Picklesburgh FAQ

What is this? Is this… a real thing? A pickle… festival?

Yes, it is! Picklesburgh is very real, and we’re about to celebrate its fourth year, which is kind of a big dill. This annual festival showcases Downtown Pittsburgh’s pickled history and culinary ingenuity.

It’s a culinary celebration that goes beyond the dill pickle to include international dishes, prepared foods and artisan cocktails that feature pickled ingredients; an embrace of the farm-to-table movement and the rising popularity of canning; a selection of handcrafted foods and artisan cocktails from local restaurants; informative how-to demos and author talks at our demo area; merchandise such as pickled goods, books and DIY products.

Do I need to buy tickets?

Nope! Admission to the festival is totally free. Food, drinks, and merchandise are available for purchase at the event.

Where can I park?

There are plenty of garages nearby; we recommend using ParkPGH to check availability before heading Downtown. You can also take public transit – there are multiple lines that get you very close to the festival footprint!

When is the pickle juice drinking contest? What’s the prize? How do I sign up?

There are two days of pickle juice drinking this year! There are five preliminary rounds on Saturday and one extra special Ultimate Champions Round on Sunday. You can view details about the contest here.

Where can I see a list of all the dill-icious food? Can I apply to be a vendor?

You can view the list of vendors here! Vendor applications have closed, but keep an eye out for next year.

Are dogs allowed at the event?

Pups are not prohibited, but we do caution attendees as the bridge does become crowded and it’s usually quite hot, so it may not be the ideal spot for dogs.

Is there music?

Yes! Each day is programmed with free live music. You can view the lineup here!

Is the festival happening rain or shine?

Yes! Picklesburgh is a rain or shine festival. A few sprinkles never hurt anyone. In the event the weather is severe, we may need to close temporarily. Please keep an eye on our social media for any weather-related updates: @DowntownPitt.

Is the event kid-friendly?

Yes! We even have a special Lil Gherkins Area, which is programmed with family-friendly activities including crafts and games.

Who produces the event?

Picklesburgh is brought to you by The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP), the non-profit organization behind some of Pittsburgh’s most successful, popular, and imaginative events including Comcast Light Up Night®, the Market Square Farmers Market, Rooftop Shindigs, Saturday Night Market, and the Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ among many others.

The PDP is a dynamic, non-profit consortium of Downtown stakeholders including corporations, professionals, civic organizations, foundations and residents. PDP serves as a catalyst for fostering the economic vitality of Downtown and improves the quality of life for Downtown residents and businesses.

Didn’t this used to only be two days long?

Yes! This year, we expanded the festival to a full weekend, Friday, July 20  – Sunday, July 22 to allow for even more pickled fun.

Do I need a wristband to drink alcohol? Does the wristband cost anything?

Yes, you need a wristband to drink alcohol. You can get those wristbands at the booths toward the middle of the bridge. The wristbands are free, just bring ID.

Will there be demonstrations again?

For those interested in learning from the experts, we will be releasing a schedule soon! You will be able to view that schedule when it is released here.