What's New in Pittsburgh | Summer 2023

Pittsburgh is a hotspot for business travelers – and our new attractions and events offer something for everyone.

In the midst of summer travel planning as conference and event season heats up, exciting new experiences are making Pittsburgh more enticing than ever. From hot music lineups and star-studded fashion shows to family-friendly celebrations and new craft food and beverage locations, Pittsburgh has plenty of options to please your conference and event attendees.

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A Celebration of Pittsburgh Native Billy Porter

Every arts, music and fashion lover knows the hottest ticket in town is to see Pittsburgh native and Emmy-, Tony- and Grammy-winning performer Billy Porter return to his hometown for the Billy Porter Black Mona Lisa Tour at the Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall on May 28. The 90-minute sensational pop music concert will feature top hits such as “Love Is on the Way” and “Love Yourself” paired with high-energy visual installations. Tickets and more information can be found at thebillyporter.com.

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Can’t make it to the concert? Beginning May 6 through June 25, recommend Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to your event attendees for their Flowers Meet Fashion: Inspired by Billy Porter show. With help from students and designers from his alma maters Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh CAPA High School, the highly anticipated exhibition will feature stunning floral displays paired with high-fashion designs inspired by Porter’s journey through the pop industry, his memoir and, of course, Kinky Boots!

Upscale Mini-Golf For Your After-Hours Event

New upscale mini golf venues in the Strip District put a modern spin on this typical leisure activity, making it the perfect after-hours event for your attendees to network and have a blast doing so. Exclusive to visitors 21+, the recently opened Puttery offers a variety of cocktails and small plates paired with three themed, nine-hole course.

Similarly, Puttshack, slated to open later this summer, will allow a family-friendly mini golf experience with modern technology, colorful lights and great food – until 8 p.m., when it also shifts to a 21+ model, adding a variety of crafted cocktails to the mix.

Ballgames Have Never Been Easier to Attend

Need to bring a big group to the most beautiful stadium in America? Recent enhancements made at PNC Park are sure to delight foodies and sports fanatics alike throughout the 2023 Pittsburgh Pirates season. 

Eating at PNC Park is a culinary adventure, and now, guests will have access to several new beer markets and eateries as well as a walk-in, grab-and-go market with touchless self-checkout. Your group won't need to miss a pitch and can spend more time enjoying the views. Plus, the stadium also is utilizing Evolv technology to simplify and speed up the entry process at each gate, so getting your group in the gates is more seamless than ever.

Andy Warhol for Any Meeting Itinerary

Music buffs will love this new exhibit coming to one our most renowned museums. The Velvet Underground & Nico: Scepter Studio Sessions at The Andy Warhol Museum will allow visitors to experience audio and visual highlights of the band, including music from its early recordings in 1966, as well as unseen footage from the band’s live performances and Warhol’s screen tests. The exhibit will run from May 12 through Sept. 25.

New Stops to Sip and Savor

Additionally, Pittsburgh’s food and craft beverage scene continues to grow throughout Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods. Looking to freshen up the dinner stops for your meeting or conference? There are numerous new dining experiences that will excite the tastebuds of every foodie, including: Ritual House Downtown, Viet Nom Nom in Squirrel Hill, Sultry F&B and Piper’s Pub in South Side Flats – and, Fish Nor Fowl recently reopened! 

New additions in craft beverage include: Aslin Beer Co. in the Strip District, Big Sewickley Creek in Sewickley, Back Alley Brewing in Dormont and a new East End Brewing Company location in Mt. Lebanon.

Celebrate Two Major Milestones with Us

Finally, this summer is a big milestone for two of Pittsburgh’s family-friendly attractions, as Kennywood and the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium are celebrating 125 years with visitors. Kennywood boasts exciting additions this season, including a new, thrill-seeking ride, Spinvasion, the return of popular Raging Rapids and a variety of new food and beverage options. The Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium will host Summer Safari: A Pittsburgh Party on June 9, which will include food, live entertainment and much more.

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