Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Festival?
The EQT Children's Theater Festival takes places the week after Mother's Day each year. This year, the dates are May 16-19, 2019. The Festival is open on Thursday from 10am-2pm and Friday-Sunday from 10am-5pm.
Where is the Festival?
Located in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, the basic Festival footprint spans from Seventh to Tenth Street. Events occur in our theaters (Byham Theater, August Wilson Center, Cabaret at Theater Square, Trust Arts Education Center), galleries (707/709 Galleries, Wood Street Galleries, Future Tenant, Space Gallery), and various outdoor spaces throughout the Cultural District including EQT and Katz Plazas.
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. Be sure to pick up EQT Children’s Theater Festival merchandise, too!
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.
Where is the activity/show my family would like to attend?
The schedule is available here with times, locations and descriptions for every Festival event. Onsite, look out for volunteers in white shirts and the Festival Guides in green vests – they know all about the Festival and want to ensure that you have the best experience. Information booths are also positioned at Katz Plaza, at the Box Office at Theater Square, and on Penn Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets where you can ask for help and pick up a Festival guidebook.
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! Performances may need to be rescheduled or canceled due to inclement weather. The Festival Box Office will offer ticket holders alternate performance times if schedule changes occur. For more information, please call 412-456-6666 or visit the Box Office at Theater Square. Additionally, 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, the Cabaret at Theater Square, the Trust Arts Education Center, the August Wilson Center, the Harris Theater, SPACE Gallery and Wood Street Galleries.
Where should I bring my family to eat?
The Cultural District offers many family-friendly meal options. Find a full list of Food Trucks and family-friendly restaurants here.
Is there a Festival Lost and Found?
If you’re on-site, visit an Information Booth and discuss your lost item. If you’re off-site, email FESTIVALOPERATIONS@TRUSTARTS.ORG with a description of the lost item.
I had so much fun at this year’s Festival, that I want to subscribe to the Citizens Bank 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.