Things to do in Pittsburgh-Graduate Education - Carnegie Mellon University

Things to do in Pittsburgh:


Pittsburgh offers a great range of events from easy diversions to special events that are both accessible and affordable.

Cultural Venues:

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
  • Nonprofit organization that promotes cultural development of Pittsburgh through the development and promotion of arts and entertainment
Heinz Hall
  • Home of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Youth Symphony
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
  • Home of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Civic Light Opera, and Pittsburgh Dance Council
Mellon Arena, I.C. Light Amphitheater, and the Post-Gazette Pavilion
  • Popular concerts and other events
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
  • All Carnegie Mellon students have free access to the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh with their Student ID.

Dining Out:

Comprehensive dining listings from WQED’s City Guide
  • Restaurants by area with ratings
Cafés and Coffee houses
  • City Paper’s guide to Pittsburgh cafés
Pittsburgh Late Night dining
  • Descriptions of restaurants serving dinner until at least midnight and local 24 hour restaurants

Getting Outdoors in Pittsburgh:

Without going far, you’ll find 15 miles of running, biking and in-line skating paths that run through the center of the city and connect to the riverfronts. With 2,500 acres of public parks and recreation areas nearby, Pittsburgh offers many ways to enjoy the outdoors even when free time is hard to find.

Extreme experiences
  • Pittsburgh-LIVE article on kayaking, caving, sky-diving, mountain biking, rock climbing and white water rafting opportunities
Venture Outdoors
  • Non-profit organization promoting outdoor recreation. A great place to get ideas and find group trips
Hiking & Backpacking
  • Overview of numerous parks, trails and forests in the greater Pittsburgh area
Biking and Trails
  • Pennsylvania has the most Rails to Trails of any state in the country. Get descriptions, maps, and trailhead information for all types of biking
City Parks
  • Schenley Park, Frick Park and Mellon Park are near the universities and many more
Explorer’s Club of Pittsburgh
  • Climbing, backpacking, bike touring
  • The Schenley Park course is a short walk from Carnegie Mellon, so 9 holes is possible on a work day
The Great Race
  • Annual 5K and 10K run by 5000 people
  • Description of three popular trails
  • Rowing, kayaking and dragon boating programs for individuals, schools and organizations
Sierra Club Allegheny Group
  • Environmental advocacy, biking, hiking, canoeing
  • Guide to 18 nearby ski areas including map with vertical drops and driving times
Walls Are Bad - Outdoor Recreation
  • Walls Are Bad provides information on southwest Pennsylvania’s environmental, recreational, and cultural assets. An incredible range of resources covering diverse topics like outdoor activities and environmental issues


Shadow Lounge
  • Check out jazz, hip-hop, soul, indie rock, spoken word, and poetry events that are featured 7 nights a week
Quiet Storm
  • An unpretentious coffee shop/concert venue with great coffee and entirely vegetarian, and largely vegan menu
The Mr. Roboto Project
  • Cooperatively run show space, art gallery & zine library with bands playing or art shows at least once a week throughout the year. Most bands are in the punk/hardcore/indie rock vein
Mr. Small’s Funhouse
  • Unique venue for hip-hop, reggae, and indie rock along with a café, art gallery, skatepark and live show recording
The Acoustic Café
  • Sponsors and promotes diverse musical events by regional artists in a variety of venues
Calliope House
  • Contemporary and traditional folk music performance at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland
Pittsburgh Goth
  • Bands, club nights, concerts for the Goth/Industrial scene
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Truly world class symphony, students get tickets at a very low price
Mellon Jazz
  • Sponsoring the very best in jazz at many venues
Pittsburgh Local Music
  • Site for local artists, venues, and fans — includes artist bios