People gather on the Roberto Clemente Bridge for the annual Picklesburgh event.

Picklesburgh 2024

JULY 18-21, 2024
PITTSBURGH, PA

THE SHORT VERSION

From sauerkraut to pickle ice cream, pickle-juice drinking contests to bobbing for jerkins, Picklesburgh is the version of Pittsburgh you need to see.

Picklesburgh is a three-day, pickle-themed — yes, you heard us — festival. Regional pickle vendors and farms show up and take over a few blocks of downtown Pittsburgh, marking their territory with a giant Heinz pickle balloon at the entrance. (Back in the 1860s, Heinz sold pickles, sauerkraut and vinegar by horse-drawn carriage to stores around the city.)

Folks can come by for free to experience pickle everything. There will be your classic bread and butter chips and kosher jerkins, of course, but also creative pickle takes, like pickle ice cream. Wander around with your family or a crew of friends and explore pickle carnival games like the pickle bobbing contest or pick up some surprisingly wearable pickle-themed merchandise. There’s live music and, for the bravest stomachs of them all, a pickle juice drinking contest that you must be at least 18 years old to enter. We tried to figure out if there are pickle shots for those 21 years and up, but to no avail. 

If you’re traveling with kids, there’s an arts and craft play area to keep them entertained. There are also specialty cocktails available after 4:30 p.m. as well as food, beer, and other beverages available for purchase throughout the weekend. Whether you’re a seasoned sauerkraut connoisseur or a cucumber convert, this is a prime (brine) time. (Sorry, we had to.)

The Specs

  • The festival is free.
  • It’ll take place on the downtown streets of Pittsburgh; all are welcome. 
  • Once you’ve had your fill of dill, grab a slice at one of the best pizza places in Pittsburgh.

FAQs

What is the closest airport to Picklesburgh? 

You can fly right into Pittsburgh International Airport. 

How should I get there?

There’s parking nearby for a cost, and public transportation is readily accessible. 

Where should I stay? 

The festival website has a downtown hotel directory, but really any hotel or home rental close to downtown will do.

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Picklesburgh 2024 dates | What to know

BY Logan Davis