The summer may be winding down, but Pittsburgh is gearing up for a fun-filled Labor Day weekend. Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. Mostly, Pittsburghers enjoy Labor Day as a way to catch a cool festival, a free concert or a ballgame. This year, come enjoy some of the world's best tasting ribs at the annual Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Festival, have a party with a pirate, check out some great live music, or roam with the dinosaurs. Here's a little bit about what's happening in the 'Burgh.
Labor Day Parade
Pittsburgh is home to one of the largest Labor Day Parades in the country! Head Downtown on Monday, September 4 to join in the celebration. The parade is sponsored by the Allegheny County Labor Council and features members of many area unions. The parade kicks off at 10 am.
Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Festival
Heinz Field, North Shore
Aug 31-Sept 4
12pm - 11pm
The annual Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Fest is a favorite of Pittsburghers. Thousands attend this festival to welcome Steelers season back to the 'Burgh with ribs, football, live entertainment, family friendly activities and more. Thanks to The Pittsburgh Steelers and Heinz Field, admission to The Miller Lite Kickoff and Rib Festival and concert is free!
Pittsburgh Folk Festival
Schenley Tent Plaza - Oakland, PA
Saturday: 11am-10pm & Sunday: 11am-6pm
The 59th annual Pittsburgh Folk Festival brings plenty of exciting fun, food and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. From live performances by over 500 dancers and musicians, a bazaar with an International array of arts and crafts, a cafe that serves traditional ethnic cuisine, plus educational cultural exhibits...it's the perfect excuse for getting out of the house and enjoying the weather.
Pick a Museum
There are more than 2,000 museums across America that offer free admission to military personnel and their families in summertime. Admission is free the first Sunday of each month thanks to the generous support of UPMC Health Plan. Participating museums around Pittsburgh include: The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Carnegie Musuem of Art and Natural History, Children's Museum, The Frick Pittsburgh, Mattress Factory, Senator John Heinz History Center, The Andy Warhol Museum, and Contemporary Craft. It’s a great time to bring all of your friends and family and spend time learning together.
Dinosaurs at the Pittsburgh Zoo
Have a dino-mite time this summer at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Imagine taking a trip way back in time to a prehistoric era when larger-than-life dinosaurs reigned supreme and roamed the same earth that we now call home. Enjoy seeing life-size realistic dinosaurs in an immersive environment without leaving the city! Whether a Citipati strikes your fancy, an Edmontosaurs is out of this world or you think the T-Rex is terrific, you will go back in time at the Zoo. This popular exhibit has just been extended and will now be open through October 1.
18th Annual Allegheny County Music Festival
Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater
Opening act: 5pm & Rusted Root: 8pm
$20 Suggested Donation
Come out and enjoy the 18th Annual Allegheny County Music Festival featuring Rusted Root with special guests The Velcro Shoes, The Buckledowns and Andre Costello & The Cool Minors. The $20 per vehicle requested donation benefits the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. Food trucks and Hop Farm Brewing Company craft beer will be on site with food and beverages for sale.
Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival
West Newton, PA
Labor Day weekend is “Children’s Weekend” at the Renaissance Festival with tons of child-friendly activities, making it the perfect time to venture out in your medieval finest. Come dressed in costume and enjoy a prince, princess and pirate party with costume contest, live music and entertainment, medieval rides and carnival-style games. Tickets are available online or at Walgreens.