If there is is one thing we know for sure, it’s that we Pittsburghers love Pittsburgh food festivals. Luckily, it seems like we have one (if not multiple!) every single weekend.
For the rest of 2018, we’ve found over 65 (count em!) food events and festivals happening all over Western Pennsylvania. From food truck rallies and wine tours, to block parties and harvest fairs, here’s your ultimate guide to Pittsburgh food festivals in 2018.
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If we forgot you favorite festival, please leave it in the comments below!
The Best Food Festivals Still Coming in 2018
The 2018 Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Festival
August 30 – September 3
The return of Steeler’s season is always marked with the annual rib festival at Heinz Field! This five day event runs from Thursday to Sunday and features over a dozen rib vendors from around the country, live music and entertainment, child-friendly games and rides, and more! Entrance to the festival is free, but guests need tickets to the University of Pittsburgh and Steelers games that occur during the festival. More information can be found online.
Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival
Weekends August 19 – September 24
Here ye, here ye! The Renaissance Festival has returned! Head to the fairgrounds in West Newton, PA, for fun from “all corners of the realm.” The Renaissance Festival features jousting, fire-breathing, games, live music, magic shows, shopping, and food, including the famous roasted turkey legs. Every weekend the festival has a different theme, including “Celtic Fling,” children’s weekend, “Pirate Invasion,” Oktoberfest, and more! Tickets can be purchased online.
Annual Allegheny County Music Festival
For the 19th year in a row, the Allegheny County Music Festival is providing the region with a fun way to celebrate the end of summer. Stop by for a day of music, food trucks, and craft beer. Food trucks on site include BRGR, Revival Chili, PGH Halal Truck, Wood Fired Flatbreads, and more. The concert begins at 5:00 P.M. and a $20 per vehicle requested donation benefits Allegheny County Department of Human Services.
10th Annual Dormont Doggie Dip
Let your pooch cool down in the pool at the annual Dormont Doggie Dip! The event includes various swim sessions where dogs of all sizes have a chance to play in the pool. There will also be raffles and games. All proceeds from the event benefit Humane Animal Rescue and the Dormont Pool.
“Wurst Party Ever” Atria’s Oktoberfest
September 4 – October 28
Atria’s is celebrating Oktoberfest with a special and authentic menu, running September 4th to October 28th. Additionally, every Atria’s neighborhood location is hosting a kickoff party called “The Wurst Party Ever” with stein hoisting, beer tasting, Oktoberfest sampling, and live music. More information can be found on the Atria’s facebook.
Fourth Annual Britsburgh Festival
Celebrate British culture in Pittsburgh with the weeklong “Britsburgh Festival,” a celebration hosted by the Britsburgh organization. Events for the festival include a special dinner at Hartwood Acres Mansion, Shakespeare performances, netball, British style ales at East End Brewing and The Leaning Cask Brewing Company pub, British comedy, afternoon teas at the Mansions on Fifth and Omni William Penn Hotel, and much more!
Pour at the Park at North Park
Enjoy craft beer, food, and live music while supporting the Allegheny County Parks Foundation at the Pour at the Park event at North Park on September 7. Drink vendors include Rivertowne Brewing, East End Brewing Company, Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh, Threadbare Cider and Mead, Penn Brewery, and ShuBrew. Additionally, food vendors like Pure Grub, The Healthy Yinzer, Lidia’s Pittsburgh, and more will be on site. This event is family and pet friendly. Tickets can be purchased online.
Oktoberfest at Teutonia Männerchor
One of the most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations in Pittsburgh will be held at Teutonia Männerchor on September 7th and 8th. Teutonia Männerchor is a private German heritage club located in Deutschtown. The club was founded in 1854, and frequently hosts private events for members. Oktoberfest is one of the only times the club is opened to the public all year. Stop by for food, beers, live music, and plenty of fun!
Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival
The Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival, hosted by Our Lady of Victory Maronite Catholic Church, is a weekend long celebration of Lebanese culture in Pittsburgh. Stop by and enjoy plenty of food, drinks, dancing, and more! Food includes spinach pies, grape leaves, saj bread, roasted chicken, kibbee, and tabbouli. On Saturday night, Lebanese singer Said Abi Akl will perform Lebanese songs and dance the Dabke.
Ukrainian Food Festival
St. Peter & St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church is hosting its 7th Annual Ukrainian Food Festival on September 7th and 8th. Enjoy delicious homemade Ukrainian foods and pastries from the church’s kitchen. There will also be Ukrainian entertainment throughout the day on Saturday.
Craft beer at the zoo? Yes please! Guests are invited spend an evening at the Pittsburgh Zoo enjoying craft breweries, live entertainment, and food. Sample over 45 craft beers and wander around the park to see the animals. All guests receive a souvenir sampling mug. This is a 21+ event.
Pittsburgh Foodie Festival
Hop on Route 28 and head to this foodie festival at the Pittsburgh Mills! The festival will be held outdoors and feature food trucks, vendors, a car cruise, a doggy pageant, live music, and much more! Food vendors set to be at the event include Hot Ash Wood Fire Pizza, gourmet Greek food from Ash & Kris Kitchen, handmade pierogies and ravioli Kaczor Ravioli Co, tacos, deep fried oreos, snickers and nutter butters, funnel cake, and much more! This is a dog friendly event. More information can be found online.
Pittsburgh Irish Festival
Since 1991, the Pittsburgh Irish Festival has been one of the most popular annual celebrations in the region! Stop by for three days of fun, including live music, dancing, and plenty of authentic Irish food! Fan favorites “Gaelic Storm” are set to perform, as well as other bands, educational programming, folk tales, hurling competitions, and much more!
A Fair in the Park
A Fair in the Park is an contemporary fine art and fine craft festival, presented each year by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh. 2018 will mark A Fair in the Park’s 49th year. The festival is held over 3 days in the beautiful Mellon Park, and features over 100 regional and national artists who work in various mediums like clay, fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, metal, mixed media, and two-dimensional art. A Fair in the Park is free, open to the public, and held rain or shine.
Sewickley Harvest Festival
It’s almost time to kickoff to Fall in Sewickley! The 28th annual Harvest Festival will be held on September 8 and feature food, live entertainment, vendors, kids’ activities, arts & crafts and much more! The village of Sewickley will be bustling with visitors, merchant sidewalk vendors, and plenty of fall-themed events. Don’t miss this fun weekend in the village! https://www.facebook.com/events/1965561650230471/
PGH Urban Farm Tour
This self-guided tour will feature stops at more than a dozen of Pittsburgh’s urban farms, including Shiloh Farm, Hilltop Urban Farm, Centervue Gardens, Braddock Farms, Ballfield Farm and more. Tickets are $15 each, and are available online.
Explore East Liberty Wine Festival
Tickets to this wine event are $25 each, and include an event wine glass, an event tote, and wine samples from more than a dozen wineries. There will also be food products and vendors on site, too.
McKees Rocks Feastival
FEASTival is a free music and and arts festival held in McKees Rocks. The FEASTival began in 2013 as a pop-up event to showcase the development in the McKees Rocks downtown business district. This year, bands like Railroad Earth, Billy Strings, Wreck Loose, and more are set to perform. There will also be local artists featured, and plenty of food trucks! More information can be found online.
Moon Wizarding Festival
Moon Park is transforming into a magical world with enchanting vendors, bewitching food and drink options, and tons of wizarding games, including live Quidditch. Don’t miss this magical event!
The Neighborhood Flea – September
The Neighborhood Flea is Pittsburgh’s open air urban marketplace that highlights unique collectibles and local food and drink. The event is held monthly at 26th & Smallman Street in The Strip District during summer and fall. Stop by for all of your flea finds and to support sustainability and local vendors.
Fig Fest at Wigle Whiskey
Fig fans, this one is for you! Head to the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse on September 16 for a celebration of all things fig. Enjoy fig cocktails, fig bites from La Dorita Dulce de Leche, and a fun fig discussion with Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens! There will also be a few fig trees available for purchase. A portion of drink and bottle sales will be donated to Phipps, so be sure to come out and drink for a cause! Tickets can be purchased online.
4th Annual Sweet Corn Roast
Don’t miss this sweet event! Guests must register in advance to secure an ear of corn. The corn comes fresh from the farm in the morning, and is roasted over a hot grill. Guests add their various accoutrements, including ,but not limited to: butter, parmesan, parsley, crema/cotija, bacon, and homemade compound butters and sauces. Tickets are $10 and include two ears of corn and a beer.
Celebrate the charming town of Millvale with a weekend of quirky events including sand volleyball and wrestling! There will also be vintage cars, food, drinks, and plenty of local vendors!
Oktoberfest at Hofbrauhaus
September 14-15, 21-22
Party in the haus! Pittsburgh’s Hofbrauhaus is hosting a celebration of Oktoberfest with live entertainment, great food, and plenty of bier. Stop by for two weekends absolutely packed with live entertainment, music, dancing, strolling, and more! The party goes until 1:30 A.M. every night!
The University of Pittsburgh is back again with their EuroFest! Hosted by the European Studies Center at Pitt, EuroFest is a family friendly festival featuring all things Europe in the ‘Burgh. There will be a marketplace of local artisans and vendors, as well as performances of song and dance on the main stage. Food booths featuring various European cuisines will be available, as well as children’s activities and demonstrations.
West Virginia Wine & Jazz Festival
Head to Morgantown, WV, for the 25th Annual West Virginia Wine & Jazz Festival. It’s a day packed with various live jazz performances and plenty of wine. The festival starts at 11:00 A.M. and running into the early evening. Proceeds collected at this festival are back put back into the local community in various ways, including scholarships to the WVU School of Music, sponsorship of educational endeavors and classes at WVU, free concerts for area middle/high schools. Tickets can be purchased online and at the door.
35th Annual Family House Polo Match
The Polo Match at Hartwood Acres Mansion is a Pittsburgh tradition! Get dressed up in a floppy hat and watch a professional polo match! There will also be vintage cars, wine and beer tastings, children’s activities, and more. The match supports Family House, which provides affordable housing to patients and families who travel to Pittsburgh for medical care. Tickets can be purchased online.
Beaver Wine Festival
Guests at the Beaver Wine Festival will spend the day tasting hundreds of wines from fifteen of Pennsylvania’s finest wineries. Tickets are $25 and also include a commemorative tasting glass, a sturdy reusable wine tote, a tasting notepad to take notes of your favorite wines.
Steel City Big Pour
Drink local beer at one of Pittsburgh’s biggest craft beer festivals! Tickets includes samples from all food and drink vendors. Hosted by Construction Junction, the proceeds from the event support material reuse. There will also be live music and art.
Food Truck A Palooza
GoodTaste! Pittsburgh presents the 2018 Food Truck A Palooza, featuring over 40 local trucks, including Nakama, Oakmont BBQ, Panca Peruvian Gourmet Sandwiches, PGH Halal Truck, The Coop Chicken & Waffles, The Humble Cookie Stand, Pgh Crepes, and more! Held at the Rivers Casino, there will also be magicians, live music, and jugglers. Tickets are $10 online, $15 at the door.
Covered Bridge Festival
Early fall is the perfect time to visit our region’s beautiful covered bridges. The historic Meadowcroft Rockshelter is inviting guests to explore their beautiful Pine Bank Covered Bridge, which was constructed in 1871. In honor of the festival, tours of the Rockshelter are $5 per person.
Penn Brewery Oktoberfest
September 21-23, 28-30
It is almost time for one of Pittsburgh’s most-loved Oktoberfest celebrations. No need to travel to Germany because Penn Brewery is bringing Oktoberfest to Pittsburgh. Don your lederhosen and get ready to party. Expect tons of food, live music and an endless supply of German-inspired beer. It wouldn’t be fall in Pittsburgh without Oktoberfest at Penn Brewery.
Oktoberfest at Wigle Whiskey
September 21-23, 28-30
Wigle Whiskey is celebrating Oktoberfest with two weeks of fun at their barrelhouse on the Northside. Festivities include the release of O’Zapst , a Scotch-like spirit made with Penn Brewery Oktoberfest beer, live music, shot & a beer specials, and the popular “ Barktoberfest,” a dog friendly party supporting Camp Bow Wow and Big Bullies.
Come to Pittsburgh’s premiere food x tech x music x arts festival! This 3 day festival is held all over the city, and includes workshops, lectures, live music, and more! Don’t miss the “Future of Work Symposium,” discussing displacement caused by technology in the workplace. There will also be a concert at Highmark Stadium on the 21st. Tickets can be found online.
Greensburg Craft Beer Week
Celebrate craft beer in Greensburg! This festival has over a dozen events, including a Rock’em Sock’em Robots Tournament, Greensburg Scavenger Race, Beer Literacy class, Prantl’s Bakery Pastry Pairing, beer yoga, and much more! Find out more online.
Mount Washington Block Party
Party on Mt. Washington! This block party will feature live music, food trucks, face painters, local brews, and craft cocktails. The block party was designed to showcase the businesses of Mount Washington. Proceeds benefit the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation.
A Taste In Dormont
The Dormont Community Development Corporation is hosting an epic food festival in the neighborhood. Stop by for tastings, live music, auctions, a photobooth, food trucks, and more! Vendors set to be at the event include Bella Terra Winery, Hog Dog Winery, Stateside Vodka, Wigle Whiskey, and Threadbare Cider. Food trucks include: Let It Slide, Hoshi Hibachi, Parrot Bay Cafe, and Sinkers & Suds. Tickets can be purchased online.
Squirrel Hill Night Market
The free night market features more than 60 I Made It! Market artists selling handmade wares, live music and bands, food from Squirrel Hill restaurants, and lots of food trucks. Find it all on Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Brews in the Park at Kennywood
Enjoying a beer at Kennywood Park? Sounds like a pretty good time. Listen to live music and sample dozens of different craft beers for Brews in the Park. More than 100 different beers are available for sampling, with food trucks, live music and entertainment setting the scene. More information can be found online.
Wholey’s 106th Anniversary
Celerate 106 years of Wholeys! This party will be fun for the whole family! Enjoy cake, cooking demonstrations, music, photobooth, balloon animals, and more!
Hay Day & Family Green Fest
If you’ve never been to Hartwood Acres, this is a perfect opportunity to stop by! Enjoy free hay rides, hay maze, arts & crafts, barnyard petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, inflatables, balloon artist, puppet show, magician, games, and more! Food and beverages will be available for purchase from local food trucks and vendors, including Black Box Bistro, BRGR, PGH Halal truck, Le’s Oriental Concessions, and Chubba Bubba. More information can be found online.
10th Annual Garfield Farm Fall Festival
For the 10th year in a row, the Garfield Community Farm is hosting a fall festival and all are welcome! Guests can support the farm by enjoying great food, music, games, locally crafted beer, hard cider, fresh apple pressing, and more! In addition to pie and drinks guests can purchase lunch from local food trucks.
Mt. Oliver Fall Fest
Head to Mt. Oliver to enjoy all that fall has to offer! There will be food and Drinks by Rusty Gold Brewery, Leo’s Sunday Sauce, and Trinity Lutheran Church, a Farmer’s Market by Janoski’s Farms and Greenhouse, as well as a DJ, Balloon Twisting, Pumpkin Painting, Local Vendors, and more! Come early for a free Yoga Class by Studio Hustle at 11 AM. Additionally, guests can enter the Chili Cook-Off to win a $200 Cash Prize. More information is available online.
Butler Fall Festival
Main Street in Butler, PA, transforms for their annual fall festival. Attendees can expect food, crafts, two stages of live music, and a kids zone with a petting zoo, barrel train, face painting food vendors, and more. More information can be found online.
Soergel’s Fall Festival
Weekends September 22 – October 28
Soergel’s celebrates the season with six weekends of fall festivals! Each weekend will feature food from Sorgel’s BBQ and food bar (including roasted corn while supplies last), as well as desserts from their Sweet Saloon. There will also be hayrides, a pumpkin patch, kettle corn, pick your own apples, face painting, games, and so much more! For the 21+ crowd Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka, Arrowhead Wine Cellars, Arsenal Cider will be on site More information can be found on their Facebook page.
Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival
Kennywood is hosting the Pittsburgh Pierogi Festival – an event dedicated to one of Pittsburgh’s most popular foods, and a symbol of the city. Eat specialty pierogis from dozens of vendors, paint your own pierogi with Paint Monkey, and ride a select number of rides. There will be dozens of different pierogi styles, great music and entertainment, and the ability to ride some of Kennywood’s most popular attractions. A beer garden will be available for 21+ guests.
Harvest Moon Celebration at Wigle Whiskey
Celebrate the Harvest Moon at the Wigle Whiskey Distillery on Monday, September 24. There will be moon-shaped calzones and moon pies, as well as moon-inspired cocktails, and a lantern lighting release in the parking lot! The Heinz History Center will be on-site with us to talk about their upcoming Moon Exhibit!
One of the largest food festivals of the year is Savor Pittsburgh, held at the Peterson Event Center and supporting the Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation. Guests will enjoy tastes from local restaurants like Floor 2, Merchant Oyster Co., Senti, Or, The Whale, 424 Walnut, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, and Eddie Merlot’s. Attendees will have the chance to vote for their favorite restaurant for the honor of “People’s Choice.”
Braddock Farms Harvest Festival
Braddock Farms is celebrating the end of season with a harvest festival! Tour the farm, compete in the “Farm Olympics,” paint pumpkins, make corn husk dolls, and more. There will be freshly grilled veggies, hot dogs and veggie burgers, as well as cider and other refreshments. This event is free and open to all ages!
Wigle Whiskey’s Walkabout Apple Whiskey Festival
Wigle Whiskey is releasing their popular Walkabout Apple Whiskey during the first weekend in October. To celebrate, they are hosting a three-day apple festival that will definitely be pomme-diggity! Keep an eye on the Wigle website for more information closer to the festival.
Freedom Farms Fall Festival
Weekends October 6 – 27
Every weekend this October, Freedom Farms is inviting everyone to the farm for fun autumn activities like hayrides, pony rides, face painting, a hay maze, contests, corn pit, hay mountain, and much more. There will also be breweries and wineries available for adults, as well as vendors and food. Admission can be paid at the gate. More information can be found on online.
Hough’s Dunkin’ Pumpkin
If you love pumpkin beer, you’re gonna love Hough’s Dunkin’ Pumpkin’ Beer Festival. In the past, tickets to the event have included all-you-can-drink samples of over 25 pumpkin beers, light snacks in a ‘Trick or Treat’ bag, and a voucher to fill a 32oz to-go can with a pumpkin beer draft. Tickets can be purchased starting on September 10th. This is the 7th annual event!
Pittsburgh Libations Week
A new tradition in starting in Pittsburgh! 2018 is the inaugural year of Pittsburgh Libations Week. Drink related events will be taking place all over the regions between October 12 and the 20th. Dozens of local beer, spirit, cider, and wine vendors will be participating in the festival! More information on Libations Week events can be found online.
Hops on the Mon Beer Festival (Morgantown, WV)
Head to Morgantown, WV – less than an hour and a half from Pittsburgh – to sample beer from the West Virginia beer community. The festival will feature 50 breweries, all rigorously selected based on product quality and style distinctiveness. Guests are welcome to vote on their favorite brewery, favorite taco in the “Motown Taco Throwdown.”
8th Annual Taste of Africa
Enjoy a culinary tour of Cameroon, Africa, for the 8th Annual Taste of Africa event! At this dinner party, guests will enjoy authentic African food and experience musical performances, cultural dances, a dance party, and more. This event benefits Cameroon FDP, an organization that teaches leadership, life skills and health education to youth on the soccer field. Tickets can be purchased online.
The Neighborhood Flea – October
It’s the October 2018 Flea! The Neighborhood Flea is Pittsburgh’s open air urban marketplace that highlights unique collectibles and local food and drink. The event is held monthly at 26TH & Smallman Street in The Strip District during summer and fall. Stop by for all of your flea finds and to support sustainability and local vendors.
Boo & Brew Bash from Make-A-Wish
Enjoy some spooky fun for a good cause! This Halloween-themed bar crawl supports the local Make-A-Wish® foundation. Guests will receive brews and signature cocktails from the participating venues, light bites, and access to the official after party. Don’t forget your costume! More information can be found online.
Monster Pumpkin Festival
October 20 – 21
It’s almost time for fall fun on the North Shore! The Monster Pumpkin festival will feature food, crafts, hay rides, and tons of pumpkins. There will also be Monster Pumpkin Boat Races! The festival will be held on the North Shore Riverwalk, North Shore Great Lawn and Allegheny River, and is open to the public and family-friendly.
GoodTaste! Pittsburgh’s Hometown Homegrown Festival
GoodTaste! Pittsburgh is hosting a “Hometown-Homegrown” event to celebrate Pittsburgh’s passion for food. There will be over 40 local vendors supplying food samples, demonstrations, spirit sampling, games, live music and more! Don’t miss Pittsburgh chefs doing live demos. Tickets for this event will be sold at the door. More information can be found online.
Halloween Pittsburgh Underwear Ride
It’s a bike ride to promote positive self body image! This Halloween-themed underwear ride will start at 46th and Butler Street on October 25 at 8:00 P.M.
Pittsburgh Whiskey Festival 18
The Pittsburgh Whiskey Festival is returning with a spooky theme – “Monster Bash.” Guests and vendors are encouraged to come in a spooky or silly halloween costume. At the festival, attendees will have the opportunity to taste and learn more about various brands of whiskey and other liquors, and enjoy a full dinner buffet. Tickets can be purchased online.
A Few Bad Apples Ciderfest
Celebrate sustainable cider making! At this event, guests will enjoy samples of innovative and sustainably made ciders. There will also be live music, a costume contest, food from Gaucho, and beer from Spring Hill Brewing.
PGH Vintage Mixer: Fall 2018 Vendor Fair
The Vintage Mixer is hosting a special fall fair this November. Just in time for the holidays, shop authentic vintage fashion, home goods, vinyl and more. There will also be food and drink. This event is family-friendly.
Wholey’s Oyster Festival
Wholey’s in the Strip District is celebration oyster season with an Oyster Festival, featuring oysters, special sales, live entertainment, shucking demonstrations, and lots of oyster varieties, like Chesapeake Bay, Fat Baby, Connecticut Blue Points, James River and more. See more on their Facebook page.
Lawrenceville Cookie Walk
November 30 – December 2
This Pittsburgh tradition happens each year, providing patrons of Lawrenceville with delicious cookies. This event, which started in 1997, is a free and family friendly. Guests stroll through the neighborhood following a cookie map, and sample cookies at their pace.
Grandma’s Country Christmas on the Farm
Grandma’s Country Oven Bake Shoppe in Jeanette, PA, is hosting a free and family-friendly event to ring in the holiday season! Enjoy face painting, kids crafts, horse drawn wagon rides and a visit with Santa Claus. Toys for Tots will be accepting toy drop off and monetary donations. There will also be a Tree Decorating Contest and Chinese auction, all benefitting Toys for Tots. There will also be hot soup, funnel cakes and more.
Chanukah Festival 2018
Celebrate the first night of Chanukah at The Waterfront with the annual Chanukah Festival and Menorah Parade! Enjoy an outdoor concert, menorah lighting, food vendors, and games and activities for kids! The fun starts at 5:00 P.M.
Krampusnacht in Market Square
It’s not a Pittsburgh tradition to celebrate Krampus Night in Market Square. This ancient European holiday joins the merriment at the People’s Gas Holiday Market. Krampus will join St. Nicholas, and will hand out coal and the ruten bundles to bad children. Follow Krampus in Pittsburgh for updates on the 2018 edition of this celebration.
Shop local this holiday season! Handmade Arcade is one of Pittsburgh premiere artisan markets. Located in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, hundreds of local vendors will be selling their goods.
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