Amy B. Heitsenrether
Like many other
students, this will be my first summer in the ‘burgh and I know school and work
will take up most of my time, so I am planning my adventures accordingly.
Pittsburgh comes alive in the summer with concerts, festivals, and events.
Depending on your interests you will find exactly what you are looking for. I
cannot be the one to tell you what to do this summer, but I know that even in my
tiny town back home, fun had to be found, the same goes for Pittsburgh.
How many of you
have slid through this year without visiting Schenley Park or venturing down to
market square? There is a lot more to Pittsburgh than Oakland and this summer
is the best time to find it. Come Memorial Day the pools, parks, grills and
Are you athletic?
Try Pedal Pittsburgh, a 15 to 60-mile bicycle ride of the neighborhoods that
will get you in shape for the rest of your Oakland summer. And if you feel you
are more athletic than a mere bike ride try the Pittsburgh Marathon, or at least
cheer the participants on, the event brings tens of thousands of people to the
Have you been to
Shadyside? In May, the Ellsworth Street Fair begins. If music is your thing the
PGH Folk Festival is also in May. This three-day festival features music, dance
and ethnic cuisine from more than 20 countries.
June, Pittsburgh becomes the place for fairs. These fairs range from a more
family type event such as the Big Butler Fair to the Allegheny county fair, with
free concerts, crafts, and food.
And if you are
going to be around for Labor Day stop by the rib and music feast and fill your
day with ribs, crafts, and an antique fair. But maybe none of these things
Are you artsy?
Well, the Three Rivers Art Festival is a 17-day festival downtown of both visual
and performing arts. Another downtown event is the Mellon Jazz festival, where
local as well as International performers come to celebrate jazz.
In July the events
continue. And if there is one event that you do not want to miss, it is the 4th
of July in Pittsburgh, head down to the point or up to Mount Washington for a
day unlike any you have ever experienced. And if you have yet to visit Schenley
Park go to cinema in the parks, free movies under the stars.
There are also
your standard concert series at Mellon Arena or Star lake Amphitheater, and
don’t forget Pittsburgh’s hometown favorite, the Pirates will be playing all
summer as well.
These are just
events that I am interested in but I encourage all of you fellow summer
Pittsburghers to search for your fun too. Try the
or read a weekly paper for upcoming entertainment. Whether this is your first
summer or just one in a line
of them, make it the best summer by actually participating in the fun-nomenal
events Pittsburgh has to offer.