PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh will host a number of noteworthy events leading up to the holiday season, which will provide a lot of options for both visitors and residents.
VisitPITTSBURGH highlighted the upcoming events during its “Fall Forecast” luncheon event today at Rivers Casino.
“Fall Forecast is a way for us to provide our partners with insight to large and exciting events coming to Pittsburgh and how those events will positively impact their businesses,” said Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH. “Fall Forecast illustrates what a wonderful destination Pittsburgh is as both a place to visit and for meetings, conventions and sports events, and it gives us an opportunity to thank our partners for rolling out the red carpet for our visitors.”
Among the largest fall events are:
- The Pittsburgh Irish Festival, Sept. 9-11
- Re:NEW Arts Festival, Sept. 9-Oct. 9
- Pitt-Penn State Football Game, Sept. 10
- World Cup of Hockey, Sept. 14
- ScareHouse, Thursdays – Sundays, Sept. 16-Oct. 30
- Kennywood's Phantom Fright Nights, Fridays & Saturdays, Sept. 30-Oct. 29
- The Maker Faire Festival, Oct. 15-16
- Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium Zoo Boo, Oct. 22-23 & Oct. 29-30
- Phipps Fall Flower Show – Harvest Time, opens Oct. 15
On the meetings, conference and sports events front, leaders from across the nation will meet in Pittsburgh, Nov. 16-19, for the National League of Cities "2016 City Summit." This is an excellent opportunity to showcase our great city to an exceptional group of 3,500 city officials. Mobile workshops in and around Pittsburgh will showcase collaborative solutions to issues facing local government.
The list also includes:
- Code and Supply 2016 Abstractions Conference, Aug. 18-20 (1,500 attendees)The Steelworkers 2016 USW Health Safety and Environment Conference, Sept. 12-16 (1,325 attendees)
- 2016 Shale INSIGHT™ A Shale Coalition Conference, Sept. 21-22 (1,800 attendees)
- MYHockey Tournaments 2016: Pittsburgh Preseason Challenge, Sept. 23-25 (1,200 attendees); Columbus Day Clash, Oct. 8-10 (1,800 attendees); Pittsburgh Fall Classic, Oct. 21-23 (1,000 attendees); Pittsburgh Veteran’s Cup, Nov. 4-6 (1,200 attendees)
- Rubber Division, American Chemical Society 2016 International Elastomer Conference, Oct. 10-13 (3,000 attendees)
- Wizard World, Inc. 2016 Wizard World Comic Con, Nov. 4-6 (5,000 attendees)
- National League of Cities 2016 City Summit, Nov. 16-19 (3,500 attendees)
- Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity 44th Biennial National Convention, Dec. 27-31 (2,000 attendees)
Santa Claus (aka John Suhr) was the special guest of Fall Forecast, and he highlighted holiday happenings, including Light Up Night, Nov. 18; Peoples' Gas Holiday Market in Market Square; "A Christmas Story" at the Benedum Center, Nov. 22-27; "The Nutcracker," Dec.2-27 and Mass Mutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place.
Guest speakers featured at the event represented the Rivers Casino, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Penguins, The ScareHouse, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Pittsburgh Transportation Group, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Pittsburgh Ballet.
VisitPITTSBURGH is the official tourism marketing and promotion agency of the Pittsburgh region. The organization is dedicated to generating conventions, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.