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Pittsburgh Festivals

people gathering on the bridge for Light Up Night

Courtesy of Downtown Pittsburgh Partnership

Light Up Night's annual bridge party draws quite a crowd.

The greater Pittsburgh area hosts dozens of festivals, each celebrating something unique. Here are some festivals and celebrations worth checking out.

THREE RIVERS ARTS FESTIVAL
One of the most popular festivals, the Three Rivers Arts Festival is held each summer in downtown Pittsburgh. Partake in make-and-take art activities and browse and purchase the work of more than 300 artists. Events and exhibits at this event range from traditional film and photography to Michael Jackson dance? workshops and hula hooping.

PITTSBURGH WINE FESTIVAL
Thousands of wine connoisseurs gather in Pittsburgh each spring for the annual Pittsburgh Wine Festival to taste hundreds of grape varieties from around the world. Winemakers and educators are available to answer questions or further explain the ins and outs of winemaking.

LIGHT UP NIGHT
To kick off the start of the holiday season, Pittsburgh dedicates one night in November to come together and celebrate. Thousands flock to see the concerts, tree lighting ceremonies, unveiling of holiday displays and exhibits, bridge party and a fantastic fireworks display. The view from the top of Mt. Washington is one of the best in the city, or head to Market Square for a lot of fun festivities, including an impressive interactive lighting display.

PITTSBURGH DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
This annual festival happens in the fall and celebrates Asian culture. The highlight of the celebration is the Dragon Boat Racing, an ancient Chinese tradition dating back more than 2,400 years.

BIG BUTLER FAIR
The largest fair in Western Pennsylvania always takes place in Prospect, Penn. over the 4th of July, and it is often considered one of the best (if not the best) fairs in the country. The fair includes an array of food, various attractions, including a carnival, petting zoo and various games, and a huge 4th of July fireworks display.

For a full list of festivals in the greater Pittsburgh area, check the VisitPittsburgh website.

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