Free Summer Fun in Downtown Pittsburgh!

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership develops and implements programs to enhance the Downtown neighborhood, cultivate a vibrant residential population and stimulate a diverse business community. We also promote and market Downtown Pittsburgh to millions of people as the region’s premier destination to live, work, and of course, PLAY! One of our main goals is to activate underused spaces in the city, such as parking lots, bridges, or alleyways, and transform them into playful event venues with engaging activities for children and adults alike. Having the opportunity to play within the chaos of city life or simply experiencing playfulness in an unexpected setting can be transformative, and we believe that keeping this focus helps our city remain vibrant and exciting year-round. Summertime is almost here, and we can’t wait for you to see what the PDP has planned for this season in Downtown. Come play with us!!

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Check out the links below to explore our free markets, fairs, events, and kids activities; most events will be held weekly from June – August. Plus, make sure to bookmark our online events calendar and keep up with all the fun happening every day in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Summer is almost here, and we can’t wait for you to see what the PDP has planned for this season in Downtown! Check out the links below to explore our free markets, fairs, events, and kids activities – most events will be held weekly from June – August.

SUNDAYS

Join us Sunday mornings in Market Square for Yoga in the Square, a free one hour yoga class for all ages and skill levels. All you have to do to participate is show up and claim a spot. Don’t forget to #BYOM (bring your own mat)!

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MONDAYS

Work in Downtown? Take charge of the week by visiting our new Health and Wellness Fair over the lunch hour in Market Square! Check out live workout demonstrations and vendors from all over the city who are making health and wellness a focus for families in the greater Pittsburgh area.

TUESDAYS

KidsPlay returns! Join us in Market Square every week for this free program that brings fun and educational activities for kids 0-6 years old into the heart of Downtown. Each week will feature a Storytime tent, a Craft station, Special Guest performers, and more! Confirmed partners include the Heinz History Center, Mattress Factory Museum, YMCA’s Y on the Fly Van, Animal Friends, as well as many fellow members of the Playful Pittsburgh Collaborative. Tuesday KidsPlay is also an authorized Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) site, and will again have free lunches and snacks available to any kids under 18.

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THURSDAYS

The Market Square Farmers Market returns for its 15th season, featuring fresh fruit and vegetables, locally made breads and baked goods, jams, pickles, preserves, and more.  Special events and kid-friendly days will again return to the Market Square Farmers Market, including “Christmas in July” celebrations, Irish Day, Navy Week entertainment, and the year-end Halloween bash.

FRIDAYS

Get your groove on! Shimmy the stress of the week away with a series of free outdoor dance sessions from studios and instructors all over the city. Featuring a new style each month, dances are open to all ages and skill levels and are the perfect way to kick off a weekend in Downtown.


SATURDAYS

KidsPlay takes over Market Square once again to provide free entertainment and interactive educational programming for children in the heart of Downtown! Join us for visits from many of Pittsburgh’s incredible museums, marvel at special performers & musical guests, and explore a life-size games playground in the city’s most unique public park. Saturday sessions are geared towards children ages 6 – 12.

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After a day in Downtown, make sure to stick around for the Saturday Night Market – an awesome outdoor pop-up shopping market and festival featuring the city’s most creative independent vendors, delicious snacks and street food, plus entertainment from the best local talent on the Pittsburgh City Paper Stage.

For event dates, details, and more information visit our website: downtownpittsburgh.com!

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