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Summer on Sampsonia


In person programs are returning to City of Asylum, and we can’t wait to welcome you back. This summer, we’re thrilled to host a full season of cultural events and activities at the Sampsonia Way tent! We are expanding our tent programming to bring you a full summer of events and activities. Beginning in June, City of Asylum will be hosting weekly events under our tent right here on Sampsonia Way.  Get ready for a summer jam-packed with concerts, readings, films, and more. There is sure to be something for everyone!


What is the Sampsonia Way tent? 

The tent is a pop-up venue located at @ 318 Sampsonia Way. It’s a few blocks from our venue, Alphabet City, and is located on the alley with our writer residency houses and our House Publications.

Download our full Summer on Sampsonia Calendar:
Summer tent calendar for August!

Learn more and register to attend in-person or to watch online!



Safety Guidelines for Outdoor Events as of July 28, 2021

  • Audience in the tent is 75% of total tent capacity
  • The tent is covered but open on 3 sides to maximize airflow. 
  • Staff, volunteers, and artists will all be fully vaccinated.  
  • We ask that audience members comply with the CDC requirements for masks: 
    • Unvaccinated audience members should wear masks. Disposable masks will be available. 
    • Fully vaccinated audience members can choose to wear or forego their masks. 
  • The tent is BYOB.
  • Ticket registration is highly encouraged. Limited capacity means our seats go quickly! (see calendar link above).

What if I’m wary to come in person? What if I don’t live in Pittsburgh? 

No problem! All programs in the Sampsonia Way tent will be live-streamed through our virtual programming channel City of Asylum @ Home


Other FAQs 

  • Is there parking available? 
    • Yes, the tent is located at 318 Sampsonia Way and there is street parking in the blocks surrounding Sampsonia Way. 
  • Is this tent accessible? 
    • Yes. There are 2 handicapped spots next to the tent, a wheelchair ramp, and accessible Portalets. You’re invited to tell us about additional accommodations by emailing info@cityofasylumpittsburgh.org
  • Are there restrooms available? 
    • Yes there is 1 wheelchair accessible portalet on site. 
  • What if it rains? 
    • Events are rain or shine. Remember you can always choose to watch from home via our streaming platform City of Asylum @ Home.

Summer on Sampsonia is made possible by the generous support from The Benter Foundation, the Henry L. Hillman Foundation and Highmark Health.

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