The City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development announced Wednesday that the Third Thursday street festival season has been cancelled because of concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. It would have been the 14th season.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer said that hosting the event is more than the city should take on at this time…

While there is a possibility that ‘street festivals’ may begin in Phase 4 of the Reopening Massachusetts Plan, the magnitude of planning, organizing, implementing, and hosting a Third Thursday is more than we ought to undertake at this time; especially if we begin to see increasing infection rates because we are spending more time together and more business and activities are reopening.

 

The city-run street festival hopes to move many of the sponsors, vendors and performances scheduled for this season to 2021.

According to Director of Cultural Development Jen Glockner, the office is focusing on public art this summer and helping to promote all the virtual offerings that the cultural venues in Pittsfield have to offer.

She says you can check Cultural Pittsfield’s social media pages for updates.