Things to Do

There are plenty of things to do in Pittsburgh, with activities and events for every interest and age group.

Pitt Arts

Discounted tickets to the symphony, opera, ballet, theatre, jazz concerts, and many other events are available to students, faculty, and staff of the University of Pittsburgh. For more information, please visit the Pitt Arts Web site.


There are a number of spectacular museums in Pittsburgh, some of which offer free admission to Pitt students, including the Carnegie Museums and the Andy Warhol Museum.


Pittsburgh is home to formal concert halls, including Heinz Hall and Benedum Center, an arena venue in CONSOL Energy Center, and  outdoor concert venues, such as the First Niagara Pavilion and Stage AE, as well as countless bars and restaurants offering live music in a more intimate setting. In the summer, free concerts abound in local parks.


Professional sports are a large part of the local culture in Pittsburgh. Home to the NFL football team the Pittsburgh Steelers, the MLB baseball team the Pittsburgh Pirates, the NHL hockey team the Pittsburgh Penguins, the USL soccer team the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, the Pittsburgh Power arena football team, and the Independent Women's Football team the Pittsburgh Passion, watching sports, whether live or on television, is a popular pastime in Pittsburgh. The University of Pittsburgh has many accomplished sports teams at the collegiate level as well.

Parks and Recreation

The region features hundreds of acres of public parks and recreational facilities; miles of bike and hiking trails; and ample waterways to kayak, boat, and fish.  One park to visit is Morraine State Park.  Some parks feature historical landmarks and other aspects of interest. 

Dining and Nightlife

There's an astonishing variety of dining and nightlife in Pittsburgh's neighborhoods. Right in Oakland, at the heart of the Pitt campus, there is a variety of restaurants and bars with student-friendly prices and atmospheres. Venture to other neighborhoods for every type of restaurant imaginable from the dive to foodie elegance.

Other Entertainment

Pittsburgh offers hundreds of other activities, events and places to visit. There is always something to do in Pittsburgh! Here are just a few:

Zambelli Fireworks just north of Pittsburgh guarantees some of the most exciting displays in the world!