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Know before you go: Pittsburgh International Auto Show

Headed to the Pittsburgh International Auto Show? We’ve got all the details on tickets, parking, who should go and where to grab a beer before or after your visit. 

The annual Pittsburgh International Auto Show will take place February 14 thru 17 at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. We’ve got the details on when to go and where to park, as well as some suggestions for where to stop for coffee, lunch or dinner while you are in town.

5 Things to know before you go to The Pittsburgh Auto Show

  • Adult admission is $12 // $6 on Monday.
  • Kids under the age of 6 can attend for free.
  • Wear sneakers. The Auto Show takes up the entire Convention Center – you will be walking most of the time.
  • There is a snack bar in the Convention Center.
  • We also recommend checking out some of the places in the Strip District for food & drink.
  • You can park above the Greyhound terminal for $5 on weekends. Street parking is free on Sundays.

What will I see at the Pittsburgh International Auto Show?

  • New cars: Car manufacturers show off the newest models of cars, SUVs and trucks
  • Exotic Cars: Expect to see models from McLaren, Ferrari and Lamborghini.
  • Car accessories: The downstairs area of the Convention Center features a variety of vendors who sell car accessories and other automobile-related products.
Pittsburgh Auto Show

Where in Pittsburgh is the Auto Show?

The Pittsburgh Auto Show is held at the David Lawrence Convention Center. Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, the convention center is on the banks of the Allegheny River and offers a great view of the water.

More information on parking is below.

Pittsburgh Auto Show Dates & Times

The busiest times are Saturday 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday noon – 4 pm. If you are looking to avoid the crowds, head to the auto show after 6 pm on Saturday or visit on Monday.

Dates & Times:

  • Friday, February 14, 2020: 10 am – 10 pm
  • Saturday, February 15, 2020: 10 am – 10 pm
  • Sunday, February 16, 10 am – 6 pm
  • Monday, February 17, 10 am – 6 pm

How much does the Pittsburgh Auto Show cost to attend?

  • General Admission (Ages 17+) = $12
  • Adult tickets on Monday 2/17 are $6
  • Seniors & Military = $10
  • Kids (ages 6 – 16) = $6
  • Kids under 6 = free

On Monday, February 17, all adult tickets are half-off. The 50 percent discount only applies to adult tickets.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Discounts to the Pittsburgh Auto Show

According to the Pittsburgh Auto Show website, you can stop by participating McDonald’s restaurants for a $2 discount to the Auto Show. The website does not list which McDonald’s offers discounts.

Parking for Pittsburgh Auto Show

Best bet: Garage above the Greyhound Station at the intersection of Liberty and 11th Street (Entrance is on Penn Avenue, just before 11th Street).

Parking at the Convention Center: $13

Parking in the lot at the Convention Center is $13 for the event rate. Expect the parking here to be limited.

Lot above the Greyhound Station: $5
The Pittsburgh Parking Authority runs the lot above the Greyhound station (Grant St. Transportation Center Garage). Weekend parking is $5

Smithfield & Liberty Garage: $6

This lot is also run by the Pittsburgh Parking Authority. Weekend Parking here is $6.

Heinz Field Lot & Shuttle: $8

The Auto Show is running a shuttle between Heinz Field Lots and the Convention Center

Sunday — Park on the street: FREE

Street parking in Pittsburgh is free on Sundays. There is some parking on Penn Avenue and there is also street parking around Downtown.

Fun fact: The City of Pittsburgh has a helpful online map that shows where all of the parking meters are in the city.

Who should visit the Pittsburgh International Auto Show?

Anyone who is interested in cars. Even if you aren’t into cars, the Auto Show offers a nice, bright space to walk around indoors during the winter.

The Convention Center is fully accessible to wheelchairs. In addition, the Convention Center offers a mothers room for breastfeeding. More information is available here.

Where to eat & drink before or after you visit Pittsburgh Auto Show

The Convention Center does have a snack bar and some vending machines. There are a ton of places we love near the Convention Center too.

Breakfast/Brunch: In addition to Pamela’s & DeLuca’s Diner, check out Cafe Raymond on Penn Avenue. The first floor will look crowded, but once you place an order, you can grab a table on the spacious second floor. There is an elevator to the second floor as well.

Lunch/Dinner: There are a few spots Downtown or head one neighborhood over to the Strip District for some over our favorite places to eat.

Other spots we recommend:

  • Sammy’s (Downtown): Casual sandwich spot with quick service
  • Bill’s Burger Bar (Downtown): A short walk from the Convention Center, located on the first floor of the Westin hotel. It has good burgers, and a full bar in a casual setting and generally not too busy.
  • Cinderlands Warehouse is located in the old Spaghetti Warehouse building. It is a brewery with some great beer options, as well as a full kitchen. There is a ton of space inside and they should be able to seat a large party with kids.
  • DiAnoia’s Eatery (Strip District): Fantastic Italian restaurant with a full bar and thoughtful coffee menu. Great for groups and Pizzeria Davide (on the 26th Street side of the building) does slices of pizza to-go.