Things to do in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania When It is Freezing Outside!

What do you do when the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers are frozen, the Polar Vortex is crushing the Steel City and you have a touch of cabin fever? How about trying a few of these fun, unique and warm indoor activities in and around the city that will make you forget about winter for a while or at least get you out of the cold for a few hours.

Visit a Local Cinema or Theater

Pittsburgh has many unique movie houses and stage theaters to take in retro films, see local plays or enjoy Broadway performances. Here are a few cool venues that you will want to visit.

Hollywood Theater in Dormont
The Hollywood Theater is located at 1449 Potomac Avenue in Dormont’s central business district and is within walking distance of many local shops and restaurants, including pizza houses, gyros, Italian, Chinese, Thai, and Mexican cuisine, a sandwich shop, a dessert and coffee shop, a diner, and several taverns. The theater's mission is to celebrate cinema and preserve the single-screen theater experience.

Recent screenings include:

  • 3rd Annual Elvis Birthday Party: Blue Hawaii
  • The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows
  • Breakfast and a Movie: His Girl Friday with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell

Visit the Hollywood Theater for more info.

Kelly Strayhorn Theater in the East End
Named for two of Pittsburgh’s most celebrated talents in the last century—dancer Gene Kelly and composer Billy Strayhorn. The Kelly Strayhorn Theater contributes to the renaissance of East Liberty and redefines theater with provocative, original programming and a social experience unlike any other venue in the region. The Kelly Strayhorn Theater is a destination for innovative works in dance, theater, music and live art.

Visit the Kelly Strayhorn Theater for a schedule of upcoming events.

The Pittsburgh Cultural District
Located between the Convention Center and Stanwix Street in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh, the 14-square block Cultural District encompasses over 90 retail shops, 50 dining establishments, seven world-class theaters, eight public parks and art installations and a dozen art galleries.

Past winter performances:

  • Wicked - The Benedum Center
  • Poetry Unplugged: MLK Jr. Tribute - August Wilson Center
  • Rachmaninoff's Second Concerto - Heinz Hall

Visit The Cultural District for a full schedule of performances.

Jump, Crawl and Slide Around!

Is cabin fever setting in? Visit these Pittsburgh action zones to get a little indoor exercise and adventure.

Fun Slides Carpet Skatepark - North Hills, Pittsburgh
With more and larger carpet ramps, Blacklight Dodgeball, Fun Slides Super Ninja Challenge obstacle course, and glowing inflatable Bounce and Slide areas for the little ones this amazing facility is just what Pittsburgh families have been waiting for!!
Learn more.

Flight Trampoline Park - Bridgeville
Flight Trampoline Park is a cutting-edge entertainment, fitness and sports facility unlike anything you have ever experienced.
Learn more.

Wildwood Highlands – Allison Park
Wildwood Highlands is the ultimate Pittsburgh entertainment and amusement center, whether you’re looking for that perfect place to spend your date night, or you’re ready to enjoy hours of fun with the whole family! We have activities, rides, games, and adventures for every age, every day, all year round.
Learn more.

How About a Cup of Local Joe?

Check out a local Pittsburgh coffee house. From the Bee Hive in the South Side to Nicholas Coffee in Market Square, Pittsburgh is a buzz with beans. 

Check out these local coffee shops:

Go See a Live Band!

There are so many great music venues of all sizes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to catch local bands and international music acts. The music scene in Pittsburgh continues to get stronger year after year and so do the venues that host the shows. Check out these local indoor venues on our Pittsburgh.net Guide: Where to See Local Bands and Concerts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Stay Warm Pittsburgh!