Picklesburgh FAQ

About Picklesburgh

When is Picklesburgh?

The 2021 Picklesburgh festival will be hosted Friday, August 20 through Sunday, August 22 in Downtown Pittsburgh.

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 sixth 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; 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.

Are face masks required?

Visit our Know Before You Go: Health & Safety page for the latest updates.

Do the vendors accept credit/debit cards?

It’s up to vendor discretion as to whether they accept cards, and while an ATM is available on-site (and there are numerous banks Downtown), we recommend bringing some cash just to be safe.

Are all vendor items available all day during the festival?

Cocktails are only available after 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and after 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Otherwise, food, beer, and other vendors are available all hours of the festival.

Will there be the Demo Area or Li’l Gherkins Kids Activity Area this year?

Unfortunately, those two activations will not be returning for 2021. Look for more pickled fun to still be occurring throughout the festival, including new vendors, music, merch, and more.

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?

Details about this year’s Pickle Juice Drinking Contest will be available soon!

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

View this year’s vendor listing here. Vendor applications are closed for 2021, but check back later this year for details on the 2022 Picklesburgh festival.

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. Service animals are always permitted.

Is there music?

Yes! Each day is programmed with free live music, and new this year is a second stage to bring even more live music to the festival. See this year’s lineup.

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! Although this year’s Li’l Gherkins Kids Activity Area will not be occurring, kids can enjoy the festive atmosphere, Picklesburgh balloons, food, and more.

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

Yes! In 2016, we expanded the festival to a full weekend Friday through Sunday to allow for even more pickled fun.

Are there restrooms on-site?

Yes – portable restrooms are available at either end of the festival footprint.

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

Yes, you need a wristband to purchase and drink alcohol. The wristbands are free, just bring ID.

I want to get involved! How can I help out?

Check out our Get Involved page here! There are opportunities for everyone from pickle-fanatics to the pickle-curious, including volunteering with us under the giant pickle.

I have thoughts, comments, or feedback. Where can I share that?

Leave us a message at our contact page here!

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.