Year-round activities abound in Pittsburgh’s city and surrounding areas, from concerts, shows and performances to sporting events, musicals, community gatherings, parades and festivals.
Passionate doesn’t even begin to describe our local sports fans. Pittsburgh is the “City of Champions,” thanks to the reigning Super Bowl and Stanley Cup victors, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins. Steelers tickets are hard to come by — we’ve sold out every game since 1972 — but a trip to Heinz Field is worth it to see these gridiron giants in action. Pens fans pack the Consol Energy Center, clad in the city’s iconic black and gold. And there’s nothing like baseball on a warm summer night at PNC Park. Opened in 2001, this ballpark was named America’s finest ballpark for its stunning views of Pittsburgh’s skyline and waterfront.
Pittsburgh isn’t just a town with spectator athletics. In May, you can work up a sweat in the Pittsburgh Marathon as you run through several of the city’s neighborhoods and cross each of its rivers. On Mother’s Day, you can race for a cure to breast cancer in the Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure. And in September, you can enjoy a mostly downhill run from Frick Park to downtown in the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race.
Set on the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers is the Three Rivers Regatta. This annual event, the largest inland regatta in the United States and Pittsburgh’s official Fourth of July celebration, features speedboat racing, water ski shows, concerts and fireworks. Also held on the water is the annual Dragon Boat Festival, a celebration of the city’s Asian culture that showcases one of the world’s oldest sports through ornately carved and painted boats, lion and folk dancing, martial arts, and music.
Other top events in the city include the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, America’s largest vintage race. Held in Schenley Park each year in July, the Grand Prix features vintage car shows, races, concerts and charity. Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the second largest in the U.S., has been held downtown since 1869. The Three Rivers Arts Festival and its mission to connect residents and visitors to the city’s culture through visual and performing arts has been a part of Pittsburgh’s summer festivals for 50 years. And each November, over 100,000 people gather downtown for lights, window displays, ice skating and fireworks to kick off the holiday season at Light Up Night.
First Night Pittsburgh
Ring in the New Year in downtown Pittsburgh with this family-friendly event that features music, theater, visual arts, a parade and fireworks.
Enjoy free admission to the city’s musical and dance performances and family activities during this month-long celebration.
Three Rivers Film Festival
Celebrate independent filmmaking with a mix of documentaries, foreign films, short stories and experimental works held in theaters throughout the city.