Labor Day Rib Cookoff in Pittsburgh

Labor Day Weekend in Pittsburgh - The Ultimate Guide

Your three-day weekend is right around the corner. Here is the ultimate guide for how to make the most of your Labor Day weekend in Pittsburgh!

Enjoy a long Labor Day weekend in Pittsburgh, the original birthplace of the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions in the United States and Canada. The Labor Day holiday was created to celebrate the American labor movement and the contributions of hardworking people, and Pittsburgh's labor roots run deep. Our hardscrabble work ethic is as much a part of Pittsburgh as our three rivers!

Fun Things to Do in Pittsburgh this Labor Day Weekend

Pittsburgh also loves to play, and there is plenty of the "Only in Pittsburgh" kind of fun to be had throughout the holiday weekend! Enjoy:

  • Free concerts
  • Festivals
  • Special events
  • And much more!

This Labor Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to take a respite from work and bring your family and friends to the ‘Burgh for a little R&R. Pack a chair to sit under the stars for a free outdoor concert or bring a blanket to stretch out in one of our parks. Come on over. No labor involved!

Heinz Field Kick Off & Rib Fest 

Date: Sept. 2-6 Location: Heinz Field, North Shore

Enjoy mouthwatering ribs and BBQ from award-winning food vendors, free concerts by local and national recording artists, games and rides for the kids and more. Admission for the Rib Fest is free all weekend long.

Pittsburgh's Soul Food Festival 

Date: Sept. 2-5
Location: Market Square

Pittsburgh's Soul Food Fest honors the rich history of culinary, butchery and Black food businesses in Pittsburgh since 1795. The festival will take place in downtown Pittsburgh inside Market Square and extending to Third and Fourth Avenue. Enjoy delicious food from a variety of vendors across Western Pennsylvania along with: 

  • A BBQ contest
  • Speakers
  • Local and national entertainment
  • Family-friendly activities. 

For more information check out the festival's Facebook page

Allegheny County Summer Concert Series

Date: Friday, Sept. 3
Location: South Park Amphitheater

Experience the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series at South Park over Labor Day weekend. Enjoy a free, Only in Pittsburgh outdoor show and marvel as the Tamburitzans, a uniquely Pittsburgh ensemble that showcases a wide variety of folk dance and music representing international cultures, take the stage at South Park Amphitheater.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. University of Massachusetts

Date: Saturday, Sept. 4
Location: Heinz Field

Celebrate the official kickoff to the college football season at Heinz Field! Watch as the University of Pittsburgh Panthers take on the University of Massachusetts Minutemen. The game starts at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast on the ACC Network and 93.7, The Fan.

Allegheny County Music Festival

Date: Sunday, Sept. 5
Location: Hartwood Acres Park amphitheater

Experience a night of music under the stars at Hartwood Acres Park! The music festival has a suggested donation of $20 per vehicle and features:

  • The Commonheart (headliner) 
  • Sierra Sellers (special guest)
  • Funky Fly Project (special guest)
  • Meeting of Important People (special guest) 

The concert begins at 5 p.m. with food trucks and Hop Farm Brewing Company opening on-site at 6 p.m.  Pack a blanket unwind during this musical night in the park.

Steelers Run & Walk 5K

Date: Sunday, Sept. 5
Location: Heinz Field

The Steelers Run & Walk, presented by Gatorade returns to kick off the 2021 football season! The event takes place all day starting at 8 a.m. All participants will receive:

  • A short-sleeve performance shirt
  • Finisher medal
  • Goody bag

Allegheny County Labor Day Parade (Canceled) 

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, this event has been canceled. This event is annual, so be sure to check back next year!

Date: Monday, Sept. 6
Location: Downtown Pittsburgh

Join Allegheny-Fayette Central Labor Council for one of the country’s largest and oldest Labor Day parades! The parade will feature special guests from across the country as they celebrate the history of organized labor in our region. Step off is set for 10 a.m. Downtown.

Take to the Water in Pittsburgh's Rivers

Here are a few ways to get out on the water in Pittsburgh!

Download the ultimate Pittsburgh outdoor adventure pass for more ways to enjoy all the water fun in and around the city.


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Go for a Hike or Ride a Bike

Enjoy the great outdoors with plenty of family-friendly activities in Pittsburgh! Western Pennsylvania is home to some of the most diverse landscape in the United States. 

  • Our steep, winding hills and flat river areas makes Pittsburgh one of the best cities for cyclers.
  • The Allegheny County Parks also offer more than 180 miles of trails for hikers and people who just want to get outside. 

Explore a variety of outdoor activities with the Out and About Pittsburgh pass, a free, downloadable pass featuring special deals and offers for memorable fun!

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Whatever you choose to do to celebrate Labor Day in Pittsburgh, enjoy yourself and share your photos using #LovePGH on social media!