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 Make Pittsburgh Your Headquarters for Hot Summer Fun!

Make Pittsburgh Your Headquarters for Hot Summer Fun!


June’s arrival can mean only one thing … it’s time for some serious summer fun! And, when it comes to a happening city for summer, Pittsburgh’s the place to be.

Sure, Pittsburgh’s got year-round family fun like riding the incline to the top of Mount Washington for a breathtaking view, shopping in the Strip District, getting wild at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, enjoying some thrills at Kennywood or making a splash at Sandcastle. But, in addition to all of the everyday fun that Pittsburgh has to offer, summertime brings out some particularly awesome activities that just can’t be missed.

To start off your summer season right, we’ve listed just a few of the many awesome summer activities that Pittsburgh offers:

The Three Rivers Arts Festival: Beginning in just a few days, the 56th annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is a 10-day celebration of free music and art that takes over much of the city’s downtown area. This year’s festival includes everything from music, dance, theater, art exhibits, creative activities… and, oh yes, food! The 56th annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival runs from June 5th through June 14th.

The Pennsylvania Microbrewers’ Fest: Also happening this weekend is the Pennsylvania Microbrewers’ Fest, held at Pittsburgh’s Penn Brewery. This craft beer lover’s dream includes samples from over 25 craft breweries, brewery tours, food and live music. The Pennsylvania Microbrewers’ Fest is slated for June 6th and begins at 5 p.m.

Celebrate America: Although it’s fun to visit Kennywood throughout the entire summer, just before the end of June, Kennywood begins a week-long salute to our nation. Celebrate America includes days full of patriotic entertainment and face-painting and nights full of fireworks.  The Celebrate America festival at Kennywood begins on June 30th and ends on July 5th.

The Big Butler Fair: Once July hits, it’s time for the 160th Big Butler Fair, which is deemed the largest fair in Western Pennsylvania. Just outside of the city, the Big Butler Fair includes nine days of games, food, concerts and even live animals! Since the fair is always held over Independence Day, it’s always complete with an exciting fireworks show! This year’s Big Butler Fair runs from July 3rd through July 11th.

Fort Armstrong Folk Festival: Ending July and giving August a great start is the Fort Armstrong Folk Festival, which celebrates Armstrong County’s rich cultural heritage. Traditional fun includes blacksmithing and spinning demonstrations and horse and carriage rides. The Fort Armstrong Folk Festival includes great music, food and an artist market. This Pittsburgh-area festival runs from July 30th to August 2nd.

Bloomfield Little Italy Days: Holy cannoli! Before it’s time for the back-to-school season, visiting the Pittsburgh suburb of Bloomfield for Little Italy Days is a must! Of course, the festival celebrates the suburb’s Italian heritage and for residents and visitors alike that means lots to see and hear, plus even more to eat. Bloomfield Little Italy Days begin on August 20th and last through August 23rd.

Kickoff and Rib Festival: Truly a Pittsburgh tradition, the Kickoff and Rib Festival is held at none other than Pittsburgh Steelers’ headquarters, Heinz Field. If the national award-winning rib vendors are not enough to draw you in, there are free concerts, rides, games and even more family fun. The Kickoff and Rib Festival begins September 3rd and runs through September 7th. Yep, just in time for football season!

While this hot list of special summertime activities in and around Pittsburgh is sure to take you through to the fall, don’t forget that there’s always something going on in the Steel City. Between summer festivals, you can catch a Buccos game at PNC Park, take a cruise on the Gateway Clipper Fleet or relax at one of Pittsburgh’s many beautiful state or regional parks.

Still looking for something to do in Pittsburgh? Have you toured through all of the museums or taken in the restaurant scene? Get out in that summer sun and enjoy all that the bustling, beautiful city of Pittsburgh has to offer!