must-do summer activities in pittsburgh

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Apr 26, 2022

Author: Contributor

Summer is the best time of year to go out and have some fun! Because of the beautiful weather, there are many events, concerts, and sporting events going on. If you live in or are visiting the Pittsburgh area this summer make sure to look out for these must-do activities.

Festivals

Maple House Music + Arts Festival

Kick-off the summer in a big way by going to the Maple House Music + Arts Festival. The outdoor festival will take place on May 21st, with the main site being the Hartwood Acres. The festival is headlined by Jason Isbell and the 400 Units, Black Pumas, Lake Street Dive, Ghost Hounds, and Elle King. The entirety of the festival will take place across a total of 9 parks in the Allegheny County. More information about the festival and tickets can be found on their website.

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Art Festival

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 10-day music and arts festival will be moving to the Cultural District after decades of holding the event at Point Park. The festival will span from June 3rd to June 12th, spanning across 14 blocks, and will be completely free for entrance. Over 400 local, regional, and national artists will have the chance to take the stage and display their talents. More information about the festival can be found on their website.

Concerts

Billy Joel

The legend of Billy Joel is returning to Pittsburgh for the first time in over 6 years. On Thursday, August 11th, Billy will make his return to PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. While he is widely regarded as one of the best musicians ever, Billy is even more known for his ability to put on a show, giving the audience a show they will all remember for the rest of their lives. Tickets can be found here and they are going fast so make sure to plan the day out in advance!

Elton John 

Another legend will take the stage in Pittsburgh as Elton John brings the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour to PNC Park on Friday, September 16th. After 50 years of touring Elton has finally decided to hang up his many outfits but not before coming to the Burgh one last time. If you are any kind of Elton John fan make sure to get tickets now before you lose out on the last opportunity of a lifetime as the living legend will not return to the 412.

Train

The hit band Train will make a pit stop just outside of Pittsburgh at Burgettstown on Friday, June 17th. Joining the band at the Pavilion at Star Lake will be Jewel, Blues Traveler, and Will Anderson. Train’s 11th album, and the first new one in 5 years, AM Gold, is scheduled to be released on May 20th. Don’t miss out on sharing your first AM Gold experience with the band that created the album. Tickets to the outdoor event can be found here.

Sporting Events

Pirates

The perfect summer day in Pittsburgh can not be had without a trip to the ballpark and catch a Pirates game. With different theme nights, promotions, and fan value tickets, there is never a dull day with the Pirates. The Pirates are host to one of, if not the, most beautiful ballparks in the entire country at PNC Park. If you don’t want to go for the game, the view of looking over the bridge is worth the ticket itself! Tickets can be bought on their website or outside the stadium.

Make this summer in Pittsburgh memorable by going out and doing something you will never forget.

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