10 Reasons to Visit Pittsburgh in June – Summer is Coming

Published by Jeremy. Last Updated on June 21, 2023.

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June is always an interesting month in Pittsburgh. Spring is turning to summer, temperatures are rising (often rapidly), and many, many outdoor events take place throughout the month- including some of our very favorites.

So in this one we wanted to share a few June-focused events for you to check out if you decide to visit Pittsburgh this month!

The Three Rivers Arts Festival

Three Rivers Arts Festival

One of the biggest festivals in Pittsburgh every year is the Three Rivers Arts Festival. This massive event runs for roughly 10 days and features artists from all over southwest Pennsylvania and the country at large plus musical acts, unique art exhibits, and a whole lot more. 

In 2023, the Three Rivers Arts Festival will run from June 2nd to 11th. Main Stage acts in 2023 include the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Chali 2na and Cut Chemist, Rising Appalachia, and Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph to name a few.

For more on the Three Rivers Arts Festival schedule, click here.

Mars New Year Festival

You may know that Mars is a suburb of Pittsburgh, and this one leans into its namesake with an annual Mars-themed festival. In 2023, the Mars New Year Festival takes place on June 9th and 10th and is going to be loaded with science-forward exhibits from the likes of NASA, Astrobotic, SpaceX, and so much more.

So grab a beer from local brewery, Stick City, and go check out the exhibits for Mars New Year!

Mr. Rogers Family Days

Mr Rogers in Latrobe

Interested in celebrating Pittsburgh's favorite neighbor with little ones in your family? Head over to Latrobe for Mr. Rogers Family Days running June 5th to 10th!

This annual event in Latrobe offers a ton of family-friendly activities and is a whole lot of fun for guests of all ages. The 2023 schedule for this one will be announced soon so check back for more!

Pittsburgh Pride

Pride celebrations take place all over the country in June which corresponds to LGBT Pride Month that commemorates the Stonewall Riots of 1969. The events for Pride in Pittsburgh are quite popular and in 2023, take place over the dates of June 2nd to 4th at spots all over the city from Homewood to the North Shore and beyond.

To check out the full lineup for Pittsburgh Pride 2023, click here.

Phipps Conservatory's Flowers Meets Fashion

Phipps Monet in Bloom

Looking for a different kind of flower show in 2023? Phipps is running a special show entitled “Flowers Meets Fashion: Inspired by Billy Porter” through June 25th and showcases design elements and gorgeous flower displays all in a single space while keeping ties to the stellar local artist.

Phipps requires tickets to be purchased in advance. Click here to schedule your visit!

Beers of the Burgh

Beers of the Burgh

Beers of the Burgh is arguably the most popular beer festival in Pittsburgh. The reason? It showcases dozens of breweries in Western Pennsylvania all with the iconic Carrie Furnace as its backdrop! We never say no to sipping on local beer, but doing so in the ruins of a former steel mill makes this one distinctly Pittsburgh all around.

In 2023, Beers of the Burgh is taking place on one day only, Saturday June 3rd. As this one is sure to sell out, be sure to get your tickets early!

To book your tickets for Beers of the Burgh, click here.

Cinema in the Park

Cinema in the Park

Dollar Bank's Cinema in the Park is one of the most enjoyable activities in the summer months as pop-up movie screens can be found on select nights in parks all over the city like Schenley Park, Grandview Park, Riverview Park (just following Stars at Riverview Jazz on select nights), and more. Just be sure to get there early as these shows can be quite popular!

To check out the full schedule for Cinema in the Park, click here. Please note that the 2023 movie schedule has not been announced yet.

Kennywood's Bites and Pints Event

Kennywood Bites & Pints

Weekends at Kennywood are about to get a whole lot tastier with the return of their annual Bites and Pints event- historically running on weekends in June and July (dates vary). Guests at Kennywood are able to sample chef creations from around the world with dishes from Greece, Italy, the Caribbean, Germany, Poland, Asia, and Mexico. These can be purchased either a la carte or through pre-paid 8 or 12 sample “Bite Cards” that can be used throughout the month.

As a bonus, season pass holders who purchase a 12-sample Bite Card will get an extra three samples free! Rides and chef-driven food? You know we're all about that.

For more information on the Bites and Pints event, click here.

Sporting Events in June

Riverhounds at Highmark Stadium

The Pirates are back for another season at PNC Park with a number of great games in June. They have a long home streak running from June 2nd to the 11th (with the only day off being the 8th) against the Cardinals, Athletics, and Mets (June 9th is also a fireworks night!); a series versus the Cubs on June 19th to 21st, and ending out the month with four back-to-back games against the Padres on the 27th to 30th. Pick up tickets on Ticketmaster or Stubhub here!

The Riverhounds season is in full swing in June with three home games Highmark Stadium- June 3rd against Phoenix Rising FC, June 10th against Charleston Battery, and June 24th against the San Diego Loyal SC. Pick up tickets on Ticketmaster or Stubhub.

Shows in June

benedum Center sign

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

The Pittsburgh Symphony is playing the music of The Little Mermaid June 3rd and 4th, Bolero with the Pittsburgh Ballet June 9th t0 11th, and The Pines of Rome from June 16th to 18th to name a few. Liberty Magic brings Lucy Darling in Indulgence in residency through June 11th. The Pittsburgh CLO also is performing Anything Goes from June 13th to 18th and Into the Woods from June 27th to July 2nd at the Benedum Center, too!

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

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