After what seemed like the coldest winter ever we’re finally making it to warmer weather and the cabin fever is real! It turns out that Pittsburgh has a festival for pretty much anything and what we lack in music festivals (I can only count the music festivals on one hand) we make up for in quirkiness. Here are a few events to check out now that we’ve reached warmer weather and are a bit more motivated to leave our houses.
Every year The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust throws the biggest and longest arts festival in the Burgh. With downtown Pittsburgh as a venue, you can’t go wrong. Enjoy great food from food trucks, art installations from creatives, and even discover brilliant Pittsburgh artists. Who knows you may just leave with art? 2018 includes a performance by 17-year-old Pittsburgh hip-hop artist Bird, a kinetic light installation, and an outdoor arts and science interactive installation called Cell Phone Disco.
In a genius-marketing plan, Heinz created this celebration of all things pickles and Pittsburgh peeps ate it all up. Vendors from all over the Burgh create pickled inspired things and sell them on the bridge. There’s a giant inflatable pickle to take pictures under, live music, food trucks galore, and even contests. This year they’ve added another day which means more programming, a farmers market, and a petting zoo.If you like pickles (and pickling), you’ll love Picklesburgh.
August 22nd-August 26th
The Pittsburgh Comedy Festival is four days of funny! It’s engaging for comedians and fans alike. Enjoy workshops and shows upon shows. Headliners haven’t been announced yet but do expect Pittsburgh’s Southside to get a little funnier come August
Thrival Festival is pretty much in its own lane when it comes to quality Pittsburgh Music Festivals. Thrival is just working on besting itself now a days and it has set the bar way too high for anyone else throwing a music festival in Pittsburgh. 2017 brought headliners Logic and Wiz Khalifa and before that was The Chainsmokers. The scenery alone is enough for me to show up to this festival every year.
Bonus: Pittsburgh Restaurant Week
It’s not a festival but it is a week of great deals from delicious restaurants in the Pittsburgh area. Enjoy three course meals for special prices and feel at your fanciest.