We’ve finally had our fist little taste of nice weather, and I am so ready. I am definitely not a winter person – I love summer so much. Part of it is that it’s easier for me physically – I don’t need to be worried about being stuck inside because of cold or snow, and honestly, this may sound silly, but it’s just easier for me to physically move around with less layers of clothes on!
There are a few things I look forward to doing every summer… a bucket list, of sorts, except that they’re nothing big, just little things I enjoy. I thought I’d share my list, and I’d love to hear what your favorite summertime activities are, too.
1. Pittsburgh’s Annual Arts Festival
I feel like the Three Rivers Arts Festival marks the unofficial start to summer here in Pittsburgh. I love going and checking out the artists booths (especially since one of my good friends has a booth every year!), and even if you’re not a big art person, you’re guaranteed to find something you enjoy. They have outdoor concerts at “The Point” (where the city’s three rivers converge), and tons of food trucks and other “fair food” like deep fried oreos and corn dogs and pulled pork – yum! You can see my pictures from last year’s Arts Festival here.
2. Eating and Drinking on Patios
I love checking out new restaurants and bars year-round. But in the summer, if I’m going out to eat, I want to do it on a patio or rooftop. I feel like there’s nothing more relaxing than enjoying a meal with friends or family outdoors!
3. Outdoor Concerts
I have posted here about going to so many concerts, but I seriously think outdoor concerts are the best. Everyone always seems to be having the best time, and you don’t feel like you’re in a crowded little box. I will go see almost any band if it means I can be outside while I listen to them.
4. Going to the Zoo
I try to make it to the Pittsburgh Zoo at least once every summer (read about when I went last year here). I love animals, and I think the zoo is doing a great job in trying to make the environment one that is suitable for the happiness of wild animals. It’s always such a fun day, and leaves me feeling so relaxed and happy!
5. Reading Outside
This one is simple, but is truly a little pleasure of life. When the weather is nice, there’s nothing I enjoy more than sipping on an iced coffee or iced black tea lemonade while I read a book outside. I feel so peaceful, and it really calms me. I love reading on its own, but sitting in Schenley Plaza (my favorite outdoor spot in Oakland) with a book is one of my favorite ways to spend an hour after work in the summer.