Deutschtown Music Festival

Pittsburgh’s Biggest Free Music Event Returns:
Fifth Annual Deutschtown Music Festival to Run July 14-15
More than 200 Bands on 30 Indoor and Outdoor Stages, 25,000 Attendees Expected

PITTSBURGH (June 20, 2017) -- The fifth annual Deutschtown Music Festival will feature more than 200 bands playing on 30 indoor and outdoor stages in and near the Deutschtown neighborhood of Pittsburgh’s Northside on July 14 and 15.

Pittsburgh’s largest and most diverse free music event, the Deutschtown Music Festival’s (DMF) diverse range of jazz, blues, rock, folk, bluegrass, and electronic music is expected to draw a nearly-25,000 strong crowd.

“DMF is about celebrating great music, this incredible Northside community, and it will remain free to attendees from the region -- and across the country -- who look forward to this only-in-Pittsburgh event,” says Cody Walters, the festival’s cofounder along with Deutschtown neighbor Ben Soltesz.

Complementing the musical entertainment will be troupe performances, live art installations, a fashion show from CAPA students, and a printmaking station at Artist Image Resources (518 Foreland Street). 

Family-friendly daytime activities will include face painting and more than 20 food trucks and vendors. As in year’s past, a free school-bus shuttle will transport attendees from North Shore parking lots and the Northside T station to the various venues.

New this year are two pop-up store selling Pennsylvania-produced beers and wines, operated by Pittsburgh Winery, at 522 East Ohio Street and at Artist Image Resources.

"From big outdoor stages to intimate Northside venues, we are proud to bring in the best of local and national artists -- and continue to represent the Northside’s commitment to creativity, hospitality, and fun for all ages,” says cofounder Soltesz.

The 2017 Deutschtown Music Festival is a non-profit event hosted by the East Allegheny Community Council.

“Five years ago, Ben and I had this crazy idea to launch a free festival...and we paid for the whole thing on our credit cards,” says Walters. “Due to successful crowd-sourcing campaigns and the truly phenomenal support of our sponsors, we’ve been able to grow DMF into this national event, pay the bands, and still keep it free for the community.”

“As Northsiders, this is how we roll,” says Soltesz. “You do it because you want people to see what this great neighborhood is all about and what we stand for.”

2017 sponsors include First National Bank, One Northside, Highmark, Allegheny Health Network, Iron City Beer, Fireball Whiskey, Rivers Casino, Yelp, Ziggy Sawdust Productions, HughShows, Hear Corp, PCTV, BikePgh!, Red Buffalo Illustration, #pit2fra, Super Monkey Recording, Grey Area Productions, and Sound Scene Express.

For more information about the 2017 Deutschtown Music Festival, including sponsorship opportunities, visit

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