Things to Do in Pittsburgh in April
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.
For more information on all recommendations, click through to our full articles or the businesses' websites for more information!
Kickback Pinball Cafe
Kickback Cafe is a unique business in Lawrenceville as it is one part trendy coffee shop and one part pinball arcade!
So rather than swinging by a traditional coffee shop for a late night pick-me-up, head down to this one for a bit of fun while sipping on on your coffee! Just don't forget your quarters.
Fort Pitt Museum
It is our opinion that everyone in the region should be familiar with the history of Western Pennsylvania, and no museum does a better job covering the days of the early settlements than the Fort Pitt Museum located in Point State Park.
Afterwards, be sure to visit the Block House just a few steps away. It is one of the only remaining buildings from the settlement days, and it's the oldest building in Pittsburgh!
While still in downtown, head over to the rooftop Biergarten at the Hotel Monaco if the weather is nice. If you have extra time, take your ticket from the Fort Pitt Museum to the Heinz History Center to receive 50% off admission!
Out of all of the ice cream and frozen yogurt shops in Pittsburgh, Razzy Fresh has to be our favorite.
This local chain specializes in tart yogurts and also frequently has unusual Asian style flavors including taro, Japanese plum, lychee, and more that we simply can't get enough of. With two locations in Oakland you can easily get your fix no matter where you are this Sunday!
Allegheny Wine Mixer
With the recent explosion of bars, breweries, and restaurants in Lawrenceville, one type of establishment was missing- a classy wine bar. The folks at Allegheny Wine Mixer noticed this problem, too, and opened up a cozy spot on Butler Street where patrons can come celebrate all things wine.
But don't worry, beer and cocktail lovers have great options here too, making this one of the best corner bars in all of Lawrenceville.
Forbes Field at Pitt Campus
Long before PNC Park, there was Forbes Field- the iconic baseball stadium that hosted the likes of Honus Wagner, Roberto Clemente, and the famous 1960 World Series where the Pirates won thanks to a home run by Bill Mazeroski in the bottom of the 9th of game seven.
Little remains of the field today except for the outfield wall on Roberto Clemente Drive, and the home plate enshrined inside Posvar Hall on Pitt's campus in roughly the same location where it originally sat- a pilgrimage spot for many baseball fans worth checking out on a spring Saturday.
Bike Ride on the South Side River Trail
There are many trails inside the Pittsburgh city limits worth exploring, but one, the South Side River Trail, is best seen on a bike to cover more ground.
Pick up a bike from the Healthy Ride kiosk at one of the five stations along Carson Street in the South Side, and bike your way to South Side Works to check out the Hot Metal Bridge, and continue down for as long as you are able to enjoy the trails and unique city views!
Hop Farm Brewery
Contrary to its name, Hop Farm Brewery does not produce an abundance of overly hoppy beers (although if you like IPAs, you'll have your fill).
This brewery appreciates the nuances that hops can provide in a beer, and has a wonderful spread of creations that even the most hops-adverse beer drinker (namely, us) can enjoy.
When you hear the name Highland Park, your first thought may be about the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium- the neighborhoods largest tourist attraction.
But the park this neighborhood is named for is well worth a visit as it is home to numerous hiking trails, a gorgeous drinking water reservoir with walking paths, a European style park and gardens, and more- all accessible without leaving the city!
For most, spring also is a time for planning home improvement projects for the year. Take a trip to Construction Junction, Pittsburgh's largest reuse store to find items that need a little TLC to bring them to their former glory.
As this store is based on the donation model, you never know what you're going to find!
Looking to grab a drink after a long morning shopping? Check out East End Brewery nearby!
Mr. Small's Theater
For the music lover, one of our favorite venues in the region is Mr. Small's Theater in Millvale.
This concert hall was once a church, and has now been converted into an intimate venue for live music of all genres. For those who like seats, the organ and choir balcony has been turned into private seating with incredible stage views. (The best part? Your balcony ticket price is converted 100% to food and alcohol credit, so if you plan on dining the seats come at no extra charge!)
Want to grab a drink before the show? Check out Strange Roots or Gristhouse breweries which are both within walking distance!
Saint Anthony's Chapel
You do not have to be Catholic to appreciate Saint Anthony's Chapel as it is home to the highest number of relics outside of the Vatican.
At last count this church holds over 5,000 unique relics, and is a pilgrimage spot for the faithful (and curious) the world over. (Photo credit: Uncovering PA)
Settler's Cabin Park
Settler's Cabin Park is a small Allegheny County park located near Robinson Township west of the city.
What this park lacks in size it makes up for in hiking options as it is the only park in the region where you can hike the entirety of the park's trails in one visit (something we always appreciate).
Be sure to make the added detours to the mini-waterfall in the park's center, and the cabin located on the main road on the park's outskirts.
Want to continue hiking nearby? Visit the Enlow Tunnel on the Montour Trail.
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