Flowers Bloom and Bees Buzz at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

For an escape into a lush, calming garden bursting with beauty and color, you should take a detour to Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens while you’re in Pittsburgh. It’s the perfect unique experience that lets you breathe in a bit of nature while you’re waiting for Spring to spring.

Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh: Things to Do and See

From stunning blooms and plants in the permanent collections to educational events for the entire family, the Gardens offers something for anyone who appreciates the outdoors.

The Botanical Gardens are open seven days a week. Children two and under get free admission. The price of admission includes entry to special events and exhibits, including flower shows in Pittsburgh. 

Make sure to plan your visit for these upcoming shows and events:

Phipps Conservatory & Botanical GardensEnchanted Forest Spring Flower Show – Join the bustle of the forest as the animals awaken from hibernation and flowers start blooming. See giant mushrooms, turtles, frogs, butterflies, snails, tulips, snapdragons, an idyllic pond, and much more in the Conservatory.

Environmental Film Series – Recurring monthly, this event gives you a front-row seat to view dynamic environmental documentaries and films.

SEED Classroom and Observational Beehive – Every Saturday at 11 a.m., tour the SEED Classroom, which generates its own energy and recycles its own water. Inside, get up-close-and-personal with a real, working beehive.

Celebrate the first signs of spring by visiting the Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, an oasis in the middle of the city. Make your visit to the area even better when you book your stay with us at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square.


Banff Mountain Film Festival: Go Exploring Without Leaving Your Seat

Adventures in filmmaking are represented in full force at the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. This event celebrates explorers, outdoor athletes, and adventurers who get behind the camera to give viewers a unique experience that only they can showcase.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side at Film Festivals in Pittsburgh

This festival, sponsored by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, has a one-of-a-kind place among film festivals in Pittsburgh. These films take you straight into the action and give you an inside look at what it’s like to climb, paddle, ski, discover, and travel with some of the world’s best explorers.

Banff Mountain Film FestivalThe festival runs from Saturday, April 8 through Sunday, April 9 at Byham Theater. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. on April 8 and 5:00 p.m. on April 9.  You can purchase tickets, including general admission, V.I.P., and Après Banff tickets (which include admission to the festival after-party) for each day on the event website.

With the films showcased at this event, you’ll be thrown straight into the thick of exciting adventures. Stand on mountain peaks, explore exotic locations and little-traversed areas of the world, and get a front seat to adrenaline-pumping outdoor sports.

Just some of the heart-stopping short films you’ll see include The Accord, Ace and the Desert Dog, Doing It Scared, Elk River, The Great Siberian Traverse, Iran: A Skier’s Journey, and Packing It Out: Cleaning America’s Wild Trails.

Attend film festivals in Pittsburgh and get your fill of fresh viewpoints and cultural experiences in the great wide world. While you’re in town enjoying exciting filmmaking, stay with us at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square.


Baseball at PNC Park

Nestled along the shore of Allegheny River in downtown Pittsburgh, the ball field is a throwback to the classic days of America’s pastime. Baseball at PNC Park is an exciting outing in an ideal setting that affords fans prime views of the city skyline.

Baseball in Pittsburgh: Catch a Game and Root for the Home Team

Enjoy a baseball game from the stands with a hotdog, nachos, cotton candy, or other stadium favorites, or have a more luxurious experience. The ball park features club seating with lounges, suites with private concourses, and more for a private gathering and extra amenities.

Baseball at PNC ParkAll ticket holders can additionally grab a meal at Rivertowne Brewing Hall of Fame Club before, during, or after a game. It’s the perfect place to grab a beer and appetizer before the first pitch or have a celebratory meal after a game-winner.

Transport to and from ball games can be easy, too. The Gateway Clipper fleet of riverboats offers shuttle service to and from the North Shore near PNC Park. Instead of dealing with traffic and parking, simply hop aboard a riverboat and settle in for a quick and scenic ride.

Hotel Deals for Family Baseball Outings

If you’re looking for a great deal on accommodations while you’re in Pittsburgh to see some baseball, consider the Sheraton Family Package. This offer includes up to 25% off in savings and free dining for kids 12 and under at one the hotel’s restaurants.

Book your stay with us at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square for your next baseball outing (or any outing!) in the city.


Pay a Visit to Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium This Spring

You can experience the wild right in the middle of Pittsburgh, at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. See some of the world’s most interesting, unique, and beautiful creatures from land and sea.

Head to Pittsburgh Zoo for a Wild Adventure in the City

There’s so much to do at the zoo. Plan your trip for a fun day of adventure.  Through March 31, the zoo is open from 9am to 4pm daily, with the gates closing at 3pm.  Starting April 1 through Memorial Day, the zoo is open until 5pm.

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG AquariumFrom exhibits like the African Savannah to the Islands, the zoo features a wide array of animals to see from various landscapes all over the world. In the Asian Forest, see endangered red pandas, an Amur tiger, and the Komodo dragon. In the Islands, you’ll find Philippine crocodiles and clouded leopards.

PPG Aquarium, meanwhile, features sea and marine life from the waters of the world. See species from rivers, oceans, lakes, and shores. You’ll find stingrays, lobsters, turtles, penguins, coral, sharks, and more.

Penguins on Parade is a fun winter activity with some of the zoo’s cold weather-lovers. See the penguins march (or waddle) down the pathway at the zoo every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am (weather permitting).

Welcome warmer weather with the ZooHop to Spring on March 18. Bring the kids and enjoy crafts, activities, Zoo Stories, and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

Enjoy the Pittsburgh Zoo this spring when you book your stay with us at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square.


Steel City Blues Festival

Blues dancing developed in the United States in the early 1900s as a reaction to blues music. It’s an offshoot of swing dancing and involves lots of improvisation and leading/following. It’s a ton of fun, and the Steel City Blues Festival is a great way to get out and try it for yourself.

Dance the Blues Away at the Blues Festival in Pittsburgh

Festival dates are March 17-19 at CMU University Center and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall.

Steel City Blues FestivalTake part in competitions during the festival and test your skills against other blues dancers.  The Newcomer Jack ‘n Jill contest is informal – just show up to the dance floor to participate. You must register for the Open Jack ‘n Jill and the Solo Riffin’ Contest in order to participate in either.

Attend the workshop for beginners, or learn something new to enhance and expand your blues dancing repertoire. There will also be blues dancing clinics with personal feedback from top instructors.

Swing to the Blues with Miss Freddye’s Blues Band and More

Along with contests and learning opportunities, come to the festival to have fun and let loose. There will be dancing and blues music during all three days of the event.

Miss Freddye’s Blues Band will perform at the Evening Dance on March 17th at 10 p.m.

Cash Box Kings will perform at the Evening Dance on March 18th starting at 9 p.m.

Mitch Littler will perform at the Late Night Dance on the 18th starting at 12:30 a.m. Late Night and Evening dances will be held all three days of the festival, so you’ll definitely get a chance to dance until dawn.

If you’ll be attending this festival for blues and dancing, book your stay at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square and get the most out of your trip.


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh boasts a large population of Irish-Americans, so St. Patrick’s Day is always a festive and fun time in the city. In fact, since Irish immigrants are largely responsible for reviving the city in the 1850s, the celebrations here are extra-special.

Join in on this very green holiday and see for yourself.

Things to Do in Pittsburgh for St. Patty’s Day

There are plenty of places to get your Irish on in the Steel City. Two of the best include:

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in PittsburghThe Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Saturday, March 11, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the whole city at the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade. There will be elaborately decorated floats with homages to the Irish, marching bands from high school groups to city bands, plus the winner of the Irish beauty pageant, “Miss Smiling Irish Eyes,” and her court.

The parade will start at 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of Liberty and 11th Streets and will end at Commonwealth Place.

The Ireland Funds Dinner – Friday, March 17th, a charity devoted to giving back to the needy in Ireland and championing philanthropy, The Ireland Funds holds an annual Pittsburgh Dinner to honor big givers and celebrate Irish heritage.

Regularly held at Heinz Field’s East Club Lounge, the dinner is a tribute to Ireland.  Traditional Irish music sets the tone, and after the meal, there’s dancing, mingling, and dessert.

If you will be traveling to Pittsburgh to celebrate the luck of the Irish this March, stay with us at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square.


Weddings at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square

For a truly special wedding day, consider having your celebrations at Sheraton. We’re a premier wedding venue in the Pittsburgh area with plenty of experience and expertise to plan your beautiful day. Weddings at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square are always affairs to remember!

Choose Our Pittsburgh Wedding Venue for Your Most Magical Day

For brides and grooms getting hitched, Sheraton has a wedding package that will make planning, preparations, and the day itself go smoothly, with nary a snag. It includes:

Weddings at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station SquareFor food and drink, a selection of services comes with the wedding package. For instance, you will get an array of canapes during cocktail hour, plus butler-served champagne, as well as displayed hors d’oeuvres and an open bar for four hours. This is in addition to the served dinner.

Matching table linens and napkins in ivory, white, or black are provided for each table. Votive candles for all tables will also be provided along with colored up-lights for ambiance.

The perks that come with the package are sweet for the sweetest day. These include a private bridal party reception room, a personalized online site for guests to reserve rooms, plus a discount for all guests who stay with us for the celebration.

Don’t forget: the package includes an elegant suite for the bride and groom, which comes with a full breakfast and champagne the morning after the wedding.

Last but not least, if you book your honeymoon with a personal concierge from Starwood, you’ll earn Starpoints toward future travel. For planning and enjoying your wedding experience from beginning to end, choose Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square for your Pittsburgh wedding venue.


Head to Pittsburgh Museums for Unique Sights

For a taste of culture and the art scene that plays a part in the heartbeat of Pittsburgh, definitely check out world-class Pittsburgh museums. These institutions offer a glimpse into local movements as well as important names on a global scale.

Art Museums Worth Your Time in Pittsburgh

The Andy Warhol Museum is the main hub of Warhol’s life work. The collections here feature a staggering amount of drawings, paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs. Fans and those unfamiliar with Warhol will get an unequivocal look inside the mind of one of the most influential modern artists of the last 50 years.

Pittsburgh MuseumsThe Carnegie Museum of Art is the place to go to see a wide range of visual art from Pittsburgh artists as well as artists across the globe. Any medium you can think of, this museum probably has an example of it. Daily tours are offered for more insight into collections – these are totally free.

For contemporary art and modern design, head to The Mattress Factory. This is a unique gallery that features a regularly rotating roster of site-specific installations. The institution offers modern artists and creatives open space to experiment and make one-of-a-kind, immersive art. Each time you visit might be a brand-new experience.

Pittsburgh is home to all kinds of cultural treasures. Stop in at any of these museums and experience the world from a new point of view. Book your stay with us at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square and put each of these places on your must-see list while you’re in the city.


See a Show or Watch a Game at PPG Paints Arena

A fantastic array of concerts, entertainment, and sporting events is what PPG Paints Arena offers the Pittsburgh area. Catch a show or a game while you’re in town and feel the excitement of being a fan in the audience.

Concerts and Sporting Events Coming Up at the Arena

Any one of these concerts or games would make a great addition to a trip to downtown Pittsburgh.

Concerts in Pittsburgh

Huge names in music are coming to the arena this winter and spring. Get your tickets to see exhilarating live shows from acts like Twenty-One Pilots, Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey, Stevie Nicks, and the artists of January’s Winter Jam, including Tenth Avenue North and Crowder.

PPG Paints ArenaSporting Events in Pittsburgh

The arena hosts the ice where the Penguins play, and there are tons of hockey games at home this season to attend. January alone has five home games; at least one every week. Other events include college basketball and February’s Monster Jam, a huge event for Monster trucks.

Next home game for the Penguins will happen on January 31. Meanwhile, Monster Jam will be a three-day event happening from February 10-12.

If you’re coming to the Pittsburgh area to attend a show or take in a game, we invite you to stay with us at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square. We’re conveniently located downtown near lots of major attractions and shopping, not to mention the arena.


Rendezvous at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh for Adults-Only Amusement

A casino night is a fun way to have an outing without the kids. Rivers Casino Pittsburgh offers up gaming, dining, and entertainment when you’re looking for things to do in Pittsburgh.

Head to Casinos in Pittsburgh, PA, for Happening Nightlife

The casino has a huge selection of slot machines, gaming tables (like roulette and blackjack), a 30-table poker room, and more if you’re looking to win big. Have a seat and try your luck at some exciting stakes.

Rivers Casino PittsburghFor food and dining, there are endless options. West End Café has unique German and classic Pittsburgh options on their menu that you can enjoy in a casual atmosphere. For a more sophisticated experience, try Andrews Steak & Seafood, where you can get a cut of prime steak or a chef-created entrée in upscale surroundings.

The casino has an array of clubs, lounges, and venues that regularly host live entertainment. Levels, a multi-level lounge, offers signature cocktails, a view of the casino, and bands playing every week from Thursday through Saturday. For dancing and high energy, Drum Bar additionally has live DJs each weekend.

Live on the River Free Concerts

Summer is a great time to visit the casino for free concerts. The Live on the River series offers free entertainment in an ideal setting along the Ohio River. Spread out a blanket, pop open a lawn chair, and settle in for music that will waft through the air on a warm summer breeze.

Casinos in Pittsburgh, PA, are a great way to spend a day and night away from the kids. Stay with us at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square and start planning your weekend or week-long getaway.