Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on October 16, 2019.
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If you're like us, odds are good you love Mount Washington. Between a number of good restaurants, the iconic inclines, and of course, the stellar views, it should be no surprise why it is such a well-loved neighborhood (and as former residents, especially so for us).
For those who can't get enough of this Pittsburgh neighborhood, be sure to snag tickets to the annual Party on the Mount that takes place each September!
What is Party on the Mount?
At its core, Party on the Mount is simply a fundraiser for the Mount Washington Community Development Organization and takes the form of a ticketed block party.
For the most part, the vendors that were set up were either local Mount Washington businesses (like love, Pittsburgh), area restaurants (like Bigham Tavern, La Tavola, or Coughlin's Law), or resident artisans as well. Several Pittsburgh food trucks also rounded out the dining options although were rather small in number compared to neighborhood restaurants.
During our visit, the ticket fee gave a wristband which allowed entry into the block party, tickets to enter to win prizes from local businesses, and free samples from large spirit manufacturers that were on-site (Bulleit, Smirnoff, etc). While it seemed like you could likely go into the block party without a wristband to make a purchase, as we never saw anyone being turned away, the libations vendors (both selling cocktails or giving out free samples) required a wristband as a means to consume.
As this event is small, you could likely walk from end-to-end and back in just about 15 minutes. But those who want to stay and listen to music, enjoy a few drinks, and even shop from the local vendors will definitely maximize their experience at this admittedly small event.
Overall, a Fairly Simple Block Party
When it comes down to it, Party on the Mount is a fairly typical block party. While local businesses, popular city food trucks, and performers come out in full force to make this one a lot of fun, it ends up still being a relatively small event.
As such, it may not be for everyone.
We visited this one primarily because we used to live in the neighborhood and wanted to support the community organization with our donation. For others who do not have such a connection, you may not find this to be as worthwhile of an event to participate in over, say, simply going to Mount Washington any other day of the year.
That being said, if the weather is nice we'll never turn down an opportunity to celebrate on Grandview with the city skyline as the backdrop. As far as block parties are concerned, this is the block we want to be in!
Party on the Mount takes place on Mount Washington each September.