Shopping Downtown At the Arts Festival

Visitors interested in shopping at this year’s Arts Festival won’t be disappointed. The Artist Market, which runs every day during the festival from 12-8pm, offers many unique items such as wearable fiber, precious jewelry, and other mediums like ceramics, drawings, mixed media, photography, and paintings. Creators of these pieces come from all parts of the country after applying and being selected to participate. Their art is available for purchase right at the event for you to take home.

Once you’ve finished walking around the market, you don’t have to stop shopping. Many other downtown shops will be open, some late at night and during the weekend, while the Arts Festival is running. The downtown area conveniently offers department stores, boutiques, and retail centers in close proximity. You can also stop to eat at Fifth Avenue Place at 120 Fifth Avenue and check out the many retail shops located inside the center. One of their stores, Crystal River Gems, will be offering special deals on handmade jewelry during the festival. Laurie’s Hallmark is also offering free bracelets every Friday in June with any purchase of at least $10. For a full listing of stores in Downtown Pittsburgh, check out this Shop & Dine Guide from There is something for everyone in the downtown shopping area during the Arts Festival, from apparel, books, electronics, bakery items, jewelry, shoes, and even wine and spirits.

Here is A List of  Downtown Merchants and their Weekend Hours

Saturday Sunday
Artist Market 12:00pm-8:00pm 12:00pm-8:00pm
Added Touch
120 Fifth Avenue
Amazing Books
929 Liberty Avenue
120 Fifth Avenue
Boutique 208
208 6th Street
11:00am-8:00pm 11:00am-5:00pm
Boutique la Passerelle
417 Wood Street
Broadway Army Navy
909 Liberty Avenue
Brooks Brothers
600 Smithfield Street
Burlington Coat Factory
339 Sixth Avenue
9:00am-8:00pm 12:00pm-5:00pm
Canadian Fur Company
625 Smithfield Street
Carl W. Herrmann Furs
634 Smithfield Street
Crystal River Gems
120 Fifth Avenue
125 W. Station Square Drive
10:00am-10:00pm 12:00pm-5:00pm
Denim Express
439 Wood Street
Designer Outlet
311 Forbes Avenue
Eide’s Entertainment
1121 Penn Avenue
9:30am-6:30pm 10:00am-5:30pm
301 Grant Street
125 W. Station Square Drive
10:00am-9:00pm 12:00pm-5:00pm
Heinz Healey’s
160 Fifth Avenue
Hometowne Sports
125 W. Station Square Drive
10:00am-10:30pm 10:00am-6:00pm
Jos. A. Bank
230 Fifth Avenue
9:00am-8:00pm 12:00pm-6:00pm
Joseph Orlando
606 Liberty Avenue
Kountz & Rider
301 Grant Street
249 Fifth Avenue
Laurie’s Hallmark
120 Fifth Avenue
120 Fifth Avenue
400 Fifth Avenue
9:00am-6:00pm 12:00pm-5:00pm
N.J. Richetti Fine Men’s Clothing
301 Grant Street
New York New York
125 W. Station Square Drive
10:00am-12:00am 11:00am-8:00pm
Oxford Centre Wine & Spirits
320 Smithfield Street
Pennsylvania Wine Cellars
125 W. Station Square Drive
10:00am-9:00pm 12:00pm-9:00pm
Pittsburgh Popcorn Company
822 Liberty Avenue
Serendipity Accessories
2 PPG Place
Social Status
717 Liberty Avenue
945 Liberty Avenue
Oxford Oxford Center
WEAR on Market Square
433 Market Street

Yinz Asked, We Answered: Summer Birthday Ideas

Yinz Asked:

“As I’m getting older, it’s getting harder and harder to find things to do to celebrate my birthday with friends. I’ll be 32 the last week of June and I have a mix of friends with a range of ages and interests. I’d like to share my day with a lot of my friends, but I have no idea what we could all do together. Any suggestions on where we could go or what we could do?” – JK

We Answered:

Celebrating a birthday is a great excuse to organize a group and take advantage of some of the great things going on about town in the summer. Here are some ideas:

1) The annual Citiparks’ “Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park” is a great option for groups of different ages and interests. Choose from Flagstaff Hill, Riverview Park, Grandview Park in Mt. Washington, Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, Brookline Memorial Park, East Liberty or West End/Elliott Overlook. Tell your friends to grab a blanket, and have a potluck picnic dinner (don’t forget your birthday cake!). Flagstaff Hill alone has “Julie and Julia” and “Where the Wild Things Are” both playing at the end of June. It runs Sundays and Wednesdays throughout the summer. This option is casual and inexpensive and it takes advantage of a fun Pittsburgh summer tradition.

For details go the CitiPark’s website,, or call 412-422-6426.

2)  Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation has free walking tours on Fridays and Saturdays.  Why not gather your group and tour around, ending at a great restaurant?  For a small fee, you can also tailor walking tours to your likes/dislikes and get a customized tour.  See Pittsburgh from a new perspective: do the “Downtown Pittsburgh” walking tour and hit one of the many large restaurants at Station Square for a celebratory meal.

For reservations and more information call Mary Lu Denny at 412-471-5808 or check out the website at

3)  Golden Triangle Bike Rental, located downtown on the Eliza Furnace trail, has group tours/rentals.  This locally owned/operated business will customize a tour for your party.  You can even stop for dinner, or a drink, all the while sightseeing the city from the bike trails.  They will work with what sounds fun to you.

Call 412-600-0675  or

As you get tired of the usual birthday party ideas, think outside of the box.  Try  a group event that gets you out of the house, a gathering where you can learn something and get some fresh air.  If people have diverse interests, there will surely be something in these ideas for everyone, and the shared experience will bring the gang together.  Most importantly, find something that YOU enjoy and have a great birthday!

Light Up Night Squared

A number of light sculptures feature in this e...
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There are now two great places to celebrate Light Up Night tomorrow in Pittsburgh – Downtown and Mt. Washington.

Mt. Washington Light Up Night

More info including a list of Light Up Night Specials available at

Schedule of Events

  • 5-7pm Decorate a tree with Santa – Charles Lewis Park (next to the Firehouse)
  • 6-7pm Duquesne University’s Performance Notes Ensemble holiday sing along
  • 5-8pm Tour 221 Shiloh Street’s newest storefront and luxury apartments
  • 6-9pm Mt. Washington’s indoor art marketplace
  • 5-8pm Strolling musicians along Shiloh Street

Info on Light Up Night Downtown –

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