A guide to Pittsburgh’s summer events must-do list

Check out our roundup below for the can’t-miss events happening in the city over the next few months.

by Mary Staes
June 28, 2022

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The temperatures are starting to warm in Pittsburgh, and that means it’s prime time for the fun events popping up around town, many of which are outdoors. Check out our roundup below for the can’t-miss events happening in the city over the next few months.  

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July

Flashes of Freedom Fourth of July Celebration (July 4) The city’s annual Fourth of July celebration will come to Point State Park once again! This year, the festivities will run from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. and will include music and food vendors. Fireworks start at 9:35 p.m.

4th annual Black Music Festival (July 14-17) The Black Music Festival features a great lineup of various Black artists, and also offers an homage to Phyllis Hyman. The lineup will run from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on all days, and will be located at Point State Park and Market Square. 

Deutschtown Music Festival (July 22-24) This community festival returns for its 10th year, and will boast 400 bands, 11 outdoor stages, and 20 indoor venues. The festival is free to attend, and will also include art and food vendors, as well as family-friendly activities. 

August

Restaurant Week (Aug. 8-14) This exciting weeklong event gives patrons access to some of the best restaurants in the city at amazing prices. (The website also includes a handy roulette wheel if you’re having a hard time making your selections.) Many restaurants will also extend the event through August 21.

Rock, Reggae, and Relief (Aug. 20) This concert, headlined by acts like UB40, will be held on the 200 block of Forbes Avenue Downtown from and will benefit Cafe Momentum Pittsburgh (which provides education and employment opportunities to those involved in the juvenile justice system). Doors open at noon. 

Renaissance Fest (Aug. 20-Sept. 25; Saturdays and Sundays only) Travel back in time to the 16th century with the Renaissance Fest! Enjoy family friendly activities and performances, and don’t forget to grab thyself a tasty treat or two from the food vendors. 

September

Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival (Sept. 9) Held in Kennywood Park, this festival will run from 4:30 to 9 p.m. and will feature over two dozen restaurants and chefs. Classic flavors will be represented, but keep an eye out for some fun new offerings, like dessert pierogies. 

Pittsburgh Irish Festival (Sept. 9-11) Catch live Irish music and dancing on five different stages and indulge in authentic food and drinks at the Pittsburgh Irish Festival, which has run since 1991. This year, it will be held at the Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark, and celebrates being “halfway to St. Patrick’s Day.”

Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival (Sept. 16-18) This world-renowned jazz festival will feature well over 100 local musicians in a long weekend of musical delights. Don’t miss soaking up tunes from greats like Ron Carter and Ledisi at the Highmark Stadium.

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

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