Pittsburgh Summer Festival Watchlist

As Pittsburgher’s begin to thaw out from the long and cold winter, they have many reasons to look forward to the upcoming events happening this summer. We’ve compiled a list of family-friendly events that are sure to keep you busy. Follow us all summer for news and updates.

Greater Pittsburgh Food Truck Festival

An annual event filled with dozens of the region’s best food trucks, plus live music and entertainment, craft beer and wine, regional artisans and vendors, a kids’ area and lots more. Held at the Meadows Casino.

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

The Renaissance Festival aims to create the illusion of a rollicking 16th-century festival day. A large cast of authentically costumed villagers strolls, works and performs through the village streets, and you can watch artisans create crafts associated with the time period.

Three Rivers Arts Festival

One of the largest free arts festivals in the world, the Three Rivers Arts Festival is held for 10 days each year in multiple locations in downtown Pittsburgh. It celebrates the arts with music, theater, dance, interactive exhibits and more.

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival

Held in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, this three-day festival is highlighted by free concerts on outdoor stages. The first night features a celebration complete with a DJ, pub crawl, jam sessions and more.


The festival promises a “dill-icious” time with a culinary celebration that starts with the dill pickle but goes far beyond the hometown favorite. A giant flying Heinz pickle balloon, made by a team that also makes Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade balloons as well as ones for Disney, flies over the Roberto Clemente Bridge to set the festival’s tone. It features a variety of handcrafted foods and cocktails, demonstrations and author talks to emphasize canning and the farm-to-table movement.

Pittsburgh Irish Festival

The Riverplex hosts this annual celebration of Irish culture, which features Irish dance workshops and performances, Celtic music, Irish food and storytelling. An Irish marketplace gives you the chance to shop and buy foods, arts and crafts.

Deutschtown Music Festival

A free two-day festival held on Pittsburgh’s North Side, the Deutschtown Music Festival is one of the area’s largest local music events. Over 200 bands are featured on seven outdoor stages and more than 20 indoor venues, and you’ll also be able to enjoy treats from food trucks, children’s activities and an artists’ market.

Pittsburgh Fringe Festival

Following in the tradition of other fringe festivals, Pittsburgh’s version is an unjuried theater festival that mostly features performance art. Held on the city’s North Side, the festival describes itself as being like the Netflix of live theater. Performers come from all over the country, and awards are given in categories such as Best Writing, Best Actor and Best Actress.

Pittsburgh Pride

Pittsburgh Pride festivities last for 10 days, with music, marches and an LGBT-friendly pub crawl. PrideFest is a two-day event held on Liberty Avenue with many vendors, family-friendly games, inflatable attractions, three stages of entertainment and a dance party.

Pittsburgh Wine Festival

Sample wines from over 150 vendors inside the Heinz Field East and West Club Lounges. You’ll be able to try wines from other countries as well as selections from U.S. wineries, including some in Pennsylvania.


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