While the past few snow days have led us to believe otherwise, warm weather is near and with it comes a host of outdoor activities in Pittsburgh! We’ve put together the ultimate guide for spending time in the sun: outdoor concerts, rooftop lounges, farmers markets…everything you need to know about outdoor activities in the Burgh. While a few do involve some forethought and planning, many are simple ideas ready to incorporate into your next <50 degree weekend…might need to pop out the sunscreen by the end of it😉
Rooftopping (noun): an activity best described as “hopping” from one rooftop to the next, usually involving fine cuisine, good company, and even better views! You heard it here first. Pittsburgh has the best rooftops and are a great way to enjoy the warm weather from a different angle. Start with Biergarten or Gaucho Parrilla downtown for some GOOD food, then head to Lawrenceville and finish the evening at New Amsterdam or Over Eden for the perfect night cap! Congrats! You’re a certified Rooftopper.
Picinic at the Point
Picinics are perhaps the simplest way to spend time outdoors. The Point downtown is easy to get to, spacious, and offers a great view of North Shore and the rivers. BYOFood or order take-out from one of the many surrounding options. Our pick? The Eagle. Name a better combo than fried chicken on a picnic blanket. We’ll wait. The park is accessible by bike, foot, or car; with plenty of nearby trails to explore, the options are endless!
Go to a Concert
There are three main outdoor venues in Pittsburgh: Heinz Field, Stage AE, and the Pavilion at Star Lake. After two years of seclusion we are so ready for live music and it seems like we’ve been heard. This summer is packed with some HOT names so check out the blog below for upcoming dates and details! Looking for something a bit more accessible? Pittsburgh is bustling with live music and entertainment throughout the city. We love Allegheny City Brewing Co. in or Southern Tier on North Shore for outdoor entertainment!
Take a Stroll
Pittsburgh is littered with hiking trails both in the city center as well as the surrounding areas! Visit Frick Park in Squirrel Hill or Emerald View Park on Mt. Washington for fresh air and fantastic views. If you’re in the mood for a day trip, Ohiopyle or McConnell Mills State Park offer an escape from city-life with their beautiful rivers and waterfalls. Revisit later in the year for cooler temps and some of the best fall foliage in PA. Click below for even more beautiful parks in Pittsburgh!
Visit a Farmer's Market
The perfect weekend morning most definitely includes a trip to the local farmers market and Pitt does not disappoint. Who needs grocery lists with the fresh produce and baked goods on display at the Bloomfield Saturday Market? Whether it’s the ripe peaches, homemade bread, or local honey, these markets are an easy place to find hidden gems AND build an excellent meal. Check out the Lawrenceville and Northside Market’s as well for even more unique offerings!
Jet Ski on the Mon
Jet Skiing on one of Pittsburgh’s three rivers is definitley a bucket list item while in the Burgh. Saying that, look no further than Steel City Jet Ski for all your rental needs! The company offers 30 minute to 4 hour rental sessions with a 10 mile river radius available to skiers and riders. Access the marina by parking in Station Square and taking the elevator behind Texas de Brazil for the dock entrance. Check their website below for more details!
Attention newcomers, Pittsburgh has a thing for pickles. So much so, that pickleball is a serious past time during the warm weather months. If you’re unfamiliar with the sport, imagine tennis and badminton had a baby. But then add a dash of ping-pong. The result is a game both exhilarating and competitive for the perfect afternoon activity. Been practicing? Join a league in PSL, a great way to play and meet new people. Find nearby courts on the Pittsburgh Pickleball website!
Experience the Pedaler
During the summer, the Pedaler can be seen (and heard) throughout Pittsburgh streets in Lawrenceville, the Strip District, and North Shore. While the name itself conjures images of the next Marvel supervillain, The Pittsburgh Party Pedaler is the best way to experience the city with a group. Planning your next birthday or bachelorette party? Rally a few friends, a cooler packed with your favorite beverages, and reserve a time slot on the Pedaler’s website! The experience is sure to leave you breathless—from the laughter or pedaling though? TBD.
Ride a Cruisin' Tiki
Ever wanted to take a cruise down the river in a Hawaiian style tiki? We definitely do! You and your five besties can grab your favorite drinks to bring on board with you. Also, you can play your own music to play on your tiki cruise. Perfect for your bachelor/bachelorette trip, birthday excursion, or even a great spot to pop the question!
Pro-tip: Book a tour on a night with fireworks over PNC Park for more magic added to your trip!
Attend a Pittsburgh Festival
One of the best parts of Pittsburgh summers is the outdoor festivals. Remember the pickle convo? Picklesburgh is one of the nation’s largest food festivals and completely dedicated to everything pickle. Pickle cocktails, pickle funnel cakes, pickle on a stick—there’s no such a thing as too much pickle. If that’s not really your thing, check out Jam on Walnut occuring once a month starting in May through August. Walnut Street in Shadyside is transformed into an outdoor music scene with alternating performers and plenty of entertainment to last the weekend!
Gear Up in Black & Yellow
Pittsburgh supports their home teams with a passion unlike that of (dare we say) any other. While sports is a year-round thing here in the Burgh, warm weather only serves to heighten the enthusiasm and thrill of ball games. Catch a soccer game with the Riverhounds or spend an afternoon at PNC Park—the best spot to view the Pittsburgh skyline! Be sure to pick up your team colors beforehand from one of the many souvenir shops in the Strip District. As long as it’s black and yellow of course…
More Things To Do In Pittsburgh
Sunny Pittsburgh is a sight to behold but regardless rain or shine, there are plenty of outdoor activities for all interests! So grab a pair of sunnies (or a rain coat) and enjoy!