Please check out my 24 favorite pictures of Pittsburgh taken by local Instagram photographers this June, as they tell a pretty accurate story of what it was like to live in Pittsburgh this month. I chose some of them to highlight below, but all of these accounts are great follows for lovers of Pittsburgh.
Gregory Polanco, arguably the most highly anticipated prospect in Pirates history (due in equal parts to his potential and our modern day access to minor leaguers), made his debut in Pittsburgh this month. He did not disappoint, setting a Pirates record with an 11-game hitting streak to start his MLB career.
From June 6 – June 15th, the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival was in town – showcasing art, food, music and entertainment at Point State Park. Live music acts included the likes of Jake Bugg, Trampled by Turtles and Jeff Tweedy, while art installations like “Before I Die” and “Squonk’s Pneumatica” caught lots of attention.
The Fountain at Point State Park deserves mention, as now that it’s again a fixture in this city I can’t believe how long we went without it. I took several walks from The Strip to The Fountain this month, marking one of my favorite things to do in the city in the early part of this summer.
The ongoing ventures by the girls of eatPGH are as inspiring as they are oft-cited by me in my various Pittsburgh musings, and this month they launched their second Urban Supper pop-up dinner at 919 Liberty Avenue downtown with Bluebird Kitchen and E2. Good news: these are quarterly now, and the next one will be held September 20th.
Adding to the restaurant eye candy landscape of The Cultural District (recently popularized by the whiskey wall at Butcher & The Rye), Il Tetto has been crushing it. The rooftop beer garden has been garnering huge attention from beer lovers, foodies (it’s above the meatball emporium Sienna Mercato), and amateur photographers alike. The unique view, tucked into the heart of the city, is drawing major acclaim – as is the roof, which can open and close.
It’s wedding season – in fact, my own little sister beat me to the altar this month at St. Mary of The Mount – and it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that you attended or turned down invitations this month at the very least. Well, PPG Plaza made it easier to feel the love with the installation of “A Turn of The Century” two 20 ft. tall, Renoir-inspired bronze dancers.
I’m a big fan of The Mattress Factory, and was thrilled to attend their annual Urban Garden Party with Yelp‘s Rachel Carlson and Steelcitygrammers headman Jon Plum which moved its theme from last year’s Alice in Wonderland (which I’m sad that I missed) to this year’s western something-or-other. In most ways, the place is just awesome; and their party is worth visiting, especially with genericpieces getting his scrub on.
Unless someone wants to volunteer, I don’t really have time to do Indiecent Exposure at the moment. However, there were some great concerts here in June, and these bands were YinZSTER-approved: The Naked and Famous (Stage AE – I attended), Dr. Dog (Stage AE), Chvrches (Stage AE – I attended), Arctic Monkeys (Stage AE), Polica (Mr. Smalls), Sharon Van Etten & Jana Hunter (Mr. Smalls), and Neko Case (Byham Theater).
For July, keep an eye out for Fitz & the Tantrums (Stage AE – July 5th), The Neighbourhood (Stage AE – July 11th), Band of Horses (Stage AE – July 20th), Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (Club Café – July 24th), Jack White (Stage AE – July 27th), and Jurassic 5 (Stage AE – July 30th)