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 city's most popular events and limited time attractions 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! All dates are accurate for 2018. Next year's dates will be updated in January 2019.

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Each section of this guide will have a list of events that occur during the month with relevant information such as location, upcoming/past dates, etc. when available. 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

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Events in April

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Events in May

  • Maifest (Website) – May 4-5 – A public event at Pittsburgh's German club to celebrate the arrival of spring.
  • Zoobrew – May 4 – A 21+ beer festival at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.
  • Pittsburgh Wine Festival (Website) – May 5 – A large wine festival at Heinz Field.
  • Pittsburgh Marathon (Website) – May 6 – The city shuts down almost completely for the Pittsburgh marathon. Watch, run, or avoid- this one is city wide.
  • North Side Sandwich Sampler (Website) – May 17 – North Side restaurants come together to compete for sandwich king and queen for the year.
  • Open Streets (Website) – May 27 – Select streets in Pittsburgh neighborhoods shut down to vehicles and open up to bikers and pedestrians.
  • Kayafest (Website) – May 27 – 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

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

Events in July

  • Fourth of July (Website) – July 4- There isn't a city in the USA that doesn't celebrate it, but Pittsburgh goes all out for Fourth of July festivities and fireworks.
  • Anthrocon (Website) – July 5-8 – The furries take over Pittsburgh for the second largest furry convention in the world each July.
  • Downtown Gallery Crawl (Website) – July 6 – A quarterly gallery crawl in downtown Pittsburgh put on by the Cultural Trust.
  • Vintage Grand Prix (Website) – July 6-15 – Two weeks of car activities culminating with a race in Schenley Park.
  • Deutschtown Music Festival (Website) – July 13-14 – Over 300 bands descend on Deutschtown for two solid days of music at many stages.
  • Pittsburgh Beerfest Summer (Website) – July 13-14 – One of the largest beer festivals in the city, featuring local, national, and international breweries.
  • Picklesburgh (Website) – July 20-22 – A bridge takeover celebrating all things pickles.
  • Night in the Tropics (Website) – July 21 – The premier adults only event at the Aviary in the North Side.
  • Open Streets (Website) – July 28 – Select streets in Pittsburgh neighborhoods shut down to vehicles and open up to bikers and pedestrians.
  • Imbibe North Side – July 28 – A North Side beer festival featuring breweries, distilleries, and wineries from the North Side. Hosted at the Mattress Factory by War Streets Brewery.
  • Pirates Fireworks Nights (Website) – July 28 – Fireworks after the Pirates game at PNC Park. Select Fridays and Saturdays during the season.
  • 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 – Pirates Games, Riverhounds Games

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

Events in August

  • Three Rivers Regatta (Website) – Aug 3-5 – A three day festival full of races and attractions on the three rivers.
  • Pittsburgh VegFest (Website) – Aug 4 – A North Side festival celebrating all things veggies!
  • Millvale Brew Fest – Aug 11 – A beer festival in the heart of Millvale, just across from Lawrenceville.
  • Fresh Fest Beer Fest – Aug 11 – A beer festival celebrating black brewers with special collaborations between local minority-owned businesses and Pittsburgh breweries.
  • Summer Restaurant Week (Website) – August 13-19 – Participating restaurants offering special courses and discounts over the week.
  • Little Italy Days (Website) – Aug 16-19 – Festival in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood.
  • Pirates Fireworks Nights (Website) – August 18 – Fireworks after the Pirates game at PNC Park. Select Fridays and Saturdays during the season.
  • Corks & Kegs (Website) – Aug 25-26 – 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) – September 15 – A popular beer festival featuring local and regional breweries to support Construction Junction.
  • Great Race (Website) – September 30 – One of Pittsburgh's most popular races outside of the marathon.
  • Thrival (Website) – September 21 – A combination tech conference and music festival all rolled into one.
  • Downtown Gallery Crawl (Website) – September 21 – A quarterly gallery crawl in downtown Pittsburgh put on by the Cultural Trust.
  • Reyna's Pepper Festival – TBD – Celebrating all things pepper at Reyna's in the Strip District.
  • Pirates Fireworks Nights (Website) – September 21 – Fireworks after the Pirates game at PNC Park. Select Fridays and Saturdays during the season.
  • Pierogi Fest (Website) – September 23 – Of course we have to have a festival to celebrate the city's favorite food at Kennywood.
  • Oktoberfest (Website) – September 28-30 – 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) – TBD – An all night music festival in Lawrenceville, also known as R.A.N.T.
  • Fall Attractions – Renaissance Festival, Pirates Games, Steelers Games, Riverhounds 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) – October 6 – A staple in the South Side Slopes climbing many of the neighborhood's staircases.
  • Doors Open (Website) – October 6-7 – Businesses and public buildings open their doors for a weekend throughout downtown Pittsburgh.
  • Zoo Boo (Website) – Oct 20-21, 27-28 – A Halloween event at the Pittsburgh Zoo during the day.
  • Whiskey Festival (Website) – October 26 – A festival celebrating all things whiskey and fine spirits at Rivers Casino.
  • Zombie Fest (Website) – TBD – A large festival celebrating all things zombies, including a large zombie walk.
  • Living Dead Weekend (Website) – TBD – 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) – TBD – A large craft / creation festival at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.
  • Fall Attractions: ScareHouse, Hundred Acres Manor, Pirates Games, Steelers Games, Penguins Games, Riverhounds 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) – November 4 – A fall road race in Pittsburgh.
  • Light Up Night (Website) – November 16 – One of Pittsburgh's largest parties, a festival to celebrate the start of the Christmas season with spectacular fireworks.
  • NRG Santa Spectacular – November 16 – 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) – November 24 – 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) – TBD – 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 the most up-to-date guide of limited time attractions in the city, and with your help we'll get there!

Event dates will be updated each January and as some TBD dates are announced throughout the year.

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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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