Market Square – The Heart Of Downtown

Market Square – The Heart Of Downtown

Pittsburgh’s Market Square is the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh. Located between Fifth Avenue and PPG Place, the historic Square is home to restaurants and entertainment. It is a popular gathering spot for civic events and the Downtown community. The Square is programmed in cooperation with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.




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Market Square History - 1962
Market Square History - 1962
Market Square History - 1965

Market Square was laid out by surveyor George Wood in 1784. The first Allegheny County Courthouse was constructed in the square along with a horseshoe-shaped market in the 1790s. In 1852 both structures were replaced with a new Pittsburgh City Hall and market, called Diamond Market. Finally, in 1914, these structures were replaced with a final market house that was razed in 1961.

Over the decades the square was remodeled and reimagined, transforming into an open-air multipurpose space in the heart of the city. Traffic through the square was eliminated in 2009 to create a more pedestrian-friendly space.

Summer in the Square is a beloved part of the Downtown Pittsburgh experience. Events sponsored by the City of Pittsburgh and Downtown Partnership fill the Square with life each year.

Stay tuned for updates on our 2021 season!

Market Square Farmers Market.

The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership operates the beloved Market Square Farmers Market.

This year, the Market will operate on Thursdays from May 13th through October 28th from 10:00 AM to 2 PM. Rain or shine the Market offers regionally grown produce and small-batch foods.

Safety will be the top priority, and guests will be required to adhere to all health guidelines.

Vendor applications from the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership are now open:

The Peoples Gas Holiday Market

Each winter, Market Square is transformed into a one of a kind Christmas village.

The Peoples Gas Holiday Market is a festive and fun event where the public can browse local vendors for unique holiday gifts.

Learn more: