Frequently Asked Questions

We are pleased to promote this year’s Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival to benefit the Autism Society of Pittsburgh. We chose the Syria Shrine venue In Cheswick because it’s more accessible to people with disabilities, more convenient to get to and suits our needs at this particular time.

Here are a few questions and answers we’ve been asked…

Where can I buy tickets and can they also be purchased at the gate?

You can buy printable tickets online at this link, or pay at the gate. The cost is $20 per day at the 2 day event.

Can kids get in free?

Yes! Anyone under 18 accompanied by a parent can get in free. The event is intended to encourage music development of children with workshops, playground, etc. for them to enjoy the musical experience.

Is the event indoors or outside?

The event is outside under a pavilion in case of rain with two stages, one stage being outside the pavilion. We encourage those to bring blankets and chairs in the typical fashion of an outdoor festival. However, there is seating directly under the pavilion which seats 800.

Will there be Parking?

Yes! There is FREE parking that can accommodate 1,000 cars right next to the event making it easily accessible.

When do the Gates Open so I can find my spot?

Gates open at 12:30 with bands starting at 2 PM.

Can I bring Coolers and Food?

No. We will have drinks and food vendor trucks that will provide those. The Autism Society will also have their own kitchen with lite fare such as hotdogs, sodas, etc. along with a full bar serving beer and cocktails, all reasonably priced.

Can I bring my dog?

No. Some people on the spectrum are afraid of animals.

For those requesting to be volunteers, sponsorships or vendor booths, click here. For future festival band requests to play at this year’s event, please contact Ron “Moondog” Esser at