Sixth Annual “Walk a mile in her shoes” event highlights 3rd Thursday Street Festival

A fun walk for some, a revelation for others.

A fun walk for some, a revelation for others.


Upstreet Pittsfield’s award-winning street festival, 3rd Thursdays, returns, celebrating its tenth season, on Thursday, September 15 with the 6th annual Elizabeth Freeman Center Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event. The largest free outdoor event series in the Berkshires, 3rd Thursdays are family friendly and open to all. North Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from West Street to Linden Street and will be filled with music, performance, food and community activities.

The Elizabeth Freeman Center Walk a Mile event is a march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Registration begins at 5pm at the corner of North Street and Columbus Avenue. The walk starts at 6pm.
Pre-registration is encouraged here: entire half mile of 3rd Thursday will once again be smoke-free.

Sister City Jazz Ambassadors featuring Andy Kelly, John Kelly, Jon Haddad and Charlie Tokarz will be rocking the main stage at Persip Park from 5-6:30pm. Rock On! will take the main stage at 6:30pm.

The stage at Palace Park will feature the Eagles Band Brass and Trombone Ensembles followed by the Jacob’s Pillow presentation of Leonardo Sandaval. The Street Stage on the corner of North and School Streets will be home to the music of Critical Mass and the band The Damaged from 5-8pm.
There will be square dancing with Cliff Brodeur and drumming with Aimee Gelinasat St Joesph’s Church. The Crowne Plaza will host live music and a chef station outside. Berkshire Yoga Dance and Fitness takes over Park Square to offer free Zumba with Rachael Plaine at 6:30pm.
Nearly 100 vendors will be lining the half-mile stretch. Jim Horsford will be back with demos on the pottery wheel. The miniature train rides from Roaming Railroad are back, as isthe Community Art Tent and Outdoor Chalk Art Gallery. The Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club will host its Fun Zone.
The Berkshire Museum offers free admission for Berkshire County residents during the opening of its Something Scary exhibition on Thursday from 5-8pm.

The performances continue inside with Barrington Stage’s return of American Sonat the Boyd Quinson Mainstage and a preview of Love Letters at the Blatt Center. And, head over to Mission (no cover) and check out the Picky B’s, a collective gathering of rotating local folk, rock and Americana musicians.

There will be no 3rd Thursday in October. Save the date for the Harvest Festival sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union on Saturday, October 15 11am-1pm, a collaborative event between the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market and the Office of Cultural Development. 

3rd Thursdays season sponsors include Berkshire Gas, Berkshire Health Systems, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. 

3rd Thursdays is organized by the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development.  For more information on 3rd Thursdays please visit, email or call 413-499-9348. 3rd Thursdays are held 5pm-8pm, rain or shine, and there is plenty of free parking throughout downtown’s Upstreet Cultural District.

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