13 things to do in Pittsburgh in July, from the Furries to Picklesburgh

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The summer festival season kicks into high gear in July. Fill your calendar with iconic events making their so anticipated return and several first festivals that begin in the city. Here are 13 fun things to do in Pittsburgh in July.

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Anthrocon. Photo by Tom O’Connor.

1. Anthrocon at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center: July 1, 2 & 3

The wait is over – the Furries are back in the city that loves them something fierce. With sessions like “How to Handle Your Suiter,” “The Pandemic Turned Me Into Fur,” and “Pool Toy Safari,” Pittsburgh’s favorite convention draws Furry veterans and Furry curious from around the world. For four Furry days, anthropomorphism takes center stage with imaginative experiences like escape rooms, game shows, craft parties and even hands-on sessions for beginners. Get that camera ready for Furry to look around town, and no, you don’t need to wear a costume to witness it. If you only have one day at Furryland, make it the beloved Fursuit Parade and the first-ever Block Party along Penn Avenue on July 2. Check the schedule and register.

4th of July fireworks in Pittsburgh.

Photo courtesy of VISITpittsburgh.

2. Point State Park Independence Day Celebration: 4th of July

Pittsburgh’s topography always provides a spectacular backdrop to the 4th of July fireworks. Start your Fort Pitt Museum vacation with a flag-raising ceremony and family-friendly activities from 1-4 p.m. Then, head to Point State Park for a family picnic, summertime soul line dancing, demonstrations, games, and face painting. As evening approaches, catch performances by the East Winds Symphonic Band and the River City Brass. New this year is an immersive performance of Squonk Opera’s “Hand to Hand” featuring giant puppet fingers, progressive rock music and dueling guitars. The Zambelli main attraction fireworks display begins at 9:35 p.m. Tune into 100.1 FM KDKA for a live broadcast of the show’s soundtrack or watch from home on WPXI-TV.

An orange and red Porsche 356 from 1962.

1962 Porsche 356 at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. Photo by Bill Stole.

3. Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix: July 10-24

London has Wimbledon, Queens has the US Open, Louisville has the Kentucky Derby, and Europe has the Tour de France. Right next to them is the iconic Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. The engines will rev up when one of the region’s most beloved and distinct summer events returns to town. Upping the thrill factor, the Grand Prix is ​​on the right track with even more for car enthusiasts, speed freaks and curious tourists to experience. Expanding its schedule to span 15 days, highlights include the Kick-Off Rallye, Historics, Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala, International Car Show, Tune-Up Party and Countryside Tour. It all culminates with the 40th annual Race Week anchoring the festivities on July 23-24. There’s nothing quite like witnessing the spectacle and excitement up close at the nation’s biggest vintage race – and the only one to take place on city streets – so find your favorite starting point. seen. Display a schedule.

A large Heinz pickle balloon over Picklesburgh.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

4. Picklesburgh to Downtown Pittsburgh: July 15-17

Ketchup, Klondikes, pierogies, pickles, fries on a sammie. Pittsburgh loves its local cuisine. But only one of them has its own three-day festival. With a new footprint and expanded programming (watch for details), this unmissable culinary celebration attracts pickle lovers from around the world. Beneath the colossal Heinz Pickle Balloon, the Brackish Party will showcase a wide range of dill products, foods and experiences. Sip pickle cocktails and beer, enter a pickle juice contest, shop for pickle-themed merchandise and more. Pickle fanatics can check out cooking demonstrations, live music, and local vendors. Younger pickles will love the Li’l Gherkins children’s activity area. New this year is a collaboration with the National Comedy Center, which will premiere the “Pickles & Giggles Comedy Showcase” on July 14 (purchase tickets).


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Toco toucan at the national aviary. Photo by Lindsey Shuey.

5. Overnight in the Tropics: Vintage Vacation at the National Aviary: July 16

It’s tropical outside, so why not pair the climate with exquisite birdlife and lush habitats? Party like it’s 1952 at this retro gala celebrating the aviary’s 70th anniversary. Take a vintage vacation (stay) in The Garden Room, a new event space with an open-air terrace and exclusive access to beautiful birds and tropical environments at night. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., the summer evening will sizzle with music, entertainment and the best restaurants in Pittsburgh. Experience fire dancing by Polynesian Island Magic by Tuika, then cool off with friendly penguins, owls and parrots. Bird nerds have been waiting two years for this feathered party to return, so get your tickets now. To buy tickets.

Records and CDs on the ground with a red light overhead.

Bad Form by Ariel / and Justin Kelly. Photo by Beth Barbis.

6. House Party at the Kelly Strayhorn Theatre: July 16

Studio 54 meets The Met Gala meets East Liberty on one of the hottest new nights of the summer. Rewriting the house party book and launching a new concept for its benefit evening, the theater will vibrate with interactive performances, community activations and spectacular fashion statements. Housed in an immersive art installation, the evening will highlight “creative experimentation, community dialogue, and collective action rooted in Black and queer liberation.” The VIP preview begins at 7 p.m. with a reception on the main stage, an installation of portraits by Scott Andrew and a performance by Ariel / and Justin Kelly. Dress to party when the lobby transforms into an epic dance party at 9 p.m. ICY PISCES fka Deejay Aesthetics sets the scene with retro beats, while DJ Femi brings the heat with global sounds. To buy tickets.

Two men running with dogs.

The Liberty Mile. Photo courtesy of P3R.

7. Fleet Feet Liberty Mile: July 22

More is not always better. Short and sweet, this mile is the perfect distance for all speeds and fitness levels – from beginners and pros to recreational walkers and runners. It’s the fastest road race in Pittsburgh – and Downtown’s only night race. Experience the rare thrill of running downtown at night, then watch Olympians and National Champions race to the finish with 4-minute miles. Starting at Penn Avenue, runners follow a USATF-certified U-shaped course that makes a quick turn onto Liberty Avenue for the exhilarating final stretch. Named one of the 35 most iconic American races by Runner’s World, the Liberty Mile is the second event in the 2022 #RUNwithP3R challenge. Register here.


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