June is all about exploring the city al fresco. A marquee month for signature festivals, plus markets, shows and new experiences — it’s the time to welcome summer in the Burgh. We’ve got 11 events not to miss in June, and we hope to see you out there.

Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival. Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

1. Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival in the Cultural District: May 31-June 9

This is a friendly PSA to remind you that this year's Arts Festival starts on the last day of May. Open from noon to 8 p.m. daily, Pittsburgh's biggest summer festival brings 10 days of free art and music to Downtown. The popular Artist Market returns with 300 booths spanning Fort Duquesne Boulevard and expanding onto the Rachel Carson Bridge. A festival cornerstone, the Juried Visual Art Exhibition explores connections between humans and animals with the “Furry Friends” show at SPACE Gallery. The Backyard Stage is a hub for cutting-edge entertainment, including Cirque Kikasse's SANTÉ! Show atop a food truck. Mainstage music headliners include Pokey LaFarge, Los Lonely Boys, Martha Redbone, Sugarhill Gang & the Furious Five and Ben Folds. Look up to experience “A Sudden Gust of Wind,” a public art commission featuring 200 kite-shaped sculptures in 80 trees.

Pittsburgh Pride. Photo courtesy of QBurgh.

2. Pittsburgh Pride: Still We Rise: May 31-June 2

The city’s three-day Pride celebration kicks off May 31, with a free party at Allegheny Commons Park West featuring First Ladies of Disco, Riley Knoxx and 30 local artists, along with vendors, games, crafts and food. The pride vibes continue after hours with the Alphabet Mafia’s Kiki Ball.

On Saturday, follow the parade from Downtown to the free festival at Allegheny Commons Park, where powerhouse singer Tamar Braxton joins 40 LGBTQIA+ performers. The weekend wraps up at Sunday's Bloomfield Block Party boasting 30-plus national and local artists, food and activities. But, wait; there's so much more! From performances, parties and festivals to recreation, markets and drag queens — and even day drinking on a boat — don’t miss our ultimate Pride Guide highlighting events all month.

World Square. Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

3. World Square in Market Square: May 31-June 2 & June 7-9

Experience the sights, sounds and flavors of our region’s international and immigrant communities when Market Square transforms into a global bazaar. Where else can you savor Indonesian pizza, El Salvadorian papusas and Middle Eastern baklava, shop for global goods and enjoy cultural performances with the skyline as your backdrop? Emceed by DJ Juan Diego, the celebration highlights the diverse communities taking root in our region. During two back-to-back weekends, you can check out artisan booths, food purveyors and live music, dance and entertainment showcasing 30 international communities that call Pittsburgh home. Then on June 20, join Hello Neighbor to celebrate World Refugee Day and Immigrant Heritage Month at Schenley Plaza. Schedule.

Jeff Goldblum. Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh CLO.

4. Pittsburgh CLO Presents Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra at the Benedum Center: June 1

Pittsburgh loves Jeff Goldblum so much that the City Council has officially declared July 13 as Jeff Goldblum Day. NEXT even named Goldblum to our list of the eight greatest actors from Pittsburgh. Born in Homestead, the gregarious actor is beloved for his film roles, including “Jurassic Park,” “The Big Chill” and many more. Thanks to the Pittsburgh CLO, you have one night to experience Goldblum's musical prowess when he performs with his jazz band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. The night of music and comedy features Goldblum on piano and vocalist Tawanda, along with his band members, who released their latest album, “Plays Well With Others,” on Decca Records. Ticket sales support Pittsburgh CLO arts education programs.

Mattress Factory Garden Party. Photo courtesy of the Mattress Factory.

5. Garden Party MAKE/BELIEVE at the Mattress Factory: June 7

We can't imagine a better party theme for the museum that empowers artists to turn anything – from 800 square feet of poured candy to 983,000 brass beads – into site-specific room-sized installations. Channel your inner “character, caricature and creature” at one of Pittsburgh's hottest summer parties. VIP guests get the royal treatment with access to a private lounge, cocktail bar and exclusive performances. At 7 p.m., make-believers will indulge in decadent bites from 20 restaurants. Adding to the imaginative gala will be live music, costume contests and the singular art auction. Need wardrobe inspiration? The museum suggests: “Make it curious and campy. Hilarious and hammy. Make it unbelievable.” Tickets.

Photo courtesy of Beers of the Burgh.

6. Beers of the Burgh Festival at Carrie Blast Furnaces: June 8

Raise your tasting glass to help Beers of the Burgh toast 10 years in the making. For its biggest fest yet, 50 Pittsburgh-area breweries come together for the anniversary festival. The National Historic Landmark will be transformed into a one-day craft brew mecca held indoors and outdoors, with vendors filling the powerhouse and central courtyard. With a staggering selection of breweries – including all styles of ale, cider and mead – there's a taste to whet every palate. Featured beer-makers include Altered Genius, Dough Daddy Beer, Dancing Gnome, Jackworth Ginger Beer and Tortured Souls. Stay nourished with your favorite food trucks and enjoy music by the Eagleburger Band, Kyle Green and DJ Samuel Andres. New this year is the Golden Ticket option, which grants access to a pre-party at Golden Age Brewery, a festival T-shirt and a swag bag. Tickets.

Allentown Night Market. Photo courtesy of the Hilltop Alliance.

7. Allentown Night Market: June 8

From fresh produce to handmade art, the market season is here – but nothing compares to this Hilltop happening. As magic hour envelops the city, the neighborhood morphs into an immersive open-air market. More faire than fair, the event showcases 100 makers and eclectic crafters, along with DJs and music, food purveyors and a photo booth from 7 to 11 p.m. The after-hours excitement is within a walkable footprint around the Warrington Avenue business district. Presented by The Weeping Glass and Hilltop Alliance, the event spans three outdoor markets, an indoor warehouse and a food truck alley. With enticing vendor names – from Ghoogles Doogles, Gravestone Girls and Beard Viking, to Leather Trash, Spiderbite Boutique, Voodoo Velvet and Aesthetic Ambrosia – what's not to love? Information.

Featured performers for the 2024 Western Pennsylvania Juneteenth Homecoming Celebration. Photo courtesy of Stop the Violence Pittsburgh.

8. Western Pennsylvania Juneteenth Homecoming Celebration in Point State Park & Market Square: June 14-16

Honor the holiday commemorating the ending of slavery in the U.S. at this signature three-day festival produced by Stop the Violence-Pittsburgh. Leading up to the federal holiday, which takes place June 19, one of the country's largest Juneteenth festivals presents free programming in Market Square, along Stanwix Street and Liberty Avenue and at Point State Park. Friday's music lineup sizzles with Freeway + Beanie Sigel, Arrested Development and KLYMAXX. Performing on Saturday are Elle Varner, Brownstone, Keke Wyatt and Blackbyrds. Closing out the festivities on Sunday will be Kelly Price, Stokley and Adam Hawley. On Saturday, the Grand Jubilee Juneteenth Parade makes its way through Downtown, followed by a voting rights forum and an economic summit featuring hip-hop icons Percy “Master P” Miller and Damon Dash. The Freedom Festival showcases dozens of minority-owned small businesses, artisans and vendors. Information.

Photo courtesy of Pogopalooza.

9. Pogopalooza in Market Square and Wilkinsburg: June 20-23

Move over Picklesburgh and make way for PogosBurgh. Sure Pittsburgh is a football town, but it's also a pogo town. That’s why the Pogo Sticking World Championships is returning to Pittsburgh for the 10th time. First UP on Thursday is a world records event at Woodland Hills High School. Things get wild on Friday for the High Jump Competition in Market Square, where athletes will attempt to break the Guinness World Record. On Saturday, head to Xpogo’s Wilkinsburg HQ for the Tech Competition and Freestyle Qualifiers. Watch in awe as courageous competitors ride high-powered pogo sticks while maneuvering tricks 10 feet in the air and bouncing across an obstacle course. Sunday's Freestyle Final features the top 10 qualifiers going for gold and attempting to land never-before-done tricks. Attendees can try pogo sticks and receive coaching in the free jump area. The gravity-bending fun includes food trucks, vendors and a kids' Bounce Off competition. Register.

OpenStreetsPGH. Photo by Murphy Moschetta courtesy of BikePGH.

10. OpenStreetsPGH: June 29

The popular summer event series produced by BikePGH is rolling out a brand-new route showcasing a historic city neighborhood. Lace up those skates, hop on two wheels and grab Fido's leash to explore. Covering 3.5 miles, the route will traverse the Hill District, Downtown and North Side. If you've ever had the urge to stroll, bike, glide or dance right down the middle of the street free from the traffic, this is your chance to do so. Activity Hubs along the route are great spots to join fitness classes, meet friends, participate in art activities and relax at cooling stations. Be sure to stop by the NEXT booth at the Family & Learn to Ride Hub located at Frankie Pace Park in the Lower Hill! As Julie Walsh with BikePGH, explains, it's much more than a car-free festival, “It's about safe, accessible streets for everyone.” Schedule.

Babesburgh team members Amanda Mortimer, Cat Bruno, Clio Begnal, Shelley Meyer, Jackie Page and Daelyn Schellhaas. Photo courtesy of Babesburgh.

11. Babesburgh Bash at Allegheny Landing: June 30

Note: This event has moved from Saturday to Sunday due to weather.

There's a new girl group in town. During Women’s History Month in March, Babesburgh rolled out its mission to create supportive spaces where everyone feels welcome while fostering positivity, nurturing connections and cultivating self-love. Now they’re gearing up for the first Babesburgh Bash, and you're invited to sip, shop, socialize, strategize and support women-owned producers, makers and entrepreneurs along the North Shore. From 3 to 8 p.m., the “summer celebration of women” includes an Artist Alley and a mini-fest showcasing local craft beer, wine and spirits. Health and wellness components include fitness classes, yoga sessions, self-care exhibits, a farmer's market and health screenings. Tickets.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and SLB Radio Productions. She is co-author of the award-winning book, "Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania." For 15-plus years, she was co-coordinator and marketing director with Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh's first and largest independent craft fair. She makes music as The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.