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Labor Day Weekend in Pittsburgh

Your 3-day weekend is right around the corner. Here is your ultimate guide to Labor Day Weekend in Pittsburgh, PA.

Come to Pittsburgh for the long Labor Day weekend. There’s a ton of fun things to do while you’re here. The holiday was created to celebrate the American labor movement and the contributions of hardworking people, and Pittsburgh's labor roots run deep. The American Federation of Labor was founded here in 1881. Our hardscrabble work ethic is as much a part of Pittsburgh as our three rivers.

Fun Things to Do this Labor Day Weekend 

Pittsburgh also loves to play, and this Labor Day there are tons of free concerts, festivals and exciting things to do. So take a respite from work and bring your family and friends to The Burgh' for a little R&R. Bring a chair to sit under the stars for a free outdoor concert or pack a blanket to stretch out on in one of our parks. Come on over. No labor involved!

1. Heinz Field Kick Off & Rib Fest (Canceled)

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

Date: August 29-September 2
Location: Heinz Field, North Shore

Free concerts daily by local and national recording artists, rib vendors, games and rides for the kids, and more. Free admission.

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2. Take to the Water in Pittsburgh's Rivers

Rent a kayak, go for a swim, or set sail on an aquatic sightseeing tour. There is a ton to explore when it comes to Pittsburgh's three iconic rivers, so make sure to make time for all the water has to offer.

3. Allegheny County Summer Concert Series (Virtual)

Date: August 30
Location: Pittsburgh's CW
Time: 7:00pm

Join the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series on August 30th, 2020 for a special performance by R&B Soul artist Sierra Sellers. 

Every Sunday at 7:00 pm, the Summer Concert Series airs on the Pittsburgh CW station. This is a 10-episode series that began on July 5th and will run through September 6th. If you cannot be present for the show at 7, the full performances are posted on both Facebook and Youtube at 8:00pm the same day.

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Despite a rain-filled weekend, our summer concert at Hartwood Acres was dry and full of music. Thank you to all who braved the weather and joined us for an amazing evening!⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ 📸Edward DeArmitt⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #ExperiencePSO⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ——————⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ #PittsburghSymphonyOrchestra #PittsburghSymphony #Symphony #Orchestra #Music #Pittsburgh #PGH #412 #pghMusic

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4. Go for a Hike or Ride a Bike

There are plenty of family-friendly outdoor activities in Pittsburgh that are perfect for your Labor Day Weekend. 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 over 180 miles of trails for hikers and people who just want to get outside.

5. Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Virginia Calvaliers (Postponed)

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, this event has been postponed. Please check the Pittsburgh Panthers' event calendar for more information as new dates are posted.

Date: August 31
Location: Heinz Field
Time: 7:30 pm

See great college football action.

6. Reservoir of Jazz (Canceled)

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, this event has been canceled. Be sure to check back for next year's dates.

Date: TBD

Location: Highland Park Reservoir
Time: 5–7 pm

Relax on the lawn at Highland Park to the sounds of jazz at the ever-popular Reservoir of Jazz series featuring The Afro Yaqui Music Collective.

7. 21st Annual Allegheny County Music Festival (Canceled)

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, this event has been canceled. Be sure to check back for next year's dates.

Date: TBD
Location: Hartwood Acres
Time: Openers start at 5pm. Headliner starts at 8pm.

Enjoy a night of music under the stars. Pack a blanket and some munchies and unwind during this musical night in the park.

$20 per vehicle requested donation benefits the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.

8. Labor Day 5K (Virtual)

Date: August 17-September 14
Location: Virtual
Time: Whenever works for you!

The Steelers Run & Walk, presented by Gatorade, will be held virtually this year. Join the race any time from August 17th to September 14th, and complete your 5K from anywhere in the world. All virtual runners will still earn their race medal and shirt to proudly show off!

9. 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: TBD
Location: Downtown
Time: 10 am

Begins at Centre Avenue and Grant Street and proceeds along Grant to the United Steelworkers of America building on the Boulevard of Allies. Organizers expect 60,000 people to participate.

10. Britsburgh 2020 (Rescheduled)

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, this event had to be rescheduled and has already passed. This event is annual, so be sure to check back next year.

Anglophiles, your time has come! Explore Pittsburgh while learning and celebrating all things British! History, culture, food, sport, and more!

11. Tour the City

Get out there and explore! Tag along with expert guides for all sorts of informational tours and exciting sightseeing. Whether you are interested in food, architecture, sports, or getting active, there is a tour for you and your family.

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After months of missing the city you love, a cruise on the @gatewayclipper is the perfect way to kick start your summer and make lasting memories with your family and friends! 🛳 To book a ride and learn more about how they’re keeping their passengers and crew members safe, click the link in our bio! #LovePGH [ 📸 @audreyyanphotography ]

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