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6 ways to get outside this July

  • Our City/Our Campus

From baseball games to music festivals, there’s plenty to keep you busy this July in Pittsburgh.

For a full list of University events, check out Pitt’s events calendar.

Take me out to the ballgame 

Enjoy America’s favorite pastime, and cheer on the Pittsburgh Pirates during the Fourth of July weekend as they face the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Yankees.

When: June 30-July 3 and July 5-6

Where: PNC Park

Tickets: $12 and up. The Pirates teamed up with Student Beans to save students up to 50% off 2022 home games


Let freedom ring 

Pittsburgh will celebrate Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks show. But first, check out live music, family-friendly activities, line dancing, a multimedia show and more.

When: 4-10 p.m. Monday, July 4

Where: Point State Park

Don't miss the Pittsburgh Black Music Festival

Music lovers can enjoy this four-day festival dedicated to the late Phyllis Hyman — a singer, songwriter, actress and Pittsburgh native. Each day will showcase a different genre of music and performers: jazz on Thursday; gospel on Friday; Hip Hop and R&B on Saturday; and funk, blues and soul on Sunday.

Featured acts include Lalah Hathaway, Nicole Porter, Rakim, TONY TONI TONE and the legendary Ohio Players. Other notable natives include George Benson, Art Blakey, Billy Eckstine, Lena Horne, Earl “Fatha” Hines and Stanley Turrentine.

WhenJuly 14-17

Where: Point State Park and Market Square

Picklesburgh returns

Eat your weight in pickles at Picklesburgh, a free three-day festival produced by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and presented by Heinz. In addition to celebrating the dill pickle, the outdoor gathering brings together local chefs who create a variety of dishes featuring pickled vegetables.

When: July 15-17

Where: Downtown Pittsburgh

Celebrate Disability Pride Pittsburgh

Mark the 32nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with local performers, speakers, food trucks, activities and information booths “created by disabled people for disabled people,” according to Disability Pride PA. This event will have ASL interpreters at the stage and can make certain accommodations with at least a 14-day notice. Contact the organization with questions at Info [at] DisabilityPridePa.Org ().

When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, July 23

Where: Fort Duquesne Boulevard between the 6th and 7th Street bridges

Tickets: Register for this free event.

Root for the home team

As part of the University Nights at PNC Park series, Major League Baseball and the Pirates will host a University of Pittsburgh Night, when the Pirates face the Phillies. This exclusive ticket offer will grant attendees a co-branded Pirates and University water bottle and access to a pregame function.

When: 7:05 p.m. Friday, July 29

Where: PNC Park

Tickets: Seats start at $27.

Watch movies in the park

Dollar Bank Cinema In The Park continues throughout July.

This month marks the return of movie showings at Highland Park, Riverview Park, Schenley Park Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Plaza, Brookline Memorial Park, Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, Grandview Park in Mt. Washington, McBride Park in Lincoln Place and West End/Elliott Overlook. 

Those on the Pittsburgh campus can take a short stroll to Schenley Plaza to see “The SpongeBob Movie,” “Luca,” “Peter Rabbit 2” and more.

When: Throughout July, after dark

— Kara Henderson