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 June 1, 2021

  • Audience in the tent is 50% of total tent capacity. Chairs will be set up with distance, but not a full 6 feet. 
  • The tent is covered but open on 3 sides to maximize airflow. 
  • Staff, volunteers, and artists will all be vaccinated. They will also wear masks while at the Sampsonia Way tent (except while on stage). 
  • City of Asylum will not be verifying proof of vaccination for audience members. We ask that audience members to comply with the CDC requirements for masks: 
    • Unvaccinated audience members should wear masks. Disposable masks will be available. 
    • Vaccinated audience members can choose to wear or forego their masks. 
  • Food and drink are not permitted at any point.
  • Registration is required (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 food and drink permitted? 
    • No at this time food and drink are not permitted in the tent. 
  • Are there restrooms available? 
    • Yes there is 1 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

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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