Jam the Summer Away with These 16 Pittsburgh Music Festivals and Concerts

Shoulder to shoulder in a room with dozens and hundreds of fellow Pittsburgh music lovers? Yes, please! TABLE staff suggests some red letter concert dates and music festivals where we can all be in it together.

Billy Porter

Heinz Hall, May 28
Hometown favorite Billy Porter is pulling out all the stops for his first pop music tour. He says of the upcoming performances, “You’ll really get a glimpse into who I am even deeper with this music.” 

Three Rivers Arts Festival

Downtown, June 2-11
Some consider the Three Rivers Arts Festival the official start of Pittsburgh summer. Held annually at the beginning of June, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust provides residents with over a week of live music from local and national acts alongside an artist market, interactive activities for those of all ages, and more.

An image of a singer playing guitar onstage at the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Three Rivers Arts Festival kicks off the summer season. Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Pixies

Stage AE, June 13
Where is my mind? It’s in the North Shore with alternative rock band, the Pixies. 

WYEP Summer Music Festival

Schenley Park, June 24
Every year, the last Saturday fills Oakland with music from both Pittsburgh artists and national touring acts. The free, day-long festival serves as a celebration of music from genres across the musical spectrum. WYEP makes it a point to see that the lineup is as diverse as the community to which it broadcasts.

Ondara

Thunderbird Cafe & Music Hall, July 1
Inspired by Bob Dylan, Grammy Award-nominated Kenyan singer-songwriter Ondara slices into the soul with his chilling vocals. 

Ed Sheeran

Acrisure Stadium, July 8
Special guests Khalid and Rosa Linn join global sensation Ed Sheeran during his Mathematics Tour stop in the City of Bridges. 

Shania Twain

The Pavilion at Star Lake, July 13
Expect plenty of men’s shirts and short skirts when the queen of country pop takes over The Pavilion at Star Lake. 

Ondara, Photo by Nate Ryan

Northside Music Festival

North Side, July 14-16
Previously titled the Deutschtown Music Festival, this free music festival boasts a lineup of exclusively local acts performing in the North Side community’s indoor and outdoor venues.

Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival

Pittsburgh Shrine Center, July 29-30
Two stages, two days of body-shaking entertainment, and a phenomenal lineup of national and local acts alike. Can it get much better than that? Yes, actually — proceeds benefit the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Band Together Pittsburgh.

The Magic of Motown

Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, July 29
Travel back in time and experience the glory days of Motown. This tribute show features hits from The Temptations, The Jackson Five, Aretha Franklin, and more. 

Beyoncé

Acrisure Stadium, August 3
Although her 2022 hit song “Break My Soul” suggest otherwise, we wouldn’t recommend quitting your job anytime soon. 

P!NK 

PNC Park, August 5
Pink’s incredible acrobatics, pyrotechnics, and thrilling ability to command the stage combine in a must-experience concert. 

Joss Stone

The Palace Theatre, August 23
It’s been two decades years since the Grammy and Brit award-winning Joss Stone released her smash debut album, The Soul Sessions, at the young age of 16. She celebrates with her 20 Years of Soul anniversary tour. 

Joss Stone, Photo by Nolan Knight

Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

Highmark Stadium, September 14-17
Now in its 13th year, the goal of the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival is to celebrate the City of Bridge’s rich jazz lineage by bringing together jazz lovers and musicians from around to world. Along with renowned artists in the genre, the festival features new artists to watch and over 140 local musicians.

The Piano Guys

Benedum Center, September 12
Comprised of Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, and Al van der Beek, The Piano Guys blend multiple styles and genres for a twist on classical music that has garnered fans from around the world. 

Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival

Highmark Stadium, November 3-4
Presented each year by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, this festival showcasing the blues, rock, reggae, and soul genres is ground zero for a celebration of diversity and music.

Story by Jordan Snowden

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