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3rd Thursdays

Address:North Street Pittsfield, MA 01201

3rd Thursday Grand Finale Features Kids Costume Contest, Parade, Trick-Or-Treating & More

Seventh Year of the Largest Downtown Event Series in the Berkshires

Press contact: Megan Whilden, Director of Cultural Development, City of Pittsfield 413-499-9348; mobile: 413-281-7289; mwhilden@pittsfieldch.com

The autumnal spirit of Halloween fun will be everywhere at the October 17th 3rd.Thursdays, Pittsfield’s award-winning free street festival held from 5pm to 8pm in downtown’s Upstreet Cultural District.  This month’s Halloween theme is Monster Mash, and is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, including the annual Kids Costume Contest and Parade.

“The seventh year of 3rd.Thursdays has been amazing thanks to our terrific partners and sponsors,” noted Pittsfield’s Cultural Development Director Megan Whilden, whose office oversees the free street festival series. “We were thrilled with this year’s turnout, which we estimate as over 40,000 in the first five months, and with the creativity of our partners. From Pittsfield Public Schools’ flash mob dance performance involving hundreds of students in May, to the two dozen exciting science, tech, math and engineering experiments led by Sabic’s terrific team in August, we have together engaged our community in creative ways each month.”

This year’s costume contest and parade will be centered at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and North Street, where the City Stage will be as well. Greylock Federal Credit Union will be giving out goodie bags to all kids dressed in costume, and the Berkshire Eagle will have a free  photo booth set up to take photos of costumed kids, which will be uploaded to their website. The Greylock Children’s Costume Parade will kick off at6pm, and everyone is invited to take part.

This year’s Kids Costume Contest will be judged by a mystery judge who will walk around and give out gift certificates to Persnickety Toys to children and youth with the most imaginative and creative costumes.

Trick-or-treating downtown for costumed children will take place from 5pm to 7pm downtown during 3rd.Thursdays this year. Participating downtown merchants will feature an orange pumpkin sign in their storefront.

Local favorites the Berkshire Bateria and their samba band Bossa Triba will perform on the City Stage, while, in concert with the 9th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, Michael Bellar and the As-Is Ensemble perform at the Palace Park Stage. Jazz Times wrote about them: “This renegade trio led by keyboardist and sonic explorer Michael Bellar blends pop, rock, funk, jazz and world music elements into a provocative brew.”

Other performers include Kids 4 Harmony, DysFUNKcrew, YMCA gymnastics and breakdance students, the Illuminators and the Kidzone Dancers. The Beacon Cinema’s Throwback Thursdays movie will be the classic dark comedy Beetlejuice, starring Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton and Wynona Rider, screening at 7:30pm. Tickets are just $5 and the film is rated PG.

North Street will be closed from 5pm to 8pm, and downtown’s unique locally-owned businesses will be open late for your browsing pleasure. Marketplace Café with Country/Folk singer Audrey Auld will play inside the café from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Mary’s Carrot Cake will have Steve Merriman playing Jazz piano from 5-7pm. At 8pm Picky Bastards will be at Mission Bar & Tapas.   In addition, street vendors will be selling a wide variety of food to enjoy as you walk around the streets and enjoy all that 3rd.Thursdays has to offer.

3rd.Thursdays are organized by the City of Pittsfield  and are generously sponsored by Berkshire Gas, Berkshire Eagle, Berkshire Life, Berkshire Health Systems, and Sabic. Our downtown partners include Barrington Stage, Carr Hardware, Whaling Properties, The Lantern Bar & Grill, Mission Bar & Tapas, yBar, Mary’s Carrot Cake Cafe/Gallery 25, Mad Macs, Berkshire Running Center, Spice Dragon, MadJacks BBQ, Pittsfield Family YMCA, Brenda & Company, Persnickety Toys, RJ Stohr Diamonds & Fine Jewelry, Kinderhook Group, Bagels Too, the Beacon Cinema, Marketplace Cafe, J. Allen’s Clubhouse Grille, Thistle & Mirth, Patrick’s Pub, Museum Facsimiles Outlet Store, Crowne Plaza, Berkshire Museum, Juice & Java, the Whitney Center for the Arts and the Berkshire Theatre Group.

3rd.Thursdays are held rain or shine and there is plenty of free parking throughout downtown Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District. For more information on 3rd.Thursdays please contact the City of Pittsfield’s Office of Cultural Development at 413.499.9348 or at sarchey@pittsfieldch.com. Full event schedules and maps are distributed at 3rd.Thursdays, and are also posted online at discoverpittsfield.com and sent to subscribers to the Cultural Pittsfield This Week email list. The email newsletter is free and can be subscribed to by visiting discoverpittsfield.com.

Thank you to our Downtown Partners! We’re thrilled to work with so many terrific partners downtown, including Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Theatre Group, Berkshire Museum, Persnickety Toys, Beacon Cinema, Spice Dragon, AdLib, Bagels Too, Brenda & Co, Carr Hardware, J. Allen’s Clubhouse Grille, Kinderhook Real Estate, The Lantern, Mad Jack’s BBQ, Mad Macs, Marketplace Cafe, Mary’s Carrot Cake Cafe/Gallery 25, Mildred Elley, Mission Bar & Tapas, Museum Facsimiles Outlet Store, Pancho’s, Patrick’s Pub, Pittsfield Family YMCA, RJ Stohr Diamonds & Fine Jewelry, Whaling Properties, Whitney Center for the Arts, &  Y Bar. Please visit them often!

Click HERE to be involved in 3rd Thursdays as a vendor, partner or sponsor!

Join us in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District each 3rd.Thursdays from May thru October as the streets come alive with musicians, artists, activities, sidewalk dining, after hours shopping and much more! Dates for 3rd.Thursday’s in 2013 are as follows: May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19 and October 17. Times for all 3rd.Thursdays are 5pm-8pm for street closer but there are events that go beyond 8pm.

North Street, Pittsfield MA, 01201