10 Reasons to Visit Pittsburgh in July – Summer Activities

Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on May 29, 2024.

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July in Pittsburgh is one of our favorite months. There are long, hot sunny days, numerous events, and many opportunities to get out and enjoy the great outdoors of southwest Pennsylvania!

As such, it should be no surprise that this month's guide includes a number of outdoor activities as well as a few indoor favorites to round out the list. No matter what you do, you'll be having a great time if you visit Pittsburgh in July!

Looking for things to do in Pittsburgh in July? Check out the following options!

Yoga in Market Square

PPG Place from Market Square

If you're like us, odds are good you're going to overindulge 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 from 10 to 11 am.

Want more? Yoga also takes place on Wednesday nights in Market Square from 5:30 to 6:30 pm! But be sure to check the schedule at the previous link as some days may not have an instructor scheduled so be sure to confirm before you go.

Raspberry Picking at Triple B

Triple B Raspberries

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 far and wide for its berry picking, and we've always had great luck finding the fruit here during the season.

On your way back into town, pick up a pizza at Fiori's or Beto's– two local favorites!

Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch

Bach Beethoven and Brunch

We are featuring several Citi Park events monthly Pittsburgh guides, and one of our favorites is the Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch in Mellon Park which takes place on Sunday mornings in July from 10:30 am to noon.

In this event, a different local ensemble, including the likes of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Unity Brass Quintet, Vocal Confluence, and more, performs a classical music concert each Sunday. The non-alcoholic mimosas, however, are on you.

After taking in the incredible performance, grab lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, Point Brugge in Point Breeze, or head over to Garfield to check out the Center for PostNatural History.

Northside Music Festival

Deutschtown Music Festival

The Northside Music Festival (formerly the Deutschtown Music Festival) converts several blocks in this North Side to one of the biggest concert arenas in the city, with many bands over several stages. 2024's music festival takes place July 12th to 14h!

Many of the bars and restaurants in Deutschtown are open for the festival, including Max's Allegheny Tavern, and Allegheny City Brewing. Check them out while you are there!

Picklesburgh

Picklesburgh

Pittsburgh has a love affair with the pickle, that is for sure, and you really can get your fill at the annual Picklesburgh festival, returning in 2024 for four days from July 18th to 21st.

Eat a classic pickle, try an array of foods containing all forms of pickle (including pickle ice cream!), and wash it all down with a pickle flavored beverage, including beer for those 21+! Do not miss the pickle juice drinking competition that takes place throughout the weekend, as this is certainly an interesting event!

When visiting Picklesburgh, be prepared for the crowds. Downtown Pittsburgh fills up quickly for this one, and we are often quite strategic and go right when it opens for the weekend to get in with less of a wait.

Blueberry Picking at Trax Farms

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 that 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 Pittsburgh, grab a beer at Spoonwood Brewery!

Stars at Riverview Jazz

Jazz at Riverview Park

Another great event hosted by Citi Parks in the summer months is the Stars at Riverview Jazz series 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, from 7 to 8:30pm on Saturdays in July!

After the performance, stick around to enjoy a Hollywood blockbuster movie screening, or head down to the North Side for dinner at Federal GalleyMonterey Pub or takeout at Quik-It Chicken.

Schwirian Farms Sunflower Festival

Sunflowers at Schwirian Farms

It is a bit unusual to think that sunflowers near Pittsburgh start blooming in mid-July through early August, but it is true- many, many farms start opening up for sunflower experiences around the middle of the month for the flowers' roughly 14-20 day bloom.

One of the best sunflower experiences near the city is the annual sunflower festival at Schwirian Farms near Elizabeth, PA. While the 2024 show has not been announced just yet, this one typically takes place for two weeks during the middle of the month (pending bloom) and features one of the largest sunflower fields we've seen to date. The best part? Visiting this one is free!

But if you want more, the farm has registered photographers open for portrait sales (advanced registration), sunflower products for sale (grab a sunflower oil if you can), and even pick your own in a dedicated field for a nominal fee!

Sporting Events in July

Honus Wagner Statue

Baseball season is in full swing in July, and PNC Park is hosting a number of amazing home games. Between July 2nd and July 8th they have a back-to-back series versus the Cardinals and Mets, and another back-to-back against the Phillies and the Cardinals from July 19th to 24th. Pick up tickets on Ticketmaster or Stubhub here!

The Riverhounds have a busy month this year with four home games- July 6th against Monterey Bay, July 13th against Oakland, July 20th against Hartford, and July 27th against Loudon. Pick up tickets on Ticketmaster or Stubhub.

Shows in July

Liberty Magic

Finally, there are a number of great shows in the Cultural District in downtown Pittsburgh in July. 

The Norside Organ Trio will be playing at Agnes Katz Plaza on July 16th at 5pm. The Pittsburgh Symphony will be performing The Force Awakens on July 13th and 14th at Heinz Hall. The Pittsburgh CLO will be performing The Music Man from July 9th to 14th at the Benedum Center and Young Frankenstein from July 19th through September 1st at Greer Cabaret Theater.

Do you have a favorite Pittsburgh event in July to check out? Comment below to share!

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