Polish Hill Arts Festival 2016

Craft activity family closeup

The Polish Hill Arts Festival is a quirky, friendly, relaxed event. The festival features more than 30 local artists and contemporary craftspeople displaying and selling their artwork in a range of media, sizes and prices. Our vendors, performers and other participants tell us it’s their favorite.

Lungs Face Feet playing at festival

There’s live music, tasty food and hands-on art-making activities for all ages from all walks of life. Admission to the festival is free, including musical performances. Many of the artists, craftspeople and musicians are from Polish Hill or neighborhoods nearby.

Agnes Lechwar at IHM festival

The Polish Hill Civic Association produced its first arts festival in 2008, then called Art What You Got. Each year since, the event takes place the day after the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church festival — creating a festival weekend of old and new.

Festival night

In 2010, the event was renamed to honor and promote the neighborhood. The Polish Hill Arts Festival is the biggest civic event of the year, drawing hundreds of residents and visitors to the intersection of Brereton and Dobson streets in the heart of Polish Hill.

Food vendors in 2016 include Leena’s Food Truck, Onion Maiden, Apteka, and Driftwood Oven!!

Calling all participants!!

Be a part of the fun in 2016!

Most critically, now we are looking for event volunteers! If you are interested and available to help in 2016, please sigh up here:

Volunteer Sign up

Check back here soon for a list of performers and vendors!

Monthly Community Meetings

** monthly community meetings will resume in the fall of 2016**
The PHCA monthly community meetings cover key activities, are where City and local officials come to tell Polish Hill residents about things that will affect the neighborhood, or to provide information on opportunities or resources.  The meetings are also a place for residents to provide suggestions and feedback.  Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the lower level of the West Penn Recreation Center, 450 30th Street.  All are welcome.

For Mass schedules and information on other events at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, check the IHM website or call the church at 412.621.5170.

Community and Holiday Events

The PHCA produces a few community and holiday events each year. Events have included:

  • Our fundraising yard sale
  • Celebrations for kids
  • Light Up the Street December open house
  • Holiday community potluck

 Other Happenings

From parades and spontaneous concerts to chance encounters on neighborhood walks, Polish Hill is a constant source of creativity and inspiration. A lifelong resident said it best: If Polish Hill were a song, it just might be Magic Carpet Ride.