Whether you're in Downtown Pittsburgh, Oakland or Mt. Washington, you're just steps away from experiencing a work of art.
The art scene in Pittsburgh is in effect year-round in this multi-cultural city, but the summer offers some outdoor experiences that stand out for visitors and residents alike. Outdoor art can be found in all different pockets of the city:
- Randyland, in the Mexican War Streets neighborhood, is a celebrated landmark for art lovers. It’s home to animated, quirky and fanciful masterpieces free to view and explore.
- You can also visit the outdoor markets of the Strip District on Penn Avenue and get some shopping and art viewing in at the same time! The Strip District is lined with vibrant murals and street art from local Pittsburgh artists.
- Visit Art on Gist Street for a look at local artist James Simon’s creations. He combines colorful painting and sculpture work to line the streets and frame a path to his main art studio in the Uptown neighborhood.
- Check out the multitude of walking tours and sight-seeing adventures highlighting Pittsburgh's original and unique neighborhoods.
- Stay cool indoors and visit one of the many world-renowned art museums in our diverse city.
- Discover even more music and art events happenning in Pittsburgh throughout the year highlighted by the Pittsburgh Vistitor's Bureau.
You can find art from local talent, visiting artists and musicians and even members of the Carnegie Mellon community on display throughout the city. You'll find works including Associate Professor of Art Paolo Pedercini's LIKELIKE neo-arcade, an art gallary that celebrates experimental and independent game culture, or the works of Assistant Professor of Art Devan Shimoyama, which will be exhibited at the Andy Warhol Museum. (Andy Warhol has a connection to our university too - he's an alumnus of the College of Fine Arts!) Also, just walking distance from the Carnegie Mellon campus, you’ll find other great museums and artistic attractions to explore like the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Recently, the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival was in full swing from June 1st – 10th, with hundreds of artists displaying their work from across the globe. This huge downtown event is a staple of summers in Pittsburgh and offers free concerts each night for the public. The ambiance of art, music and carnival foods fill the air at The Point State Park in Pittsburgh.
The outdoor concerts don’t stop there! Musical artists of all genres travel to Pittsburgh to put on shows and concerts, from free performances in Pittsburgh public parks to outdoor shows from bands like Arcade Fire, Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett and more at Stage AE in the North Shore. With a variety of music venues throughout the city, you’re sure to find your favorite artist in Pittsburgh. Other venues throughout the city include PPG Paints Arena, Mr. Smalls Theater, KeyBank Pavilion & The Rex Theater. Whatever you're into, Pittsburgh has the creative artistic scenes, concert venues and other experiences anyone needs to have a unique and fun summer in the city.