Deutschtown Music Festival map by Joe Mruk.
Deutschtown Music Festival map by Joe Mruk.

Multiple Northside venues

July 11
11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

125 Bands, 24 stages, 16 venues, 12 hours (and counting). The Northside rocks for many reasons and one of the the best times to see why is at the Deutschtown Music Festival.

Deutschtown Music Festival

Bringing its third annual installment to the historic Pittsburgh neighborhood all day and night on Saturday, July 11, the free festival has quickly become one the city’s largest local music events. With bands and musicians spanning five outdoor stages, 16 indoor venues and every genre under the summer sun, this homegrown festival truly has a sound for all ears.

This year, the festival’s two main stages will set up shop in scenic Allegheny Commons Park and along a dedicated block located off of Foreland Street. Participating venues peppered throughout the Northside’s Deutschtown nabe are all within walking distance, and include everything from clubs and bars, to cafes and art spaces.

From Chet Vincent & The Big Bend at the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse and Garden and Cello Fury at the Allegheny Elks Lodge, to the Weird Paul Rock Band at the Modern Cafe and André Costello & The Cool Minors at Penn Brewery—attendees can take a bona fide tour of Pittsburgh’s diverse and thriving music scene in less than 24 hours and all on foot.

Deutschtown Music Festival

Augmenting the festival’s daytime portion will be loads of family-friendly programs, hands-on children’s activities, an artists’ market and a food truck roundup with 20 local purveyors.

From 2 to 8 p.m., festival-goers can also pop into Artists Image Resource‘s free open house—located at 518 Foreland Street—to print tattoos and posters, purchase original artwork and watch the Mobile Sculpture Workshop in action.

Need a lift? Throughout the day and night, two free shuttles will make multiple stops on the Northside and North Shore.

Looking to pre-game the festival? Head to the official DMF kickoff party on Friday, July 10 co-hosted by James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy and Full Pint Brewing. The Foreland Street venue will feature live music by Psylo Joe, Dr. Bacon, Rebekah Todd and Ian Gordon’s Electric 4, along with tasty brews from Full Pint.

Run by a dedicated group of volunteers, the grassroots Deutschtown Music Festival was launched to showcase and supports Pittsburgh’s vibrant and varied music scene, while also fostering neighborhood-based economic and community development taking place throughout the central Northside.

View a complete Deutschtown Music Festival schedule. View a map of the festival.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...