Only in Pittsburgh Summer Festivals & Events

Only in Pittsburgh Summer Festivals & Events

Mark your calendars and check back often for event updates!

Pittsburgh is gearing up for an exciting summer full of fantastic events including festivals, free contents, historical drive-in movie experiences and so much more. 

Allegheny Overlook Pop-Up Park | June - September

Summer in the city heats up with the cool sounds of live music on the river, featuring three nights of free concerts, representing a broad cross-section of the local music scene! 

Look for Pittsburgh arts and cultural organizations to activate the Allegheny Overlook Stage with performances, food and drink vendors, larger-than-life games to enjoy, spaces for community, working, gathering, and more, to be announced soon. 

Enjoy a beer garden installation from Braddock based Brew Gentlemen – well known for their soft, balanced beers and flagship IPA, ‘General Braddock’s’. Made-to-order food items will also be available for purchase at the location.

Allegheny County Summer Concert Series
Various Dates, June - September 

The Allegheny County Summer Concert Series is back! Live performances from the Indigo Girls, Spin Doctors, The Lone Bellow and more are scheduled throughout the summer. The first show at South Park is June 4 with a performance from the Pittsburgh Opera. The Hartwood Acres series will kick off on June 6 with Truth & Rites.

Hop Farm Brewing Company, a women-owned, family-run brewering in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood, will once again be the exclusive craft beer vendor for the Summer Concert Series. 

BNY Mellon Presents JazzLive! | Tuesdays, July 6-September 7

This summer, the free jazz program returns for 10 weeks, every Tuesday at the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s Allegheny Overlook Pop-Up Park. The ever-popular BNY Mellon Presents JazzLive program showcases some of the region’s finest jazz musicians including; Roger Humphries + RH Factor, James Johnson III Quintet, David Throckmorton Quartet, Kenia, Noël Quintana & The Latin Crew, Thomas Wendt Quintet, Lynn Speakman Quintet, Reggie Watkins Quartet Featuring Orrin Evans, Jevon Rushton Group Featuring Anita Levels and Dr. Alton Merrell & Impact.

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Fall Fantasy at Kennywood | August 7-29

Kennywood's Fall Fantasy Parades span 14 nights and include more than 130 bands from high schools and universities, along with beautifully decorated floats! Parades begin at 6:00 PM

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Asian Lantern Festival | August 14 - October 30

Select nights from Saturday, August 14 through Saturday, October 30, the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium will illuminate the city with the glow of colossal, wildlife-themed, handcrafted lanterns. As dusk settles in, the lanterns will begin to glow. Revelers will stroll the winding pathways of the Zoo, pausing to admire the beautiful lights, experience awe-inspiring entertainment, and discover the cultural diversity of our region.

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Soul Food Fest – A Taste of the Burgh | September 2-5

Pittsburgh's Soul Food Fest honors the rich history of culinary, butchery and Black food businesses in Pittsburgh since 1795. The event includes food vendors from across Western Pennsylvania selling specialized foods along with a BBQ contest, speakers, local and national entertainment and kids activities. 

Beers of the Burgh Festival | September 4

Celebrate your love for local craft beer with at the 7th Annual Beers of the Burgh Festival. With over 50 of the area’s best brewers, experience an unprecedented variety of ales, ciders and more, all unique to the Three Rivers regional area. Plus, check out some of Pittsburgh's best food trucks, dance to live music and much more.

East Liberty Public Art Tour | September 4 & 11

Join Morton Brown, a local public art aficionado, who will take us on a walking tour of one of our most beloved Pittsburgh neighborhoods, exploring its history, public art, and amenities.

ReelAbilities Pittsburgh Film Festival | September 8-12

ReelAbilities Pittsburgh presents award-winning films that promote awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of individuals with disabilities. Through impactful films and engaging programs, this festival brings together the community to explore and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

Lights On! A Three-Day Celebration of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District | September 9-11

The August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra mark the collective reopening of live arts experiences in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District with a weekend of free programs and special partnerships with groups throughout the region.

Barrel & Flow Festival | September 10-12

The nation’s first Black brew fest has rebranded as Barrel & Flow to fully embrace artists, musicians, chefs, and brewers.  Now taking place at Southside works, enjoy a full line-up of performances, artists, local brews and more!

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Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival | September 17-19

The Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival presented by Citizens Bank brings people from all over the world to Pittsburgh for jazz and community. World renowned musicians grace the stages, but you won't want to miss catching the new up-and-coming artists who share the stage during the festival.

Sound Series: Block Party | September 18

The return to live, in-person performance, featuring internationally touring artists. 

On an outdoor stage adjacent to the museum on Isabella Street, the event will feature performances by Pastor Deryck Tines & the Lemington Chorale, Cassandra Jenkins, Vieux Farka Touré, Andy Shauf, 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, featuring Dean & Britta, and Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500’s On Fire.

Carrie Carpool Cinema 
Sept. 23 & 24

Experience a drive-in like no other one weekend a month May through October! With the Carrie Blast Furnaces as your backdrop and a lineup of can’t-miss features, the stage is set for summer fun! Each night of this drive-in movie experience offers a feature film paired with pre-event activities.