Warmer weather means the return of festival season in Pittsburgh!
Luckily, our wonderful city doesn’t slack on foodie events and celebrations. For the rest of 2019, we’ve found over 45 (count em!) food events and festivals happening all over Western Pennsylvania. From food truck rallies and wine tours, here’s your ultimate guide to Pittsburgh food festivals in 2019.
Know of any other Pittsburgh food festivals in 2019 happening? Please let us know in the comments!
The Best Food Festivals Coming to Pittsburgh in 2019:
PGH Vintage Mixer Home Show
The popular vintage show “PGH Vintage Mixer” is hosting a Home Show where attendees can shop a curated collection of authentic vintage and antiques wares, including furniture, home goods, vinyl, fashion, glassware, and more.
2019 Food Truck Rally Vol. 1 at Voodoo Brewery
Homestead’s Voodoo Brewery is kicking off their annual food truck rally series on April 6. Trucks like the PGH Pierogi Truck, PGH Sandwich Society, Franktuary, Blue Sparrow, Doce Taqueria and Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream will be in attendance. They’ll also have coffee from Steel City Roasters. The rally is free to attend, family and dog-friendly. Proceeds benefit the Community Kitchen in Homestead.
42nd Annual Maple Syrup Festival
Every year, Beaver County hosts a Maple Syrup Festival with a massive, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with 100% pure maple syrup. There will be live entertainment, activities, handmade crafts, and more. Attending the festival is free, though the breakfast is not. More information can be found online.
Taste of Lawrenceville
Stop through Lawrenceville to celebrate the neighborhood! Tickets are free, just register via eventbrite and pay for what you wish to try at each vendor booth. There will be breweries, restaurants, live music, kid’s activities and more. Additionally, in honor of the final season premiere, the festival will feature a Game of Thrones pop-up bar!
Slavic Spring Festival
The Pitt Russian Club, Ukrainian Culture Club, and Polish Culture Club are teaming up to host a Slavic Spring Festival at Pitt. Stop by to experience the festive music, delicious cuisines, and traditional dances of Central, Eastern, and Southern Europe. Vendors include: S&D Polish Deli, Fredo’s Deli, and Jak’s Bakery.
Bunny Festival at Soergel Orchards
Head to the farm for an egg hunt, scavenger hunt, games & activities, food, crafts, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Guests that are 21+ can enjoy drinks from Arsenal Cider.
Code & Supply, Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, and 412 Food Rescue area teaming up to make a food access tool and work with food donation data at the 2019 Food Hackathon. Stop by to learn about the projects, form teams, and create for these wonderful organizations.
PGH Photo Fair
Held at the CMOA in the Hall of Sculpture, the PGH Photo Fair is a free and public art fair displaying a vast collection of photographers and photography styles and techniques.
Chow & Browse Festival
Visit this event at Alameda Park in Butler to listen to local new music and indulge in delicious fresh cooked food while shopping for unique gifts and home decor. Tickets can be found online.
Show and Sell Pop-Up Market by Handmade Arcade
Stop by this Spring pop-up market presented by Handmade Arcade. Held at Construction Junction in Point Breeze, shop local vendors and enjoy free activities. Items for sale include jewelry, accessories, home decor, fashion and clothing, bath and body products, original artwork in a variety of media, children’s products, and more. The show will feature 30 crafters, artists, makers and designers.
Pittsburgh Wine Festival
This May, The Pittsburgh Wine Festival is once again bringing a collection of wines from around the world to Heinz Field. There will be food, drinks, tons of fellow wine enthusiasts, and hundreds of expertly selected wines. Tickets can be purchased online.
Pittsburgh’s Taco Takeover
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta of food trucks! 20 of Pittsburgh’s premier eateries will be offering their best takes on tacos. Vendors include: Blue Sparrow, Cousins Maine Lobster, MR Bulgogi, Mac & Gold Truck, Pittsburgh Sandwich Society, Pittsburgh Burrito Bus, Pita My Shawarma, Pgh Po’boy, Cool Beans Taco Truck, and more. There will also be live local music, lawn games, and beer for sale. Admission is free.
ZooBrew: Spring Hops
Party animals invited to enjoy 45+ craft beer samples while strolling through the Pittsburgh Zoo. Tickets include: admission, beer samples, bites from the Zoo’s caterer, Championship Beer Pong, a complimentary beer sampling glass, and more.
Millvale Music Festival
Head to Millvale to enjoy dozens musical acts! The mission of this festival is to create a community organized day-long event, to support and showcase local musical acts of many genres, at the fun and unique venues of Millvale. There are stages all over Millvale, as well as food and drink vendors. You don’t want to miss this event!
St. Vladimir’s Spring Fling Ukrainian Food Festival
Head to St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church for delicious Ukrainian foods and baked goods including pierogies, stuffed cabbage, nut rolls, specialty breads and more!
The Neighborhood Flea
May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13
The Neighborhood Flea is happening throughout the summer in The Strip District. Enjoy thrift finds, food trucks, arts & crafts, workshops and more.
Grapevine: A Wine Tasting Event
Grapevine is the signature event of Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Event attendees will sample six wines thoughtfully paired with small plates and partake in the event’s auctions and ever-popular Mystery Wine Sale. When you attend a Make-A-Wish event like Grapevine, you support the organization’s mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Tickets can be purchased online.
North Hills Food Truck Festival
Hosted by St. Teresa of Avila’s Church, you’ll find more than two dozen Pittsburgh food trucks at this event, plus local vendors, games, live music, homemade baked goods, and more. The event also features beer and wine for sale, and indoor auditorium seating for enjoying your meals. More information can be found on the event page.
2019 Greater Pittsburgh Food Truck Festival
Mark your calendar for the 2019 Greater Pittsburgh Food Truck Festival! Held at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, dozens of the region’s best food trucks will be in attendance, as well as live music and entertainment, fireworks, craft beer, wine, regional vendors, and more. Admission is free. More information online.
Kennywood Ribs & Blues Festival
Enjoy food and soulful tunes while spending the day at Kennywood. The Swhinery and several other local BBQ joints will be on site. More information can be found online.
Pittsburgh Taco Festival
The Pittsburgh Taco Festival is back! The event promises to bring all of Pittsburgh’s best tacos to one place. Tickets are $10 per person, and the event will be held at Highmark Stadium. There will be music from Gavas Beat, more than 30+ taco vendors, a children’s play area and more!
Taco”Palooza” Food Truck Fest
Wine ‘n Spirits is hosting this rain or shine festival in Belle Vernon, PA, with plenty of wine, beer, spirits, whiskey, and food trucks.
Smicksburg Strawberry Saturday
The town of Smicksburg, PA (located an hour outside of Pittsburgh), hosts a massive strawberry festival every year. Smicksburg, an Amish town, is known for their homemade goods – from pottery, to quilts and wooden furniture. The festival is a great opportunity to visit the town and its shops. In honor of the festival, Smicksburg will be serving strawberry wine, strawberry jam, strawberry ice-cream, and will be selling berry bowls and serving plates. More information can be found online.
The 2019 Beers of the Burgh Festival
50 of the area’s best brewers will gather at Carrie Furnace for the 6th Annual Beers of the Burgh Festival. There will be ales, ciders, mead, food trucks, live music, and much more.
Pittsburgh Brunch Crawl
Bar Crawl Nation invited you to the Pittsburgh Brunch Crawl. Tickets include: access to the area’s best venues, specials like mimosa/bloody mary/irish coffee at each stop, brunch bites, professional red carpet photography, giveaways, and more.
Squirrel Hill Night Market
June 22, August 24, September 28
This free night market features more than 60 artists selling handmade wares, live music and bands, food from Squirrel Hill restaurants, and lots of food trucks. Find it all on Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
The Pittsburgh All-Star Craft Beer, Wine and Cocktail Festival
PNC Park is once again hosting a craft beer, wine and cocktail festival, with more than 250 craft beer and wines, and the opportunity to mix and mingle at the Park – and walk the bases! Tickets are on sale now.
Yelp’s Ice Cream Social
Yelp is bringing back their wildly-popular Ice Cream Social, and this year, it will be held at the Children’s Museum! Guests are invited to sample ice cream from Pittsburgh vendors and food truck, plus there will entertainment. More information is TBA.
Allegheny County Wine & Spirits Festival
The Allegheny County Wine & Spirits Festival will be held on the Hartwood Mansion Lawn. There will be 8 wineries, 5 spirit distributors, and food trucks like: Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream, The Burgh Bites Cart, The Coop Chicken and Waffles, Stickler’s Ice Pops, Tango Food Truck, MR Bulgogi, and Le’s Oriental. More information can be found online.
Yep, that’s right – we’re coming back! Good Food Pittsburgh and Hitchhiker Brewing are once again teaming up for BrunchBurgh – Pittsburgh’s premier brunch food festival! Enjoy a selection of local coffee, tea, breakfast, and pastry vendors. Want to be the first to know when tickets go on sale (and, hint hint, it’s coming up soon)? Sign up here.
Three Rivers Regatta
You gotta regatta! Every August the city of Pittsburgh hosts the Three Rivers Regatta. This event features food and drink vendors, as well as jet ski stunt shows, powerboat races, and more. Don’t miss what is sure to be a monumental regatta.
VegFest, Pittsburgh’s premiere vegan food and animal wellness festival, brings vegan food, vendors, music, animals, and more to Allegheny Commons Park East on the Northside of Pittsburgh.The 5th annual festival will be held on Saturday, August 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. As always, it’s free to attend! VegFest
For the second year in a row, Fresh Fest is returning to Nova Place. Presented by The Drinking Partners podcast and Black Brew Culture, Fresh Fest is the nation’s first Black brew festival. The event will feature an expansive lineup of Black-owned breweries from around the country, as well as breweries collaborating with Black artists and entrepreneurs from Pennsylvania and beyond. More information online.
Little Italy Days
August 15 – 18
August means it’s time for one of Pittsburgh’s most beloved food festivals. Featuring three stages of music and dozens of live acts, the dates for the 2019 Little Italy Days have already been announced. Stop through for activities like celebrity bocce, Miss Little Italy pageant, Italian Idol singing competition, and much more. Tons of Italian food and drink will be available for purchase during the event. Now a Pittsburgh tradition, Bloomfield’s Little Italy Days started in 2002 as a way to celebrate Bloomfield’s Italian heritage, and create a destination for Italian-themed entertainment and food in Pittsburgh. Little Italy Days.
Celebrate West Virginia’s finest craft and microbrews at the fourth annual Mountaineer Brewfest in Wheeling, West Virginia. General admission tickets include ten beer samples, and VIP tickets include a special beer and food pairing. The event will also feature a “Beer Garden” with live entertainment, and beer and food for purchase. Follow the festival on Facebook for updates.
Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival
Weekends August 17 – September 22
Here ye, here ye! A true sign of the arrival of Fall in Western PA is the return of the annual Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival. Stop through for Renaissance themed games and shows (jousting, archery, fire breathing, fortune telling, ect.) There will also be a lot of classic Renaissance festival food and drink (giant drumsticks and beer). Tickets can be purchased online.
Corks & Kegs in Washington County
Get ready for two days of beer, wine, spirits, and food! Typically held at the Meadows Racetrack, Corks & Kegs is Washington County’s premiere craft beverage festival.The dates for the 2019 Corks & Kegs festival have already been announced. Over dozens of breweries, wineries, and spirit companies will be on site at the event. Multiple food trucks will also be in attendance, as well as various regional vendors. Admission is typically free. More information online.
Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Fest
August 29 – September 2
The return of Steeler’s season is always marked with the annual rib festival at Heinz Field! This event runs from Thursday to Sunday and features over a dozen rib vendors from around the country, live music and entertainment, child-friendly games and rides, and more! Entrance to the festival is free, but guests need tickets to the football games that occur during the festival. More information can be found online.
September 2 – 8
Celebrate British culture in Pittsburgh with the weeklong “Britsburgh Festival,” a celebration hosted by the Britsburgh organization. In the past, events for the festival have included a special dinner at Hartwood Acres Mansion, Shakespeare performances, netball, British style ales at East End Brewing and The Leaning Cask Brewing Company pub, British comedy, afternoon teas at the Mansions on Fifth and Omni William Penn Hotel, and much more!
Craft beer at the zoo? Yes please! Guests are invited spend an evening at the Pittsburgh Zoo enjoying craft breweries, live entertainment, and food. Sample dozens of craft beers and wander around the park to see the animals. All guests receive a souvenir sampling mug. This is a 21+ event.
Pittsburgh Irish Festival
Since 1991, the Pittsburgh Irish Festival has been one of the most popular annual celebrations in the region! Stop by for three days of fun, including live music, dancing, and plenty of authentic Irish food! Fan favorites “Gaelic Storm” are set to perform, as well as other bands, educational programming, folk tales, hurling competitions, and much more!
A Fair in the Park
A Fair in the Park is an contemporary fine art and fine craft festival, presented each year by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh. This year they are celebrating their 50th year. The festival is held over 3 days in the beautiful Mellon Park, and features over 100 regional and national artists who work in various mediums like clay, fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, metal, mixed media, and two-dimensional art. A Fair in the Park is free, open to the public, and held rain or shine.
Westmoreland County Food Truck Festival
September 13 – 14
Over 20 food trucks, eight bands, 20 beer vendors, 20 wine vendors, vodka vendors, family-friendly activities, and more will be at the third annual Westmoreland County Food Truck Festival. The event is held at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds in Greensburg. More information is available online.
36th Annual Family House Polo Match
The Polo Match at Hartwood Acres Mansion is a Pittsburgh tradition! Get dressed up in a floppy hat and watch a professional polo match! There will also be vintage cars, wine and beer tastings, children’s activities, and more. The match supports Family House, which provides affordable housing to patients and families who travel to Pittsburgh for medical care. Tickets can be purchased online.
Come to Pittsburgh’s premiere food x tech x music x arts festival! This 3 day festival is held all over the city, and includes workshops, lectures, live music, and more! Tickets can be found online.
West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival
September 21 – 22
Head to Morgantown, WV, for the annual West Virginia Wine & Jazz Festival. It’s a day packed with various live jazz performances and plenty of wine. Tickets can be purchased online and at the door.
Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival
Pierogi fans, rejoice! The beloved Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival – held annually at Kennywood Park – will return on Sunday, September 22, 2019. Attendees enjoy admission to the park and access to a few of Kennywood’s most iconic rides, as well as over two dozen pierogi vendors. More information can be found online.
Butler Fall Festival
Every year, the Main Street in Butler, PA, transforms for their annual fall festival. Attendees can expect food, crafts, two stages of live music, and a kids zone with a petting zoo, barrel train, face painting food vendors, and more. More information can be found online.
Steel City Big Pour
Drink local beer at one of Pittsburgh’s biggest craft beer festivals! The date for the 2019 Steel City Big Pour has already been announced. Tickets includes samples from all food and drink vendors. Hosted by Construction Junction, the proceeds from the event support material reuse. There will also be live music and art.
Light up Night 2019
Pittsburgh’s annual Light Up Night is held the Friday before Thanksgiving. Stroll through Downtown and watch the city come alive with Holiday Spirit. Food, vendors, and performers are scattered around the entire Downtown area. Krampusnacht in Market Square
Krampusnacht in Market Square
For the past few years, Pittsburgh has been celebrating Krampus Night in Market Square. Thi s ancient European holiday joins the merriment at the People’s Gas Holiday Market. Krampus will be joining St. Nicholas, and dispensing coal and the ruten bundles to bad children. Follow Krampus in Pittsburgh for updates on the 2019 edition of this celebration.
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