Three North Side Garden Tours (And One on the South Side) You'll Want to Explore

Here’s your chance to explore some the city’s most beautiful historic (and new) homes and outdoor spaces.


If you’re into checking out stunning homes while sampling food and wine from local restaurants, then you might want to head to the North Side next month — and then travel across the city’s bridges and tunnels to the South Side.

The three home and garden tours taking place on the North Side in June feature the unique architecture of those neighborhoods and, in some cases, cocktails.

Now in its 28th year, the South Side Home Tour in May also has many diverse homes to explore, including new condos and restored row houses. Here’s a look at when and where to go to get your summer garden tour on.

South Side Home Tour

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 19
Where: Check in at Brew House Lofts, 711 S. 21st St., South Side
What: Now in its 28th year, the annual South Side Home Tour features everything from re-purposed lofts and new condominiums to distinctive restored homes. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 on the day of the event. Children younger than 12 are not permitted on the tour. Proceeds from the event support the South Side Community Council.

Holmes Hall photo by Cheyenne Knight 

Observatory Hill: In a Nutshell

When: 12 to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 2
Where: Register at Riverview United Presbyterian Church, 3505 Perrysville Ave., Observatory Hill
What: Tour Observatory Hill — in a nutshell. This year’s tour features the homes and gardens of Acorn Hill (get it?). The tour features samples of beers and spirits from local distilleries and breweries. You also can eat lunch at the Riverview Cafe in the church’s social hall. Discounted tickets are available now for $18. Proceeds benefit Observatory Hill, Inc.

East North Side House Tour

When: 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 8
Where: East Deutschtown, Spring Garden, Spring Hill and Troy Hill.
What: Make yourself willkommen (that’s German for “welcome”) at the second annual East North Side House Tour featuring homes in East Deutschtown, Troy Hill, Spring Hill and Spring Garden. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds benefit beautification events in the tour neighborhoods.

A Tour & Tasting in Old Allegheny

When: 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, June 21, 1 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 22
Where: Holmes Hall, 719 Brighton Road, North Side
What: Explore some of the most lavishly landscaped and decorated spaces in the Allegheny West Historic District of Pittsburgh’s North Side, and drink wine and eat some small plates while you're at it. The tour kicks off at historic Holmes Hall and features six additional homes, gardens or other historic structures. This year’s tour also highlights several North Side restaurants, among them Brugge on North, Bistro-to-Go, Bier’s Pub and Dreadnought Wines. Tickets are $75 per person.


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