Sunshine and rooftop bars aren’t the only reason to get excited about summer. Here in Pittsburgh, we’re celebrating the change in seasons with a bunch of exciting activities, from music festivals to fascinating forums and plenty of reasons to get outside. Your social calendar will be slammed after taking a look at our masterlist of the best events in the city this June.
Penn Brewery’s Microbrewers’ Fest
We love Penn Brewery, and we’re definitely looking forward to celebrating its 30th birthday at this beer-and-cheer soaked festival. The retro-themed party will kick off at 5 p.m., featuring WDVE personalities Jimmy & Steve, a multitude of great eats and, of course, lots of beer. In fact, samplings from over 25 different breweries will be available, so make sure to plan for an Uber or bring a DD along for the fun. June 4.
3 Rivers Arts Festival
There’s no better way to begin your summer than by catching rays, checking out the annual artists’ market and listening to great bands curated by WYEP. This year, your Arts Festival week will include a mobile sculpture project, a salon featuring the latest in art and technology combined and tunes provided by IBEYI, Margaret Glaspy and Beth Orton. Trust us, you won’t want to miss it. June 3-12.
Community Day & Public Opening: Andy Warhol & Ai Weiwei
Anyone who has an eye on the art scene knows that the Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Andy Warhol Museum is an event to get excited about. If you’re feeling cautious about your budget this month, worry no more, because the Warhol is offering free admission to the opening this Friday. Throughout the day, visitors will be invited to participate in all kinds of activities, including a gallery talk and even a chance to make their very own art. For those of us who like to stay up late, DJ Pandemic will be spinning live tunes at the end of the evening. June 3.
Gamma Pickleball Classic
Okay, you got us – we didn’t know what pickleball was, either. But now that we know, we would like to share it with you, and exhort you to visit the David L Lawrence Convention Center next month to enjoy a couple rounds of a ping-pong-like sport featuring a ball the color of a (you guessed it) pickle. It’s for a good cause, too – the Classic will benefit the Parkinson Foundation. June 3-5.
LGBTQ+ Youth Prom
The thought of prom usually conjures up images of school cafeterias draped in streamers, awkward handshakes with your date’s parents and questionable catering, right? Not anymore. This year, members of the LGBTQ+ ages 13-20 are cordially invited to a formal dance at the Andy Warhol Museum for only $10 apiece. The theme, There’s No Place Like Candyland, leaves a lot of options open for attire choice. June 4.
Grind Mode Music Fest
Join the launch of a hip new music distribution service at Market Square early this June and be prepared to dance until you drop. Live music, live DJs, presentations and spoken word performances will all be a part of the mix. Every genre will be represented, so there’s no excuse to miss out. Plus, there will be lots of vendors selling art, trinkets and, of course, food. June 4.
Yoga in the Square
Our very own FittPGH has partnered with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership to create free hourlong yoga classes in Market Square on summer Sundays at 10 a.m. Classes are designed for every level, so you won’t feel left out if you can’t quite get to your toes yet. There’s no better place to practice a sun salutation than in the sun, so bring your mat, your cutest fit gear and your friends and take advantage of these complimentary events. Starting June 5.
If you’re always hungry for the latest updates on technological advances, but reading articles by yourself isn’t quite enough anymore, Cafe Scientifique has you covered. Spend an evening at the Science Center this June taking part in a fascinating forum on the subject of the universe and its future, led by cosmology professor Andrew Zentner. Food and drinks will be available, and yes, some of those drinks will be of the alcoholic variety. June 6.
Lights, Camera, Pittsburgh! Movie Tour
As we all know, Pittsburgh has become a major Eastern hub for movie settings and production – just ask the horde of people snapping pictures of Aaron Paul wandering downtown several years ago. If you’re a movie buff, this detailed tour of every spot in the ‘Burgh haunted by big-screen names will be a treat. See how filmmakers turned our very own Steel City into the backdrop for The Dark Knight Rises, Flashdance, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and many, many more. June 11.
Kennywood: Behind the Screams
Kennywood is one of the most beloved symbols of summer fun in our city. Author Brian Butko loves it, too, and will be launching his book about the history of the the theme park at the Senator John Heinz History Center this month. If you purchase a ticket for this historical ride, expect a fascinating talk by the author and Rick Sebak, Kennywood-themed games and a scavenger hunt throughout the building. June 12.
Crafts & Drafts: Bow Ties
If you want to look dapper for a night out, consider stopping by the Society for Contemporary Craft for an evening this month, where Nisha Blackwell of Knotzland will help you create your very own bow tie. She’ll also go over the basics of fiber and fashion, so if you’re looking for a style upgrade with a DIY twist, make sure you don’t skip this event. June 17.
Mattress Factory Garden Parties
Even if you don’t have a particularly green thumb, you can still come on down to the Mattress Factory to enjoy its two annual garden parties. The Urban Garden Party will be chaired by Bill Peduto this year, and the theme is Light Up the Night. Shortly after, the museum will host its Community Garden Party, where guests can expect a free day of performances, exhibits and activities. June 17 and 19.
Heroes & Inspirations: Symphony Concert
What’s better than a symphony performance celebrating superheroes, teachers, astronauts and other inspirational figures? A symphony performance that is designed especially for those with autism spectrum disorders, sensory disorders and other disabilities. At the end of this month, the exciting and inclusive Heroes & Inspirations symphony will be performed at Heinz Hall and is open to all. Special guests include artist Marcel Walker and astronaut Jay Apt, so get your tickets now. June 25.
Open Streets Pittsburgh
At the end of the month, a 3.5 mile stretch of Pittsburgh city streets will be closed off to traffic, so you can enjoy running, walking, biking, skating and shopping in the sunshine without any hindrance. Even better, it’s totally free! Explore all the way from downtown to the Strip District with fresh eyes with your whole crew. It’s the perfect opportunity to brush the dust off that bike and finally get around to filling that picnic basket. June 26.
Music in June
Live music and sunshine, two of our favorite things. And this month’s lineup of shows will have every would be concert-goer wondering how many acts they can catch. We’re already mentioned a few, but you’ll probably want to add some of these to your can’t-miss concert list:
Weather Permitting at Shadyside multiple weekend in June. Ray LaMontagne at Stage AE on June 12. Jam on Walnut in Shadyside on June 25. WYEP Music Fest at Schenley Plaza on June 25.