Things to Do in Pittsburgh in March
Our ultimate weekend guide contains 156 unique recommendations of things to do in Pittsburgh in order to help you explore the city every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the year (one for each day). With each recommendation, we've also hand selected nearby restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops you may wish to visit while you're in the neighborhood if you have more time!
As always, please keep in mind that our weekend recommendations may vary based on season and typical event schedules. Exact dates and operating hours should be confirmed prior to any visit.
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Pittsburgh Glass Center
If you've ever looked for a workshop where you can create something with your hands, but want something a bit more adventurous, a session at the Pittsburgh Glass Center is for you.
This facility offers many classes including Beadmaking, Blown Ornaments, and Coasters- perfect for those of all skill levels wanting to try their hand at something incredibly unique!
Mellon Park Walled Garden
Not every experience included in this guide is a happy one, and the memorial at the Mellon Park Walled Garden is most certainly a somber one.
Dedicated to Ann Katharine Seamans, a Pittsburgh native who tragically passed away at a tragically young age, the memorial at the garden is special because it can only be seen at night! Hundreds of LED lights are embedded into the ground, and when visible after dark show the constellations found over Pittsburgh at the moment of Ann's birth in 1979.
Harrison Hills Park
The hiking trails at Harrison Hills Park span for many miles, but our favorite, the Rachel Carson trail, is the one you should check out on this visit.
This trail is an out and back path with some stunning views of the Allegheny River to the east of the city. Just be sure to visit this one before the leaves are back on the trees as the best views are hidden during the summer months!
If you're in the mood for a slight detour on the way back from Harrison Hills, head to Wooden Door Winery for some amazing wine!
As its name suggests, the neighborhood of Fineview is home to a pretty fine view of the city (we couldn't help ourselves).
The lookout on Catoma Street is a perfect place to spend a Friday evening at sunset to appreciate an angle of the city many do not venture out to explore!
Photo Antiquities Museum
We all love photography (us especially), but most of us have not taken the time to appreciate the history of this 100+ year old art form.
Enter the Photo Antiquities Museum, one of the finest collections of photography history in the country, featuring artifacts and exhibits from the early days of photography all the way to the present.
Tours are by reservation only and run until early afternoon on most Saturdays.
While in Deutschtown, check out Max's Allegheny Tavern– one of our favorites!
Clayton (The Frick Estate)
Out of all of the industrial magnates that once called Pittsburgh home, the estate of only one, Henry Clay Frick, still stands.
This gorgeous 19th century home is kept in perfect order to match the style from when the Fricks lived there, and is open for tours throughout the week to see what life was like for the rich in the early 1900s!
Full Pint Wild Side
Full Pint is a regional brewery located in North Versailles, PA, that opened a restaurant and tap house in Lawrenceville to serve local favorites like White Lightning (a hefewiezen), Chinookie IPA, many seasonal creations, and more.
Lawrenceville is full of some of the city's best food and drinking options. For those who want another round, be sure to check out Roundabout Brewery and Grapperia– two of our favorites. If you're in the mood for a more elaborate meal, try and snag a reservation well in advance for Cure!
Phipps Spring Flower Show
Phipps Conservatory is the premier conservatory in Western Pennsylvania and is home to nearly a dozen rooms with various themes to showcase some of the world's best flowers and plants.
Each March the gardens unveil their most popular show, the Spring Flower Show, which features dozens of amazing spring flowers as well as art pieces curated to each show's unique theme.
If you only have time to visit the conservatory for one show a year, make it this one.
During the height of the industrial age in Pittsburgh, the city built many funiculars on the sides of the hills so residents could make their way up and down the hillsides to and from work with ease.
With the advent of cars and modern roads most of these were shut down, but two, the Monongahela and Duquesne Inclines on Mount Washington, still stand.
The Duquesne Incline is a special favorite thanks to its breathtaking views of the city and the mini-museum covering the history of Pittsburgh's funiculars inside.
(Insider secret- be sure to go to the Point of View Statue, located just up the hill to the right after exiting the incline at the top station. You won't regret it!)
Broadway in Pittsburgh
From Cats to Lion King, The King and I to Hamilton, Pittsburgh's Cultural District does a great job of bringing some of the country's most acclaimed performances to the city throughout the year.
So on this March Friday, dress to the nines and head downtown to take in a show!
If you have a bit of time before your show, make a reservation for Meat and Potatoes or Pork and Beans. If you need a quicker bite, check out Bill's Bar & Burger at the Westin Convention Center– home to some of our favorite burgers in the city.
Aurochs Brewing Co
Aurochs Brewing Co. is Emsworth's neighborhood brewery, and is also the city's only brewery that is 100% gluten free!
Their beers are made from millet and quinoa and include a white ale, brown ale, amber ale, and pale ale that are just as delicious as other local breweries' gluten-containing counterparts. Perfect for a Saturday afternoon beer!
Emsworth is in great proximity to many restaurants to enjoy after grabbing a pint. Check out Sharp Edge Sewickley, Vivo Kitchen, or Ephesus Pizza if you're in the mood for something to eat before heading home!
The Trillium flower is a rather rare flower to Western Pennsylvania, and there are only a few places around the city to spot it during its brief March/April bloom.
The aptly named Trillium Trail in Fox Chapel is one of these places, and this small hiking trail becomes to go-to place for flower fans in early spring (and is a peaceful nature reserve for the rest of the year).
Keep the hiking going while exploring north of the city and check out Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve.
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