Highmark Stadium is Pittsburgh’s Headquarters for Soccer

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds call Highmark Stadium their home turf. Soccer has been gaining rapid popularity throughout the U.S., thanks in part to FIFA, and now is the perfect time to take in a game. See what the rest of the world already knows about this competitive sport and join fans in the stands.

Pittsburgh's Premier Soccer Stadium

The Riverhounds are the local United Soccer League team. They regularly play rivals such as the Charleston Battery, the Richmond Kickers, and the Charlotte Independence.

Highmark StadiumThe stadium is a lovely, green expanse right in the midst of Pittsburgh’s Station Square. Not only does this make seeing a game easy as pie, it also puts you near all the local dining and shopping.

Along with serving as a USL team’s home playing field, the stadium hosts local college soccer, lacrosse, and rugby. The local women’s football team, Pittsburgh Passion, also plays here, and the field has hosted its share of concerts.

Make a soccer game part of your trip when you visit Pittsburgh. Book your stay with us at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square to be conveniently close to the field as well as lots of other downtown attractions.


PPG Paints Arena Offers Top Tours for May and June

In May and June, you won’t want to miss the talent that will be coming to PPG Paints Arena. From modern acts to throwback performers still gracing the stage, any of these shows promises a night to remember. Kick off the warmer months by taking in a great concert!

The Red Hot Chili Peppers and More: Upcoming Shows You Shouldn’t Miss

In May and June, the variety of performers on tap will appeal to all ages and musical tastes.

Outcry Tour.  On May 3rd, see this tour featuring Christian artists such as Jesus Culture, Lauren Daigle, and Elevation Worship as they come together to promote the local church. Speakers will also take to the stage for worship and praise.

PPG Paints ArenaRed Hot Chili Peppers.  On May 11th, one of the biggest modern rock bands will be hitting the arena and will feature songs from their most recent album, “The Getaway,” along with past hits.

Chance the Rapper.  Grammy-winning rapper and performer Chance the Rapper will stop in Pittsburgh on May 20th for a night to remember.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.  In celebration of the 40th anniversary of his first album release, Tom Petty will head out on a special tour with his band. See this can’t-miss show on June 9th.

Darryl Hall, John Oats and Tears for Fears.  Enjoy an ‘80s throwback and see hallmark music-makers of the decade join up for a fun night. Hall & Oates and Tears for Fears will perform at the arena on June 13th.

Concerts are always a fun way to spend an evening on the town. If you plan to see any of these shows in Pittsburgh this May and June, plan on staying with us at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square, too.


Check Out Kidsburgh for Family Fun Ideas

If you’re looking for things to do in Pittsburgh that the kids will love, check out Kidsburgh. It’s an online publication dedicated to the family-friendly side of Pittsburgh — all the events, activities, and initiatives that make the city great for every age.

Family Fun Activities in Pittsburgh, According to Kidsburgh

There are countless events and Pittsburgh attractions to choose from all rounded up on this great resource for families. Here are a few occurring in April.

KidsburghThe Easter Eggstravaganza at The Frick is the perfect holiday celebration if you have young kids. Enjoy egg rolling and racing, face painting, Easter card-making, and cookies and lemonade. The whole thing is topped off with a big Easter Egg hunt on the lawn.

Amazing Butterflies at Carnegie Museum.  This exhibit for kids and adults brings the world of a butterfly to you. Climb, soar, crawl, and imagine the tiny lives of these magnificent creatures in a maze-like, life-size display.

Pittsburgh Superhero Run.  Dress up as your favorite superhero for a 5K run or walk, or get the whole gang in costume for the 1K family run. Fun in the form of a bounce house, face painting, cookie decorating, an obstacle course and more await at the end of the run.

EQT Children’s Theater Festival.  This totally free event celebrates and promotes theater, art, and culture for the entire family. Along with professional theater performances, there will also be public art, a scavenger hunt, and fun activities.

Get out and about for family fun activities in Pittsburgh, and stay with us at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square. We have amenities that are perfect for the kids, like an indoor pool for splashing in any season.


Join Bike the Burgh Tours and See Pittsburgh on Two Wheels

Stay active, get outside, and see the city up close – from the seat of a bike. Bike the Burgh Tours are a fun and interesting way to learn about, explore, and discover Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Tours for the Active and Adventurous

Bike tours are a breezy way to see Pittsburgh attractions like Heinz Field, the North Shore, downtown, East Liberty, and more.  Each tour lasts around three hours and wheels through different parts of the city.

Here are a few examples of the excursions you can experience from the seat of your bike:

Bike to the Ballgame.  This flat route will take you from downtown, near First Avenue, to the Golden Triangle and the Strip. The tour ends at Heinz Field, where you’ll enjoy a great baseball game and post-ride snack.

Bike the Burgh ToursGlass & Steel City Tour.  Glass and steel production used to be centered in Pittsburgh, and this historic tour shows you where it all happened.

Beauty of the Burgh Tour.  Pittsburgh tours wouldn’t be complete without a ride through the financial and cultural districts. This tour will allow you to learn a thing or two about the city’s history, and allows you to hit all the important notes in Pittsburgh’s history.

Bridges in the Burgh Tour.  Pittsburgh bridges tours might just be best experienced from a bike, as you’ll really get to enjoy the ride and the scenery. Request this special tour by calling ahead.

After you’ve biked all over the great city of Pittsburgh, you’ll need a comfortable hotel where you can rest, relax, and recharge. Find all that and more when you book your stay with us at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square.


Meetings at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square

If you need a venue flexible enough to cater to the size of your meeting without skimping on style, convenience, or service, you should plan a gathering at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square. We’re located along the scenic riverfront with skyline views of the city, which brings a cool, unique atmosphere to any kind of meeting or event.

Our Meeting Space in Downtown Pittsburgh

26 different meeting areas with 30,000 total square feet of space add up to a gathering that can literally take any shape.

Meetings at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station SquareFor big events, our largest meeting space can fit the bill with 9,750 square feet. If the weather is fine and you’d prefer an outdoor gathering, there’s also 1,500 square feet of area to work with. We can accommodate as many as 300-350 people, but we’re also just as comfortable planning a small meeting for 10 or 20.

We have an extensive catering menu that includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, breaks, and reception options, not to mention specialty menus for the seasons, holidays, and themed events. You can build your menu exactly the way you want it, too.

Rewards

SPG Pro is a special rewards program that lets you earn points for planning meetings, events, and gatherings at our hotel. You can redeem these earned points for rewards like free nights during your next stay, travel miles, VIP access to entertainment and sporting events, gift cards, and more.

Our meeting space in Downtown Pittsburgh is perfect for your next office gathering, conference, or brainstorming session. Plan with us at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square.


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.