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Market Square Summer Activities

It’s the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. Renovated, refreshed, and reinvigorated with more life than ever before, historic Market Square is once again the hub of activity.

Exploring Downtown and don’t know where to start? Visit Market Square to meet our Park Ambassadors!   They are on hand to help you find a place to grab lunch, let you know what events are happening Downtown, and answer questions!  Ambassador Hours:  Monday – Friday | 10:30 AM-7:30 PM.  Saturday | 9:00 AM-2:00 PM.  Sunday | 9:00 AM.-6:00 PM.

Reading Room | Games | Ping Pong

Spend your lunch break with a good book, courtesy of our Reading Room. “Check out” magazines, books, and other reading materials from the blue cart in Market Square. Talk to our Market Square Park Ambassador for more information!

Looking to get moving instead? Challenge a friend or coworker to a game of ping pong, outsmart them in giant chess, checkers, or Jenga, or play a few rounds of cornhole! All for free. Games are out for play when Park Ambassadors are present in the Square.

Public Art

Developed in 2013, the Downtown Activation and Public Art initiative is a multi-year effort to enhance the Downtown neighborhood through public art events, creating thoughtful and innovative programming that enlivens unique areas throughout Downtown Pittsburgh. Our efforts employ object, programming, and community-based strategies to create a more sustainable neighborhood.  Over the past few years, the PDP has successfully implemented a number of programs to enhance the vibrancy of Downtown, from the transformation of Market Square and the expansion of our programming to the installation of public art in Strawberry Way.

Events

Yoga in the Square
Pittsburgh’s favorite free yoga series returns with two free one-hour yoga classes to Market Square with some of the city’s best yoga instructors! Yoga in the Square 2018 was hosted on Sundays and Wednesdays and provided by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Whirl Magazine.

KidsPlay
Enliven and enrich your child’s summer with KidsPlay at Market Square! This free program brings fun and educational programs for children and their families to Downtown.

Farmers Market
Downtown’s showcase Farmers Market will be celebrating its 15th season with fresh produce and goods from local vendors, while providing the Downtown community with a unique and convenient shopping experience that enlivened the city.

Dancing in the Square
Dancing in the Square was presented by USA Dance Pittsburgh in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Downtown joined us to get their weekend moving as they learned exciting new and traditional dances in the heart of Pittsburgh. Classes are free, don’t require a partner, and are followed up perfectly with dinner in Downtown.

Saturday Night Market + Downtown Sound Series 

PDP Night Markets bring an awesome outdoor pop-up shopping market and festival to Downtown, featuring some of Pittsburgh’s most creative independent vendors. As part of our Downtown Sound Initiative, the PDP presented a 25 week-long, free, live music series at the Night Markets in collaboration with community partners presenting diverse styles of local music.

Fashion Market

A variety of retailers and mobile fashion trucks offer unique deals, great finds, and an exciting way to do some shopping on your lunch break in Downtown while supporting small, local businesses.

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Friday, June 28

 Free Friday Walking Tours: Bridges & River Shores

12:00 - 1:00 PM     Meet at 107 Sixth Street, Downtown Pittsburgh (in front of the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel)

You’ll hear about a Pittsburgh sports hero and pop artist––and about two American daredevils––as you cross the Roberto Clemente and Andy Warhol bridges with your PHLF guides, and explore the Allegheny riverfront. You’ll see theaters, sports stadiums, sculpture, a school, residences, skyscrapers, and Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center, among other notable sites, on this refreshing walk over water and on land. Reservations appreciated: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 412-471-5808, ext. 527

Saturday, June 29

 Fort Pitt Museum Tours 

11:00 AM and 1:00 PM - Included with Fort Pitt Museum admission

Get to the point of Pittsburgh history by taking a one-hour highlights tour of the Fort Pitt Museum, featuring the Fort Pitt diorama, the Trader’s Cabin, and the main exhibits on the museum’s second floor. Following the tour, visitors are encouraged to re-visit displays and exhibits to learn more about Fort Pitt, the French & Indian War, and the American Revolution.  No registration or sign-up is required to participate in a guided tour and tours are included with museum admission.  

The Pittsburgh All Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail FestivalThe All-Star Craft Beer, Wine, and Cocktail Festival

12:00 - 4:30 PM and 6:30 - 11:00 PM   https://www.ballparkfestival.com/pittsburgh/

PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, will be the host for Pittsburgh's largest and most popular craft beer, wine, and cocktail festival ever!  Choose from two different sessions for the ultimate sampling experience! Tickets will be extremely limited for each session.  You will have the choice of a day session (12:00pm to 4:30pm) or a fantastic later session (6:30pm - 11:00pm) where you can sample under the lights.  Guests will be treated to unlimited samples of hundreds of amazing craft beer, wine, and cocktail brands from around the world that will be showcased throughout the entire ballpark and on Federal street, enjoy multiple live bands & DJs, a keepsake sampling glass, tons of games (giant Jenga, Connect Four, cornhole, and more), 2 tickets to a Pirates future game in 2019, free admission to the official after party, sampling glasses, giveaways, activities, other all-star product vendors, pierogi races, and the opportunity to hang out with the Pirate's mascot, Pirate Parrot!  You will also be able to have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the ballpark like never before by being able to get a professional photo in The Pirates dugout, and walk the warning track around the entire playing field!

 Fort Pitt Museum’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM     Fort Pitt Museum @ Point State Park

Celebrate 50 years of storytelling at the Forks of the Ohio River with the Fort Pitt Museum.  The Fort Pitt Museum was formally dedicated and opened to the public on June 30, 1969. Originally supported by the city of Pittsburgh, state of Pennsylvania, and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, the Fort Pitt Museum was Pittsburgh’s first history museum dedicated to the story at the Forks of the Ohio River and early Pittsburgh.  Join the Museum in this 21+ after-hours program to celebrate 50 years, which will feature special guest Virginia Stotz, who will speak about her father, Charles M. Stotz, and his influence on the Fort Pitt Museum and history at the Point.  Additional details on schedule, food, and beverages is forthcoming.  Admission to the 50th anniversary celebration at the Fort Pitt Museum is $25 for adults and $20 for students and History Center members. Please register in advance.  Pre-registration is encouraged. Online registration will close at the end of business on Monday, June 24. Any remaining registrations will be available for purchase on the day of the program on a first come, first served basis at the admissions desk.

Sunday, June 29

 Fort Pitt Museum Tours 

11:00 AM and 1:00 PM - Included with Fort Pitt Museum admission

Get to the point of Pittsburgh history by taking a one-hour highlights tour of the Fort Pitt Museum, featuring the Fort Pitt diorama, the Trader’s Cabin, and the main exhibits on the museum’s second floor. Following the tour, visitors are encouraged to re-visit displays and exhibits to learn more about Fort Pitt, the French & Indian War, and the American Revolution.  No registration or sign-up is required to participate in a guided tour and tours are included with museum admission.  

Thursday, July 4

 Fort Pitt Museum Independence Day Celebration

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM       FREE - Open to the public   Fort Pitt Museum

Commemorate the Fourth of July by raising a 36-foot garrison flag in historic Point State Park with help from colonial re-enactors and scouts. Visitors to the Point can learn about Fort Pitt and Western Pennsylvania’s role in the American Revolution and experience 18th century military music.

Inside the museum, visitors can enjoy a scavenger hunt and crafts. Outside, learn how to march and drill from costumed interpreters.

 Independence Day Flag Folding Ceremony 

12:00 - 12:30 PM at the Heinz History Center Museum

Celebrate Independence Day alongside other museum visitors and celebrate the service of America’s veterans with a group unfolding and refolding of a 36-foot American flag filling the History Center’s Great Hall and the singing of the National Anthem.

 Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates 

4:05 PM at PNC Park   Get Tickets

The five-time World Series champs have been a staple on the Pittsburgh sporting scene for more than a century. After back-to-back trips to the Wild Card Game, the Pirates fell short of the postseason in 2016-18. Growing pains aside, the team, adjusting to life after Andrew McCutchen (now with the Philadelphia Phillies), boasts some marquee performers in Gregory Polanco, Starling Marte, Josh Bell, Corey Dickerson, Francisco Cervelli and hurler Chris Archer.


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