Frequently Asked Questions
Are vaccinations and masks required for indoor performances at The EQT Children’s Festival?
As set by the participating artists in this year’s Festival, for all ticketed shows at indoor venues, all guests over the age of 12 are required to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination before entering as well as wear a mask for the duration of their visit indoors. Guests aged 2 to 12 are not required to be vaccinated but must wear a mask, and be accompanied by an adult who meets the venue's health and safety requirements. Guests under the age of 2 may remain unmasked at all times. Learn more about the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s health and safety protocols at TrustArts.org/Welcome.
My family and I are going to multiple indoor performances, will we have to show proof of vaccination prior to each show?
Ticketed event holders will have access to entry pre-check. Visit the Box Office at Theater Square 90 minutes before your show time or request a wristband at your first venue when your vaccination card is checked. We will check your family’s proof of vaccination and photo IDs, and you will receive a wristband that will allow you to gain smooth entry for all of the Festival’s indoor events.
Are vaccinations and masks required for the free outdoor activities at The EQT Children’s Festival?
Proof of vaccination and masking is not required for the free outdoor activities at The EQT Children’s Festival. This decision was made in response to low positivity levels in Allegheny County.
When is the Festival?
The EQT Children's Theater Festival takes place the week after Mother's Day each year. This year, the dates are May 14-15, 2022. The Festival is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm.
Where is the Festival?
The Festival is located in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. Ticketed events occur at the following theater venues: Byham Theater, Trust Arts Education Center, Point Park Playhouse and Liberty Magic. Free activities take place in visual art galleries including 707 Penn, Wood Street Galleries, and Space, and various outdoor spaces throughout the Cultural District including EQT and Katz Plazas and Trust Oasis. An additional indoor pop up activity space will also be active at 604 Wood Street. Festival Guides can be found throughout the Festival Grounds to help your family find their way.
Why is this year’s Festival a shorter amount of days then previous?
As we come back after the pandemic we wanted to be sure the artists, volunteers, and guests have the best experience possible. We are excited to be presenting a dynamic and diverse line-up including two free virtual field trips that can be accessed after the Festival is over. We look forward to increased health and safety and bringing back the longer in-person Festival as we know it in seasons to come.
Where can I purchase tickets?
Tickets are sold at the Box Office at Theater Square and the featured performance theaters. You can also purchase tickets ahead of time online, by phone at 412-456-6666 or at the Box Office at Theater Square.
How can I easily park downtown?
Visit our Parking and Transportation page for all of the ways that we can help you get to the Cultural District.Various garages are available near each of the theater and activity locations. For more parking information, visit ParkPGH.org.
What happens when there is rain or bad weather?
The Festival footprint is all within walking distance. Featured performances and programming take place in a variety of spaces and venues. Please be prepared to be outside! Some outdoor Festival activities and performances may be cancelled due to inclement weather.
Where are the restrooms and changing stations?
Indoor restrooms are located in the Byham Theater, Point Park Playhouse, the Trust Arts Education Center, Liberty Magic (Sunday only), the Harris Theater, SPACE Gallery, and Wood Street Galleries.
Is there a Festival Lost and Found?
Visit the Benedum Center’s Stage Entrance (719 Liberty Ave) to discuss your lost item with venue security staff. After the event, call 412-456-2610 and we will do our best to reconnect you with your lost item.
I had so much fun at this year’s Festival, that I want to subscribe to the Children’s Theater Series and EQT Bridge Theater.
We’re excited to have you! Throughout the year, we offer affordable, professional theater from around the world downtown and in your town. Our performances kick off at the Byham Theater and travel to various regional locations. Call our season ticket line at 412-456-1390 or visit TrustArts.org/Kids and TrustArts.org/Bridge. Stay updated by subscribing to our mailing list here.
How can my family and I help make the Festival happen?
The Children’s Theater Festival and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust count on your support and participation. Whether you are a donor, volunteer, vendor or community partner, you make the Festival happen each year! Visit our "Get Involved" page.