Furries, fireworks, festivals and fast cars: Summer in the city is here, so get out and explore these July events.
1. Celebrate America in Point State Park: July 4, noon – 10 p.m.
Pittsburgh’s breathtaking topography is always a dramatic backdrop to July 4th fireworks. Start your holiday at the Fort Pitt Museum with a flag raising ceremony, fife and drum performances, and more. At the U.S. Army Gaming Trailer, play videos and enjoy live music outdoors. This year’s exhilarating C-17 Flyover will be helmed by Mt. Lebanon native and award-winning Air Force pilot Tom Huzzard. And at 9:35 p.m., enjoy one of the country’s top fireworks displays — a customized “pyromusical” produced by Starfire. Check back with NEXTpittsburgh for more event details coming soon.
2. Anthrocon at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center: July 4-7, various times
If relaxing during a Spirit-Animal Guided Meditation or trying to outsmart a Fuzzy Logic Escape Room sounds appealing, you might be ready for Anthrocon (no, you don’t have to don a costume to attend). One of the planet’s largest anthropomorphics conventions has made Pittsburgh its dedicated den. This year’s Furry fun has a chill “Surf Pacific” theme and offers everything from seminars on acting, Furry costume-building and animation, to art shows, game nights and meet-ups. Just perusing the event titles will have your fur standing up. If you and your brood can only attend one, experience the exuberant Fursuit Parade, open to the public July 6 at 2 p.m. outside the convention center.
3. Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix: July 11-21, various locations and times
Rev your engines: The country’s largest vintage street race is rolling back into town for its 37th edition. What began in 1983 as a one-day affair is now an 11-day charitable festival packed with exhilarating races, car shows, parties, parades and more. Showcasing all things “that go vroom,” the beloved PVGP has something for auto buffs, speed freaks, race veterans and curious tourists. Don’t miss the gala at Carnegie Museum of Art, countryside tour to Jamison Farm and Jet Center Party where you can see a P-51 Mustang fighter plane. There’s nothing like Race Weekend in Schenley Park — one of Pittsburgh’s most distinctive summer events. View the schedule under the Events tab here.
4. Gallery Crawl & FOOTWORK After Dark in the Cultural District: July 12, 5:30 – p.m. to midnight
Start your night at the free summer Gallery Crawl from 5:30 to 10 p.m. to experience the latest in Downtown art and entertainment at more than 20 cultural hotspots. There’s immersive multimedia art in the galleries, live music at Katz Plaza and Backstage Bar, plus film screenings, cabaret shows and the bustling Night Market. If you missed the giant colorful spinning tops at TRAF, take a seat in Los Trompos, where the pop-up public art exhibit will be installed at 133 7th St. At 9 p.m., slide over to the FOOTWORK After Dark event at the Trust Arts Education Center featuring an immersive dance party space custom-designed by LUXE Creative.
5. Deutschtown Music Festival on the North Side: July 12-14
The North Side rocks. See why at the Deutschtown Music Festival. For its seventh ambitious installment, the extravaganza is expanding to include three days, 350 performances, 35 stages and 30 food trucks. Spanning the entire historic neighborhood with a multi-format approach — including outdoor main stages, music clubs, cafes, eateries and more — this has emerged as of the city’s most significant local music events. Along with hosting every genre under the summer sun, the sound-fest also features family activities, a beer garden and an artist market co-produced with RedfishBowl. And you can hop aboard the free shuttle. Did we mention it’s all free? View a schedule.
6. Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest at Stage AE: July 12 & 13, 6:30 p.m.
Craft brews and animal welfare make a fantastic pairing when Pittsburgh’s largest summer beer bash opens its taps. From Watermelon Wheat to Bourbon Barrel Stout, there’s a tasty libation waiting for you at this showcase of top beer-making talent from 125-plus breweries and craft beverage makers nationwide. Benefiting Animal Rescue Partners and Biggies Bullies of Pittsburgh, the indoor/outdoor festivities include souvenir beer mugs, food booths and live music. Buy tickets.
7. Yelp’s Ice Cream Social outside the Children’s Museum: July 13, 4-6 p.m.
We’ll all be screaming for ice cream when this dessert mecca serves up everyone’s fave frozen delight. Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with a $10 donation to the Northside museum, and enjoy unlimited free samples of ice cream and frozen pops crafted by local purveyors including Betsy’s, Rivendale, Sugar Spell Scoops, Millie’s and many more. You’ll find lawn games, balloon art and food trucks, and you can even get your fave cone or flavor painted on your face. Register here.