Downtown Pittsburgh host to many summer events
The Burgh will be a happening place throughout the summer, reminds a group of officials who gathered at Station Square on May 8 to announce a lineup of events — many returning favorites and some new activities, including a Journey concert for Independence Day.
“We are very excited about summer this year,” said Leigh White, spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “It's always a very exciting time in Downtown, and this year will be no different.”
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Downtown Pittsburgh will host many activities for all ages throughout the summer. On Friday nights in June this year, you can take ballroom dance lessons at “Dancing in the Square” in Market Square. Also new this year is Sunday morning “Yoga in the Square,” where you can enjoy free yoga in Market Square from June 1 to Aug. 24. Pittsburgh Filmmakers will be launching “Downtown Movie Nights,” with details to be announced. July 14 to 21 is the “Celebrate Downtown” event, with tours, live entertainment, and special events including “Christmas in July.”
The Pittsburgh Pirates will host numerous home games at PNC Park this summer, including a series against the Chicago Cubs from June 9 to 12, the Philadelphia Phillies from July 4 to 6, the Los Angeles Dodgers from July 21 to 23 and the St. Louis Cardinals from Aug. 25 to 27.
The P&G Gymnastics Championships, featuring the country's top gymnasts, comes to Consol Energy Center with several sessions from Aug. 21 to 24. The event, likely featuring future Olympians for Rio, is expected to draw 6,500 attendees.
The American Trucking Association is holding its Truck Driving Championships, with indoor driving competitions, from Aug. 12 to 16 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown.
The East Coast Volleyball Championships will bring about 5,000 people to Pittsburgh from May 24 to 26, also at the convention center.
The Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival, part of an initiative to attract Hispanics and Puerto Rican talent to the region, brings more than 240 musicians to the Cultural District from June 20 to 22. The event is in its third year.
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival — featuring 10 days of free arts and music events — returns to Downtown from June 6 to 15. Musical performers include Lucinda Williams, Curtis Harding and The Smithereens.
The Three Rivers Regatta, the city's big July Fourth bash, returns July 2, 3 and 4. Zambelli Fireworks will put on the fireworks show, and activities and attractions will fill Downtown's Point State Park and the North Shore. Legendary rock band Journey is headlining the concerts.