Pittsburgh Arts by Neighborhood

Downtown and the Cultural District

The Cultural District is located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, encompassing over a half-dozen galleries, eight public parks and art installations, 47 restaurants, and five world-class theaters in which 1,400 performances are held each year. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and Pittsburgh Symphony all make their homes in the Cultural District, along with cutting edge exhibition spaces like Wood Street Galleries, Space, and the Three Rivers Arts Festival. For more information, visit Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

South Side

Art happenings abound on the South Side! This diverse neighborhood revolves around a historic yet funky ten-block stretch of East Carson Street. Pittsburgh’s lauded City Theatre, Brew House 101 space, and Silver Eye Center for Photography call the South Side home. On or nearby East Carson Street you can also find many smaller commercial galleries, music lounges, such as Club Cafe, and more than 30 eateries and pubs. For more information, visit South Side Pittsburgh and South Side Works!

North Side

A patchwork of smaller neighborhoods, the North Side is home to many unique attractions. Take a stroll through the Mexican War Streets and visit the Mattress Factory museum of installation art, or experience pop art at the the singular Andy Warhol Museum.


Pittsburgh’s intellectual center avails arts opportunities as varied as its many students. The Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Frick Fine Arts Gallery, Pitt’s Repertory Theatre, Kuntu Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, restaurants of all types, beautiful architecture, and much more are all available right at your fingertips. For more information, visit Only In Oakland!

Lawrenceville and the Strip District

Experience the world's arts in the 16:62 Design Zone, a 46-block swathe of commercial galleries, artist studios, and specialty art shops and boutiques stretching through these two city neighborhoods. Explore handmade and innovative art at the Society for Contemporary Craft, or take in the sights, smells, and tastes of the Strip District. For more information, visit Neighbors In the Strip!

Penn Avenue Arts Corridor

Linking the neighborhoods of Friendship, Garfield, and East Liberty, the Penn Avenue Arts Corridor is an exciting mix of old theaters, cool lounges, and new art galleries. Take in a show at the beautifully renovated Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, or visit the always-hot Pittsburgh Glass Center. Attack Theatre, Garfield Artworks, the Quiet Storm, the Shadow Lounge, Clay Penn, and Red Star Ironworks are all located on this stretch of Penn Avenue. For more information, visit Penn Avenue Arts Initiative!