Pittsburgh Events and Seasonal Attractions Not to Miss Each Year

Posted By Jeremy in Events


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Pick any given weekend, and odds are good there are a number of Pittsburgh events and seasonal attractions going on in and around the city.

In fact, as far as enjoying Pittsburgh is concerned, you could occupy the bulk of your free time only going to seasonal activities and still not hit them all.

But as with all things, simply knowing when a seasonal option is available is often the hardest part, and in this guide we want to help by providing information for the most popular events in Pittsburgh each and every month!

Notes: This guide is continually updated as we find out about more options in the city worth your attention. We started with events that reoccur every year and will be expanding as we uncover new ones!

Navigate Pittsburgh Events By Month

Looking to navigate this guide of Pittsburgh festivals and events by month? Click the link below to jump to the month below!

Each section of this guide will have a list of events that occur during the month with relevant information. Click the included links to read either our review (if available) or visit the event's website directly.

At the end of each month we are featuring a list of seasonal attractions available during the month. Unlike the events, which may occur on a set date, seasonal attractions tend to be open for a longer period such that you have more opportunities to plan your visit. Click the links to read more about these in our dedicated reviews!

Events in January

Looking for more things to do in Pittsburgh in January, click the previous link to find out more recommendations!

Events in February

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Events in March

Looking for more things to do in Pittsburgh in March, click the previous link to find out more recommendations!

Events in April

Looking for more things to do in Pittsburgh in April, click the previous link to find out more recommendations!

Events in May

  • Maifest (Website) – A public event at Pittsburgh's German club to celebrate the arrival of spring.
  • Zoobrew – A 21+ beer festival at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.
  • Pittsburgh Wine Festival (Website) – A large wine festival at Heinz Field.
  • Pittsburgh Marathon (Website) – The city shuts down almost completely for the Pittsburgh marathon. Watch, run, or avoid- this one is city wide.
  • North Side Sandwich Sampler (Website) – North Side restaurants come together to compete for sandwich king and queen for the year.
  • Open Streets (Website) – Select streets in Pittsburgh neighborhoods shut down to vehicles and open up to bikers and pedestrians.
  • Kayafest (Website) – A Caribbean block party in the Strip District hosted by one of the best restaurants in the city- Kaya.
  • Wings Over Pittsburgh – An annual air show at the Pittsburgh AirportNote: This one did not occur in 2018 but we are hoping for a return in 2019.
  • Pirates Fireworks Nights (Website) – Fireworks after the Pirates game at PNC Park. Select Fridays and Saturdays during the season.
  • Spring Attractions – Kennywood, Pirates Games, Riverhounds Games

Looking for more things to do in Pittsburgh in May, click the previous link to find out more recommendations!

Events in June

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Events in July

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Events in August

  • Three Rivers Regatta (Website) – A three day festival full of races and attractions on the three rivers.
  • Pittsburgh VegFest (Website) – A North Side festival celebrating all things veggies!
  • Millvale Brew Fest – A beer festival in the heart of Millvale, just across from Lawrenceville.
  • Fresh Fest Beer Fest – A beer festival celebrating black brewers with special collaborations between local minority-owned businesses and Pittsburgh breweries.
  • Summer Restaurant Week (Website) – Participating restaurants offering special courses and discounts over the week.
  • Little Italy Days (Website) – Festival in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood.
  • Pirates Fireworks Nights (Website) – Fireworks after the Pirates game at PNC Park. Select Fridays and Saturdays during the season.
  • Corks & Kegs (Website) – A beer and wine festival at the Meadows Casino.
  • Cinema in the Park (Website) – Weekly movie screenings at several different parks around the city.
  • Summer Concert Series (County Website / City Website) – Live music at several different parks around the city and county.
  • Summer Attractions – Renaissance Festival, Pirates Games, Riverhounds Games

Looking for more things to do in Pittsburgh in August, click the previous link to find out more recommendations!

Events in September

  • Steel City Big Pour (Website) – A popular beer festival featuring local and regional breweries to support Construction Junction.
  • Great Race (Website) – One of Pittsburgh's most popular races outside of the marathon.
  • Thrival (Website) – A combination tech conference and music festival all rolled into one.
  • Downtown Gallery Crawl (Website) – A quarterly gallery crawl in downtown Pittsburgh put on by the Cultural Trust.
  • Reyna's Pepper Festival – Celebrating all things pepper at Reyna's in the Strip District.
  • Pirates Fireworks Nights (Website) – Fireworks after the Pirates game at PNC Park. Select Fridays and Saturdays during the season.
  • Pierogi Fest (Website) – Of course we have to have a festival to celebrate the city's favorite food at Kennywood.
  • Oktoberfest (Website) – Do we need an excuse to drink in this city? No, we don't, but we love Oktoberfest all the same. Events at Penn Brewery, Teutonnia Mannerchor, and more.
  • Rock All Night Tour (Website) – An all night music festival in Lawrenceville, also known as R.A.N.T. *May not be coming back for 2019.
  • Fall Attractions – Renaissance Festival, Pirates Games, Steelers GamesRiverhounds Games

Looking for more things to do in Pittsburgh in September, click the previous link to find out more recommendations!

Events in October

  • Step Trek (Website) – A staple in the South Side Slopes climbing many of the neighborhood's staircases.
  • Doors Open (Website) – Businesses and public buildings open their doors for a weekend throughout downtown Pittsburgh.
  • Zoo Boo (Website) – A Halloween event at the Pittsburgh Zoo during the day.
  • Whiskey Festival (Website) – A festival celebrating all things whiskey and fine spirits at Rivers Casino.
  • Zombie Fest (Website) – A large festival celebrating all things zombies, including a large zombie walk.
  • Living Dead Weekend (Website) – A weekend celebration by the Living Dead Museum to celebrate the cult movie that was filmed in Evans City (30 minutes north of the city).
  • Maker Faire (Website) – A large craft / creation festival at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.
  • Fall Attractions: ScareHouse, Hundred Acres Manor, Pirates Games, Steelers Games, Penguins GamesRiverhounds Games

Looking for more things to do in Pittsburgh in October, click the previous link to find out more recommendations!

Events in November

  • Ten Miler (Website) – A fall road race in Pittsburgh.
  • Light Up Night (Website) – One of Pittsburgh's largest parties, a festival to celebrate the start of the Christmas season with spectacular fireworks.
  • NRG Santa Spectacular – A second Christmas festival coinciding the same day as Light Up Night at Point State Park (often referenced as one event even though they are separate).
  • Dirty Dozen (Website) – A bike race tackling a backer's dozen of the steepest streets in Pittsburgh, including Canton Avenue- arguably the steepest public street in the USA!
  • Next 3 Days (Website) – An event hosted by the URA and the city planning offices to highlight an up-and-coming neighborhood in the region. Month of event varies year to year.
  • Fall Attractions: Steelers GamesPenguins Games

Looking for more things to do in Pittsburgh in November, click the previous link to find out more recommendations!

Events in December

Pittsburgh's Christmas Market

Looking for more things to do in Pittsburgh in December, click the previous link to find out more recommendations!

Help Us Improve This Guide!

Know of an annual event or seasonal attraction we've missed? Comment below or email us at jeremy@discovertheburgh.com to let us know! We are always on the hunt for more events to make this guide of limited time attractions in the city even better, and with your help we'll get there!

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  1. Great guide! We did the fireworks at the point for the first time in years because our little one loves them, it was so fun and way less stressful than I recall from years ago!

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