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 Uchu Chu the Space Bug and a sentient soup can named Kung-Fu Chicken Noodle, battle it out.
July 12 - July 14
Back for its 15th year, Southside Works Exposed is bringing us three full days of free live music, drinks, food trucks and, of course, the Artist Market. Presented by Second Shift Crafters, this celebration of arts and crafts gives patrons an opportunity to peruse handmade wares and meet Pittsburgh's arts and crafts community.
July 12 - July 13
Pittsburgh's Summer Beerfest is returning for its 6th year, and it’s bringing with it more than 250 varieties of craft beer and live music, all in aid of Animal Rescue Partners. The event will take place over two days and feature endless samples of all the craft beer your IPA-soaked heart could desire. And 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.
Cost: Tickets start at $45, $20 for Designated Drivers
July 12 - July 13
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?
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Dust off your robes and start practicing your spells for a full night of transfiguration, competitive Harry Potter trivia, and a wizard-themed scavenger hunt with your fellow Potterheads. Been looking for a place to sport your pink tweed power-suit? Put on your best Dolores Umbridge stank face, enter the costume contest, and treat yourself to a magical, signature cocktail. You deserve it.
Cost: $15 for non-members / $13.50 for members. $20 at the door.
July 26 - July 28
Roberto Clemente Bridge
The brinniest of all celebrations has returned and will be double its usual size! Picklesburgh, voted the #1 Specialty Food Festival in America by USA Today, is back once again for three days full of all things pickled, including a 35-foot Heinz Pickle balloon. If you're feeling competitive, sign up for a pickle juice drinking contest. Otherwise, explore the world of fermentation, try pickle pierogi, and cool down with some pickle-flavored ice cream.
South Side Park
It’s not a normal summer festival -- it’s the 3rd Annual Goat Fest. Bring the whole family to South Side Park and explore the Bandi Schaum Community Garden. Support local food trucks, listen to live music, and stop by the craft vendor market all while in the company of America's favorite herbivores.