic acts playing music for all generations. Rieger said “funky artists” including hula hoop performers and dance contortionists will be there along with 40 to 50 artisans selling locally made products such as jewelry and clothing. Several food trucks are also expected.
Rieger said artists are performing for free and organizers are paying for such things as off-duty police protection and a special events permit to close the street through private donations. He declined to give the total cost.