As summer begins to wind down, kids head back to school, and we scramble to soak up the last few days of sun; we search for any last minute summer activities we can squeeze in before the pumpkin spice lattes start rolling out. Have no fear though, we’ve compiled a list of eight things to do here in Pittsburgh as the summer comes to a close.
Pittsburgh Little Italy Days
Hit up Bloomfield August 18th through the 21st for the annual Pittsburgh Little Italy Days. Entrance and entertainment is free, however, there is food for purchase. Check out the entertainment lineup here.
Reservoir of Jazz
Take in the beautiful scenery of Highland Park as you relax to classic jazz music. Free live performances every Sunday from 5-7pm through September 4th. Check out the schedule here.
Yoga in the Square
We mentioned Yoga in the Square in a past post but we feel it’s such a spectacular event that it needs mentioning twice. Start your week off right by meeting with other yogis in Market Square for a free Sunday morning practice. Find the complete schedule, including instructors here.
The Frick and Gardens
You can tour the Frick Art & Historical Center, The Frick Art Museum and the Car and Carriage Museum for free. Tours of Clayton, the restored home of the Henry Clay Frick family, do have a small fee of $12 for general admission, but seeing a spectacular piece of Pittsburgh’s history is worth the splurge. To plan your visit or purchase tickets go here.
Events with an admittance fee
The Pittsburgh Irish Festival will be back in the burgh September 9th through the 11th at the Riverplex. This annual event boasts a wide variety of entertainment and food coupled with a rich history. This festival is not one to be missed! Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information and a list of events click here.
While you’re at the Frick, be sure to check out their latest exhibit, Killer Heels. Tour goers will be able to see a number of heeled shoes from various high-end designers. The Killer Heels explores the history of “fashion’s most provocative accessory. From 18th-century silk slippers to the glamorous stilettos on today’s runways and red carpets, the exhibition looks at the high-heeled shoe’s rich and varied history and its enduring place in our popular imagination.” Cost is $12 and the exhibition is open until September 4th. Order tickets here.
It might not be Halloween, but Haunted Pittsburgh Tours isn’t interested in appeasing guests looking for seasonal thrills. Instead, the tour company gives a more historical tour of the city’s dark, twisted past. “If you like a good ghost story with a Pittsburgh twist, Haunted Pittsburgh has what you’re looking for.” For more information and to book your tour visit their website.
Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival
Travel back in time to 16th Century England. Join kings, queens, jousters, jugglers, and commoners for entertainment, arts and crafts, music, food, and so much more! This annual festival runs weekends in August and September. For a full list of activities, events, dates, and to order tickets, click here.