Summer in the ‘Burgh

10 Memorial Day weekend events to welcome summer in Pittsburgh

There will be parades and a block party.

Celebrate this weekend by getting outside and honoring Memorial Day

Celebrate this weekend by getting outside and honoring Memorial Day

Photo courtesy Clockwise from top left: Carnegie Science Center; Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership / photo by Renee Rosensteel; Debra Callan and Frank Machi; Carnegie Science Center and BikePGH / photo by Murphy Moschetta
MJ Slaby

There were points this winter, lots of them, when it seemed like summer would never show up.

We made it — and it’s nearly Memorial Day weekend, a time to remember those who died while serving in the U.S. military.

This weekend also happens to be the beginning of outdoor events and the harbinger of longer, warmer days ahead. Here’s a look at 10 can’t-miss events for the three-day weekend, selected just for you by The Incline.

Saturday: Take a stroll to see art, buy art

To buy or not to buy?

To buy or not to buy?

Courtesy of Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership / photo by Renee Rosensteel

Take an art walk in Homewood

Tour the newest temporary public art piece by the East End Arts Team, completed in collaboration with the Office of Public Art and Neighborhood Allies. Also on this walking tour, visit the Homewood branch of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and explore the vibrant Art House by artist Vanessa German.

Where: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh — Homewood at 7101 Hamilton Ave. (Homewood)

When: May 26, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

How much: $8


Shop local on a Saturday night

Shop local with the Saturday Night Market and Downtown Sound Series. Peruse the work of some of Pittsburgh’s most creative independent vendors. While you're shopping, listen to an AcoustiCafe performance featuring Kayla Schureman, Chet Vincent, and Zack Keim.

Where: Market Square (Downtown)

When: May 26, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


Sunday: Get outside to bike, fish and dance

Why drive when you can bike and dance through the streets?

Why drive when you can bike and dance through the streets?

Courtesy of BikePGH / Photo by Murphy Moschetta

Bike or walk to the 1st OpenStreetsPGH of the year

There's bound to be something for everyone at the first OpenStreetsPGH of the year. Go for a fitness class — yoga, insanity, zumba and more — for a silent disco, for axe throwing, for live music and more. The route includes Downtown, Uptown and South Side with multiple bridges and the Armstrong Tunnel.

Where: Downtown, Uptown and South Side

When: May 27, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Honor submarines on ‘eternal patrol’

Veterans from USS VI Requin Base will host a memorial ceremony on the USS Requin to recognize each submarine on "eternal patrol" and toss flower petals on the water in their honor. There will also be a 21-gun salute from the Marine Color Guard from Three Rivers Leatherneck Detachment 310 and the VFW Post 9199 Honor Guard. After the ceremony, visit the submarine for free tours all day.

Where: USS Requin (SS 481) outside Carnegie Science Center at 1 Allegheny Ave. (North Shore)

When: May 27, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

How much: Free


Learn to fish with your family

Bring the whole family and learn how to fish from staff at the Fort Pitt Museum and Point State Park. Modern fishing equipment will be provided, and interpreters in costumes will demonstrate how soldiers at the fort fished in the 18th Century. Meet at the amphitheater along the Monongahela Wharf.

Where: Point State Park at 601 Commonwealth Place (Downtown)

When: May 27, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Start summer at the KayaFest block party

Enjoy all things tropical at Kaya's free block party with music from funk bands to Rastafarian syncopations and Caribbean-inspired food, as well as festive drinks. All ages welcome.

Where: Kaya at 2000 Smallman St. (Strip District)

When: May 27, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Monday: A day to honor and remember

Visitors and veterans fold the flag together

Visitors and veterans fold the flag together

courtesy of the Senator John Heinz History Center

Line Butler Street for the Lawrenceville Memorial Day Parade

Celebrate at one of the oldest Memorial Day parades in the country. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and ends an hour later at Allegheny Cemetery with a memorial service that includes Civil War reenactors, a dove release, a wreath-laying ceremony and an official call to order by VFW Post 214. After the ceremony is a free community picnic with music, giveaways, face painting, food trucks and a classic car show.

Where: Butler Street and Allegheny Cemetery at 4734 Butler St. (Lawrenceville)

When: May 28, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

How much: Free


Watch the Memorial Day parade in the South Hills

Commemorate Memorial Day with a parade in the South Hills. The parade starts on Brookline Boulevard in Brookline, goes to Pioneer Avenue through Dormont and to the Mount Lebanon Cemetery.

Where: Brookline to Mount Lebanon

When: May 28, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

How much: Free


Honor fallen Pa. service members

The memorial event starts with a ceremony honoring fallen Pennsylvania service members from the War on Terror and a performance by the 6th Regiment Drum Corps. The event also includes a performance by Brass Roots and activities for kids, including a bounce house, a craft table, caricature artist, and Mike the Ballon Guy.

Where: Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum at 4141 Fifth Avenue (Oakland)

When: May 28, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How much: Free


Fold a 36-foot American flag with local veterans

Join local veterans and fellow museum visitors to participate in a flag ceremony for Memorial Day. As a group, you'll unfurl a giant 36-foot American flag, join in a ceremony to sing the National Anthem, participate in a moment of silence and lastly, ceremoniously fold the flag up again.

Where: Senator John Heinz History Center at 1212 Smallman St. (Strip District)

When: May 28, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.