Whether you’ve just moved or will change your address soon, it’s always nice to save money for things that really matter.
And what could be cheaper than FREE? Visitpittsburgh.com has compiled a list of their top 28 free things to do in the Steel City, from free Selfie views to free WiFi, but we’ve narrowed it even further to our Top 10 picks. Take a look!
1. Self-Guided Walking Tours, Downtown.
Gateway Center, Market Square, Fourth Avenue … all have excellent walking tours available to peruse on your schedule! The Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation offers six downloadable PDF tours for your to explore.
2. Views from Mount Washington, take McArdle Roadway up to Mt. Washington.
USA Weekend has dubbed this vantage point "one of the Top 10 most beautiful views in the country." Daytime and evening panoramic city views are fabulous, and you can enhance your sightseeing with a visit to the Emerald View Park, a 280-acre green space. (Not free, but worth noting — Mount Washington also boasts many nice restaurants!)3. Free Events & Festivals
Did you know many of Pittsburgh's biggest annual events and festivals are completely free? Check out the annual events page and the city-wide events calendar to get the scoop on all the affordable activities and events coming up soon.
4. The Allegheny Observatory, 159 Riverview Ave.
See the Pennsylvania night sky in a whole new light when you take a free evening tour. Visits include a short presentation, tour of the building, and an opportunity to look through the telescope. Note: Reservations are encouraged, and the observatory does operate on a seasonal schedule. Call 412.371.0600 to schedule your reservation.5. The Frick Art & Historical Center, 7227 Reynolds St.
Take a step back in time to the gilded age in this beautifully preserved series of buildings and gardens right here in Pittsburgh. The best part? It’s completely free to tour the grounds, The Frick Art Museum, Car and Carriage Museum, and Greenhouse.6. Farmers Markets
Believe it or not, there are more farmers' markets and community gardens per capita in Pittsburgh than most U.S. metro areas. During the warmer months, your area farmers markets are just the place to try locally grown and/or produced foods, meet area farmers, and mix with the locals at one of many fresh farm stands.7. Pittsburgh Banjo Club, 400 Cedar Ave.
Cherish a friendly welcome from the loyal crowd gathered to sing along during the club's polished practice sessions, which typically include 40 or more banjo players, plus a tuba and horns. The mood is lively, the beer is cheap, and the entry is free — just ring the buzzer. Every Wednesday night, 8 p.m. (Age 21 or older, unless parent or guardian is present.)
8. Pittsburgh Opera's Brown Bag Opera Concerts, 2425 Liberty Ave.
Tune in to free lunchtime concerts, one Saturday per month, September through April, from Noon to 1 p.m. (Note: November and December 2020 events are virtual.) Bring a lunch to the free concerts, or buy food on site. No reservations required — check Pittsburgh Opera’s social media or their website to verify once doors open again. Additionally, Pittsburgh Opera's 2020-21 season offers socially-distant seating and comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols.
9. Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, 4141 Fifth Ave.
In Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood, the Soldiers & Sailors museum offers a unique look into American history. Collections span art from the mid-1900s to cultural artifacts of today. The museum does not idealize war but invites you to be a part of a meaningful environment created to remember and pay tribute to Americans who’ve served our country in times of war and peace. Free admission for active military, Guard and Reserve, veterans, plus families and guests with an immediate family member serving in our current conflicts.10. Old Allegheny County Jail Museum Self-Guided Tours, 440 Ross St.
For more fun free things to do, explore the complete list from visitpittsburgh.com.
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