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The 6 Best Things to Do in Pittsburgh This Summer

Pitt students who decide to stay in Oakland over the summer are faced with a unique opportunity; they get to experience the city without the constant stress of grades, extra-curriculars and all the other pressure we feel throughout the school year. I know I often find myself too swamped with work to get out and see the beautiful city we live in. But whether it be classes or a job that kept you here this summer, there’s no doubt you have a little more free time. I decided to compile a list of a few of the cool things Pittsburgh has to offer in the summer so you can explore the city.

Fourth of July Fireworks

If you head to Point State Park early enough on the Fourth of July, you may be able to get a front row seat to watch the Flashes of Freedom Fireworks at 9:30! Grab a blanket, some friends and sit back and watch the spectacular show. While you’re Downtown, stop by Millie’s or the Milkshake Factory for a sweet treat during the fireworks. Firework shows also occur after every Pirates home game if you happen to miss the Independence Day one.

Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest

On July 12th and the 13th, Stage AE will be hosting the annual Beerfest, where 125+ breweries will be there for those of you who are legal. If you’re a fan of craft beer, head out to this great event, which will also be donating some of its proceeds for the Animal Rescue Partners, a non-profit focused around pet rescues and adoptions.


The annual festival will take place this summer from July 26 – 28. Come hangout at the Roberto Clemente Bridge and get your pickle cravings satisfied at this unique event. The scenic views of the city from the bridge, combined with the scents and tastes of all things pickled is one of the best ways to get to know the Downtown area over the summer in an unconventional way.

Cinema in the Park

Paired with Dollar Bank, Flagstaff Hill has a movie playing at 8 p.m. every Wednesday, weather permitting. While Schenley Park is close to Oakland, it’s still a great way to hang out at the park for a change of scenery. Bring some popcorn and candy while you settle in and watch a great film with the beautiful skyline behind the screen.

Three Rivers Regatta

Pittsburgh is known for its rivers, but how often do we get to experience them, let alone celebrate them? The Three Rivers Regatta from August 2 – 4 at Point State Park is a weekend filled with boating, food, fireworks and live music. If you like boating or just hanging out by the water, the Regatta is the perfect way for you to end your summer.

Market Square Farmers Market

Every Thursday from May to October, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership hosts a local farmers market in Market Square. Walk around and sample the different pastries and fresh produce in the downtown hub. Market Square, famous for its unique architectural surroundings and home to businesses like PPG and Highmark, is the perfect place to host over 30 local vendors weekly and allows you to see the square in a new light, all while supporting local businesses!

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Emma is a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh studying communication and political science. She is originally from Wyomissing, Pennsylvania aka Taylor Swift's hometown. In her free time, Emma is a member of Theta Phi Alpha and serves as their junior Panhellenic rep, as well as a member of the Pink Campus Team. She enjoys listening to music, watching movies, reading, writing, and going to the gym.
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