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Those Summer Nights | Pittsburgh Evening Activities & Nightlife

The fun doesn't stop in Pittsburgh when the sun goes down

When it's getting late in the city but you still aren't ready to call it a night, enter our Only In Pittsburgh nightlife scene. These summer nights activities are sure to keep you outside enjoying the weather as you explore art crawls, night swims, live music and so much more under the stars.

Final Fridays on Rose Way

Enjoy one of the newest creative spaces in Pittsburgh at Final Fridays on Rose Way with The Warhol. Grab a drink and bask in the rainbow alleyway under the glowing lights, and pick up a ticket for The Warhol half off starting at 5 p.m. This free event takes place the final Friday of June-Oct. from 5-10 p.m. 

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Asian Lantern Festival

Starting Aug. 12, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium transforms for the Asian Lantern Festival with towering, handcrafted lantern displays of animals both real and mythical. New for 2022, dinosaurs displays will be added to mix as well! A celebration of Asian culture, food options match the theme to include specialty Mongolian menu items and entertainment from Pittsburgh Taiko steel drumming and Win-Win Kung Fu can be found throughout the zoo as guests enjoy the lanterns.

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Sandcastle Swim Under the Stars

There's lots of places to grab a drink in Pittsburgh but only one place you can do so at a wave pool. Sandcastle's Swim Under the Stars is happening every Friday night from Aug. 26-Sept. 16, and gives guests the unique opportunity to enjoy the waves under the Pittsburgh night sky while enjoying a late-night beverage. This Only In Pittsburgh event is a fun homage to the old Sandbar concept natives may remember from the 90s.

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Cinema in the Park

Pittsburgh parks turn into outdoor movie theatres all summer long thanks to the Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park season. Bring your blanket and a chair to these free showings at dusk across the city. There's something for all types of moviegoers, so you can bring the family to Finding Nemo at Highland Park, your friends to 10 Things I Hate About You in Schenley Park and the cinephile in your life to Belfast at Riverview Park.

Unblurred: First Fridays 

Come out to Penn Ave the first Friday of the month for #Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn between the 4800 and 5500 blocks in the Bloomfield/Garfield neighborhoods. This free arts and entertainment crawl goes from 3-10 p.m. and is a great chance to meet with artists and local business owners as you enjoy painting, sculpture, dance, photography, music and spoken word performances.

Jam on Walnut

Rock out to one of the best block parties of the summer with Jam on Walnut, an outdoor concert series that goes late into the night in Shadyside. Enjoy free live music, grab a beer and shop local businesses, with all proceeds going to help the Animal Friends Charity. Jams are scheduled for July 24, Aug. 20 and Sept. 17 for the remainder of 2022.

Music on the Mon

The South Side Works is rocking every Friday from July through September for Music on the Mon! Enjoy free music from 6-10 p.m. along with local food vendors and craft breweries giving you plenty of reasons to start your weekend on the North Lot.

Pittsburgh Night Market

Something about shopping at night just hits different. Come to Market Square from 5-10 p.m. on select dates for Pittsburgh Night Market, a pop-up shopping market and festival featuring Pittsburgh vendors showcasing their clothing, food, pet supplies, artwork, jewelry and more. Live entertainment will also be available on certain evenings.

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Night Nation Run

Looking for something a little more active? Go on a Night Nation Run, billed as the world's first running music festival! The course starts and finishes at Stage AE on Aug. 6, taking runners along the waterfront with spectacular views of the city and a course full of live DJs, bubble zones and black light areas. The party continues after you cross the finish line with a main stage concert and after party.

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Moonlight Cruise Gateway Clipper

All aboard the Gateway Clipper Friday evenings through October for the Moonlight Dance Cruise & Tour, a late-night exploration of the city for night owls. Your evening comes with the best views of the city via grand riverboat along with a full-service bar, free Midnight Buffet and dance floor until the sun comes up.

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Bonus Stop: Jurassic Park After Dark

Ok, so maybe this one isn't outside, but it was too cool to leave off the list. Hold on to your butts for when the Carnegie Museum of Natural History hosts Jurassic Park After Dark July 29 for fossilized fun including a Jurassic Park-themed scavenger hunt, animal encounters from the living collection and hearing from a top dino researcher. 

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