Pittsburgh Festivals & Shows
There is no reason to stay indoors on a weekend! Pittsburgh has plenty of outdoor festivals to choose from, whether you are looking for something family-friendly or a little more grown-up. Even if the weather outside becomes frightful during the winter months, Pittsburghers can still manage to throw a party and you’re invited!
Pittsburgh is a city filled with art and culture, especially theater. The Pittsburgh New Works Festival
is dedicated to fostering theatrical productions, specifically original one-act plays. During the four weeks of the festival, different theater companies compete while simultaneously pooling resources together to showcase the city’s artistic talent.
Address: 4140 Brownsville Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15227 - MAP
Phone: (412) 881-6888
What started as a little art show outside of the Carnegie Institute in 1959 has grown into the largest outdoor visual and performing arts festival in Pittsburgh. Three Rivers Arts Festival
is well known for its live music, including many popular national arts, as well as the extensive downtown art shows.
Address: Downtown Pittsburgh - MAP
Phone: (412) 471-0235
Enjoy a free movie at your favorite park. Join the rest of the Pittsburgh community for Cinema in the Park
during the summer. Bring the kids and some lawn chairs for a fun family event, or bring a blanket to spread out and snuggle on a romantic date. Get there early to listen to some live music as you wait for the film to start.
Address: Flagstaff Hill, Riverview Park, Grandview Park in Mt. Washington, Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, Brookline Memorial Park or West End/Elliott Overlook
Phone: (412) 422-6426
Get active at the Venture Outdoors Festival
. Be prepared for a fun day filled with outdoor activities as you participate in the kayaking, fishing, hiking, yoga, biking, climbing and other events sure to get you into shape. Part of the UPMC Health Plan, this festival is designed to take advantage of the beautiful summer months and to teach individuals and families the importance of an active lifestyle.
Address: 33 Terminal Way, Suite 537 East, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 - MAP
Phone: (412) 255-0564
You may have to drive a bit to get to the Big Butler Fair
, but the trip is worth it. One of the largest and best festivals in Western Pennsylvania, Big Butler is a chance to enjoy fireworks, the midway, games, demolition derbies, concerts and truck pulls that are not typically seen in Pittsburgh.
Address: 1127 New Castle Rd., Prospect, PA 16052 - MAP
Phone: (724) 865-2400
Look to the skies when the annual Wings Over Pittsburgh
rolls around. This popular military air show and festival marks the weekend anniversary of September 11, 2001 and is free to the public. Watch military and civilian aerial demonstrations, see and learn about the airplanes being flown and let the children have fun at their own activities center.
Address: 2475 Defense Ave., Pittsburgh IAP ARS - MAP
Phone: (412) 474-8501
Travel back in time at the Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival
. Featuring different themes each weekend they are open, this festival strives to provide a unique experience each visit. Whether you are there to meander through the artisan’s marketplace, watch a jousting tournament or slay a dragon, there are plenty of activities for people of all ages and walks of life.
Address: 112 Renaissance Lane
West Newton, PA 15089 - MAP
Phone: (724) 872-1670
Stop by the Monroeville Convention Center during the annual Pittsburgh Folk Festival
and be transported to different lands. Learn about cultures from all over the globe through dance, music, art, vendors and food from these different locations. Both an educational and fun experience, this multicultural festival is a great way to join in with the greater Pittsburgh community.
Address: 209 Mall Blvd., Monroeville, PA 15146 - MAP
Phone: (412) 278-1267
Celebrate the changing season and beer! Penn Brewery Oktoberfest
opens its doors to the public to share its freshest seasonal draft beers. Enjoy a good local brew as you munch on the delicious German specialties like bratwurst and sauerkraut, listen to live entertainment, meet radio show personalities, enter contests and more. Must be 21 and over for this festival.
Address: 800 Vinial Street, Pittsburgh PA 15212- MAP
Phone: (412) 237-9400
Light up the night! Get into the spirit of the season at the Hartwood Acres Celebration of Lights
. From before Thanksgiving until after New Year’s, you can walk along the breathtakingly decorated 3.2 mile trail of over 400 holiday light displays leading up to the stunningly decked-out Hartwood mansion.
Address: 215 Saxonburg Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15238 - MAP
Phone: (412) 767-9200
Indulge your sweet tooth at the Pennsylvania Maple Festival
. This unique festival is dedicated to a northern tradition. Learn how to make maple products by tapping trees, boiling sap and making sugar cakes. You can also participate or watch the auto show and historical pageant. It may be a drive, but you are guaranteed to leave loaded with wonderful maple treats.
Address: Meyersdale, PA 15552 - MAP
Phone: (814) 634-0213