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Pittsburgh EventsIn addition to its many cultural and historic landmarks, this destination hosts a number of outstanding festivals and events that may coincide with your visit.

The David L. Lawrence Convention Center hosts many public events throughout the year. In mid-January there is the Pittsburgh RV Show , which features motor homes, travel trailers and fifth wheels as well as accessories. The Pittsburgh International Auto Show , held in early February, gives car enthusiasts the opportunity to view new car, truck and motorcycle models. In early March, the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show fills the center.

Over ten days in early June Pittsburgh celebrates the Three Rivers Arts Festival at Gateway Center and Point State Park as well as throughout the Cultural District: There are programs and productions of just about everything cultural the city has to offer, including art, dance, music, theater and mime.

The Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta occurs over the first weekend in August at Point State Park. In addition to the regatta, dozens of other events are held as well.

In late August, sample Mediterranean cuisine at the Taste of Greece Festival , and experience Shadyside Art Festival on Walnut Street , which attracts artists, craftsmen, browsers and music aficionados. The Pittsburgh Irish Festival is held in early September at The Riverplex at Sandcastle. Mid-November begins the holiday season as downtown buildings show off their light displays at Light Up Night .

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Pittsburgh, PA

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Travel Information

City Population

305,704

Elevation

1,370 ft.

Sales Tax

Pennsylvania's statewide sales tax is 6 percent. An additional 1 percent is collected by Allegheny County, as is a 7 percent lodging tax. The city levies a 5 percent amusements tax.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(412) 323-7800

Time and Temperature

(412) 391-9500

Hospitals

Allegheny General Hospital, (412) 359-3131; UPMC Mercy, (412) 232-8111; UPMC Passavant—McCandless, (412) 367-6700; UPMC Presbyterian, (412) 647-2345; UPMC St. Margaret, (412) 784-4000; West Penn Hospital, (412) 578-5000.

Visitor Information

120 Fifth Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Phone:(412)281-7711 or (800)359-0758

Air Travel

Pittsburgh International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, at the Pittsburgh International Airport, offers discounts to AAA members; phone (412) 472-5955 or (800) 654-3080.

Rail Service

An Amtrak passenger service station is on the lower level of The Pennsylvanian, formerly Penn Central Station, at 1100 Liberty Ave. at Grant Street; phone (800) 872-7245 or TTY (800) 523-6590.

Buses

The Greyhound Lines Inc. terminal is at 55 11th St. near Liberty Avenue; phone (412) 392-6514.

Taxis

The leading taxi company is Yellow Cab, (412) 321-8100. Cabs are metered, and the base rate is $4 plus $1.75 per mile. A fuel surcharge may be charged.

Public Transportation

Port Authority of Allegheny County Transit operates public transportation throughout the city and Allegheny County. A section of downtown Pittsburgh is a fare free zone. Other areas have a base fare of $2.75; exact change is required. Discounted fares are available through the purchase of weekly or monthly passes, which can be purchased at the transit's downtown service center at 534 Smithfield St. For route information, phone (412) 442-2000.

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