Labor Day 2016 in Pittsburgh

The summer may be winding down, but Pittsburgh is gearing up for a fun-filled Labor Day weekend. So come on over and catch a cool festival, a free concert or a ballgame. Here's what's going on. For more events and information about things to do, log onto

Through September 4

  • Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe - The Frick Pittsburgh, Point Breeze
    If you love shoes you'll love Killer Heels. From 18th-century silk slippers to the glamorous stilettos on today's runways and red carpets, the exhibition looks at the high-heeled shoe's rich and varied history and its enduring place in our popular imagination.

Through September 5

  • Butterfly Forest - Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Oakland 
    Showcases the delicate life cycle of butterflies. Look out for yellow and black striped zebra longwings, orange and black western Pennsylvania monarchs and many other species as you explore the garden.

Through September 24

  • Pittsburgh New Works Festival - Carnegie Stage, Carnegie, PA
    An annual event that presents 18 new, one-act plays produced by various Pittsburgh theater companies.

September 1-4

  • Deckchairs, All Good Things, More Than Meets the Eye

September 2-11

  • The Man Who Invented Love, My Strange Journey, Writer’s Block

September 1-5

  • Kickoff and Rib Festival - Heinz Field
    Food and fun for all ages world class entertainment, games and rides for the kids, free concerts by local and national performing artists and multiple vendors offering delicious ribs. Free admission.
River City Brass

September 2 

  • River City Brass, South Park Amphitheater
  • Free concert under the stars. River City Brass is a British-style brass band with music featuring American Tunes, Big Band Swing, Jazz, Broadway, Hollywood, Bollywood, Classical, Contemporary Masterworks, and Traditional Marches.

September 2

September 2-5

  • Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball - PNC Park, North Shore
    Take me out to the ballgame! Watch the Bucs play at one of Major League Baseball’s best ballparks, PNC Park, with a spectacular view of Pittsburgh’s rivers and skyline. The Pirates play the Milwaukee Brewers Sept. 2-4 and St. Louis on Sept. 5.
Stand Up Paddleboarding on the Three Rivers

September 3

  • SUP3Rivers SouthSide OutSide Paddle & Music Fest - South Side Riverfront Park
    SUP3RIVERS provides complete SUP (stand up paddleboard) rentals and SUP tours for fitness and fun on Pittsburgh's three rivers. The annual festival features stand up paddle and kayak competitions, music and family fun.

September 3

  • Festival of Combustion - Carrie Furnace, Homestead
    Presented by Steel Heritage Corporation, this family-friendly event highlights all hot art making processes. The festival features booths dedicated to glass flame working, ceramics, aluminum casting and cast iron. There’s also live music, local food and hands-on workshops for kids and adults.

September 3-4

  • 2016 Pittsburgh International Folk Festival - Schenley Tent Plaza
    Pittsburgh is known for its diverse ethnic heritage. The Pittsburgh International Folk Festival celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2016, highlights the city’s culture with free performances, ethnic food, crafts and a global marketplace filled with homemade and imported goods. Go hungry and sample international cuisine from more than 20 countries.

September 4

  • Allegheny County Music Festival- Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater
    Free outdoor concert featuring Rusted Root with Nevada Color, Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors.
Yoga in the Square, Photo Credit: John Altdorfer

September 4

  • Yoga in the Square - Market Square, Downtown
    Start your day out healthy with yoga outdoors.

September 5

  • Labor Day Parade - Downtown, 10 am.
    One of the largest Labor Day parades in the country where organized labor trumpets its special ties to Pittsburgh. Get a spot on the route and see marchers, motorcycles, fire trucks and marching bands. The route runs from Liberty at 11th Street, down Grant Street to Boulevard of the Allies to Stanwix Street.