Annual Events

You can always count on having a great time at these annual Pittsburgh events. Here's what's in store for 2023:

Looking for something more specific? We also have lists of top beer festivals, music festivals, summer festivals, film festivals and fall festivals.

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week

Winter Celebration: Jan. 2023
Summer Celebration: Aug. 2023

Discover the most delicious spots in Pittsburgh during the annual Restaurant Week Celebrations. Find dates, participating restaurants, maps and more.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 11, 2023

Whether you're Irish or not, you'll want to join the fun in Downtown Pittsburgh. Get ready to pull out your green and celebrate Ireland's patron saint at one of the largest St. Patrick's Day Parades in the US.

Pittsburgh Humanities Festival

March 24-26, 2023

Internationally-acclaimed artists and performers join community leaders, academics and change-makers from Pittsburgh and beyond. You’ll hear about art, politics, history, an array of cultures, and so much more as, together, we explore what it means to be human, including an evening with Ira Glass and the Legacy of Women in Hip Hop featured events.

Pittsburgh Fringe 2023

April 26-30, 2023

Spanning venues throughout the city, Pittsburgh Fringe is a performing arts festival featuring international, national and local artists and includes theater, comedy, visual arts, puppetry, music, opera, spoken word and much more.

Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

May 6-7, 2023

With more than 40,000 runners of all ages and abilities, Pittsburgh is excited to welcome back the Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend on May 6-7! This year's Race Weekend features the Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, 5K, Kids Marathon, Toddler Trot and Pet Walk. 

Millvale Music Festival

May 19-20, 2023

Voted the Best Music Fest of 2022 by Pittsburgh City Paper, this free two-day festival features hundreds of bands at dozens of indoor and outdoor locations all throughout Millvale.

EQT Children's Theater Festival

May 19-21, 2023

This sprawling festival happens throughout Downtown Pittsburgh at theatres, parks, universities and other businesses as children exercise their creativity through live performances, scavenger hunts, brick building, STEM activities and much more. Most activities are free of charge!

Pittsburgh Pride Revolution 2023

June 2-4, 2023

Kick off Pride month with a celebration in Pittsburgh! Pittsburgh Pride Revolution will feature performances, vendors, a community march, and free concerts featuring performances by local, national, and international artists. 

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival

June 2-11, 2023

The annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival is back June 2-11, 2023! Featuring 400+ artists and musicians over 10 days, this Only In Pittsburgh festival is one of the best ways to start your summer. The best part? The Three Rivers Arts Festival is FREE!

Juneteenth Freedom Day

June 16-19, 2023

This free, family-friendly event is a Celebration of all Cities and Boroughs in Allegheny County and will feature African American Culture Education, speakers, live music and local vendors!


June 29-July 2

One of the largest anthropomorphics conventions in the world, this four-day celebration takes over the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and the Cultural District with the record-breaking Pursuit Parade and Block Party.

Flashes of Freedom Fourth of July Celebration

July 4, 2023

The City of Pittsburgh’s Independence Day celebration returns to the Point on July 4th! Enjoy a family-style picnic at historic Point State Park, complete with patriotic music and food vendors from 6 to 10 pm. 

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

July 9, 13-23 2023

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix (PVGP) is the nation's largest vintage street race and the only one staged on public roads. It’s considered by drivers to be the most challenging racecourse worldwide with its tight turns, elevation changes and natural obstacles like stone walls, curbs, manhole covers and telephone poles.

Pittsburgh Black Music Festival

July 13-15, 2023

Music Lovers get ready for the Pittsburgh Black Music Festival at Point State Park and Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh. This free festival recognizes Pittsburgh as a world-renowned hub for jazz music.

Northside Music Festival

July 14-16, 2023

This free, three-day festival has has a new name and new look for 2023, but the same focus of sharing great music across indoor and outdoor stages in Pittsburgh’s Northside. Additionally, you’ll find family-friendly activities, food trucks and tons of surprises. 

Tekko 2023 

July 20-23, 2023

Pittsburgh's premier Japanese pop culture convention returns to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in 2023! 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.


July 21-23, 2023

A massive array of dill-ectable products and foods is central to all that is Picklesburgh, but the event also has a lot more options for pickle fanatics to experience, from dozens of live music performances to other popular activities like Pickle Cocktails, Pickle Beer, Pickle Juice Drinking Contest, and an abundance of pickle-themed apparel, merch, and much much more!

Night in the Tropics

July 22, 2023

Feel the Caribbean Breeze at the National Aviary at the summer's hottest 21+ summer party. This ticketed event includes exclusive meet-and-greets with the Aviary's Animal Ambassadors, live music, tropical drinks and amazing food from more than a dozen local restaurants, all while accessing the Aviary's lush habitats after-hours.

Barrel and Flow Fest

Aug. 12, 2023

Barrel and Flow Fest, is the nation’s first Black beer festival and second best in the nation, according to USA Today. The annual event showcases the country’s most talented Black brewers, along with breweries from across the globe in collaboration with Black artists, entrepreneurs, politicians, and business owners. 

Rock, Reggae & Relief

Aug. 19, 2023

Rock Reggae & Relief is a benefit music festival that brings reggae tunes, unity and feel-good vibes to the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh while offering a helping hand to our neighbors in need. 

Pittsburgh Taco Festival

Aug. 26, 2023

This special event has an incredible line up of 25+ of the best food vendors, and tons of live entertainment and family-friendly fun in the historic Strip District.

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

Aug. 26 -Oct. 1, 2023
Saturdays and Sunday Only, Plus Labor Day

Take a magical tour through time and legend at the Renaissance Festival. Purchase tickets, get a festival map and more at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival website.

Pittsburgh Irish Festival

Sept. 8-10, 2023
Learn about the ethnic richness of the Irish and Irish-American culture at this three day festival. Enjoy Irish music on five stages. Find out more about the Festival on the official website.

Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

Sept. 14-17, 2023

Don't miss this soulful weekend with more than 140 jazz musicians. Get information on free sessions, ticketed events. locations and more.

ReelAbilities Pittsburgh Film Festival 

Sept. 7-13, 2023

The ReelAbilities Film Festival presents award-winning films through the lens of individuals living with disabilities. In addition to impactful films, the festival also features artwork and special guests to bring the themes of community and shared human experience to the forefront. ReelAbilities is a program of Film Pittsburgh.

Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race

Sept. 23-24, 2023

The annual Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race started in 1977, when former Pittsburgh Mayor Richard S. Caliguiri established the race as a “community fun run.” Since that inaugural competition, nearly a half million people have participated in the Great Race, making the event the largest 10K race in Pennsylvania. The popular fall fitness classic has expanded to include a 5K run/walk, a running clinic, the Junior Great Race, Great Race Expo and more. 

Reel Q Pittsburgh LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Oct., 2023

The annual Reel Q film festival in October is the sixth oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world and the longest-running film festival in Pittsburgh. Reel Q spans 10 days with a variety of programs, panels, parties and community activities. The festival screens approximately 20 locally first-run feature films and 50+ short films spanning multiple genres.

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