Memorial Day weekend is almost here! Can you believe it? While you may have picnics and family gatherings in the plans for the weekend—which many consider as a kickoff to summer—we’ve gathered a list of local outdoor activities to keep you busy all season.
- The Three Rivers Arts Festival remains a great celebration of the arts throughout the city, featuring performing and visual arts exhibits from June 5-14.
- The Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta is back again this year, July 3-5, with the addition of Formula One Power Boat races and the Wheel of Lights, a nine-story tall Ferris Wheel that is sure to give a fantastic view of the city. The event will of course include a fireworks display for the Fourth of July.
- New to the city in 2015 is Picklesburgh – a free festival surrounding all foods pickled taking place July 17-18 on the Rachel Carson Bridge. The giant flying Heinz pickle balloon is sure to be an extra highlight, though.
- Heinz Field plays hosts to some major concerts this summer, including Kenny Chesney (May 30), Taylor Swift (June 6), The Rolling Stones (June 20), Luke Bryan (July 31), and One Direction (August 2).
- Other outdoor venues like Stage AE and First Niagara Pavilion continue to host a variety of old and new acts.
- Don’t forget the free concerts taking place throughout the Three Rivers Arts Festival, too.
Movies in the Park:
- Free movies are offered in the city’s parks throughout June, July and August.
- Farmers’ Markets are already in full swing and typically last throughout the fall months. Check out the local neighborhood markets for anything from produce to flowers, all at great prices.
- During Oakland Restaurant Week, June 22-27, participating restaurants feature $6 lunches.
- Pittsburgh Restaurant Week comes up on August 10-16, highlighting deals on summer menus of local city and suburban restaurants.
What are some of your favorite summer activities and traditions throughout the city? We hope you have a summer full of fun in the sun!