When it comes to seasonal markets, Pittsburgh does them quite well. Hardly a week goes by in the spring, summer, and fall without a pop-up event- be it a weekly farmer's market, monthly artist roundup, or a neighborhood yard sale.
As with everything on our site, it has been our mission to visit all of these markets over the years.
After visiting many, we realized that not all of them necessarily warrant their own article. So we decided to do things a little different for this topic and compiled a selection of all of our favorites to share the important information you need to know before you go!
Pittsburgh Farmer's Markets
One of the things we love about living in Pittsburgh is that we have access to a lot of fresh produce. But what can you do if you can't make it out to a Pittsburgh farm to pick up your own fruit and produce? Let them come to you in a weekly farmer's market!
A list of recurring farmer's markets in Pittsburgh city limits is as follows:
- Sunday – Squirrel Hill – 9am to 1pm – Parking lot at Beacon and Bartlett
- Monday – East Liberty – 3pm to 7pm – Parking lot at Station Street and N. Euclid Avenue
- Tuesday – South Side – 3pm to 7pm – Parking lot at 18th and Carson
- Wednesday – Carrick – 3pm to 7pm – Carrick Dairy District at 1529 Brownsville Road
- Thursday – Beechview – 3pm to 7pm – Parking lot at Broadway Avenue and Beechview Avenue
- Thursday – Market Square – 10am to 2pm – In Market Square downtown
- Friday – Downtown – 10:30am to 1:30pm – Mellon Square at Smithfield and Sixth
- Friday – North Side – 3pm to 7pm – Allegheny Commons at East Ohio and Cedar Avenue
- Saturday – Bloomfield – 9am to 1pm – Parking lot at 5050 Liberty Avenue
We personally recommend checking out the farmer's market nearest you, but if you are willing to make the drive on the weekend the Bloomfield farmer's market is one of our favorites in the city. It is in a convenient location if you live inside the city limits, takes place on Saturday (bonus!), and brings in a wide array of vendors of all kinds week after week (others tend to vary in quality a bit more).
Most of the above markets run from mid-May until mid-November; however a few start in June and end as early as September. More information for many of the city farmers markets can be found here.
Pittsburgh Artisan Markets
If produce isn't your thing and you'd rather have a market for clothes, home goods, and the like, the city is also home to many artisan markets where local vendors can show off their crafts!
These are less frequent than the above produce markets, and may be just one a month throughout the late spring, summer, and early fall at most. But if you are looking to shop and perhaps get your hands on a meal from a Pittsburgh food truck, the following are for you.
The Neighborhood Flea is a monthly pop-up in the Strip District that occurs on the second Sunday of every month from May to October. This one is a great all around market that has a mix of vintage goods, local crafts, demos, food trucks, and other food vendors on hand (however the makeup changes a fair bit each month). So if you want an excuse to get out and shop for a little bit of everything, the Neighborhood Flea is for you!
The neighborhood flea is typically found at 26th Street between Smallman and Railroad. For more information, click here.
Squirrel Hill Night Market
The Squirrel Hill Night Market is a massive pop-up that occurs three times a year in the summer months with over 100 tents spanning several blocks in the heart of the neighborhood. Most of the vendors here are local artisans part of the I Made It! Market group. The vendors here skew fairly heavily on handmade crafts although it isn't unheard of to find photographers and experience vendors (yoga, etc) here as well. This one also has a strong food truck rally component with a recent market having nearly 15 trucks and stalls on-site- including many local Squirrel Hill restaurants representing with a table!
The Squirrel Hill Night Market is typically found on Murray Avenue between Forbes and Bartlett. For more information, click here. In 2018 the night market occurs on June 23, August 25, and September 22.
Market Square Night Market
Market Square offers a weekly night market from 5 to 10pm on Saturdays that brings in a wide variety of vendors from crafts and clothes to food and spirits from local producers. We've seen new restaurant concepts from Richard DeShantz (owner of Meat and Potatoes, Butcher and the Rye, etc) appear as well as samples from Wigle and Threadbare to name a few. During the pop-up there is frequent live music as well as temporary art exhibits that change every few weeks too- truly something for everyone!
The Market Square Night Market runs 5 to 10 pm on Saturdays from May through October. For more information, click here.
The Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer occurs two times a year in Lawrenceville and truly lives up to its name as being a place for all things retro, antique, and vintage. Unlike other pop-ups in this list, the Vintage Mixer charges a nominal $5 entry fee, and once you are in you can peruse the wares from dozens of vendors. The perk of this one is that many of the vendors have items that border on the antique, so if you are looking for a deal of something that has been around a bit, it is hard to say no to this one!
The Vintage Mixer is a twice a year pop up in Lawrenceville, typically February and November. For more information, click here.
Annual Markets in Pittsburgh
Going beyond the above periodic markets, Pittsburgh is also home to many markets that only appear for a brief period of time just once a year. So if you miss these over their very limited duration, you'll have to wait an entire year for the next time they appear!
Our first annual event is a big one- the Handmade Arcade! This one is perhaps the largest collection of artisans in Pittsburgh and takes place right at the start of the Christmas season (naturally). Whether you are looking for handmade jewelry, clothes, soaps, artwork, and many other creations with a Pittsburgh theme, this free event at the convention center is the place to go. Just be careful with parking as almost every garage in the Cultural District fills up for this event!
The Handmade Arcade is at the convention center typically the first Saturday of December but the date could vary.
Neighborhood Yard Sales
Pittsburgh's 90 neighborhoods get into the market action as many have annual neighborhood yard sales. These are rather large events where dozens, if not hundreds of neighbors put out belongings they wish to sell in front of their houses and deals are to be had.
Depending on the neighborhood, local restaurants, bars, breweries, and food trucks are also known to pop up making the event fun to walk around to eat and experience the neighborhoods as much as shopping!
Neighborhoods who host annual yard sales include:
- Shadyside – April 28, 2018
- Regent Square – May 12, 2018
- Mexican War Streets – June 2, 2018
- Brighton Heights – June 2, 2018
- Brookline – June 2, 2018
- Highland Park – June 3, 2018
- Friendship – July 21, 2018
- Point Breeze – September 15th, 2018
If you're looking to only hit up just one, we really like the Mexican War Streets yard sale as the row houses make for quick work to hit a lot of sales!
Check back in early 2019 when we'll update the dates for the above as they become available!
Phipps May Market
The May Market at Phipps Conservatory is an annual tradition dating back to the 1930s and typically coincides with the start of the Summer Flower Show. This one celebrates all things gardening with many local nurseries and farms come out to sell plants and produce for you to plant at home. So whether you're looking for a decorative annual, a specialty tomato, or a new fruit tree, they are all available at this massive market at Phipps!
Just be sure to take a bag or rent a wagon for all your new purchases!
The Phipps May Market typically takes place in early May.
When it comes to Christmas in Pittsburgh, there is nothing we love more than the Christmas market. This one takes over Market Square during the holiday season and is in the theme of European markets with dedicated stalls for artisans and other vendors. Whether you are looking for a decoration for your tree, a Christmas gift for a loved one, or to simply see Santa or listen to live music, this month-long market is one of the best of the year!
The Pittsburgh Christmas Market starts at Light Up Night and runs until New Years in Market Square.
Still looking for a good deal? Check out Trader Jack's in Bridgeville- one of the largest flea markets in the region that offers deals on just about everything you could ask for!
Know of a market we missed? Comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know about it!