Things to Look Forward to in 2023

Things to Look Forward to in 2023

There's a lot to be excited about in Pittsburgh in 2023! Here are a few of our highlights.

There are many adventures to be had in Pittsburgh throughout the year, and 2023 is already stock full of exciting things to look forward to. From new thrills and museums to the return of some of the city's favorite events, the 'Burgh is full of fun for everyone. Be sure to mark your calendar with this list of things to see and do in 2023.

CBX Experience

Fantastic craft beer festivals are nothing new in Pittsburgh, but in 2023 the spotlight is going to be on our award-winning makers and city in a big way. Mark your calendars for March 31, 2023, when the CBX Experience lets consumers try small batch products from vendors from across Allegheny County. Plus, local businesses from hotels to restaurants, cultural institutions and more will be offering specials during this weeklong festival of craft beverage-forward events.

Senior Games

Pittsburgh will welcome more than 10,000 athletes competing in the 2023 National Senior Games presented by Humana July 7-18, 2023. Competitions in everything from cornhole to golf, bowling, pickleball and so much more will take place across the city at select venues. Come cheer on these inspiring athletes as we crown the winners in the City of Champions.

Kennywood Fights Off an Alien 'Spinvasion'

Kennywood is celebrating its 125th season in 2023 in style. The all-new, first of its kind Spinvasion will put you in the middle of the Battle for the ‘Burgh! Board your craft and fly together in giant waves with other daring pilots to defend the city from alien invaders. This new ride will serve as the centerpiece for the new Area 412 section of the park complete with a new look for the Cosmic Chaos ride and improved retail shop and theming throughout.

Andrew McCutchen Returns to the Pirates Roster

Everyone I know is excited about this one. Cutch was a staple of helping the Pirates build winning teams and make the playoffs during his 09-17 tenure, and his return has the city buzzing as pieces fall into place to make PNC Park a must-see for the team, food and views during the 2023 season.

Massive Concerts

It's only January and the 2023 concert season lineup might already be the most packed and star-studded in Pittsburgh history. Here's just some of the highlights (for full lists of upcoming shows at smaller venues, click here):

Barrel & Flow Fest

Named the third best beer festival in the ENTIRE COUNTY in 2022, Barrel & Flow Fest returns to The Stacks at 3 Crossings Aug. 12! The Burgh will be celebrating Black-owned breweries with collaborations with Black artists from across the country along with great energy from live entertainment and art demonstrations. Tickets to this can't-miss event go on sale Feb. 1, 2023. 

Mini Golf for Grown Ups

Don't get us wrong; playing putt putt with the kids is a blast, but Puttery is bringing mini golf to the next level. This 21+ experience includes upscale indoor putting on three unique courses (lodge, garage and library) along with creative cocktails, great music and lots of food to nosh on. Look for Puttery to open late Feb., early March 2023 in the Strip District.

NCAA® Championships and Regionals

It's a busy year for sports in the Burgh! For college athletics lovers, there's three great reasons to travel to Pittsburgh in 2023 as SportsPittsburgh hosts the Division II Women's Volleyball Championship as well as National Collegiate Bowling and Women's Gymnastics regionals at locations throughout the city.

A New Era for the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory, a contemporary art museum that's on everyone's Top 10 list in Pittsburgh, has a new vision for 2023 to focus on residency and artist support. What that means for you is near-constant new art. There's already openings from seven artists and four openings in 2023, representing artists from locals to across the world.

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Building Bridges that Last with Violins of Hope

Coming to CMU's campus Oct. 7-Nov. 21, 2023, Violins of Hope is a one-of-a-kind exhibit that relates the stories of string instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Under their themes of tuning out prejudice and building bridges that last, these stories are connected to present day issues in the hopes of creating a more diverse, inclusive future.

Events You Don't Want to Miss

Celebrations, special events and festivals range across Pittsburgh's 90 neighborhoods throughout the year. 2023 will see the return of many perennial favorites that represent a variety of cultures and lifestyles, including Only in Pittsburgh favorites like:

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These are only a few of the many great things to look forward to in the 'Burgh for 2022. Be sure to tag us in your Pittsburgh adventures this year using #LovePGH for a chance to be featured in our marketing materials. Happy 2022!