The South Side is a historic neighborhood in Pittsburgh that’s full of fun things to do! Check out some of the community’s best upcoming events and specials and enjoy your summer along East Carson Street.

SouthSide Works Exposed

Summer South Side Events

Art, music, and food in one convenient location…how could you go wrong? SouthSide Works Exposed is a three-day family-friendly extravaganza featuring 50+ artists, crafters, and artisans at the Second Shift Crafters Artist Market, plus plenty of live music, entertainment, and refreshments. This annual event will take place near SouthSide Works Town Square along Sidney and 27th Streets on Friday, July 12th from 5 to 11PM, Saturday, July 13th from 12 to 11PM, and Sunday, July 14th from 12-5PM. Bands include NO BAD JUJU, Gene the Werewolf, and The Clintones. There will also be a slew of food trucks and a full bar by Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh. Sunday is Family Fun Day, featuring kid-friendly activities and entertainment. Stay tuned on Facebook for complete details!


South Side Pittsburgh Events

OpenStreetsPGH offers citywide events that take place once a month in May, June, and July. Miles of streets in Pittsburgh are temporarily closed for a day each month to create routes that allow foot traffic and cyclists to explore the city. In the South Side, East Carson Street will open its doors and historic street to OpenStreetsPGH on Sunday, July 28th, for the route that includes Downtown-Uptown and South Side. This motorized vehicle-free event is also free to attend, and it includes activities, workshops, live music, and specials at many of the participating local businesses. The goal of OpenStreetsPGH events is to foster a sense of community among the people of Pittsburgh, so you are welcome to walk, run, skate, bike, or rollerblade freely along East Carson Street while you enjoy a variety of featured neighborhood activities. 

City Theatre: THE BASH

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On Saturday, September 7th at 6:30PM, Bingham Street in South Side will be taken over by THE BASH, an evening event to benefit the City Theatre. This outdoor block party on City Theatre’s campus will feature performances, dancing, food, and drinks. See a sneak peak of the play Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee, delight in a pop-up performance in the Hamburg Studio Theatre, dance the night away with DJ QRX, dine from local food trucks Pittsburgh Pierogi, Mission Mahi, and South Side BBQ, and sip on signature cocktails created by South Side’s best bartenders. Tickets can be purchased online and are $50 for the After Party, $100 for general admission as a Bash Patron, and $250 for VIP Backstage Access to a reception with special guests Theresa Rebeck and Zachary Quinto. A portion of each ticket benefits the City Theatre’s new play mission. Event sponsors include PNC, UPMC/UPMC Health Plan, Vivian and William Benter, Byham Family Foundation, and The Massaro Corporation. All proceeds benefit City Theatre.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC

Our city’s professional soccer team, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, have a jam-packed summer schedule of games for the sports fans out there. The Riverhounds play in the Highmark Stadium and have regular season games from March-October, available to view in an online schedule. You can purchase individual tickets starting at just $14 a game, as well as season and group tickets. Riverhounds’ games are an excellent way to spend a Saturday afternoon with your friends, or you can get a group together from work or another organization that you belong to—you can even tailgate together in the parking lot before the game. They also have a killer promotional calendar with themed and sponsored nights partnering with different organizations. Did we mention that there’s even a $1 beer special that runs prior to the game until kickoff? Maybe we should have led with that, but now that you know, don’t miss out on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC games this summer!

McCormick and Schmick’s Happy Hour & Summer Specials

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Photo Credit: @mcandschmicks, Instagram

This summer’s events, games, and block parties will surely make you hungry and thirsty! Your next stop should be at McCormick and Schmick’s for one of the best happy hours in the South Side. McCormick and Schmick’s is a seafood and steak restaurant located on Sidney Street in the SouthSide Works with a happy hour on Mondays from 5-7PM, Tuesdays to Fridays from 4:30-7:00PM, and Saturdays from 5-7PM. During happy hour, they offer appetizers starting at just $3, as well as Cheeseburgers, Ahi Tuna Poke Bowls, Crispy Coconut Shrimp, and more, all for under $10. The spirits, wine, beer, and handcrafted cocktails are all nicely priced, plus they feature different specials every day, including a Lobster Tail & Filet dinner on Sundays. On Thursday, August 22nd, get to “Tequila and Tacos Night” for a unique tequila tasting session paired with tacos ($45 per person). Call ahead to make reservations though—space is limited!

Founded in 1949, the South Side Chamber of Commerce supports many of the South Side’s events, business district improvements, and community gatherings, so be sure to keep an eye on them or stop by the South Side Welcome Center to see what’s happening!

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Paige Creo

Paige Creo is a marketing consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has 9 years of experience specializing in marketing, strategy, and brand management. Paige earned her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and she has also spent time working in Dublin, Ireland. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, traveling, playing and watching sports, and spending time outdoors.

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