In the Know E-Newletter

In The Know is our monthly e-newsletter designed for street level businesses to keep you appraised of upcoming events and opportunities in Downtown. Occasionally, we also send special alerts.

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Pittsburgh Pride

June 8 – 10

See below for the full schedule of Pittsburgh Pride events. Full road closures are extensive and begin at 7:00 p.m., today, June 7. Please click here for a map and a listing of complete closures.

Pride Rocks PGH with Troye Sivan –Friday, June 8, 7:30 p.m.
10th Street and Liberty Avenue

Pride Rocks PGH with ABBA The Concert – Saturday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.
10th Street and Liberty Avenue

Pittsburgh PrideFest – Saturday, June 9, 12:00 p.m. – Sunday, June 10 7:00 p.m.
Downtown Pittsburgh between Sixth and 10th Streets.

People’s Pride – Sunday, June 10, 10:30 a.m.
March begins at Freedom Corner on Crawford Street in the Hill District and concludes in Market Square.

Rally + EQT Equality March – Sunday, June 10, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Blvd. of the Allies between Grant Street & Stanwix (staging for the march will begin at 10 a.m.). View the full parade route here.

Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

June 15 – 17

The Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival will take place on Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17. Visit the event website for updates on festival maps and scheduling.

The following temporary closures take place beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 15 to midnight on Sunday, June 17, 2018:

  • Smithfield Street from 7th Avenue to Liberty Avenue
  • William Penn Place from Liberty Avenue to 7th Avenue will be open but posted no parking 24 hrs
 The following temporary closure will take place beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15 to midnight on Sunday, June 17, 2018:
  • Liberty Avenue from 10th Street to 7th Avenue

Pittsburgh Fourth of July Celebration – Celebrate America PGH

The EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta presents Pittsburgh’s official 4th of July celebration, Celebrate America PGH at Point State Park on Wednesday, July 4. All events will begin at 12 p.m. The fireworks display will begin at 9:35 p.m.

DOMI Weekly Paving Schedule is now available for the City of Pittsburgh

Visit the City of Pittsburgh’s 2018 paving season one week look ahead online. The schedule includes the name of the street to be paved as well as affected cross streets and intersections. Work will consist of one day of milling (removing the existing asphalt) followed soon after by another day of paving. You can also view an interactive map of the paving schedule and a full listing of streets to be paved online.

Weather and other factors may affect the weekly schedule. Please check for posted signs on your street and follow DOMI on twitter @PghDOMI for updates.

Vendor Opportunities

2018 Shop Downtown Spotlight Program
We have several spots available for retailers located exclusively in the Central Business District to get a single-day vendor spot at the Market Square Farmers Market.  This is an excellent opportunity to promote your business and engage with new customers. To apply, please fill out the online application. The application will remain open until all spots are filled. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis.

If you have questions or would like further information on becoming a vendor please contact: Caitlin Fadgen.

2018 Market Square Fashion Markets 
Fashion Markets will be held on the second Monday of each month (June – September) this summer from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Market Square, these monthly events will be an opportunity to promote, showcase and sell to the Downtown lunchtime crowds. To be a part of the 2018 Summer Fashion Markets please complete the vendor application form below. Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 31. All applicants will be informed via email if they have been accepted.

Vendor Application

If you have questions or would like further information on becoming a vendor please contact: Keya Joseph.

2018 Market Square Night Markets
Night Market events will be held every Saturday night (now through October 27) in Market Square from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. The Night Markets will also be held in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Gallery Crawl on the following Fridays: July 6, and September 21.

Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis depending on remaining availability for each Market date.

A complete application includes all of the following forms:
Vendor Application
Vendor Participation Agreement

If you have questions or would like further information on becoming a vendor please contact: Jack Dougherty.

Sidewalk Cafe Permit Reminder
Sidewalk cafes must directly abut the facade of a functioning restaurant with a valid retail food license and an occupancy permit. They must be located on a sidewalk large enough to accommodate the cafe plus a 5 foot pedestrian access way. The DOMI application fee is a one-time flat fee of $150. New applications must also pay an amount equal to $1 per square foot of the café area in addition to the application fee. There will be an annual renewal fee of $25 due the beginning of each calendar year. Checks should be made payable to: Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh. Be sure to visit the city of Pittsburgh’s website for more information on obtaining or renewing your sidewalk café permit for 2018.

OpenStreetsPGH is back!

Mark your calendars, and get your business involved this summer:
Sunday, June 24 – Downtown, Strip District, Lawrenceville

Over 30,000 people are expected to participate in each event, bringing neighbors together for fitness workshops, kid-friendly activities, shopping, brunch, community arts, and special promotions presented by over 100 local businesses and organizations. Draw new customers to your shop or restaurant with a sidewalk sale, brunch special or outdoor activity.

Go online and fill out the business promotion form to be featured on the official OpenStreetsPGH schedule.

Events and Webinars

20th Annual Entrepreneur’s Growth & Networking Conference: Duquesne University – June 7
Women Leaders Breakfast Series- Embracing Your Passion: Chatham University – June 8
Hustle Her Way Summit Risk Over Regret: Spaces in Bakery Square – June 8-10
Energy Innovation Center Events Open House – June 14
Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival: Downtown Pittsburgh – June 15-17
Pittsburgh 2018 SBIR Road Tour: The William Pitt Union – June 19
A Conversation Between Jayne Miller and Caren Glotfelty: 20 Stanwix Street – June 19
2018 Cyburgh, PA Initiative: Embassy Suites Downtown Pittsburgh – June 19
Intellectual Property – What You Need To Know: Chatham Eastside – June 19
VisionPittsburgh with Stefani Pashman: Duquesne Club Downtown – June 20
Get to know University of Pitt. Innovation Institute: Pittsburgh Technology Council – June 20
Huntington Breakfast Briefing: Allegheny Technologies Inc.: Rivers Club – June 21
June Caffeinated Innovation: Nova Place – June 21
Pittsburgh Fourth of July Celebration (Celebrate America PGH): Point State Park – July 4
Made in PA Supplier Forum Wabtec Corporation: Pittsburgh Technology Council – July 10
Is My Business Certifiable Workshop: Colab18 @ Nova Place – July 11

Free Webinars:
Startup Shortcuts 10 Ways to Jumpstart Your Small Business – June 7
Social Media: What Small Business Owners Need to Know – June 14
Little Changes, Big Results in Small Business – June 21
Find Investors and Finance Your Business with Equity Crowdfunding – June 28
Increase Your Revenue with SEO – July 5
What Businesses Should Know About Florida’s Most Misunderstood Tax– July 12


Building Websites: Connecting Entrepreneurs
This 6-week evening program offered by Chatham University’s Women’s Business Center is open to 15 participants and is designed for business owners without a website and little to no website experience. The program will take participants from constructing to launching a simple 5-page information website using WordPress by the end of the course (an additional ecommerce option is available). Applications will be open from June 1-30.

Free Business Counseling and Technical Assistance
Face-to-face, online, and phone business counseling sessions are also available at Chatham University for aspiring and existing business owners by appointment. Technical assistance is also available for returning clients only in the areas of management, digital marketing, accounting, exporting, legal, HR, and diversity certifications. Learn more and schedule an appointment here.

Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University Summer Courses
Visit the online summer catalog for full descriptions of summer sessions, ongoing clinics and Executive Director Huddles at The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management. Sign up today!

Downtown Shopping Guide Available

Check out our updated Shopping Guide for Downtown retail here. If your business would like copies of this guide, please contact Caitlin Fadgen by email ( or by phone (412-325-0157) to arrange a pick up.

412 Food Rescue – Join the Food Rescue Movement Here in Pittsburgh
You can make a difference in your community by donating your viable surplus food to 412 Food Rescue! Please call (412) 277-3831 and 412 Food Rescue will make arrangements with you to have a volunteer rescue surplus food from your facility and transport it directly to a nearby nonprofit. Businesses participating in Sustainable PGH’s Sustainable Restaurants program will receive points for donating to 412 Food Rescue!As a Downtown resident, you can make a difference by becoming a #FoodRescueHero TODAY! Download 412 Food Rescue Volunteer Hero app, available in the iTunes App Store and on Google Play, which provides real-time notifications and start-to-finish instructions for pop-up food rescues. You can also sign-up for a regularly scheduled rescue online if this works better with your schedule. Rescues average just 30 minutes of your time, and make a BIG impact to #endhunger and #endfoodwaste! Don’t have a car? No worries! ZipCar and Healthy Ride members get an hour of free rides for food rescues.

For more information, please contact Mel at

Upcoming Events, Large Conventions, and Conferences

Conventions – David L. Lawrence Convention Center:
Supernatural Convention – June 8-10
Estimated Attendees: 1,800
Community Transportation Association of America Expo – June 11-14
Estimated Attendees: 800
City Of Pittsburgh Firefighter Recruit Exams – June 15-16
Estimated Attendees: 1,000
DUG East – June 19-21
Estimated Attendees: 3,000
Grand Prix Pittsburgh 2018 – June 22-24
Estimated Attendees: 2,000
World Crowns 2018 Summer Convention – June 22-24
Estimated Attendees: 1,600
Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania – June 29- July 1
Estimated Attendees: 600
Anthrocon 2018 – July 5-8
Estimated Attendees: 7,500
American Federation of Teachers 2018 Convention – July 12-16
Estimated Attendees: 3,500

PPG Paints Arena
Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train – June 9
WWE Extreme Rules – July 15

Pittsburgh Pirates Home Game Schedule

Resources from the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections

Looking for information from the City of Pittsburgh Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections? Visit and view BuildingEye, an interactive map that tracks where in the process a permit may be during review and after issuance to completion. You can also visit the Community Resourcessection of the Department’s website to sign up for the monthly newsletter or to attend a PLI Community Forum. Forums are held the second Wednesday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the first floor conference room of the Civic Building, 200 Ross Street.

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