Conceptualized by Jon Mark and Nick Zukoski, and pioneered by an underground community known as The South, the Wilkins Block Party has evolved from a bangin' party for CMU students during Carnival weekend to a full blown music and arts festival. Pittsburgh rock n roll group Memphis Hill has been hosting this annual event since 2013. The festival has seen rapid expansion each year. This year will be bigger and better than ever, with two stages, live visual art, food from local vendors, and new sponsors and partners. Our mission is simple: we provide a showcase for local musicians and we show the public a great time.
Words from founder, Jon Mark: "The Wilkins Block Party started as an idea I had after reflecting on the difference between CMU's carnival weekend and the spring weekends I experienced when visiting friends at other schools. There seemed to be something missing in my spring weekend that I had experienced elsewhere, and I was determined to fill that void in a way that would both improve the student life experience and bring together the student community. What started as an attempt to throw a cool party quickly grew into an event focused on music, art, community, and proof that college kids were capable of orchestrating and managing a large scale event that was both safe and fun. Since its first year, the event has evolved into a tradition, and I could not be more proud of everyone who has contributed to making that a reality. On a personal note, the thing I am most grateful for is how planning this event made me closer to a group of people that continue to be incredibly important in my life and it makes me really happy to see how the event builds positive relationships among those who are still active in organizing it today."
I'd prefer not to attend the
-No one ever
I lost my shoe last year.
The Wilkins Block Party really brought the neighborhood together. It was
FUN FOR ALL AGES
and all states of sobriety."
-Brian Hyashi, founding member