METALCON 2019 will meet in Pittsburgh, “the Steel City,” for the first time in its 29 show history this week! Once known as the gritty, albeit even “dirty” city … now known for its picturesque, foodie, techie, artsy, progressive and sporty vibe! I rarely get personal in these blog posts but having been to Pittsburgh several times within this past decade, I can tell you it’s all true and I cannot wait to see our METALCON attendees enjoy the city!

A mid-sized city with a small-town feel, Pittsburgh is a place you will remember.  While in town for the show, set aside a little time to take in the sights. Experience the friendliness and pride of the people and the energy and culture of the city. Pittsburgh has plenty of wonderful activities to satisfy any traveler’s interest: outdoor adventures, professional sports, historical sites, a thriving cultural district, and some of the country’s finest architecture. The city is also steeped in history. Known as an industrial hub for coal mining and steel production, Pittsburgh has played an important part in U.S. history from the early days of the French and Indian War (1758), to the Revolutionary War (1776), to the infamous Whiskey Rebellion (1791) and the American Civil War (1860s) with its secretive Underground Railroad stops.

Did you know that Pittsburgh touts over 400 bridges? That’s more than anywhere else in the world and also includes the oldest steel bridge in the United States, the Smithfield Street Bridge. Did you know that one of the great American industrialists and philanthropists, Andrew Carnegie, amassed his fortune in the steel industry in his home town of Pittsburgh? Did you know that Pittsburgh is home to Fallingwater, a national landmark widely considered one of the most beautiful homes ever built by one of the greatest architectures, Frank Lloyd Wright? And who hasn’t heard of pop art icon, Andy Warhol – Pittsburgh was his birthplace and is home to The Andy Warhol Museum which holds the largest collection of his artworks and archival materials.

Pittsburgh is continually getting reviews for a fantastic food scene. Recently, BBC Good Food named Pittsburgh one of the top 10 destinations for foodies, the only U.S. city to make the list. Restaurant Hospitality named Pittsburgh the Food City of the Year for 2019! You’ll find everything from James Beard-nominated chefs and restaurants to the inventive Smallman Galley, where you’ll enjoy delectable bites from aspiring chefs. Choose from casual family spots, upscale and romantic eateries, late-night bites or convenient take-out.

Download the nowait app for free and get information on the wait times at your favorite restaurants. You can “get in line” virtually from anywhere and you’ll receive a notification when your table is ready. 

So whether you are looking for historical sightseeing and museums, performing and visual arts, sporting events, outdoor adventures, or family fun, you can find it all in Pittsburgh. For a real-time list of event’s happening this week, click HERE.

Pittsburgh invites you to “pull up a chair” and enjoy all that the city has to offer.

Credit: VisitPittsburgh

There is still time to register and join us this week. The show opens this Wednesday, October 16 and runs through Friday, October 18.