Spring and Summer Dates in the Cultural District

We don't know about you, but after a long winter, we're ready to spend the maximum possible amount of time outdoors. Fortunately, the Cultural District is packed with great spring and summer date night options. From live outdoor performances to leisurely strolls along the river, we've got your date nights covered.

Enjoy an outdoors performance

Where: Point State Park, Agnes R. Katz Plaza, and throughout the Cultural District

Key Dates: June 7-16, June 20-23, Tuesdays in June - September

Outdoor performances are one of our favorite perks of warmer weather, and there are plenty of free concerts to check out Downtown. Find your favorite set of matching lawn chairs and enjoy a date night at the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival June 7-16, where the Dollar Bank Main Stage and Acoustic Stage will be packed with local and national talent. This year's featured music includes India.Arie (June 7), Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives (June 8), Nahko and Medicine for the People and The Teskey Brothers (June 9), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (June 10), Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (June 11), Kaia Kater (June 12), Lucius (June 13), Tank and the Bangas + Too Many Zooz (co-headliners on June 14), Mandolin Orang, Mipso, and Parsonsfield (June 15), and J. Roddy Walston & The Business (June 16).

Later that month, the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival presented by Citizens Bank takes over Downtown Pittsburgh. And hey, speaking of jazz, starting in June, you can catch a free concert any given Tuesday night from 5pm-7pm in Katz Plaza as part of our BNY Mellon Presents JazzLive Series.

couple sits on grass during Three Rivers Arts Festival at Point State Park

Drink on a rooftop

Where: Harris Grill Downtown, Il Tetto, Biergarten at Hotel Monaco

Key dates: All summer long

Until a few years ago, rooftop bars were mostly unheard of in this city. Oh how far we’ve come! There’s no shortage of options now, including Downtown’s Biergarten at Hotel Monaco (620 William Penn Place, 9th Floor), Harris Grill (245 Fourth Avenue), and Il Tetto (942 Penn Avenue), where the glass retractable roof is clutch for unpredictable Pittsburgh weather. Take in the views together and toast to outdoor drinking season.

couple laughs and smiles while standing on downtown pittsburgh rooftop

Stroll hand-in-hand, then take in the sunset

Where: Allegheny Riverfront Park, Point State Park

Key dates: All summer long

Sometimes a great date is as simple as a walk along the river. Our downtown trail along the Allegheny River will take you from the Andy Warhol Bridge all the way to Point State Park, where you can catch a beautiful Pittsburgh sunset together. Stop for a photo opp at the fountain, which happens to mark the spot where our favorite Pittsburgh geographical love story takes place: the Allegheny and the Mon meeting for the first time to form the Ohio. What could be more romantic?

couple sits on chair looking out over the river

Go on a public art tour

Where: 7th & Penn Parklet, Agnes R. Katz Plaza, Wood Street Galleries, Garrison Place

Key dates: All summer long

Here in the the Cultural District, art isn’t contained to just our theater and gallery spaces. Head to 7th & Penn Parklet, a small and colorful oasis in the heart of Downtown. There, you can grab a selfie with our Magnolias for Pittsburgh exhibit, which includes two bronze magnolia trees standing alongside five live ones. Across the street, have some fun sharing an unusual eyeball-shaped bench at Agnes R. Katz Plaza. When evening falls, you can watch the facade of Wood Street Galleries light up or duck into Garrison Place to check out the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s newest light installation.

couple stands next to Magnolias for Pittsburgh installation

When it's too humid to be outside...

Catch a Show

Where: Liberty Magic

Key Dates: Wednesdays-Sundays, May through September.

The Cultural District's newest venue, Liberty Magic, provides the perfect excuse to dress up and catch a show when the weather is just too humid to be outdoors. The spring and summer lineup includes residencies with Billy Kidd in BRIDGING THE GAP (May 15-June 23), Mark Toland in MIND READER (June 26-August 4), and the return of Eric Jones in IMPOSSIBLE (August 7-September 8). Bring your own beer, wine, or soft drinks to our intimate performance space and prepare to be amazed.