Events

Everything You Should Absolutely Do This Summer in Pittsburgh

Updated On 06/13/2017 at 03:49PM EST Updated On 06/13/2017 at 03:49PM EST
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June
Mattress Factory - Museum of Contemporary Art
Urban Garden party | Mattress Factory - Museum of Contemporary Art

June

Friday
Jun 16
Mattress Factory's annual Urban Garden Party will be celebrating its 40 year anniversary with a 1977 theme. The decadent fundraiser will feature a Studio 54 VIP lounge, a full bar of specialty cocktails, a smorgasbord of local food creations, and endless entertainment from Steel City Kitty Burlesque and the Divas of Drag.
Friday
Jun 16
21+ Prom is the night your teenage heart has been waiting for. Bust out those old prom duds (or buy something that isn't tacky and actually fits) and get ready to have a fun and drama-less night of booze, crown-making, and dancing to your favorite 90's and 00's hits.
Saturday - Sunday
Jun 17-18
Renfrew
The Connie Q Canoe trip (it's a tongue twister) is a two-day, 16 mile trek up Connoquenessing creek. Overnight camping, breakfast and dinner, shuttle service, and live entertainment will be provided for all participants.
Friday - Sunday
Jun 23-25
Various locations
Ladyfest is an annual three-day music festival that promotes local "lady-fronted and lady-dominant" acts at various venues around the city. This year will feature 40 different musical acts performing at The Shop, Gooski's, Hambones, Spirit, and Cattivo
Saturday
Jun 24
Schenley Plaza
Twenty years strong, the WYEP Summer Music Festival is back at Schenley Plaza with a full day of music featuring Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, sunbathing on the expansive green lawn, and a children's activity tent led by I Made it! Market.
Saturday
Jun 24
Kaiju Big Battel is coming to Pittsburgh for one night of intergalactic wrestling mania. Watch as the Kaiju universe comes to life in a live battle of aliens, monsters, and beasts. Confused? So are we. But we can't wait to see the most bizarre collection of creatures, including a sentient soup can named Kung-Fu Chicken Noodle, battle it out and end the night with an adult big wheel racing competition that everyone can join in on.
July
Wigle Whiskey
Wigle Whiskey | Wigle Whiskey

July

Tuesday
Jul 4
The annual Fourth of July Celebration at Heinz Field is the largest in the region, and features live music, food, and activities along Art Rooney Avenue -- as well as an excellent view of the evening’s fireworks. Tailgating is, of course strongly recommended.
Friday
Jul 7
No summer is complete without a good ol' fashioned carnival! Wigle Whiskey will be throwing their very own vintage carnival inspired party to support GTECH; a local nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing the economic and social growth of our communities. So buy some tickets, play some games, and grab some YinzBurgh BBQ or Curly's Tin Rizzi ice cream while you're there.
Friday - Sunday
Jul 7-9
Southside Works
Southside Work Exposed is back with 65 artists who will be setting up shop along 27th Street for this three-day-long maker's faire organized by I Made it! Market. A variety of local artisans will be selling goods ranging from handmade furniture to original paintings that you can browse while taking in live entertainment and sipping on adult beverages.  
Friday - Saturday
Jul 14-15
Deutschtown Music Festival is the best way to discover new local bands (200 to be exact) while exploring nearly 30 different venues all over the city. The two day festival will also have a beer garden and 20+ food vendors in the North Side's historic Deutschtown. And did we mention that all performances are free?
Friday - Saturday
Jul 14-15
Pittsburgh's Summer Beerfest has returned for its fifth year, and brought with it more than 250 varieties of craft beer, live music, and support for Animal Rescue Partners. This year's event will take place over two days and feature endless samples of all the craft beer your IPA-soaked heart could desire. Don't forget to have one of your friends get a Designated Driver Pass that includes free water and soft drinks, as well as a $5 food truck coupon.
Friday
Jul 21
Dust off those robes and start practicing your flick and swish for a full night of transfiguration, magical creatures, and Hogwarts-inspired activities at the museum’s Potterfest event. Visitors will sample berries that will “magically” alter their taste buds, and gain free admission to The Power of Poison: an interactive exhibit featuring live animals like the Golden Poison Frog.
Saturday
Jul 22
Few things in life are better than spending an entire day with animals, until you add chalk and all things rainbow colored into the mix. The PPG Festival of Color is a full day of sand art, animal painting, chalk artistry, tie-dying, and airbrush tattoos. If you're really lucky you might just witness an elephant get internet famous with its interpretive watercolor paintings.
Saturday
Jul 22
Join CMOA for the opening celebration for 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and celebrate the vibrant history of Harlem and the artists who helped shape it. The event will include tours of the exhibition, outdoor games, a food truck lineup, music in the Sculpture Court by 1Hood Media, and participatory artwork with artist Edith Abeyta.
Saturday
Jul 22
North Shore
This nighttime run with DJs, selfie stations, dancers, and light-shows is perhaps the most exhilarating thing you'll do all summer. For those who manage to finish this adrenaline-filled dance fest, you'll be greeted by the main stage dance party which will include confetti guns, cryo, fog, and a surprise celebrity DJ. Nine out of ten doctors recommend hibernating for a minimum of 72 hours after attending this event.
Sunday
Jul 23
If you're anything like me, you know that beer+dogs=happiness. Pups & Pints "Yappy Hour" at Grist House is basically Christmas for dogs. Rover can come down and enjoy a pup massage, a dip in the kiddy pool, low-cost microchipping, a turn at the doggy photobooth, and some dog-friendly bites from the Pittsburgh Sandwich Society. Don't worry, there will also be beer and food for the humans.
August
EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta
EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta

August

Friday - Sunday
Aug 4-6
Downtown
Power boat races, dog shows, jet ski stunts, aerial competitions, sand castle building; you name it, the Three Rivers Regatta has it. The three-day river festival is a Pittsburgh tradition that’s free to the public and, in Steel City fashion, concludes with a firework display that's sure to simultaneously mesmerize you and terrify your dogs.
Saturday
Aug 5
Exactly what it sounds like, and much more. The best of Pittsburgh's vegan food, local vendors, live entertainment, and yoga demos abound at the annual Veg Fest that supports clean eating and animal advocacy in PGH. Be one of the first 250 people to arrive and get a loaded goodie bag.
Sunday
Aug 13
Fame15 Creative has partnered with Riverlife to bring you the Second Annual Crosstown Cookout. For $5, you can party on the underutilized Mon Wharf all day while you listen to live music from reggae artist Lloyd Willacy, witness larger than life spray paint demos by local artists, and take in the sweet smells of Gaucho, Nakama, and PGH Halal. With an additional add-on ticket, some guests will get the chance to hop onto the ‘80s party yacht and dance into the night on the river.
Monday - Sunday
Aug 14-20
Various locations
A decade strong, Pittsburgh Restaurant Week returns to claim its title as the most delicious week of the year. Restaurants all across the region will be participating by pushing the limits and offering up new prix-fixe menu items (at wallet-friendly prices) to celebrate small business and help Pittsburgh claim their title of "America's Top Food City."