Hot Summer Happenings in the ‘Burgh

PITTSBURGH – A number of notable summer happenings that will attract thousands of visitors and garner significant economic impact for Pittsburgh were highlighted today at VisitPITTSBURGH’s annual Summer Spotlight event that took place at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown hotel. Summer Spotlight is purposefully timed to coincide with National Travel and Tourism Week, which was first celebrated more than 30 years ago when Congress passed a resolution to recognize the industry. Today, the Pittsburgh region benefits from the travel and tourism industry to the tune of 40,000 jobs and more than $5.6 billion annually in spending.

"We host Summer Spotlight every year as a way of letting our hospitality partners know about all of the big things that are going to be happening in Pittsburgh that will positively impact their operations," said Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH. "And, when you look at all of these major conventions and events as a whole, you quickly recognize how vibrant Pittsburgh is as a tourism and meeting and convention destination."

Travel is Big Business

Among the top summer conventions are:

  • 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 10-15, with 9,000 attendees
  • 2015 East Coast Volleyball Championship, May 23-25, with 5,000 attendees
  • Barbershop Harmony Society's International Convention, June 28-July 5, with 5,800 attendees
  • Anthrocon (aka "The Furries") 2015 Annual Convention, July 8-12, with 5,800 attendees
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. 2015 Annual Convention, July 18-22, with 9,000 attendees
  • Fraternal Order of Police 2015 Biennial National Convention & Expo, Aug. 8-13, with 5,570 attendees

Travel is Big Fun

Among the summer's biggest events are:

  • EQT Children's Theater Festival, May 14-17
  • Venture Outdoors Festival, May 16
  • Kenny Chesney concert, May 30
  • Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 5-14
  • Taylor Swift concert, June 6
  • Pride in the Street & PrideFest, June 13-14
  • Pittsburgh JazzLive International, June 19-21
  • The Rolling Stones concert, June 20
  • EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, July 3-5
  • Pittsburgh Pirates Big Home Stand Weekends:June 12-14 vs. Phillies
  • May 22-24 vs. Mets
  • July 3-5 vs. Indians
  • July 23-26 vs. Nationals
  • August 3-5 vs. Cubs

Special Summer Activities (in Market Square, except OpenStreetsPGH):

  • Thursdays, May 14-Oct. 29: Farmers Market
  • Sundays, OpenStreetsPGH 2015, May 31; June 28; July 26
  • Sundays, May 31-Sept. 27, Yoga in the Square with Lululemon and Fittsburgh
  • Tuesdays, June 9-Aug. 25, KidsPlay
  • Fridays in June, Dancing in the Square with USA Dance

About 125 people attended VisitPITTSBURGH's Summer Spotlight. Guest speakers represented the Pittsburgh Pirates, EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Guest Services Solutions. In addition, about a half-dozen members of Destination: Greater Pittsburgh, which focuses on group visits, exhibited at the event.

VisitPITTSBURGH is the official tourism marketing and promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. It is dedicated to generating conventions, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.