Programs + Activities

Innovative, exciting programming to activate Downtown Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership develops unique programs to enliven and activate Downtown Pittsburgh. Our programming comes in a variety of forms including one-time pop-up events; a six-month-long series of weekly markets in Market Square; public art installations throughout Downtown; and more. We are committed to producing events designed to encourage visitors, residents, and workers to explore Downtown’s unique offerings.

Upcoming Events

May – October, 2024

Looking for something to do? View our live schedule of free weekly programming in Market Square and Mellon Square below. Click on an event below to view details.

Schedule is subject to change. Be sure to check back frequently for updates!


Learn more about our free events & programs

Get Involved!

Looking to get involved with our events? Opportunities are available for vendors, sponsors, bands/musicians, and media partners. Additionally, you can support our programming efforts through membership with the PDP.

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Current Programs

Market Square Farmers Market

A seasonal staple for thousands of Downtown visitors, residents, and workers, the Market Square Farmers Market is a unique and exciting shopping experience that showcases over 50 local farmers and vendors, as well as the region’s finest small-batch wine & spirit producers.

Night Market

Night Markets bring an awesome outdoor pop-up shopping market and festival to Downtown, featuring Pittsburgh’s most creative independent vendors. Clothing, furniture, candles, food, drinks, and more are exhibited in this weekly series.

Yoga in the Square

Pittsburgh’s favorite public yoga series brings some of the city’s best instructors into Downtown for two free weekly classes held in the middle of picturesque Market Square.

Office Retreat + Steel Garden

The Office Retreat in the U.S. Steel Plaza offers three unique outdoor workspaces to take your workday to the next level. Plus, enjoy the Steel Garden, activated by Brew Gentlemen, with food trucks and live music throughout the week.


The destination for all-things-pickled! Picklesburgh is the annual celebration that goes beyond the dill pickle to bring unique eats, food demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, and more to the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. The best part? There really is a giant flying pickle.

World Square

Held in June, Market Square becomes a showcase for businesses, artists, makers, performers, food purveyors, and more from across the various international and newcomer communities.

Downtown Activation + Public Art

Developed in 2013, the Downtown Activation + 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.

Downtown Sound

Live music plays an important role in providing a higher quality of life within urban neighborhoods by supporting cultural expression, social identity, economic development, and most importantly a positive and safe sense of place.

Light Up Night®

Highmark Light Up Night® is the official start of the holiday season in Pittsburgh! Begin your holiday celebration with high-quality entertainment, free concerts, tree-lighting ceremonies, food trucks, magic, and more all through the Golden Triangle.

Peoples Gas Holiday Market™

Experience a one-of-a-kind shopping village as you stroll through an illuminated Market Square, weaving through wooden chalets brimming with high-quality gifts that you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, enjoy live music, a seasonal karaoke contest, and more.

The Holidays in Downtown

Along with Highmark Light Up Night and the Peoples Gas Holiday Market, Downtown Pittsburgh hosts a range of programming for the whole family throughout the holiday season. With Santa’s House and Holiday KidsPlay, plus the best holiday shopping in ‘tahn, experience the most magical time of the year right here in the Golden Triangle.

Past Programs

Allegheny Overlook

The Allegheny Overlook or ‘AO’ was a brand new pop-up park along Ft. Duquesne Boulevard highlighting community, arts, and culture while showcasing one of Pittsburgh’s most iconic views.

Dancing in the Square

Get your groove on! Shimmy the stress of the work week away with a series of free outdoor dance classes from studios and instructors all over the city. Featuring a new style each month, classes are open to all ages and skill levels, don’t require a partner, and are the perfect way to kick off your weekend.

Health & Wellness Fairs

Introduced in 2019, Health & Wellness Fairs in Market Square bring local providers of lifestyle goods and services together for a weekly market in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. From local gyms and unique fitness studios to natural beauty products and consultations, spend your lunch break learning about health and wellness options through the city.


KidsPlay takes over Market Square twice weekly to provide free entertainment and interactive educational programming for children in the heart of Downtown. Join us for visits from Pittsburgh’s incredible museums, the Carnegie Library, musical guests, and more in the city’s most unique public park!

Car Bazaar: Parking Garage Flea Market

The Car Bazaar is the ultimate Pittsburgh garage sale! This socially-distanced market features makers, artists, retailers, and sellers offering vintage, second-hand, or recycled items, all selling goods from their car’s “boot” or trunk. Stroll and browse in a festive atmosphere with live music along with hot food and craft cocktails provided by Downtown restaurant partners.

Rooftop Shindigs

Flix, food, and fun! Rooftop Shindigs transform the roof of a Downtown parking garage into an awesome party destination that features a free movie screening, food vendors, larger-than-life games, and more.

Fashion Markets

Stop by Market Square for a fashion shopping experience like no other! With a variety of local Pittsburgh vendors, fashion trucks, and more, enjoy shopping in the open air while supporting local businesses.

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