Festivals and events are back! As pandemic restrictions continue to ease, more of our favorite neighborhood festivals, food truck roundups, and live shows are returning this year. So mark your calendars, because we’ve rounded up your ultimate 2021 Pittsburgh to do list.
Saturday Night Market in Market Square
On Saturdays from now through October 30, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership is hosting a night market in Market Square from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., with independent vendors and live entertainment. More information can be found online.
Friday, July 2 – Saturday, July 10
Big Butler Fair
The Big Butler Fair is back – for its 165th year! You’ll find farm animals, rides and games, tons of food, and concerts, including The Clarks on July 2. Find out more information here.
Sunday, July 4
Flashes of Freedom Fireworks at Point State Park
Celebrate Independence Day with Pittsburgh’s biggest fireworks display. This year’s “family-style picnic” event will feature live music and food vendors. Festivities begin at the park at 6:00 p.m., and fireworks start at sundown. Find out more information here.
Sunday, July 11
Dozens of vendors will be returning to the Neighborhood Flea (located at 26th and Railroad Streets in the Strip District) for their July 11 event, including vintage clothing vendors, crafters, food and beverage makers and more. Food trucks will include Revival Pasta, Franktuary, and the Coop Chicken and Waffles. Find out more information here.
Taste of Lawrenceville
Lawrenceville businesses will be joining forces for a Taste of Lawrenceville event at Bay 41. More information will be released soon.
Friday, July 16 – Sunday, July 18
Greater Pittsburgh Food Truck Festival
Dozens of Pittsburgh food trucks will be joining forces at the Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Washington for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Truck Festival. The event is free to attend, and will be open on Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Saturday from noon to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Find out more information here.
Friday, July 16 – Sunday, July 25
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
From car cruises to vintage car displays, if you’re a car fanatic, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is the place for you. Find out more information online, including the full 10-day schedule of events.
Saturday, July 17
Sweet Corn Festival at Freedom Farms
Freedom Farms in Butler is launching a brand-new Sweet Corn Festival highlighting their most beloved summer crop – corn! They’ll have kettle corn, popcorn, sweet corn, cornhole, tractor rides, a corn pit, and much more. The family-friendly event is $10 per person, and children under 3 are free. Find out more information here.
Deutschtown Music Festival
Enjoy live music all day long at the free Deutschtown Music Festival at Allegheny Commons Park. The family-friendly event will also feature food trucks and vendors, and the musical lineup includes Squonk, String Machine, Lindsay Dragan and more. Find out more information here.
Sunday, July 25
Open Streets PGH
Open Streets is back for a mini-event on July 25 that will open two miles of city streets in Hazelwood for safe outdoor recreation. The event, which temporarily closes roads to car traffic, allows kids and adults to play and dine safely outdoors. More information is to come, and can be found online.
Sunday, July 25 – Saturday, July 31
Bedford County Fair
With events that include live concerts, truck pulls and car races, the Bedford County Fair will be open from July 25 to July 31. Find live farm animals, games, and plenty of food vendors. More information can be found online.
Thursday, July 29 – Saturday, August 7
Fayette County Fair
The 2021 Fayette County Fair schedule includes a Fireman’s Day, live concerts, a carnival with rides and games, and lots of fair food, including fried dough, Sno-cones, cotton candy and more. More information can be found online.
Friday, July 30 – Sunday, August 1
Rib & Wing Festival at Seven Springs
This three-day festival will bring lots of saucy goodness to Seven Springs. In addition to ribs and wings from vendors like Pigfoot, After Hours BBQ and Texas Outlaws BBQ, the festival will also feature live music and entertainment from musicians like Joe Grushecky & the House Rockers, and Chris Higbee. More information can be found online.
Sunday, August 1
Pittsburgh Taco Takeover
More than 20 food trucks will be serving up their very best tacos at the Pittsburgh Taco Takeover at Carrie Furnace on August 1. Tickets start at $15 for early-bird admission and are on sale now. More information is available online.
Monday, August 9 – Saturday, August 15
Pittsburgh Summer Restaurant Week
Enjoy specially-priced prix fixe meals from some of your favorite Pittsburgh restaurants during the Summer 2021 Pittsburgh Restaurant Week. The full list of restaurants will be released soon, and more information is available online.
Friday, August 13 – Saturday, August 14
Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest
The 2021 Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest is happening August 13 and August 14 at Stage AE, featuring dozens of breweries serving up their best beers. Tickets start at $50 and include unlimited sampling ($25 designated driver tickets are also available). More information can be found online.
Thursday, August 19 – Sunday, August 22
Bloomfield Little Italy Days
Little Italy Days in Bloomfield are back in 2021, with four days of festival fun. The event features food and drink vendors, family-friendly activities (Bocce, anyone?), and three stages featuring more than 30 different acts. More information can be found online.
Friday, August 20 – Saturday, August 28
The Westmoreland Fair will be celebrating its 66th year, with a full lineup of events, including demolition derbys and bottle rocket competitions. There will also be farm animals, music, and fair food. Find more information online.
Saturday, August 21
Corks & Kegs Festival
The Meadows Racetrack & Casino is hosting the Corks & Kegs Festival on Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22, with dozens of craft beers, regional wine, and locally-produced spirits, plus food trucks, live entertainment, a classic a car cruise and more. The event is free to enter, and beer and wine is pay-as-you-go. Find out more information here.
This Pittsburgh favorite outdoor festival is back for another year, bringing together the best vegan and vegetarian food in Pittsburgh, plus live music, shopping, yoga, speakers, and family-friendly entertainment. The event, which is located in Allegheny Park, is free to attend. More information can be found online.
Take a trip down to Wheeling, West Virginia for the Mountaineer Brewfest at Wheeling Heritage Port, featuring more than a dozen breweries. Tickets start at $20 and more information can be found online.
Pittsburgh Taco & Margarita Festival
The Pittsburgh Taco & Margarita Festival is taking place on Saturday, August 21 at Wild Things Baseball Park in Washington. The event will feature more than 10 taco and food truck vendors, six margarita flavors, live bands, DJs and more entertainment. General admission for ages 13 and older starts at $10 and more information is available online.
Friday, August 27 – Sunday, August 29
Wine Festival at Seven Springs
The Wine Festival at Seven Springs showcases wineries from across Pennsylvania. Tickets start at $32, and include samples, a souvenir wine glass, and live music. More information can be found online.
Saturday, August 28
Squirrel Hill Night Market
The Squirrel Hill Night Market is a free, outdoor evening festival located on Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill featuring more than 75 ‘I Made It!’ Market artists, live music, local artists and performers, and special offerings from Squirrel Hill restaurants and food trucks. This year’s Squirrel Hill Night Market will also be held on Saturday, October 2. More information can be found online.
Shadyside Arts Festival
More than 100 artists will be participating in the Shadyside Arts Festival on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29 in Shadyside. More information can be found online.
Hilltop with the Lid Off
Hilltop with the Lid Off is a community event that will feature music, food, drinks, local makers and art in the Allentown neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The event, which will run from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., will have food and drink vendors including Moonlit Burgers, Inner Groove Brewing, Arlington Beverage Club and Wigle Whiskey. More information can be found online.
Starting Saturday, September 4
Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival
Starting on Saturday, September and running every weekend through Sunday, October 10, the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival returns to the Renaissance grounds in West Newton. The festival will feature jousting, bronze-casting, live entertainment, food stalls and more. Find out more here.
Friday, September 10 – Sunday, September 12
Barrel & Flow Fest
The Barrel & Flow Fest (formerly known as Fresh Fest) is a Black beer festival that celebrates Black-owned breweries and Black artists. This year’s event will take place in the sprawling, open-air, riverfront space at South Side Works. Tickets start at $25, and various events will be happening throughout he weekend. Find out more information here.
Pittsburgh Irish Festival
The Pittsburgh Irish Festival is marking its 30th year, and this year’s festival will be at the Lots at Sandcastle. A full lineup of Irish entertainment is scheduled, including Irish bands, Irish dancers, and more. Food and beverage vendors will also be on hand with Irish specialties. Tickets are now available, and more information can be found online.
Saturday, September 11
Pittsburgh Taco Festival
The 2021 Pittsburgh Taco Festival is happening at the Strip District Terminal on September 11, and will feature more than 30 food trucks and vendors serving all types of tacos, plus live music, and family-friendly activities. General admission tickets start at $10 and are on sale now. Find out more information online.
Friday, September 17 – Sunday, September 19
Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival
The 11th annual Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival is moving to the Highmark Stadium in Station Square, and will be a ticketed event, with jazz musicians from around the world performing shows throughout the weekend. The festival kicks off with a Chaka Khan concert at the Benedum Center. Find out more information online.
Saturday, September 18
Maized and Confused
Freedom Farms in Butler is hosting their annual Maized and Confused festival, one of their most popular summer events, on September 18. Featuring at least 15 breweries, wineries and distilleries, guests have the chance to hunt for them in the farm’s sunflower and corn mazes. Tickets are $35, and more information can be found online.
Sunday, September 26
Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival
One of Pittsburgh’s most beloved festivals is back! The Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival will be taking over Kennywood on Sunday, September 26, with more than two dozen restaurants, chefs and pierogi purveyors serving up pierogies and pierogi-inspired dishes. General admission tickets are $23.99 and more information can be found online.
Saturday, October 16
All-Star Beer & Wine Event
Head to PNC Park for the All-Star Beer & Wine Event on October 16, with more than 250 craft beers and wines. Guests will be able to hang out on the field, walk the bases, and sample their way through the day. Tickets start at $49.95 and more information can be found online.
Know of any other festivals or events in Pittsburgh in 2021? Let us know in the comments!