Pittsburgh's calendar is chock-full of events, and new arrivals will have no shortage of festivities to pick and choose from. They're also a great way to meet people and make friends, and newcomers to the city should take full advantage.
Below are some of the more prominent events on Pittsburgh's calendar.
Annual events in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Restaurant Week's Winter Celebration (January)
Pittsburgh Restaurant Week is a great time for new arrivals to discover all the eateries in their new city. Discounted prices, special offers and a festive atmosphere make this a week not to miss out on.
St. Patrick's Day Parade (March)
Like many cities across America, Pittsburgh rises to the occasion when it comes to St Paddy’s Day, complete with a parade, marching bands, floats and a Miss Irish Eyes crowning luncheon.
Pittsburgh Earth Day Festival (April)
Newcomers to Pittsburgh will enjoy the citywide celebration of sustainability, which toasts the city’s evolution from its Steel City past to its green future. Attendees shouldn’t miss out on events such as the Eco Short Film Showcase and the Growing Up Green Festival.
Pittsburgh Pride (June)
One of the biggest parties of the year, Pittsburgh Pride should definitely not be missed. The festival celebrates the city’s LBGTQ+ community, and with more than 185,000 attendees last time round, it keeps getting bigger and better.
Rock, Reggae & Relief (August)
Visitors sway to the sweet rhythms of reggae and rock at this Caribbean-inspired benefit festival, which seeks to promote the city’s culture scene while also giving back to those in need.
A Fair in the Park (September)
One for the art lovers, A Fair in the Park is held at Mellon Park and celebrates art in a variety of forms, including clay, fibre, wood, jewellery, glass, metal and mixed media, and features the work of more than 100 local and national artists.
Light Up Night (November)
Newcomers to Pittsburgh will know the holiday season has officially kicked off when the Christmas tree is lit up in Downtown Pittsburgh. A beautiful spectacle, it also gives new arrivals the chance to mingle with locals.
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