Hello, summer! Here’s what you’ll be doing (and what you’ll be eating!) this month in Pittsburgh.
Friday, June 1
National Doughnut Day
Celebrate National Doughnut Day at doughnut shops across Pittsburgh with special deals, new flavors, and free doughnuts!
Friday, June 1 – Sunday, June 10
Three Rivers Arts Festival
Not only will there be plenty of art at the Three Rivers Arts Festival (of course!), but you’ll also find food vendors galore, including a selection of rotating food trucks every day of the event.
Saturday, June 2
Beers of the Burgh Beer Festival at Carrie Furnace
So…. the bad news is that this event (featuring dozens of breweries offering samples of their brews) is officially sold out. But the good news is that there’s a pretty active Facebook buy/sell market going on right now, if you’re desperate to go.
Lawrenceville Farmers Market Opening Day
One of our favorite Farmers Markets in the city is opening this Saturday at Arsenal Park, with local produce, fresh-baked goods, and plenty of other treats. Read more in our 2018 Farmers Market Guide.
Sunday, June 3
TacoMania at Strange Roots Experimental
Tacos are coming to town… or at least, to Strange Roots Experimental. Taco food trucks at this special event include Blue Sparrow, Pittsburgh Burrito Bus and Edgars Best Tacos. Find out more on the event page.
History on Tap at the Heinz History Center
The final day to see the Heinz History Center’s Prohibition Exhibition is June 10, and they’re hosting an end-of-the-exhibit beer bash to celebrate. On June 3, join them for History on Tap, where guests can get a final look at the exhibit, while enjoying samples from five local breweries, including Brew Gentlemen, Four Seasons Brewing Company, Penn Brewery, Grist House Craft Brewery and Spoonwood Brewing. You can find out more online.
Biking and Brunching at Wigle Whiskey
Healthy Ride, Wigle Whiskey and Threadbare Cider are teaming up for a bike crawl through Pittsburgh’s Strip District, Downtown and Northside. The $25 crawl includes a guided bike tour a Healthy Ride bike rental, a Wigle ‘Zero Proof’ cocktail, a glass of cider, whiskey samples, and stops at Wigle’s Distillery, Wigle’s Downtown Tasting Room, Wigle’s Barrelhouse and Threadbare Cider.
Burn & Brew at Federal Galley
Federal Galley is kicking off their June fitness series, with special fitness events happening every Sunday this month. First up is a cardio lab with Union Fitness. Tickets are $15, and include a mimosa or a beer.
Monday, June 4
Shuck & Suck Competition at Merchant Oyster Co.
On the first Monday of every month, Merchant Oyster Co. hosts a Shuck & Suck oyster competition. Four restaurant teams will compete with one shucker and one sucker, and whichever team shucks the most in two minutes wins. For everyone else, there are specials all night, wiht half-priced Narragansett and half-priced select oysters.
Saturday, June 9
Smicksburg Strawberry Saturday
The town of Smicksburg, PA (located an hour outside of Pittsburgh), hosts a massive strawberry festival every year. Smicksburg, an Amish town, is known for their homemade goods – from pottery, to quilts and wooden furniture. The festival is a great opportunity to visit the town and its shops. In honor of the festival, Smicksburg will be serving strawberry wine, strawberry jam, strawberry ice-cream, and will be selling berry bowls and serving plates. More information can be found online.
Monday, June 4 – Sunday, June 10
Negronis for a good cause! National Negroni Week kicks off on June 4, and a number of Pittsburgh restaurants are participating in the week-long event, where bars and restaurants across the country launch special Negroni menus, with proceeds going to a variety of charities. Participating Pittsburgh restaurants include The Commoner, Vallozzi’s, Scratch Food & Beverage and Fl. 2. See the complete list online.
Sunday, June 10
The Neighborhood Flea
Now at 26th and Smallman Street, the Neighborhood Flea is back on the second Saturday of every month, with lots of vendors selling handmade goods, antiques, clothes, and more. There’s also always a lot of food trucks and food vendors participating every month.
Monday, June 11
Pittsburgh Magazine’s Best Restaurants Party
Pittsburgh Magazine’s annual Best Restaurants Party is back on Monday, June 11, with samples from dozens of favorite Pittsburgh restaurants, including Dinette, Morcilla, or, the Whale, Driftwood Oven, Senti, Superior Motors, the Vandal, and more. Tickets are $95 per person, and are available online.
Tuesday, June 12
Donations & Libations at the Butterjoint
Every quarter, the crew at the Butterjoint donates all of their cash tips, plus the proceeds from sales from a beer and loaded French fry special, to a different worthy non-profit. This time around, they’re supporting KidsVoice, an organization that represents nearly 3,000 children involved in the child-welfare system in Allegheny County’s Juvenile Court. Stop in, have a drink or two, and tip generously – it’s for a good cause!
Wednesday, June 13
Flight Night with Girl Scout Cookies at Bierport
Bierport is offering two sessions for their monthly flight night event, which will feature Girl Scout Cookies this time. There are two seatings, one at 6:30 p.m. and one at 8:30 p.m., and tickets include four 5 oz. flight beers, paired with four Girl Scout cookie flavors. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online.
Urban Chicken Keeping Workshop at Shiloh Farm
Ever wondered about keeping chickens in your back yard? Shiloh Farm is showing you how it’s done with this hands-on workshop in partnership with Grow Pittsburgh. Tickets are $12, and can be purchased online.
Thursday, June 14
Soergel Orchards Strawberry Festival
Soergel Orchards is moving their Strawberry Festival to Thursday night this year, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. During the festival, they will have plenty of family-friendly activities, pick-your-own berries, pony rides, strawberry desserts and dishes, and lots more. See more on the event page.
Friday, June 15
A Taste of Jazz at the August Wilson Center
Kick off the 2018 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival with a Taste of Jazz party at a Marcus Miller concert. This special event will start immediately following the concert, and will include tasty bites from Pittsburgh restaurants like Il PIzzaiolo, Willow, Eddie Merlot’s, Sienna on the Square, Fogo de Chao and more. Tickets are available online.
Saturday, June 16
Food Truck Rally at Voodoo Brewing
Voodoo Brewing’s famous Food Truck Rally is back at their Homestead brewery, running from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. No word on what food trucks are participating this time around, but there’s free admission, and it’s family and dog-friendly, too.
Sunday, June 17
Workshop PGH Father’s Day BBQ at Spring Hill Brewing
Workshop PGH is hosting a Father’s Day DIY Beer & BBQ day at Spring Hill Brewing. Tickets are $22 per person or $40 for a pair, and include a BBQ meal from Blowfish BBQ, and your choice of a DIY project, including a BBQ spice rub, a leather beer koozie, a wood wall mount beer opener and more.
Brews & BBQ at Freedom Farms
Have a BBQ dinner in the field at Freedom Farms in Butler! Head to the farm for a dinner paired with brews from local breweries. The event is rain or shine, and tickets are $50 each. You can find out more online.
Monday, June 18
Ultimate Pickle Class at Threadbare Cider
Learn how to make your own pickles from Threadbare Cider’s pastry chef Elise Miranda. Tickets to the event are $30, and include a glass of cider, pickles to take home, and a cheese, meat and pickle board to enjoy while you learn how to make your treats.
Saturday, June 23
Squirrel Hill Night Market
The Squirrel Hill Night Market runs from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., and will feature more than 50 I Made It! Market artists selling handmade wares, live bands, and lots of food, from Squirrel Hill restaurants and visiting food trucks. See the event page for more details.
Jam on Walnut
Shadyside kicks off their monthly Jam on Walnut street festival for the season this Saturday, featuring live music and beer draft wagons with brews from Labatt and Magic Hat Brewing.
Sunday, June 24
Sunday Best Bloody Mary Festival
The first Pittsburgh’s Sunday Best Bloody Mary Festival is coming this june! Enjoy local breakfast vendors, a DJ, local vendors & more. For this event, local bars and restaurants will meet in the courtyard at Heinz lofts to provide guests unlimited samples of their house-made Bloody Mary mix and best garnishes! In the name of friendly competition, guests will vote on Pittsburgh’s Best Bloody Mary! Tickets can be purchased online.
Saturday, June 30
Festa di Limoncello
Hello, summer! Vallozzi’s is transforming their lounge, sidewalk patio, and downtown alleyway into the Almafi Coast for their Festa di Lemoncello, with house-made limoncello tastings and cocktails, sparkling wines, Italian street food, pizza and more. Tickets are $75 per person, and can be purchased online.