June 21 marks the official start to the summer season so if you’re asking yourself, “What can I do in Pittsburgh this summer?” then you’ve come to the right place. Summertime means festivals, concerts, food and drinks (includes outdoor eating), which are all things we have listed below. We have even included an ETC. category for even more things to do!

Whether it’s a trip to Phipps Conservatory, a cooking class or a Pirates game, there’s always something to do in Pittsburgh and the lists below will help you with your decision.

 

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What: Jam on Walnut
When: 7 p.m. on June 27, July 25, and August 22
Where: Walnut Street
Why: It benefits Western PA’s Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and artists include Chris Higbee, Dancing Queen, and Radio Tokyo.

 

What: Silk Screen Film Festival
When: July 10- 19
Where: Click here for details and tickets
Why: Join them in celebrating their 10th year anniversary with 30+ international films and shorts that have never been screened in Pittsburgh before.
WYEP Summer Music Festival

What: WYEP Summer Music Festival
When: 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27
Where: Schenley Plaza, Oakland
Why: There are local openers such as Brightside and headliners include Kopecky, The Lone Bellow, and Martin Sexton.

 

What: EQT Pittsburgh Regatta
When: July 3-5
Where: Downtown
Why: Not only is it free but it was also revealed in an article from the Trib that there will be a nine-story “Wheel of Lights,” which will showcase a musical light show downtown.

 

What: South Side Works Exposed
When: July 11- 13
Where: SouthSide Works, South Side
Why: From food trucks to live music to 70+ artist market tents, there is something for everyone!

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

What: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
When: July 10- 19
Where: See their website for event details
Why: It’s the country’s largest vintage street race!

 

What: Pittsburgh Blues Festival
When: July 24- 26
Where: Hartwood Acres
Why: It helps to raise over $2 million a year and your entry is free if you bring in a bag of canned goods!

 

What: Allegheny County Hometown Music Fest
When: See their website for specific dates
Where: South Park Amphitheater and Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater
Why: Artists include Paul Luc, Eve 6, Blue Öyster Cult and Field Report

 

Concerts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who: The Rolling Stones with AWOLNATION
When: 8 p.m. June 20
Where: Heinz Field
Tickets

 

What: Vans Warped Tour
When: 11 a.m. July 9
Where: First Niagara Pavilion
Tickets

 

Who: Kid Rock with Foreigner
When: 6:45 p.m. June 28
Where: First Niagara Pavilion
Tickets

 

Who: Train with The Fray and Matt Nathanson
When: 7 p.m. June 30
Where: First Niagara Pavilion
Tickets

 

Who: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
When: 7 p.m. June 30
Where: Stage AE
Tickets

 

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Who: Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa with Hoodie Allen
When: 7 p.m. July 2
Where: First Niagara Pavilion
Tickets

 

Who: Three Days Grace
When: 6 p.m. July 9
Where: Stage AE
Tickets

 

Who: Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri
When: 6 p.m. July 12
Where: Stage AE
Tickets

 

Who: Foo Fighters with Royal Blood
When: 6:30 p.m. August 25
Where: First Niagara Pavilion
Tickets

 

Who: Luke Bryan
When: 7 p.m. July 31, Aug 1
Where: First Niagara Pavilion
Tickets

 

Hozier

Who: Hozier
When: 6:30 p.m. July 28
Where: Stage AE
Tickets

 

Who: One Direction
When: 7 p.m. August 2
Where: Heinz Field
Tickets

 

Who: Nicki Minaj with Meek Mill
When: 7 p.m. August 8
Where: First Niagara Pavilion
Tickets

 

Who: J Cole & Big Sean with YG
When: 6:30 p.m. July 30
Where: First Niagara Pavilion
Tickets

 

Who: Los Lonely Boys
When: 8 p.m. June 21
Where: Altar Bar
Tickets

 

Food/Drinks

 

 

 

 

 

 

What: 3rd Annual Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest
When: July 17-18
Where: Stage AE
Tickets 

What: Pittsburgh Restaurant Week
When: August 10- 16
Where: Click here for the list of restaurants involved.

What better way to celebrate the summer season in Pittsburgh than eating outside? Here’s a list of must-go-see restaurants in the area for foodies.

Andora Restaurant
Winner of OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice 2015 Award, this restaurant has three locations with beautiful outdoor seating.
Menu Must-Try’s: shrimp bisque and the Andora burger

Double Wide Grill
Double Wide Grill
With vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian options, this restaurant is a hot spot during all summer holidays.
Menu Must-Try’s: pineapple chicken wrap, salmon avocado BLT

Andy’s Wine Bar
Not only do they offer seating outdoors and a wide wine selection but they also serve house smoked BBQ every Friday during the summer and live jazz music Wednesday-Saturday.
Menu Must-Try’s: truffle blue cheese fries and Cherries vs. Chocolate

Smallman Street
Eleven Contemporary Kitchen
Eleven’s location provides Strip District-goers with the perfect escape from the bustle of Penn Ave.
Menu Must-Try’s: sea scallops and the chef’s tasting menu
Open Bottle Bistro
Located in the heart of Shadyside, this bistro is winner of the OpenTable Diner Awards for Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem and Outdoor Dining.
Menu Must-Try’s: filet mignon slices flatbread and the champignon

 

Café @ The Mattress Factory
Supplied from Coca Café on Butler Street. Visitors please note: museum admission is not required to dine.
Menu Must-Try’s: tea-smoked salmon and melted brie wheel
Cafe at the Frick

Café @ The Frick
The Frick grounds yield the perfect backdrop for lunch and tea service (served daily after 2:30 p.m.)
Menu Must-Try’s: potted shrimp and carrot dumplings

 

The Porch @ Schenley Plaza
This list would not be complete without this restaurant’s presence. With an extensive menu, this spot has something for everyone.
Menu Must-Tries: farm bread salad and cinnamon raisin brioche French toast

 

 

 

 

 

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The Mattress Factory

Check out the museum’s new exhibition, Factory Installed featuring art from Anne Lindberg, John Morris, Julie Schenkelberg, Jacob Douenias, and Ethan Frier.

“Eight artists have been chosen to present work in Factory Installed, a two-part exhibition opening at the Mattress Factory in 2015. Artists were chosen through an open submission process, and were selected from a pool of over 500 applicants from 27 countries and 35 states within the US… Each artist will create a new room-sized installation that will demonstrate a uniquely different approach to the creative process.” – Mattress Factory

 

The Andy Warhol Museum
There are two new exhibitions that are gracing the museum this summer! One is from German/Dutch artist Stefan Hoffmann called Glycerine and Rose Water, which showcases his vertical silkscreen talents. The other is Pearlstein, Warhol, Cantor: From Pittsburgh to New York, which presents the young artists’ works while they were students at CMU.

 

City of Asylum
International free speech and literary rights champion, City of Asylum, hosts a series of events all summer long on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Check the events calendar for upcoming jazz concerts, poetry readings, and dance performances.

 

 

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