Two Giant Pickles Are Better Than One!

Picklesburgh adds a second Giant Pickle to its new footprint, while ‘Xmas in July’ brings holiday-themed fun to the #1 Specialty Food Festival in America!

Why have just one pickle, when we can have two! Today, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership announced that this year’s Picklesburgh festival will feature a double dose of preposterously oversized pickles, making the experience even more dill-ightful! Plus, we’ll be adding a special Xmas in July celebration full of festive fun and gherkin glee! 

A Double Dill: Two giant pickles are better than one!

Known as the ‘World’s Largest Pickle Ornament,’ a 35-foot-tall inflatable version of the famous Heinz holiday decoration will be deployed on the Boulevard of the Allies to provide another selfie-worthy scene, in addition to the iconic Heinz Pickle Balloon, which will be hovering amidst the city skyline from PPG Plaza. Pickle fans who want to get a head-start on their holiday shopping can even purchase a real Heinz pickle ornament from the Heinz History Center.

Left: The ‘Worlds Tallest Pickle Ornament,’ a regular feature at Light Up Night, will stand tall at Picklesburgh this year to celebrate Xmas in July (Image: Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership). Right: The signature Heinz Pickle Balloon will be flying high above PPG Plaza. (Image: Bradley B Photography)

Unwrap the gift of theater with pre-sale access & discounts to shows across the cultural district

This year, the holiday season starts early with the Cultural District’s annual Xmas in July celebration. During all three days of Picklesburgh (July 21-23), unwrap the gift of theater with online discounts and exclusive early access to a wide variety of shows from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, with special offers from Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theater, August Wilson African American Cultural Center, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and more.

Show offers include a number of holiday hits such as The NutcrackerA Christmas Story, and The Science of Santa with Doktor Kaboom, along with other non-holiday programs. Visit the onsite Pittsburgh Cultural Trust booth to learn more about upcoming performances and be entered for a chance to win free tickets to select shows. Promotions can be redeemed online through, in-person at the Theater Square Box Office, or by phone at 412-456-6666. Offers are live from 10 a.m. July 21 through 11:59 p.m. July 23. Discounts are not applicable to previously purchased tickets or in combination with other offers and are subject to availability. Additional restrictions may apply.

Get into the holiday spirit in the summer with live music, photo ops, and ‘A Pickled Christmas’ pop-up bar

Live music will be front and center on the Xmas in July Stage sponsored by Pittsburgh Pirates, located at Boulevard of the Allies and Smithfield Street. Plus, have a seat in Santa’s chair or grab memorable selfies with everyone’s favorite Pittsburgh Pirate Parrot, who will be decked out in his best Santa hat, a holiday Nutcracker come to life, and a larger-than-life inflatable Leg Lamp from the classic holiday film, A Christmas Story

For a taste of holiday spirit with a pickled twist, A Pickled Christmas pop-up bar will be serving up festive cocktails such as the HoliJuly (vodka, pickled cranberry, allspice, lemon, pickled ginger, and soda) and the Pickled Hollyburgh (pickled apple, bourbon, lemon and simple syrup), plus tasty treats like Santa’s Walking Tacos and Mrs Claus’ Ham Sliders. And take a bite out of Christmas with Helmut’s Strudel, a true family favorite treat straight out of the annual People’s Gas Holiday Market.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon, including additional components and surprises, along with specifics about programming, performers, and vendors at this year’s Picklesburgh festival. 

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