It’s Not Just a Conference – Exploring the Burgh, Volume 1

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It’s Not Just a Conference – Exploring the Burgh, Volume 1

Pittsburgh skyline with river in the foreground
If you’re traveling to Pittsburgh for this year’s PA Presenters spring conference, you’ll want to check out the sights and sounds of the city during your stay. I’ve put together your three-day events and entertainment itinerary for the Downtown scene. All walking and driving distances, as well as approximate times, are courtesy of Google Maps.

Stay tuned for a post on dining in Pittsburgh. After all, once you’ve had a day filled with adventure, you’ll surely need to wet your whistle and fill your tummy.

So put on your walking shoes, and let’s go explore Pittsburgh!



Check out the Market Square Farmers’ Market. A Pittsburgh tradition, now in it’s 13th year, the Market Square Farmers Market hosts between 7,000 and 10,000 guests, weekly. The market is open from 10am-2pm. Vendors vary by week.
Distance: .3 mi/Walking Time: 5 min.

Nicholas Coffee Company, located in the strip district, is the oldest coffee shop in Pittsburgh. The company is family owned and operated and has been a Pittsburgh staple since 1902. Pick up some beans to take home in your luggage, or if you prefer, check out their wall of tea.
Distance: .4 mi/Walking Time: 7 min.


Explore the City

If you want to find out more about the Steel City, take a tour. The Best of the Burgh Tour meets at 500 Ross Street, Downtown Pittsburgh (corner of Ross St & Fifth Ave) and offers walkers tours of Downtown on foot. Get your daily steps and hoof it through the city with one of their enthusiastic tour guides.
Distance: .2 mi/Walking Time: 6 min.

Kayak Pittsburgh is a kayak rental concession located on the North Shore, open May through October, on the waters of Downtown Pittsburgh. Rent a yellow kayak and tour the city from the comfort of your own self-propelled boat!
Distance: .7 mi/Walking Time: 14 min.


Arts and Entertainment

Looking for a show? An American in Paris plays nightly at The Benedum. Featuring choreography by Christopher Wheeldon and the music of George and Ira Gershwin, this show is a “can’t miss.” Get your tickets by visiting the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Website, and while you’re there, check out upcoming shows for your return trip to the city.
Distance: .2 mi/Walking Time: 5 min.

Three Rivers Arts Festival runs daily from June 2nd through the 11th , and features FREE access to music, theater, dance, public art installations, gallery exhibitions, a visual artist market, creative activities, food, and more.
Distance: .8 mi/Walking Time: 17 min.

PNC Park is the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates and is one top-rated ballparks in the USA. Friday night (June 9th) the Pirates play the Miami Marlins at 7:05pm. Pre-game, visit the Baierl Kia Block Party on Federal Street. Stop by the Leinenkugel Bar and meet a former Pirates player (TBA). Fireworks after the game presented by Zambelli Fireworks.
Distance: .9 mi/Walking Time: 19 min.
Stay tuned for Volume 2 of the “Exploring the Burgh” series, featuring Pittsburgh dining.


Contributed by Teresa Glasgow, Box Office Manager, The Hillman Center for Performing Arts