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Free (almost Free) Events in Pittsburgh

Having fun doesn't have to empty your wallet! Many of Pittsburgh's annual events are free, family friendly and deliver a unique experience. From the nation's second-largest St. Patrick's Day Parade to the only vintage sports car race on city streets, you'll have a blast in Pittsburgh!

Pay What Makes You Happy

Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Visit Kelly Strayhorn Theater Website for Dates and Details

Experience premier arts performances for a price that makes you happy on Pittsburgh's East Side. Visit the Kelly Strayhorn Theater's website for a list of upcoming performances and name your happy ticket price on select shows and events. 

Gallery Crawls

January, April, July, and September 
Downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District
View Gallery Crawl Website

Run downtown to experience the ultimate free arts showcase. Bring the whole family to enjoy art, live performances, music, a night market, free admission to downtown galleries, and more. Gallery Crawls typically take place from 5:30pm -9:30pm with Crawl After Dark taking place afterwards. 

St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 17, 2018
Downtown Pittsburgh

Converge with the crowd in Pittsburgh''s downtown for the wearin'' of the green and a parade that celebrates all things Irish. Find vantage points on Grant Street and the Boulevard of the Allies. Since up to 200,000 people come for the parade each year, you know it must be unlucky to miss this Pittsburgh tradition.

Art All Night

April 2018 Lawrenceville
Visit Art All Night Website

Come energized for this annual art marathon. At Art All Night in Lawrenceville, professional and amateur artists of all ages display and sell their work.

Pittsburgh Marathon

May 6, 2018
Visit Pittsburgh Marathon Website
Cheer on more than 10,000 participants as they run or walk the city of bridges. Runners must register in advance.

Pittsburgh International Children's Festival

May 17-20, 2018 Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District
Visit Pittsburgh Children's Festival Website

Enjoy the lively mix of professional artists and regional performance groups offering cultural and educational activities. Outdoor activities are free.

Fish for Free Days

May 2018 & July 2018
Visit PA Fish + Boat Commission Website

Each year the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Executive Director designates 2 Fish for Free Days. Fish legally on these two days even if you don't have a license. All public Pennsylvania lakes, rivers, creeks, streams and other waterways are open for fishing on these dates.


July 30, 2017
Market Square, Penn Avenue
Visit OpenStreetsPGH Website

Hit the streets from Downtown to Lawrenceville for free outdoor fun. Penn Avenue will be closed down for free fitness programs, activities, and more. Explore the open street your way and stop into unique local shops along the way. 

Pittsburgh Pride Fest

June 2018

Join the day-long Pride March and Festival during Pride Week, which brings thousands of people from around the region together for music, food and entertainment.

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival

June 2018
Point State Park, Downtown
Visit Three Rivers Arts Festival Website

Journey from the exhibition spaces (including a tempting artists'' market) to live stages for free concerts and performances. A tradition in Pittsburgh for more than 50 years, this festival is a must-see! 

Yoga in the Square

Market Square
Visit Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Website

Find your Zen in the middle of downtown Pittsburgh. Each Sunday morning from 10am-11pm, enjoy a free yoga class in Market Square.  

Allegheny County Summer Concert Series

South Park, Hartwood Acres, the County Courthouse Courtyard (downtown), Boyce Park and North Park
Visit the Allegheny County Website

Tune into these free outdoor concerts and performances at parks and other locations throughout the county. Find details online.

Bach, Beethoven and Brunch

Sundays, June-August 2017
Mellon Park, Fifth and Shady Avenues
Visit the City of Pittsburgh Website

Satisfy your appetite for classical music by treating yourself to a special Sunday morning of Bach, Beethoven and Brunch. This longtime favorite series entertains music lovers on the lawn of the Mellon Park Rose Garden.

Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park

June-August 2017
Visit the City of Pittsburgh Website

Watch cinema under the stars with popular family-friendly movies at seven Pittsburgh area parks. Movies are shown seven days a week (at a different park each night) and run from the second weekend in June through the end of August. Movies generally start around 9pm. Bring your own food, drinks and snacks. Glass bottles or alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Deutschtown Music Festival

July 14-15 2017
Visit the Deutschtown Music Festival Website

The Deutschtown Music Festival is a free two-day indoor/outdoor event that takes place in Pittsburgh's historic and unique North Side neighborhood. More than 180 bands are expected to take to 20+ stages for this distinctive music celebration.


July 28-29 2017
Visit the Picklesburgh Website

For two days in July, the Rachel Carson Bridge (9th Street Bridge) in Downtown Pittsburgh will transform into Picklesburgh, highlighted by a giant flying pickle balloon. Picklesburgh is an annual festival that celebrates pickling in all its glorious incarnations and goes beyond the dill pickle to include international dishes and handcrafted foods from local chefs; “how-to” demos; a selection of artisan cocktails; pickle themed merchandise, live music, and even a competitive pickle juice drinking contest.

Summer Fridays at the Frick

Frick Art & Historical Center
7227 Reynolds St., Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Visit The Frick Pittsburgh Website

The Frick will offer an exciting and diverse lineup of entertaining performances, family-friendly activities, a wine bar and varied dining options, including dinner at The Cafe at the Frick, casual food from local food trucks, and the opportunity to picnic on the lush Frick grounds. The 12 week, outdoor-focused series features a variety of music and dance performances, art, fashion, film, children's programming, and other entertainment appealing to all ages and tastes. Admission-free performances are held at various locations on the Frick grounds each week beginning at 6:30 pm. 

All About You! Free Admission Sunday!

First Sunday of each month
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art
Visit the Westmoreland Museum of American Art Website

Explore the Westmoreland Museum of American Art with free admission the first Sunday of each month. With both permanent and visiting exhibitions, there's always something to see at The Westmoreland.

KidsPlay @ Market Square

Market Square, Downtown
Visit Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Website

Take the kids to Market Square for stories, crafts and special guests every Tuesday from 10-11am, from beginning of July through the end of Aug.

Thursdays in the Square: Noon Concerts

Market Square, Downtown
Visit Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Website

In June and July, spend a lunchtime (or more) listening to a free live concert in Market Square. Concerts feature local musicians and coincide with farm market days in Market Square, so it''s easy to pick up a fresh snack on the way.

EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta

August 4-6 2017
Visit Three Rivers Regatta Website

You'll find boats, concerts, fireworks and much more on the agenda during Regatta weekend in Pittsburgh, where the riverfront is the place for the hottest family fun.

Red Bull Flugtag

August 5 2017
Visit Red Bull Flugtag Website

Red Bull Flugtag challenges the brave and brainy to design, build and pilot home-made flying machines off a 22-foot high flight deck in hopes of soaring into the wild blue yonder...or more often, plunging into the waters below. Flugtag, which means "flying day" in German, pushes the envelope of human-powered flight, but competitors need more than airtime to reach the podium. Teams are judged on three criteria: flight distance, creativity of the craft, and showmanship.

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

July 2018
Schenley Park
Visit Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Website

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix has grown from a one-day vintage race in 1983 to a 10-day festival of races, car shows and motorsport events that now attracts 250,000 spectators.

Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden

Su-Th: 10am-2pm; W: 7-9pm, Sa: Noon-1pm
4905 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Visit Rodef Shalom Website

Retreat to the largest biblical botanical garden in North America, where the peaceful setting includes a waterfall, a desert and a stream. See examples of crops and herbs grown by the ancient Israelites. Free tours are available on the first Wednesday of each month at 12:15pm; no reservation needed.

Stephen Foster Music and Heritage Festival

July 2018
Allegheny Cemetery, 4734 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Visit the Stephen Foster Music and Heritage Festival Website

Pop into this festival, dubbed "Doo Dah Days," to celebrate the life and music of one of America's most influential songwriters. While enjoying a melodious backdrop of great bands, learn more about Stephen Foster, who is buried in this Lawrenceville cemetery.

Covered Bridge Festival

September 16-17, 2017
Washington and Greene Counties
Washington County Website
Greene County Website

Take a self-guided tour featuring nine bridges in two counties. The beautiful settings and expert craftsmanship of these covered bridges will have you imagining clopping horses, open carriages and stolen kisses. The hours are Saturday 10AM to 5PM and Sunday Noon to 5PM.

City of Pittsburgh Great Race

September 24 2017
Visit the Pittsburgh Great Race Website

Be there when the starting gun sounds for the world-class 10K and 5K road race that has become a Pittsburgh tradition. Watch the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race from vantage points throughout the city. Runners must register in advance.

Light Up Night®

November 2017
Market Square and other locations, Downtown
Visit Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Website

Be dazzled as downtown buildings light up in celebration of the start of the holiday season during this 50th-anniversary event. Festivities include live music, tons of family fun and fireworks.

The Pittsburgh Creche

November - January 2017
US Steel Plaza, 600 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219

If you can't make it to Rome during the holidays, you can find a larger-than-life replica of the Vatican's Christmas Creche right here in Pittsburgh.