Pittsburgh is a lively city year-round, but it really comes to life when the temperature starts to rise. In fact, hundreds of events and festivals are held throughout the area during the summer months. Here are a few of our favorites:
June 2 - 11
This isn't your typical arts or music festival! It's free. It's fun. It's cool! Come enjoy a celebration of the arts in Pittsburgh. See musical artists perform. Experience art and products from various vendors and artisans. Enjoy time with family and friends as you explore Pittsburgh's art scene. You have until Sunday, June 11, 2017, to take advantage of our talented local artists and vendors. Don’t miss it this year!
Fox Chapel Golf Club
A round of golf certainly makes your day better, but you’ll also improve the lives of children and adults who have special needs when you participate in the 17th Annual Woodlands Golf Classic. Your entry fee entitles you to 18 holes of golf, lunch, dinner and a raffle. During the dinner, the Spirit of Golf award will be presented to this year’s recipient, Patrick Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer of PGT Trucking.
Community Park at the Rotary Amphitheater
There’s nothing better than listening to a free concert under the stars on a warm summer evening. Martyr Kanin, a Bon Jovi-inspired band that offers creative takes on rock classics, will entertain the crowd from 7 to 10 p.m on June 22. Don’t worry if you don’t have time to eat before you make the trip to Cranberry Township. The Rotary will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers and other seasonal favorites.
The annual Independence Day celebration kicks off at noon with the national anthem and flag raising ceremony. Fife and drum performance and 18th century reenactors make it easy to imagine what life was like in 1776. A variety of musical groups are slated to perform throughout the day, including The Dorals, Jeff Jimerson & The Airborne and the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast. Kids’ activities, food vendors and a USAF flyover will keep the whole family entertained until the fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.
Shadyside’s car show features 125 classic and exotic cars. Because car owners must be invited to participate, you’re likely to see some impressive models that can’t be found at other car shows. While you’re in Shadyside, you may want to stop by one of the neighborhood’s restaurants for a quick snack or meal or do a little shopping in one of the two shopping districts.
August 4 – 6
Point State Park
There’s plenty to do on and off the river at the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta. The Formula 1 Powerboat and F-Lights powerboat races are always a fan favorite, but you don’t have to just watch the action from the riverbank. Why not enter your boat in the PITT OHIO Lighted Boat Parade or try your hand at amateur boat building as a contestant in the ALCOSAN Anything That Floats Race? Other activities and attractions include fireworks, the Wheel of Lights Ferris wheel, sand sculptures, the Red Bull Air Force Skydive, a rock climbing wall and a kids’ zone.
Weekends beginning August 19
You may just feel as if you’ve been transported back to the 16th century when you visit Pittsburgh’s annual Renaissance Festival. The festival is held on weekends from August 19 through September 23 and features musical acts, food, acrobats, minstrels and handcrafted wares. The Festival is open from 10:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Anytime this Summer
Experience the City
Create your own summer event! You don't need to wait for a formal happening to experience all the great things Pittsburgh has to offer. Check out the Visit Pittsburgh for more ideas, or simply stroll through the many charming Pittsburgh neighborhoods with boutiques and yummy eateries. Shop local, by local, support local!
After spending the day at a local event, it’s always nice to return home and unwind in your spacious family room or prepare a meal in your gourmet kitchen. If your kitchen is a relic from the 1990s, or your family room barely fits your entire family, give us a call. We’ve helped hundreds of Pittsburgh homeowners like you remodel or expand their living spaces.