Shop in the Strip District
The people. The smells. The food. Every Pittsburgher finds themselves in the Strip District at some point, whether it’s for shopping (Penzeys Spices!), produce (outdoor markets), or black-and-gold memorabilia. A Saturday in the Strip is one way to experience a typical weekend in the ‘Burgh.
Attend one of the city's unique events/festivals
Pittsburgh also has a stacked calendar of festivals all year long, including cookie tours, Doors Open (a two-day event which gives you access to landmark buildings), Art All Night (a free community art event in Lawrenceville), the Three Rivers Art Festival, Pittsburgh Comedy Festival, Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival, Picklesburgh, I Made It Market... the list just goes on and on.
Get plucked at Banjo and Bluegrass Night on the North Side
Banjo Night at the Elks Lodge is an institution, something that has taken place every Wednesday at 8pm (doors open at 7) for nearly 30 years. "Banjos," you might ask? Yes, banjos, and it’s such a blast that you have to make reservations ahead of time to get a seat. Delicious cheap eats (fried shrimp) and drinks here make Hump Day a little easier to get through; after Banjo Night, the cool kids head around the corner to The Park House for a live bluegrass jam session (also every Wednesday).