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23 things to do in 2023

Friday, January 13, 2023

2022 was fun, but 2023 is about to be even better! From shopping and dining to events and activations, there are tons of fun things to add to your 2023 bucket list. We made it easy for you to find not one, not two, but 23 different places to check out this year when you come to visit.


1. ATTEND A GALLERY CRAWL 🖼️

Throughout the year, a quarterly Gallery Crawl takes place throughout Downtown’s Cultural District. Enjoy a beautiful showcase of visual and performing arts FREE of charge. Now you may be asking yourself, when’s the next event? Well, it’s right around the corner! On Friday, January 27 from 5:30 – 10 p.m., you can visit various galleries for a night of mingling, fun, and art — perfect for date night, a family outing, or a little needed me-time!

If you can’t make it this time, keep an eye out for more information about future dates!

2. GRAB A DRINK AT A SEASONAL POP-UP BAR 🍻

If there’s one thing Downtown loves, it’s quirky, fun pop-up bars! Whether you’re in town for Halloween or Christmas, there are always tons of pop-up bars that come to town. Here are just a few of our faves:

3. ICE SKATE AT PPG PLACE ⛸️

Don’t you worry! There’s still plenty of time to throw on a pair of skates and whisk around the UPMC Rink at PPG Place. Whether you’re experienced or not, you’re bound to have some fun!

4. GET DRESSED IN BLACK & GOLD FOR GAME DAY 🏈

From the Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, or Pirates, there are plenty of home games to attend. What better way to spend your day than watching your favorite teams and players?! Various restaurants and sports bars around Downtown have plenty of game day deals, so grab some grub and enjoy the game.

5. ENJOY ANNUAL FESTIVALS AROUND TOWN

Each year, Downtown is filled with people from near and far who are all in town for one thing: FESTIVALS! Thousands flood the streets for these well-loved events ⬇️

6. BUY LOCAL AT MARKET SQUARE FARMERS MARKET

Shop an assortment of vendors offering regionally grown produce, organic products, and small-batch foods each week at the Market Square Farmers Market! Swing by during your lunch break or on your way to class to find a little something nice.

7. ENJOY CRAFT COCKTAILS 🍸

Just about everyone is down for a good cocktail, and what better place to sip on one than at some of Downtown’s favorite cocktail bars? Their specialty cocktails will leave you wanting a little more! Check out some of these locations and choose which cocktail bar you’ll visit on your next night out ⬇️

8. VISIT A MUSEUM🗿

From sports, art, history, science, and more, there are plenty of museums to explore. If this is something you love, then here’s a quick list of museums and galleries you can find around Downtown!

9. PICNIC AT THE POINT 🧺

Picture this: It’s a beautiful day Downtown and you want nothing more than to spend the day outside. Pack a bag with your favorite book, snack/meal, and light music –oh, and don’t forget to bring your friends! A picnic at Point State Park is one of the most calming, and wholesome experiences you can have on a spring, summer, or autumn day.

10. DINE DURING RESTAURANT WEEK

Two of our favorite things: deals and dinner! The most delicious time of year for Pittsburgh comes around not once but TWICE a year. Find tons of participating restaurants offering great deals for seven, yes seven, days straight during Pittsburgh Restaurant Week.

11. CRACK A LAUGH OR TWO WITH A NIGHT OF COMEDY 🎭

Arcade Comedy Theater has numerous shows that bring joy and connection throughout! From the humorous comedians taking the stage to the interactive audience, you’ll leave hootin’ and hollerin’!

12. TAKE A PIC WITH THE GIANT PICKLE AT PICKLESBURGH 🥒

Calling all pickle lovers! Picklesburgh is a weekend filled with all things pickles. Yes, that’s right, we’re talking pickled beer, pickled grilled cheese, pickle cocktails — you name it, we got it! Enjoy a variety of vendors offering international dishes, prepared foods, and artisan cocktails. Don’t forget to snap a pic under the infamous Picklesburgh pickle!

Keep an eye out for the dates of this dill-icious festival!

13. TAKE A RIDE ON THE GATEWAY CLIPPER ⛴️

Ever wanted to sightsee along the three rivers? The Gateway Clipper allows you to enjoy the beauty of Pittsburgh and learn about its past, present, and future, all while aboard one of their beautiful riverboats.

14. ENJOY A CUP OF JOE ☕️

Whether you’re heading into the office or on your way to class, Downtown Pittsburgh has a ton of different coffee shops that will provide you with a little pick-me-up. Check out our coffee shop guide for all the right places to enjoy!

15. GO TO A CONCERT 🎵

Whether it’s your favorite local musician or your favorite global musician, tons of venues around town have a variety of different concerts for you to check out. Here are just a few venues to find music from all over ⬇️

16. GET YOUR FLOW ON 🧘‍♀️

Join us in Market Square for Yoga in the Square! Two weekly classes are held in the middle of Market Square with some of the city’s best yoga instructors. Grab your yoga mats for FREE classes every week starting in May! Keep an eye out for when classes begin.

17. SEE A SHOW IN THE CULTURAL DISTRICT

Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District has a dynamic assortment of art and entertainment from contemporary music, modern dance, ballet, and popular musical theater. Whether you’re making plans for date night or out and about with the family, the Cultural District has everything for everyone!

18. EXPERIENCE THE USS REQUIN ⚓️

Hop on board the USS Requin (SS 481) Submarine for an immersive experience like no other! Get the chance to learn the history of the Navy’s first Radar Picket submarine and the story of the 80 men who carved out an adventurous life on board.

19. JET SKI ALONG THE THREE RIVERS

Ride through Downtown Pittsburgh and roam freely with Steel City Je Ski Rentals, the only jet ski rental service in Pittsburgh! Grab your friends or family and experience Pittsburgh from the river.

20. RIDE A BIKE 🚲

As daunting as it may seem to ride a bike Downtown, the experience is worth it all! Whether it’s your own bike or one of Pittsburgh’s POGOH bikes, you can explore the city and all it’s bike trails and paths.

21. SPEND THE HOLIDAYS DOWNTOWN 🎄

Experience the holidays in Downtown Pittsburgh with a variety of festivities to choose from. You can shop at the holiday market, visit Santa, ice skate around the Christmas tree, and so much more!

22. ENJOY LIVE MUSIC 🎶

From free performances by local artists at markets to music festivals and more, there’s plenty of live music around Downtown for you to enjoy! Each week we provide a complete line up of live music all around.

23. SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES 🛍️

There are quite a handful of small businesses around Downtown that you don’t want to miss! Shop at your favorite places or try somewhere new, and find incredible style, fun gifts, stunning fitness centers, and more. Grab yourself a Downtown Pittsburgh EDGE Card, and receive special discounts from participating locations!


There are tons of activities and experiences to enjoy around Downtown in 2023! Be sure to share with us what you’ve done by tagging us on social media — @downtownpitt

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