Pittsburgh's Top Annual Events

From rocking festivals to annual parades, these annual Pittsburgh events are the ones locals most look forward to each year.

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Three Rivers Arts Festival

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The nearly 50-year-old Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival provides seventeen days of art for the people with a mix of free art, live music, fine food, and festival fun. The most popular parts of the Three Rivers Arts Festival are the program of free outdoor concerts, and the vibrant artist market where artists from all over the country display and sell their wares.

Early June
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St. Patrick's Day Parade

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First held on March 17, 1869, the annual Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade is the largest parade on Pittsburgh's crowded parade calendar, with over 20,000 participants and an audience of as much as 200,000. According to parade officials, the St. Patrick's Day parade in Pittsburgh is actually the second largest in the country, following New York.

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Wings Over Pittsburgh Air Show

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This free, annual military air show, hosted by the 911th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve Command, is attended by more than 30,000 people each year, Wings Over Pittsburgh features military and civilian aerial demonstrations and static displays as well as lots of children's activities.

June or July
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Pittsburgh Regatta & Fourth of July Fireworks

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Extreme water sports, jet-ski racing, water-ski shows, children's activities, national-act concerts, and the dramatic Fourth of July - Regatta Thunder fireworks show are only some of the reasons to attend the annual Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta. Attracting over 400,000 annually, the Pittsburgh Regatta is the region's largest community event and the largest inland regatta in the United States.

First week of July
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Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

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One of the nation's premiere vintage racing events, the annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is one of only two in the world that's raced on city streets. The fun, ten-day festival features vintage car shows, vintage car races, a car cruise, concerts and charity events, and attracts more than 250,000 spectators.

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Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

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Travel back four centuries in time at the Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival held each August and September in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, just west of New Stanton. Enjoy life from the 15th century with free daily shows, artisans, jousting, comedy, and food.

August & September
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Pittsburgh Light Up Night

See Pittsburgh decked out in her holiday best! The city's dramatic skyline is the backdrop for an evening of holiday activities, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display. The popular Pittsburgh Light Up Night brings over 100,000 people to the Golden Triangle each year for the official kickoff of the Pittsburgh holiday season.

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Eckerd Celebration of Lights @ Hartwood

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The Hartwood Celebration of Lights is a breathtaking 3.2 mile stretch of holiday light displays leading up to the stunning mansion at Hartwood. More than two million lights are used to illuminate the holiday-themed displays standing 3- to 40-feet tall. The event is sponsored by Eckerd Drugs and Allegheny County and is enjoyed by more than 600,000 people each year!

Mid-November to early January
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