Things to Do in Pittsburgh in August
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!
Handel's Ice Cream
There are many regional ice cream chains that have a strong presence in Pittsburgh, but none are more popular than Handel's.
This Ohio-based chain has two stores in the city, and serves up crazy flavors like Spouse Like a House, Graham Central Station, and our personal favorite, Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, that are an absolute must try on a hot summer Friday. (We recommend their McKnight Road branch!)
Throughout this guide we recommend many museums where you can go to learn about Pittsburgh's rich history. But sometimes we think that going to a museum is not enough- you need to get out there and see the history first hand.
At the Carrie Furnaces in Rankin, you can do just that on their weekend tour of some of the last remaining blast furnaces in the city (now maintained as a historical site by the Rivers of Steel Heritage foundation).
Your impression of Pittsburgh steel will never be the same after this one! (Reservations required)
After visiting the Carrie Furnaces, head on over to Homestead to check out the site of the Battle of Homestead and grab a meal at Blue Dust. Or if you'd rather stick around in Braddock, head to Brew Gentlemen for a beer.
Millie's Ice Cream
Millie's Ice Cream is rather new to the Pittsburgh dessert scene, but they are quickly making waves as one of the best ice cream producers in the region.
Staples like Salted Caramel and Vietnamese Coffee will get you hooked, and their seasonal flavors will have you returning time and time again.
Garfield First Fridays
Garfield is quickly becoming the place to be for local artists, and the First Fridays event (known as Unblurred) is a great time to get out to this underappreciated neighborhood to see the latest products of many talented artists.
Out of all of the First Friday events that go on in the city, this is one of our favorites.
Three Rivers Regatta
Each year Pittsburgh hosts one of the biggest water-based festivals in the region- the Three Rivers Regatta.
Over the course of the weekend Pittsburgh's rivers are turned into a playground for boaters and water sports of all kinds. So head down to the Point on this mid-summer Friday night and enjoy the festivities (as well as one of the city's biggest food truck rallies)!
Gus & Yia Yia's
Gus & Yia Yia's is not only one of Pittsburgh's oldest businesses, it is one of the most unique.
This shaved ice cart on the North Side has been doing it the old fashioned way since the 1930s (founded by Gus's father). One giant brick of ice, a rudimentary shaving implement, upper body strength, and syrup are the ingredients, and on a hot summer day the line for this one can be quite long but is well worth the wait!
While in the North Side, be sure to walk around Lake Elizabeth or take a stroll along the North Shore River Trail!
Did you know that Pittsburgh is home to a street made entirely out of wood?
Roslyn Place in Shadyside may be small, but it is one of the most historically significant as it is one of the last remaining wood streets in the USA.
You certainly drive by this one all the time, so on this week be sure to make a stop to check it out!
Peach Picking at Simmon's Farm
Come mid-August, peach season is in full swing and in Pittsburgh there is no farm better suited for peach picking than Simmon's Farm in McMurray, PA.
This is one of the most beautiful farms you'll visit in the region, and their abundance of peach trees will ensure you do not leave disappointed. Just be careful as bees love the peaches that fall to the ground!
Carnegie Museum of Art and History
Dozens upon dozens of rooms await with some of the world's best art and natural history collections.
Be sure to check out Dinosaurs in Their Time, Hillman Hall of Gems and Minerals, and Hall of Architecture- three of our favorites!
Out of all of the breweries we've visited in Pittsburgh, Spoonwood Brewery in Bethel Park is one of the best for families as it is as much of a restaurant as it is a working brewery. We went for the beer (try the Astrid Belgian pale if it is available), but stayed for the handcrafted pizzas and sides that are sure to please guests of all ages.
Squirrel Hill Night Market
Pittsburgh loves its farmers markets, this is true, but did you know that Squirrel Hill is host to a new night market that occurs several times throughout the summer?
Murray Avenue closes down for this one, and food trucks, vendors, artisans, and musicians fill the streets for an event that is as much of a block party as it is a market. But be careful to check the schedule- this one only happens a few times per summer!
Hartwood Acres Concert Series
We absolutely love Hartwood Acres as the mansion on site is one of the most beautiful in the city and the hiking trails can keep you busy over the course of many visits.
On Sundays an added feature comes out as the on-site amphitheater puts on live music performances, perfect for those who want to come out and make a day of it!
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