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Monday, July 25: Pop Generation: Senior Social at the Andy Warhol Museum
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Andy’s peers deserve more than 15 minutes of fame. Move over Gen Z, this day is exclusively for adults aged 65 and over — the Pop Generation that inspired Warhol. Join an in-depth tour through the galleries, an informal discussion in the lobby and a reception with free refreshments. Attendees will learn about Warhol’s career as a commercial illustrator in the fashion industry, the evolution of his personal style and his friendships with models and designers. Buy tickets.
Monday, July 25: National Carousel Day in Schenley Plaza
10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Yes, there really is a National Carousel Day and you’re invited to go for a free spin with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. Hop on the PNC Carousel — one of the region’s few wheelchair-accessible amusement rides — to join the attraction’s fanciful elephant, giraffe, ostrich and seahorse for free rides in Oakland’s green space.
Tuesday, July 26: Simply Steps Walking Tour starting in the Strip District
Pittsburgh is known as the city of bridges, (all 446 of them!), but did you know the city also tops the charts for its number of public steps? That means 800 stairways throughout its 90 neighborhoods. Join Laura Zurowski, creator of “MisSteps.com: Our Missed Connections with Pittsburgh’s City Steps,” on a two-mile stairway adventure through Troy Hill and Spring Garden, where you’ll learn about this unique form of pedestrian travel. Buy tickets.
Tuesday, July 26: Chita Rivera: A Legendary Celebration at the Greer Cabaret Theater
If you loved her in “West Side Story,” you can’t miss this rare opportunity to see living legend Chita Rivera in this uniquely intimate setting. Dubbed one of Broadway’s “greatest triple-threat talents,” the theatrical icon and beloved vocalist is one of the most nominated performers in Tony Award history and the first Latino American to receive a Kennedy Center Honor. Buy tickets.
Thursday, July 28-Saturday, July 30: Stomping Grounds Dance Competition at Level Up Studios
The dance battle of the year is here. Don’t miss the action during this high-intensity all styles breakdance competition to see who will be crowned the 2022 Stomping Grounds Champion. New this year are extra dance workshops, a networking mixer and panel discussions with the event’s renowned industry judges. Buy tickets.
Pittsburgh’s fave new nightclub sets up shop every Thursday night in CMOA’s scenic courtyard to host a summer dance party. This special edition is a Curators’ Night with Mostbeautifullest DJs Boo Lean, HUNY and Suzi Analog at the decks. The happy hour happening includes food trucks, brews from Trace and a Café Carnegie bar with custom snacks and wines.
Thursday, July 28: Nerd Nite at Spirit
If topics like Canada’s Paul Revere, historical revisionism and medicinal maggot therapy pique your curiosity, this night is for you. Equal parts TED talk, comedy show and social mixer, Nerd Nite combines learning and hilarity with a vibe that’s as entertaining as it is academic. Hear 15-minute presentations on a variety of topics and general nerdery, ask your burning questions and join the lively networking game. Buy tickets.
Thursday, July 28-Saturday, July 30: Pittsburgh Black Pride Week
Don’t miss this 27th annual celebration of the lives and contributions of local Black LGBTQIA+ individuals, families and communities. Events take place in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, including 5801 Video Lounge & Bar, the August Wilson Center, Schenley Park and P Town Bar. Highlights include a concert by singer, dancer and actress Mýa, a community BBQ and a vendor fair. The week also raises awareness about pressing health and social issues affecting Black LGBTQIA+ populations. View a schedule.
Friday, July 29-Sunday, July 31: Confluence at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel
Did you know that Pittsburgh is home to a long-running literary conference focused on science fiction, fantasy and horror? Award-winning authors, editors, artists and musicians will gather for three days of panel discussions, readings, workshops, demos, dealers rooms and filk music concerts designed to deepen an appreciation of these pop culture genres.The welcoming conference gives attendees and fans the unique opportunity to meet the creators. Buy tickets.
Friday, July 29: 18+ Night: Colorful Collision at Carnegie Science Center
Explore the remarkable connections between creativity and science during this after-hours, kid-free party on all four floors of the Science Center. Sculpt with clay and metal, chat with artists from the Pittsburgh Society of Sculptors and make your own glow-in-the-dark prints. Load up a super soaker to paint on a graffiti wall, play the world’s largest guitar and create your own artwork. Buy tickets.
Friday, July 29 & Saturday, July 30: Pittsburgh Beerfest at Stage AE
Craft brews and animal advocacy make a fantastic pairing when Pittsburgh’s largest craft beer showcase opens its taps. Froth fans will enjoy open samplings of local, regional and hard-to-find craft beers. The event offers an affordable venue for craft beer enthusiasts to sample what can sometimes be expensive beers, while learning about them from experienced brewers and distributors. Plus, proceeds benefit Animal Rescue Partners. From Evil Genius to Knockin Nobbin, there’s a tasty libation to quench every thirst. Buy tickets.
Friday, July 29: The Importance of Being Earnest at Savoyards Studio Theatre
The Pittsburgh Savoyards opens its 85th season with one of the 20th-century’s most iconic plays. You have just two more nights to catch Oscar Wilde’s satire of society blending wit, intrigue, hilarity and charm directed by Marsha Mayhak. Buy tickets.
Saturday, July 30: OpenStreetsPGH in the East End
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
There’s even more car-free fun to love when OpenStreetsPGH unveils its longest route. If you’re wondering what all the buzz is about, this is the perfect chance to check out the movement that’s sweeping the streets of hundreds of cities worldwide. Moving to a Saturday this month, the 4.4-mile East End Loop connects the neighborhoods of Homewood, Larimer, East Liberty, Shadyside and North Point Breeze. Journey through three bustling business districts plus local parks and green spaces. With no vehicles to avoid, you’re free to stroll, skip, bike, roll, run, and explore the wide-open roads. Along the route, enjoy activity hubs, vendors, performers and special promotions.
Saturday, July 30: Goat Fest at South Side Park
They’re highly intelligent and inquisitive — and impossibly cute — but did you know that goats play a vital role in ecological restoration by munching on invasive plants? Watch this industrious species in action and hear them communicating with each other by bleating. You’ll also get to see Hobo, the adorable miniature donkey who protects the goats! Join a goat-themed puzzle adventure, participate in tree plantings, and learn about Allegheny GoatScape. New offerings include artisan vendors, live music, tree adoptions, puppet shows, and a petting zoo.
Saturday, July 30: Allegheny County Wine & Spirits Festival at Hartwood Acres
If sipping vino at an opulent Tudor mansion sounds like the perfect summer date night, then get your tickets for this elegant evening. With the Allegheny County park system’s crown jewel as your backdrop, you’ll sample offerings from Western PA’s top vintners and distillers and enjoy music by Samantha Sears and Justin Sellers. Choose from one of three sessions: 12 to 2:30 p.m. for the day drinkers, 3:30 to 6 p.m. for an afternoon outing, or 7 to 9:30 p.m. for the sunset views. Stay sated with food truck cuisine — and save room for Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream.
Saturday, July 30 & Sunday, July 31: Hill District Arts Festival on Centre Avenue
Experience the deep sense of community and rich artistic vision that’s infused within Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District. A first-of-its-kind festival for the neighborhood, the event takes place on a site that resonates with community and heritage — the 1800 block of Centre — where the Kaufmann Settlement House and Hill House once stood. Today, the nonprofit ACH Clear Pathways uses the space to offer visual and performing arts experiences to youth and families. The weekend includes concerts, entertainment, artist booths, DJs, children’s activities and food trucks.
Saturday, July 30: Mixed Culture Festival at Freedom Farms
Mix up your summer routine — and sip farmhouse beers on an actual farm — at Pittsburgh’s newest festival. Cinderlands and Trace Brewing, two of the city’s newest beer meccas, want you to know where your beer comes from and who makes it. Passionate about Belgian brewing traditions, they’ve dreamt up this first-ever festival as an ebullient celebration of saison, mixed-culture brews and the diverse community of beer-loving humans. Savor all things saison with 48 breweries from 19 states and two countries that you don’t always find at Pittsburgh festivals. Buy tickets.
Sunday, July 31: Pet-a-palooza at Humane Animal Rescue
Spend a “pawsome” Sunday with your furry bestie at HARP’s Hamilton Ave. shelter. The afternoon includes music, kids’ activities and of course Salty Paws sweet treats for Fidos. Learn about the nonprofit’s training programs, Ellie’s Pet Food Pantry and foster opportunities — and best of all — meet animals available for adoption, from cats and dogs to guinea pigs, rabbits and even turtles.
Sunday, July 31: Summer Sounds with Weather Permitting at Hazelwood Green
Wind down from the weekend at this chill Sunday music series that’s free to all ages. The eclectic musical and entertainment lineup features the Funky Dawgs Brass Band, Polkamaniacs and Oryan The Omazing. Expect lots of yummy food truck offerings, ice cream, brews and Empath Mocktails — plus free craft activities and retail vendors.
For more things to do, read 13 top things to do in Pittsburgh in July from the Furries to Picklesburgh. For live music check out Concerts in Pittsburgh this July: Our guide to 16 can’t-miss shows and Guide to the free Summer Concert Series at South Park and Hartwood Acres, from Joe Grushecky to Soul Asylum. For family events, see 10 fun-filled Pittsburgh events for kids in July.