Pittsfield’s 3rd Thursdays are in full swing as the summer season sets in and this month’s theme of Arts Matter was calling to me, so I grabbed some of my hoola hoops and made my way to North Street. This festival has been part of the revitalization of Pittsfield for several years now and judging by the size of the crowds that were in attendance, the 3rd Thursday’s events are proving to be important for downtown Pittsfield. Held the third Thursday of every month between spring and fall this event provides entertainment for everyone and anyone. There are bouncy houses and face painting for children and informational booths along with booths for shopping and delicious food available for the adults. You can travel the entire corridor of North Street or have just as much fun sitting at an outdoor cafe along North Street.
July’s 3rd Thursday was themed Arts Matter and the arts were well represented with little art galleries set up everywhere, hoola hooping (which I helped out with) with Pittsfield City Hoopla!, dance presentations, musicians and art minded people everywhere. The weather was absolutely perfect and the crowds were happily soaking up the sunshine and good times. The Berkshire Museum offers free admission during 3rd Thursdays affording residents and visitors alike a chance to peruse the city museum’s art collection. There was a dance party with a Wandering Star Brewery beer garden and a presentation of this year’s Shakespeare in the Park. After the festival is over, the party continues at many places, including the Whitney Center for the Arts who hosts an after hour’s party complete with live music and refreshments.
The fun continues throughout the season with upcoming themes for this award winning festival including, All the World’s a Stage in August, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes in September and Harvest Fest in October.