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; and public art installations throughout Downtown Pittsburgh. We are committed to producing events designed to encourage visitors, residents, and workers to explore Downtown’s unique offerings.

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.

Photo of people strolling the Night Market in Market SquareNight Markets

PDP 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. 

KidsPlay

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!

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.

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.

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.

Picklesburgh™Photo of Picklesburgh in Downtown Pittsburgh

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 on one of Pittsburgh’s iconic sister bridges. The best part? There really is a giant flying pickle.

Comcast Light Up Night®

Comcast 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 the BNY Mellon Season of Lights show that brightens the entire square.

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 Music Initiative

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.

Get Involved!

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

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