Things to Do in Pittsburgh in July
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!
Play Tourist on a Duck Tour or Double Decker Tour
One of the goals we have this site is to visit every business and attraction the city of Pittsburgh has to offer. In many cases, this feels like playing tourist in our own city as we check out neighborhoods and attractions we'd not otherwise see.
Yes, they're both a bit campy, but playing tourist in your own backyard is always a fun way to experience the city in a different way.
Street Food in the Strip
More often than not, when we recommend going down to the Strip District, we follow it up with a long list of incredible restaurants that you absolutely must try.
What we overlook in many cases is the fact that the Strip District is home to some of the best international street food in Pittsburgh. So on this Saturday you should head down with one goal in mind- eat as much street food as possible.
Although there are tons of options, we personally recommend Lucy's Banh Mi (near Bar Marco most days in the summer), the egg rolls from the Thai cart on the right side of Roland's Seafood Grill, the mung bean pancakes from Sambok Korean Grocery, tacos from Reyna's or Edgar's, and that is just to start!
Be sure to check out our Strip District guide for more recommendations on what to do when in the neighborhood.
Yoga in Market Square
If you're like us, odds are good you're going to over indulge on Saturday, so why not head down to Market Square on Sunday for their summer yoga series? Join a few hundred new friends for one of the largest outdoor yoga events in the city.
Allegheny City Brewing
Allegheny City Brewing is Deutschtown's neighborhood brewery, and has an interesting assortment of beers with flavors you will not find anywhere else (including Habanero Stout, a Brown Ale aged on Commonplace Coffee, a Graham Cracker Stout, and more!).
Raspberry Picking at Triple B
When it comes to picking raspberries, there is no farm better than Triple B berry farm in Monongahela, PA.
This 400 acre estate is known for far and wide for its berry picking, and we've always had great luck finding the fruit here during the season.
Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch
We are featuring several Citi Park events in our weekend guide series, and one of our favorites is the Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch in Mellon Park that takes place on Sunday mornings in the summer months.
In this event a different local ensemble, including the likes of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, Allegheny Brass Band, Aeolian Winds, and more, performs a classical music concert each Sunday. The non-alcoholic mimosas, however, are on you.
Deutschtown Music Festival
The Deutschtown Music Festival converts several blocks in this North Side neighborhood into one of the biggest concert arenas in the city with over 180 bands on no fewer than six unique stages.
Be sure to confirm the dates for this year's festival and check it out!
Blueberry Picking at Trax Farms
Mid-July also coincides with blueberry season in southwestern Pennsylvania, and one of our favorite spots to pick is Trax Farms located south of the city.
The reason we love this one is because they do a great job regulating the picking of the bushes, and close early and even skip days to ensure the plants are not over-picked.
While this may be an inconvenience in being able to visit on the exact day you want to, we've always come away with an incredible haul of blueberries when we are able to make a trip to this farm.
On your way back into Pitsburgh Grab a beer at Spoonwood Brewery!
Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium
Lions, tigers, and bears- oh my. (Sorry, can't resist.) The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium highlights animals from around the world as well as an aquatic section that would put most standalone aquariums to shame.
Our favorite exhibit is the walk-through polar bear tunnel, and on a recent visit we had the show of our lives as the polar bears played over head.
Glen's Frozen Custard
As far as ice cream in the greater Pittsburgh area is concerned, Glen's Frozen Custard has an almost cult-like following behind it. Mention its name and people start drooling, while others get in their cars immediately to make the drive to Springdale to have a scoop (or three). This simple stand focuses on quality custard and seasonal specials, meaning that although its appearance may give you reason to pause, the custard surely does not.
Another great event hosted by Citi Parks in the summer months is the Saturday jazz at Riverview Park. Cast in the shadow of the beautiful Allegheny Observatory, music lovers gather on the hillside to listen to some of the best live jazz in the city- absolutely free!
Vintage Grand Prix
The Vintage Grand Prix is an annual tradition in Pittsburgh that spans several weekends with many events focusing on all things automobile.
The event culminates with a vintage car race around Schenley Park that is unlike anything the city ever sees (outside of this event, of course). So whether you head down for the events over several weekends, or just come check out the grand finale race at the end, this event proves that there is a car lover in everyone. We guarantee it.
In the heat of the summer, we can think of no thing better to do on a Friday night than to head out and get a beer in an outdoor beer garden.
Gristhouse Brewery in Millvale has one of the largest we've seen in the region, and is also a dog friendly spot that is the perfect place to let the night go by.
If you're looking to keep drinking after visiting the Gristhouse, head down the street to Strange Roots to try out a few Belgian sours!
If the heat of the summer is still with you on Saturday, head down to Sandcastle water park in West Homestead for a day enjoying water slides, wave pools, lazy rivers, and more.
You don't have to be a kid to get a thrill out of this one, although by the end of the day you may certainly feel like one again.
Deer Lakes Park
Deer Lakes Park is one of our favorite parks to explore in Allegheny County as it has a wonderful selection of things to do- from fishing in the man-made lakes (which are beautiful), hiking in the well marked trails, or even playing disc golf on what is perhaps the county's best course.
No matter what you are in the mood to enjoy, Deer Lakes Park should have it and is well worth the visit this Sunday.
In the mood for something sweet after your hike? Check out Glen's Custard nearby!
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