A welcome low-key addition to the summer festival circuit, the event is a great way to enjoy Polish Hill’s eclectic charm on a Sunday. Pierogies, punk rock and community pride will converge along Brereton St. for a relaxed day of music, art, performance and food. Attendees of all ages are invited to explore technology with Assemble, make crafts with Little House, Big Art, watch metalworking demos with the Mobile Sculpture Studio, sign up for library cards and more.

Always a draw are the performances, which reflect a neighborhood that’s home to countless musicians. Featured performers include Brazilian samba drummers Timbeleza, metal band PARTY!, acoustic act Tilley Hawk, teen guitar wizards Urgent Notice and others. Also a highlight will be 30-plus contemporary artists selling work in a range of media, sizes and price levels—not to mention loads of delicious local, vegetarian and vegan fare.

Want to get involved? Support the Polish Hill Civic Association‘s Indiegogo campaign today.

Bobby Rush.

Bobby Rush.

10. Pittsburgh Blues Festival at Hartwood Acres: July 24 – 26

Buddy Guy.

Buddy Guy.

Rock out and help fight hunger at the 21st annual Pittsburgh Blues Festival. Celebrating some 10 million meals provided, the three-day fest at scenic Hartwood Acres features an impressive lineup of internationally renowned and locally loved blues acts. Kicking off the festivities on July 24 will be blues guitarist and vocalist Duke Robillard, vocalist Billy Price and singer and actress Dana Fuchs. Don’t forget that admission on Friday is free with a bag of non-perishable grocery items. The Food Bank’s largest annual event, the festival has raised more than $2 million to fight hunger in our region.

On Saturday, don’t miss legendary American blues guitarist, six-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Buddy Guy. Ranked 30th in Rolling Stone‘s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” Guy got his start playing with Junior Wells and Muddy Waters, and went on to influence a generation of rock and blues guitar titans, from Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Also performing on Saturday will be Nola’s own New Breed Brass Band and blues guitarist Jarekus Singleton. Sunday’s lineup is packed with award-winning pioneer Bobby Rush, singer/pianist Marcia Ball, high-energy band Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers and rising star Selwyn Birchwood.

Be sure to visit the festival’s food and merchandise vendors, featuring everything from handmade jewelry and fudge to eco-friendly resources. Pop into the family-friendly KidZone to participate in hands-on art, craft and music activities, educational workshops and live art.


Because all good lists must come to an end, we give you our 6 not-to-miss honorable mentions for July:

Ladyfest Pittsburgh

Ladyfest Pittsburgh

DreamOn Festival in Market Square: July 3 – 5

Culture Club: 2-Minute Film Festival, The Silver Screen at Carnegie Museum of Art: July 9

The Whiskey Rebellion Festival in Washington, Pa.: July 9 – 12

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s 40th anniversary season: July 10 – August 4

Ladyfest Pittsburgh Music Festival: July 17 – 19

Harambee Black Arts Festival: July 18 & 19

Looking for events for families and children?

Be sure to read our Top 10 Family Adventures this July in Pittsburgh feature.

Looking for live music?

Check out our Sound Picks: 10 can’t-miss Pittsburgh concerts in July feature.