Market Square Summer Activities

It’s the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. Renovated, refreshed, and reinvigorated with more life than ever before, historic Market Square is once again the hub of activity.

Market Square Park Ambassador

Exploring Downtown and don’t know where to start? Visit Market Square to meet our Park Ambassador! They are on-hand to help you find a place to grab lunch, let you know what events are happening Downtown, and answer questions!

Park Ambassador Hours:
Monday – Friday | 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday | 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday | 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Reading Room | Games | Ping Pong

Spend your lunch break with a good book, courtesy of our Reading Room. “Check out” magazines, books, and other reading materials from the blue cart in Market Square. Talk to our Market Square Park Ambassador for more information!

Looking to get moving instead? Challenge a friend or coworker to a game of ping pong, outsmart them in giant chess, checkers, or Jenga, or play a few rounds of cornhole! All for free. Games are out for play when Park Ambassadors are present in the Square.

Public Art

Developed in 2013, the Downtown Activation and Public Art initiative is a multi-year effort to enhance the Downtown neighborhood through public art events, creating thoughtful and innovative programming that enlivens unique areas throughout Downtown Pittsburgh. Our efforts employ object, programming, and community-based strategies to create a more sustainable neighborhood.

Over the past few years, the PDP has successfully implemented a number of programs to enhance the vibrancy of Downtown, from the transformation of Market Square and the expansion of our programming to the installation of public art in Strawberry Way.

An image of the art exhibit "Other Side of the World" featuring a bright topographical sculpture of Amsterdam Island in Market Square.

Events

Yoga in the Square
Check back soon for 2019 Yoga in the Square dates and times!
Last year, Pittsburgh’s favorite free yoga series returned with two free one-hour yoga classes to Market Square with some of the city’s best yoga instructors! Yoga in the Square 2018 was hosted on Sundays and Wednesdays and provided by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Whirl Magazine.

Move it Mondays
Check back soon for the 2019 Move it Mondays dates and times!
When the weather gets warm, Pittsburgh took back their Mondays with a free fitness class in Market Square! Over the lunch hour, visitors, residents, students, and professionals enjoyed a variety of rotating classes from the YMCA including Zumba, belly dance, Pilates, and more. In the evening, they unwound from the work day with classes from various partners!

KidsPlay
Check back soon for the 2019 KidsPlay dates and times!
Enliven and enrich your child’s summer with KidsPlay at Market Square! This free program brings fun and educational programs for children and their families to Downtown.

Farmers Market
Thursdays, May – October 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Downtown’s showcase Farmers Market will be celebrating its 15th season with fresh produce and goods from local vendors, while providing the Downtown community with a unique and convenient shopping experience that enlivened the city.

Dancing in the Square
Check back soon for the 2019 Dancing in the Square dates and times!
Dancing in the Square was presented by USA Dance Pittsburgh in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Downtown joined us to get their weekend moving as they learned exciting new and traditional dances in the heart of Pittsburgh. Classes are free, don’t require a partner, and are followed up perfectly with dinner in Downtown.

Saturday Night Market + Downtown Sound Series
Check back soon for the 2019 Saturday Night Market + Downtown Sound Series dates and times!
PDP Night Markets bring an awesome outdoor pop-up shopping market and festival to Downtown, featuring some of Pittsburgh’s most creative independent vendors. As part of our Downtown Sound Initiative, the PDP presented a 25 week-long, free, live music series at the Night Markets in collaboration with community partners presenting diverse styles of local music.

Fashion Market
Check back soon for the 2019 Fashion Market dates and times!
A variety of retailers and mobile fashion trucks offer unique deals, great finds, and an exciting way to do some shopping on your lunch break in Downtown while supporting small, local businesses.

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