The Best 2019 Summer Events in Pittsburgh

Posted by Helene McQuaide on 2nd May 2019

Pittsburghers definitely know how to have a good time, whether they’re rooting for the Steelers, celebrating the nation’s birthday or even indulging in a little pickle drinking. If you’ve been looking for something to do this summer, you’ll want to stop by one or more these popular area events.

June 7 - 16

Three River Arts Festival

Downtown Pittsburgh

The Three River Arts Festival, one of the highlights of the summer season, returns for its 60th year. The popular festival features lively art exhibits, hands-on activities for kids, and theater and musical performances held throughout the downtown area. Some of the groups that will be taking the stage this year include the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass Section, Too Many Zooz, Tank and the Bargas, Parsonsfield, Carrie Collins, Mandolin Orange, Jordan Montgomery and Justin Fabus.

o pay to attend the festival, you’ll want to bring a little money to buy snacks or purchase a one-of-a-kind piece of art or jewelry. The festival will be held from noon until 8 p.m. daily, rain or shine.

July 4

Celebrate America Pittsburgh

Point Park

Fun, food and fireworks are the perfect ingredients for any July 4th celebration and Celebrate America Pittsburgh has them all. The celebration begins at noon with a full lineup of musical acts and activities for the entire family. Musical groups with local roots are slated to perform all day, including Stampede,

Delta Struts, The Dorals, The Hobbs Sisters and American Idol contestant Gabby Barnett.

While you’re at Point Park, stroll over to the Fort Pitt Museum and watch the 18th Century Reenactors and fife and drum performances. Fireworks begin at 9:35 p.m.

July 26 - 28


Roberto Clemente Bridge

Do you love to drink the juice at the bottom of the pickle jar? If you do, you’ll want to enter the pickle juice-drinking contest at this years’ Picklesburgh, held on the Roberto Clemente Bridge. During the three-day celebration, the bridge is transformed into a pickle lover’s paradise complete with a giant pickle balloon. Picklesburgh features music, international food and cocktails that include pickled ingredients, pickle-fried ice cream, deep-fried pickles, demos, merchandise and a Lil Gherkins play area.

August 29 – September 2

Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Fest

Heinz Field

Nothing goes together better than ribs and football. Luckily, you can celebrate both at the 2019 Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Fest. The festival honors Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Panthers football, and features tasty offerings from the area’s most accomplished rib vendors, including Pigfoot BBQ, awarded the best ribs title last year; and Bad Azz BBQ, the 2018 people’s choice winner.

The event will also include rides, games and concerts. While you’re there, view Steelers memorabilia, the new Terrible Towel Wall, Super Bowl Trophies and the Hall of Fame Museum at the FedEX Great Hall. Food, drinks, games and rides are available for a fee, but general admission is free.


If you can’t make one of these events, don’t worry. There’s plenty to do in Pittsburgh all summer long. Spend an afternoon browsing neighborhood or downtown stores, or take advantage of the recreational activities available at local or Allegheny County parks.

Do you enjoy walking, running or biking but don’t like breathing in pollution from cars, trucks and buses? During Open Streets Pittsburgh, held on the last Sunday of the month from May through July, miles of local streets are open for recreational use only.

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