13 Things You’ll Actually Want to Do This July in PGH

July sure is a busy month. Summer is in full swing. The sun is shining (when it’s not raining). And everyone’s just looking to have a good time.

Well, that shouldn’t be too difficult. You see, when we sat down to consult the calendar, our list of worthwhile events just keep growing. When it was all said and done, we ended up with these 13 events you’ll actually want to check out this July. Now the real challenge is figuring out how you’ll get to all of them. Choose wisely, friends.

PDP Rooftop Shindig 

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Get the holiday weekend started a little early by attending this rooftop party in Downtown Pittsburgh. This free event features live music, a movie, great eats, specialty cocktails, beer and giant games. Have your lawn chair ready because they’ll be showing Jaws on the outdoor movie screen when the sun goes down. July 1.

Possessed by Paul James @ Bayardstown

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Maybe you’ve never heard of Konrad Wert, the man behind the jams put forth by Possessed by Paul James. And perhaps you’ve never been to Bayardstown. If that’s true, we’re not sure what you’ve been listening to, or where you’ve been hanging out, but we do know that you need to check out both. Here’s your chance. Don’t blow it. July 9.

BKLYN Beer Dinner

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Two newcomers to Pittsburgh’s restaurant scene are teaming up with purveyors of unique brews to present a killer event pits Lawrenceville versus Bloomfield. The Vandal faces off against Station, with an assist from Brooklyn Brewery and Atlas Bottleworks for a beer dinner that will blow you away. July 23.

Biergarten Grand Opening

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Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love drinking outdoors in Pittsburgh? We sure do. And if you do too, then we’ll see you at the grand opening of the Biergarten at Draai Lang in Millvale. In addition to local brews, there will also be local food trucks on hand supplying the eats. July 9.

Deutschtown Music Festival

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This music festival is returning to the Northside for a third year of free performances showcasing local musicians, local businesses and the entire East Allegheny community. This year’s lineup includes more than 100 musical acts, of all styles and genres, performing at indoors venues, outdoors stages and spilling out onto the streets. July 11.

Speak Freely with Louis van Ahn

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This monthly speaker series features frank conversations with notable leaders in the local tech community. In July, Louis van Ahn stops by to share his story and insights learned while building Duolingo. Ever heard of it? It’s only the one of the most popular apps in the world, who just closed $45M in funding and happens to be based in Pittsburgh. Needless to say, this event is not to be missed. July 22.

Music to our Ears

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Yes, July’s musical offerings are off to a great start, what with Deutschtown and Possessed by Paul Jones. But the quality of concerts this month just keeps getting better. It all start with Talib Kweli at Altar Bar on July 17. Tallest Man on Earth will play the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on July 26. Then, the next day, Iron and Wine drops by to perform on the same stage July 27.

Lettering for Logos

Hand lettering artist extraordinaire Danny Gurwin will teach you the ins and outs of design, concepting and branding as part of this small group workshop. Attendees can expect to explore  basic letterform construction and sketching while developing and refining logo concepts. Grab your notebook, pencil and pens, then sign up now to secure your spot. July 30.

21+ Night @ Tech Shop

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On 21 and over night at Tech Shop local businesses, like breweries and restaurants, come together to host a maker party of sorts that benefits a local charity. In this case the charity is the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. So stop by the support a great cause, snack on some stellar eats (and drinks) and demo all the hands-on amenities everything Tech Shop has to offer. July 23.

Night Market (x2)

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Head over to Garfield on July 3 for the Unblurred gallery crawl and the Garfield Night Market. The Market is designed to showcase the community and local businesses along Penn Avenue with vendors, food trucks and entertainment. The following Friday, July 10, Downtown plays host to a Night Market of their own featuring a pop-up festival, vendors and plenty to eat and drink.

Inked After Dark

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Rediscover the Carnegie Museum of Natural History with a drink in hand while exploring the history of tattoos, inks and dyes. Enjoy live music, plenty of food and drink, demonstrations by local tattoo artists and exclusive access to the museum. July 17.

Cultural District Gallery Crawl

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Check out everything the Pittsburgh’s Cultural District has to offer by going gallery-to-gallery as part of this art-inspired tour. With more than 25 galleries to see, live music along the way and plenty of options for mouthwatering eats (and incredible drinks) this is one of the best ways to experience Downtown Pittsburgh. Did we mention it’s free?! July 10.

Fourth of July Fireworks

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Enjoy the fireworks on July 4th as part of the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta. This year’s event promises to be even more memorable than in years past. The newest addition includes a massive Ferriss Wheel on the North Shore. And, of course, the Anything that Floats Race. July 3-5.