Spring is in the air, and festival season in Pittsburgh is about to get into gear.
From beloved beer festivals to neighborhood night markets, we’ve rounded up the best Pittsburgh festivals coming in 2023.
We’ll keep adding festivals as more dates get announced – and if we’ve missed any, let us know in the comments!
All The Best Pittsburgh Festivals in 2023
Three Rivers Beer Week
April 12 – April 16
There will be events at breweries across the city to celebrate Three Rivers Beer Week, including a Pints and Paws events at Sly Fox, a brewery crawl in Lawrenceville, and a Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride at East End Brewing Company. You can find all events from the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild here.
Pennsylvania Maple Festival
April 22 & 23, and April 26 – 30
Happening in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Maple Festival has everything from a tree tapping ceremony to a Maple Run to celebrate Pennsylvania’s maple industry. See the complete guide here.
April 26 – April 30
The much-loved Pittsburgh Fringe is “an all-out, no-holds-barred, inclusive multi-disciplinary performing arts festival featuring international, national, and local artists.” In venues across the city, you’ll find special performances of comedy, puppetry, music, dance, opera, poetry, and more. See the full lineup here.
Tiny Little Beer Festival
Saturday, April 29
Allegheny City Brewery is hosting a beer festival with more than 30 of their brewery friends, featuring low-alcohol beverages from breweries like Brew Gentlemen, Mindful, Hazel Grove, Back Alley, Cinderlands, Trace, and more. Tickets are $49, and can be purchased here.
Second Sunday of each month, starting Sunday, May 14
For its ninth year, Neighborhood Flea will be happening this year at 27th and Railroad Streets in the Strip District on the second Sunday of each month – May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, and October 8. Not only will there be vintage finds from clothes to furniture, but there’s also always a healthy selection of food trucks and tasty bites to try, too. See the full schedule here.
Millvale Music Festival
Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20
There’s going to be more than 300 musical acts participating in the Millvale Music Festival this year, and more than 40 visual artists participating, too. Events will take place at venues across the town, and the full lineup will be released shortly. More information can be found here.
Pittsburgh Wine & Spirits Festival
Saturday, May 20
Our friends at Pittsburgh Magazine are hosting their annual Pittsburgh Wine & Spirits Festival at Rivers Casino on May 20. They’ll have more than 200 wine and spirits from around the world to sample, plus meet-and-greets with winemakers and distillers. Tickets are $85, and can be purchased here.
Greater Pittsburgh Food Truck Festival
May 26, May 27 and May 28
More than 40 food trucks will be at the Greater Pittsburgh Food Truck Festival at Hollywood Casino at the Meadowlands in Washington, PA. The annual event also features craft vendors, and a full lineup of music and entertainment. Food trucks this year include the Pittsburgh Pierogi Truck, Cilantro & Ajo, Totopo, Wood Stoked BBQ, and a lot more. Find out more information here.
Sunday, May 28
Every year (except for a few during the pandemic), Kaya in the Strip District takes over Smallman Street for a free, fun outdoor festival. They’ll have lots of live music, tons of food, dancing in the street – and lots more. Follow Kaya on Instagram for the latest updates.
Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4
Pittsburgh Pride Revolution is a three-day LGBTQUI+ community event with a focus on inclusion and diversity. With events happening across the city, including performances, concerts, and the Pittsburgh Pride March and Parade, happening on Saturday, June 3. For more information, visit here.
Three Rivers Arts Festival
Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 11
One of Pittsburgh’s most popular events, the Three Rivers Arts Festival is happening this year from June 2 through June 11. There will be an artist market, art exhibits, concerts, and special events happening throughout the festival’s run in downtown Pittsburgh. See more here.
Beers of the Burgh
Saturday, June 3
On Saturday, June 3, Pittsburgh’s Beers of the Burgh festival returns to Carrie Blast Furnaces. There will be more than 50 of the area’s breweries, serving everything from ales to ciders. Food trucks will also be on hand for the event, plus live music and more activities. Tickets start at $45, and early-bird pricing is in effect until April 15. Find more information here.
WPA Juneteenth Celebration
Friday, June 16 – Monday, June 19
The 10th annual WPA Juneteenth Celebration will kick off on Friday, June 16 in Market Square, and will feature more than 150 craft, art, and food vendors, along with more than 20 live bands and musical artists, including Erica Campbell, Arrested Development, and The Ohio Players. More information can be found online.
Squirrel Hill Night Market
Saturday, June 24
Inspired by pop-up night markets around the world, the Squirrel Hill Night Market is a free, outdoor and family-friendly street festival that runs from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. The dates for 2023 are Saturday, June 24, Saturday, August 26, and Saturday, October 7. The Night Market will feature market artists, live music, food trucks, and special dishes from Squirrel Hill restaurants. More information can be found here.
Freedom Farms Berry Festival & Craft Show
Saturday, June 24 & Sunday, June 25
Head up to Freedom Farms in Butler for their annual Berry Festival and Craft Show. They’ll be offering tractor rides, a petting zoo, more than 50 craft vendors, a beer and wine garden, and berry-flavored treats during this family-friendly event. Tickets are $10 per person, and more information can be found online.
Thursday, June 29 – Sunday, July 2
Every summer, Pittsburgh hosts a massive convention celebrating anthropomorphics, “human-like animal characters,” – also known as furries. The event is held at the Pittsburgh Convention Center, and more information can be found online.
Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 23
Voted the best specialty food festival in America by USA Today, Picklesburgh will be back this year starting Friday, July 21. The festival features everything from pickle beer to pickled products, and tons of pickle-inspired treats from local eateries. A full line-up of events can be found closer to the date, and more information is available online.
Pittsburgh Vegan & Arts Expo
Saturday, July 8
This year’s Pittsburgh Vegan Expo at the Monroeville Convention Center will also have an Arts component, featuring handmade art and wares, in addition to lots of vegan products and food. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door, and more information can be found online.
Pittsburgh Black Music Festival
Thursday, July 13 – Saturday, July 15
Celebrate the history and heritage of Black music at this free festival at the Point. Each day will feature a tribute to a different genre, including Jazz, Gospel, and R&B and Soul. More information can be found online.
Northside Music Festival
Friday, July 14 – Sunday, July 16
Formerly known as the Deutschtown Music Festival, the Northside Music Festival will feature dozens of musical performances from local and national artists. More information is to come, but for now, save the date. Find out more here.
Rib & Wing Festival at Seven Springs
Friday, July 14 – Sunday, July 16
Seven Springs Mountain Resort is hosting their 13th annual Rib & Wing Festival starting on Friday, July 14. Tickets are $10, and the event will feature a number of rib purveyors, selling their products. Find out more here.
Saturday, August 5
Featuring everything from yoga demonstrations to all kinds of vegan foods, Pittsburgh VegFest is an outdoor summer festival at Allegheny Commons Park that celebrates “the vibrant and diverse animal advocacy that goes on in the Steel City.” The event is free to attend, and more information can be found online.
Pittsburgh Restaurant Week
Monday, August 7 – Sunday, August 13
The summer session of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week will be taking place from August 7 through August 13, with dozens of Pittsburgh restaurants participating, and offering three-course prix fixe meals for a special price. The full list of participating restaurants will be released on July 1, and more information is available here.
Barrel & Flow Fest
Saturday, August 12
Black Brew Fest Barrel & Flow will be back for another year on Saturday, August 12 at The Stacks at 3 Crossing. Featuring art, music, a craft market, a brewing conference – and a lot of craft beers, tickets to the festival start at $27, and can be purchased online.
Bloomfield Little Italy Days
Thursday, August 17 – Sunday, August 20
With four days of live music, food vendors, family-friendly activities, and more, Bloomfield Little Italy Days is one of the most popular Pittsburgh events of the year. The festival takes over Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield, with restaurants and businesses offering special deals throughout the event. Find out more information here.
Corks & Kegs Fest
Saturday, August 26 – Sunday, August 27
Located at the Hollywood Casino at the Meadowlands in Washington, PA, the Corks & Kegs Fest will have dozens of beer, wine, and spirit vendors, plus food vendors, craft vendors, live music, and more. More information will be available closer to the date.
Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival
Weekends, Saturday, August 26 – Sunday, October 1
One of the most popular Pittsburgh festival in 2023 will be this year’s season of the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival. The months-long event kicks off on Saturday, August 26 at the Renaissance Festival grounds in West Newton, PA. Every weekend through September, costumed merrymakers will be at the village, jousting, dancing, and performing – and serving everything from roasted turkey legs to steak on a stake. For more information, visit here.
Pittsburgh Soul Food Festival
Friday, September 1 – Sunday, September 3
Head to Market Square and PPGH Plaza for the three-day Pittsburgh Soul Food Festival, with dozens of food vendors serving everything from Southern cuisine to BBQ, plus cultural activities, craft vendors, and a jam-packed schedule of live music and entertainment. Learn more online.
Pittsburgh Irish Festival
Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10
The 32nd annual Pittsburg Irish Festival will feature Irish music, Irish dancing, Irish food, and Irish activities at the historic Carrie Blast Furnaces. More information will be available as the date gets closer.
Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival
Friday, September 15 – Sunday, September 17
You’ll find the very best jazz music in the city at the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival in September. With dozens of musicians performing, the full lineup of musical artists will be released closer to the festival date.
Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest
Friday, September 15 – Sunday, September 17
Canonsburg, PA hosts the Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest Festival every September, featuring live entertainment with German music, an assortment of beers, a food court with German and American food, children’s activities, games, rides, and more. Learn more online.
Finally, on September 1-3, we will be back inside Market Square and PPG Plaza with our annual Pittsburgh Soul Food Festival with Food Vendors, Cultural Activities, Live Bands and National Entertainment.
Hickory Apple Festival
Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8
The Hickory Apple Festival will return to Hickory, PA this October, featuring live entertainment, crafts, fresh-picked apples, and lots of apple dishes. This family-friendly event will also feature a petting zoo, chainsaw sculpting, and more. Learn more online.
Know of any other Pittsburgh festivals happening in 2023? Let us know in the comments!
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