Things to do in Garfield

Packed with both row houses and art galleries, Garfield is a classic Pittsburgh neighborhood in the midst of a creative rebirth.

Stats (via Niche)

  • Population: 4,018
  • Size: 0.5 sq. mi.
  • Median Rent: $575
  • Median Home Value: $71,870

Don’t Miss

There are a slew of art galleries and performance spaces along Penn Avenue, including Assemble, The Mr. Roboto Project and The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination. And there is no better way to experience them all than Unblurred, the first Friday gallery crawl that includes music, drinks and of course, plenty of art.

If you’ve ever been on Penn, you’ve surely noticed the striking Pittsburgh Glass Center, a nonprofit school, gallery and glass studio dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting glass art. It’s top-notch and known throughout the country. Visit during an exhibit — there are plenty to choose from — and don’t leave without checking out their gift shop.

If you’re looking for something cheap and tasty in the neighborhood, try the Indian food at People’s Restaurant, Vietnamese at Pho Minh, or the very popular pizza at Spak Brothers.

For something more upscale, head to Prairie. In the space that formerly housed Verde, Prairie serves up classic American fare and an impressive list of American whiskey and bourbon-based cocktails

Voluto is a good bet for well-crafted coffee drinks that use Commonplace’s locally roasted beans. If tea is more your speed, head over to Bantha Tea Bar, a beautiful Penn Avenue tea shop that opened in 2015.

For a place that does a little bit of everything, check out Artisan. Primarily a tattoo shop, Artisan also functions as a gallery, community space and store for local clothing and art. They plan to continue their quest to do it all by adding a café and hostel in the coming months.

Garfield borders Allegheny Cemetery, a 300-acre cemetery with over 15 miles of roadways. The trees, ponds and roaming deer make it a beautiful place for a stroll or jog.

Fast Facts

The neighborhood is named after president James Garfield, who was buried on the same day that the first plot was purchased in Garfield in 1881.

Many notable people are buried in Allegheny Cemetery, including congressmen, industrialists and former mayors of Pittsburgh. Songwriter Stephen Foster is perhaps the most famous, and each summer the cemetery hosts the Annual Stephen Foster Music and Heritage Festival.

Each Thanksgiving, residents of Garfield organize The Turkey Bowl, a full-contact, just-for-fun football match between the neighborhood’s “Young Bucks” and “Old Heads.”

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