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Only in Pittsburgh Summer Festivals & Events

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Pittsburgh is gearing up for an exciting summer full of fantastic events with inclusive festivals, free concerts, craft beer celebrations and so much more. Looking for more to do? View our full calendar of events.

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Asian Lantern Festival | Aug.12-Oct. 30

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium will illuminate the city with the glow of colossal, handcrafted lanterns. This all-new display will feature dinosaurs along with extinct and endangered animals while visitors learn about Asian culture and enjoy themed food and entertainment. 

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PedalPGH | Aug. 28

Pittsburgh's favorite celebration on two wheels returns! Choose from a flat, family-friendly 7 miler, to a beginner-friendly 25 miler, an advanced 4 mile route, or the most extreme 62 mile route. 

Pittsburgh Taco Festival | Sept. 10

Pittsburgh's top tacos and food trucks take over the Strip District Terminal! Enjoy this community-centered event which features more than 25 food trucks and vendors plus live music, an art market and family fun. This festival is produced with the support of the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation and Latin American Cultural Union.

Highmark Blue & Heritage Festival | Sept. 14-15

Head to Highmark Stadium for the 5th Annual Highmark Blues and Heritage Festival featuring New Breed Brass Band, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Steel Pulse, Ranky Tanky, Fantastic Negrito, Walter "Wolfman" Washington and more!

Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival | Sept. 16-18

The Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival presented by Citizens Bank brings people from all over the world to Pittsburgh for jazz and community. This year's headline acts include the multi-Grammy winner Ron Carter, award-winning vocalist Samara Joy, jazz fusion pioneer Stanley Clarke, powerhouse vocalist Ledisi, funk icons Average White Band and many more remarkable jazz, funk and fusion artists.

Allegheny County Summer Concert Series | Various Dates, June - September 

The Allegheny County Summer Concert Series is back! Live performances from Soul Asylum, BoDeans, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Regrettes and more are scheduled throughout the summer. The first show at South Park is June 3 with a performance from River City Brass. The Hartwood Acres series will kick off on June 5 with the Pittsburgh Opera.

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

Past Festivals

Millvale Music Festival | May 20-21

The Millvale Music Festival is a free, community-organized event that showcases 300+ acts of original music ranging from reggae and jazz to country and rock at unique venues throughout the Millvale community.

Pittsburgh Pride Revolution | June 2-5

Celebrate Pride Month in Pittsburgh! The first weekend in June is kicking off Pride with parades, marches and parties occurring throughout Pittsburgh neighborhoods. Then, stick around to see what makes Pittsburgh such a welcoming, inclusive community.

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Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival | June 3-12

The annual celebration of the arts returns in a new location in the Cultural District! This free festival runs daily from noon-9 p.m. with world-class artists and featured music, including Grammy Award-winning artists and our own Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, nightly at 7:30 p.m.

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Beers of the Burgh Festival | June 4 and 11

Celebrate your love for local craft beer with at Beers of the Burgh Festival at Carrie Furnace. This year's festival features more than 70 of the area’s best brewers across two Saturdays. Experience an unprecedented variety of brews unique to the Three Rivers region while enjoying Pittsburgh's best food trucks and live music.

PBT Open Air Series | June 9-12

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's popular outdoor series returns this summer to a new location in Sharpsburg. Local performing arts organizations and dance schools will gather along the Allegheny riverfront Park to perform for Open Air: A Series in Celebration of the Performing Arts.

Juneteenth Celebration | June 17-19

Pittsburgh will celebrate Juneteenth from June 17-19, featuring a Freedom Day Fest, live music, Freedom Parade, Youthfest and Minority Vendor Plaza spotlighting dozens of minority-owned businesses.

Ballet Under the Stars | June 26

Your favorite end-of-summer tradition is back, two months earlier than usual! Gather your friends and family, pack your picnic blankets and head on over to beautiful Hartwood Acres for some late afternoon family fun, followed by an evening of outdoor ballet – all free to the public!

Kennywood Bites & Pints Festival | Thursdays-Sundays in June

Thrill your tastebuds at Kennywood’s Bites & Pints Festival! Sample chef-inspired tastings of international cuisine while sipping specialty cocktails, craft beer or wine as the Racer zooms past.

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Anthrocon 2022 - Aesop's Fables | June 30-July 3

One of the biggest events every Summer, Anthrocon returns to the Steel City this summer with an event you can find Only In Pittsburgh. After the parade, join the new Anthrocon Block Party July 2 when the streets shut down and local businesses partner with fursuiters across the globe for an inclusive afternoon of fun.

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4th of July Celebration | July 4

Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks at the Point on July 4! Enjoy a family-style picnic at the traditional Point State Park location with patriotic music and food vendors provided from 4 to 10 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:35 p.m.

Pittsburgh Black Music Festival | July 14-17

Pittsburgh's Black Music Festival fills Point State Park and Market Square with RnB, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Funk and Gospel artists. This year's lineup is an homage to Pittsburgh's own Phyllis Hyman.

Picklesburgh | July 15-17

Twice voted the #1 Specialty Food Festival in the US, this culinary and cultural celebration will, once again, fly the signature 35’ Heinz pickle balloon. Picklesburgh is in a new location for 2022 that includes the Rachel Carson (Ninth Street) Bridge and continues through Allegheny Riverfront Park along the Tenth Street Bypass. The main entrance is now at the Ninth Street and Fort Duquesne Boulevard intersection. Picklesburgh is a free festival that offers a unique space for festival goers to linger, enjoy food, listen to music and relish the energy of the event.

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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix | July 15-24

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix celebrates their 40th annual race this year! Experience the nation’s only vintage street race and the largest vintage race event, spanning 10 days with two race weekends, car shows, parties, parades and motorsport events.

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Tekko 2022 - Gods and Goddesses | July 21-24

Pittsburgh's premier Japanese pop culture event returns to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in 2022! Join fellow anime fans for a weekend full of fantastic guest meet-n-greets, cosplay competitions, games, J-rock concerts, pachinko and so much more.

Deutschtown Music Festival | July 22-24

Deutschtown Music Festival is going big for their 10th anniversary. This free event will be rocking Pittsburgh's NorthSide with 400 bands performing throughout 40 outdoor stages and indoor venues!

Pittsburgh Mixed Culture | July 30

Summer is the season of saison and celebrations! Join Pittsburgh-based Cinderlands Beer Co and Trace Brewing for the inaugural Pittsburgh Mixed Culture at Freedom Farms for a day made for sharing a love of beer.

Fall Fantasy at Kennywood | Aug. 6-21

Kennywood's Fall Fantasy Parades span 16 nights and include more than 130 bands from high schools and universities, along with beautifully decorated floats!

Summer Restaurant Week | Aug. 8-14

It’s the most delicious time of year! Pittsburgh Restaurant Week features dining specials highlighting the wide-ranging dining options that Pittsburgh has to offer. Featured restaurants offer dine-in and takeout specials. 

Barrel & Flow Fest | Aug. 13

The nation’s first Black brew fest is back with a new location at The Stacks at 3 Crossings. Barrel reflects the festival's showcasing of Black breweries, artists and business owners, while Flow is their stellar lineup of musicians and deejays.

Little Italy Days | Aug. 18-21

Celebrate Bloomfield’s Italian heritage at the 20th annual Little Italy Days. Enjoy Italian-themed food, play bocce, learn to stretch pizza dough and dance along with traditional entertainment this summer at the region’s largest heritage festival.