Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve written on the blog. THANK YOU to everyone who has been patient with me. I’ve cherished every minute (almost) of this last summer with my kids before my daughter heads off to kindergarten next week. But it’s time to get back to the grind!
So, without further ado, here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events for the weekend of August 28-30, 2015–the last weekend of summer for some folks, including us!
All Weekend, August 28-30
It’s the last weekend of BikeFest 2015, and it’s jam-packed with cycling-themed events, including the Pedal Pittsburgh Family Ride on Sunday morning, culminating in the Finish Line Festival with live music, refreshments, etc. See this site for detailed information on all upcoming BikeFest events.
Friday Night, August 28
Pittsburgh Public Schools is holding a district-wide back-to-school event at Pittsburgh King with light refreshments, a backpack and school supply giveaway, an informational fair for parents, haircuts and manicures for students, visits with Pittsburgh Steelers Terence Garvin and a variety of other free activities.
Location: Pittsburgh King, 50 Montgomery Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412Build is a summer program for youth ages 16 to 19 fostering entrepreneurship, makership, community development and play. This free event celebrates installations that 412Build students created this summer for Homewood’s Bible Center Church. Enjoy a free barbeque, music and lawn games. Please R.S.V.P. here.
Location: Homewood KABOOM Playground, 7238 Fleury Way, Pittsburgh PA 15208
WYEP hosts its Final Fridays outdoor concert at Schenley Plaza. This month’s musical guests are The Apache Relay (7pm) and Son Little (8pm).
Time: Music starts at 7
Location: Schenley Plaza, Oakland
The South Park Summer Concert Series presents the Duquesne University Tamburitzans, performing Eastern European music and dance.
Location: South Park Amphitheater, South Park
Citiparks Cinema in the Park presents McFarland, USA (PG) at Arsenal Park.
Location: Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville
Saturday and Sunday, August 29-30
It’s Renaissance Festival time in Pittsburgh again, which means jousting knights, turkey legs, the royal court, live music, entertainment, games and much more. This weekend is themed “Celtic Fling.”
Cost: Adults: $18.95, Children Ages 5-12: $9.00, Children under 5: free with discounts available if you buy online.
Location: Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, 112 Renaissance Lane, West Newton, PA 15089
Indiana County is hosting its annual fair. Couldn’t find much on their website, but heard through the grapevine that this is a nice county fair. See link above to browse the website for yourself.
Saturday, August 29
Admission is FREE to the Carnegie Science Center thanks to The Jack Buncher Foundation.
Location: Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212
Citiparks is hosting a centennial celebration for the historic South Side Market House with an indoor/outdoor block party with live bands, ethnic foods, health fair, kids corner and more.
Location: South Side Market House, 12th and Bingham Streets, South Side
Family members, friends and community members are invited to walk 3–5 miles to prevent suicide, raise awareness and end the stigma that surrounds depression and other mental disorders. Funds benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Cost: Free, though donations are accepted
Location: Highmark Stadium
Celebrate the neighborhood of Larimer with musical performances, yoga, games, bouncy house, petting zoo, climbing wall and more.
Location: Larimer Ave between East Liberty Blvd and Meadow St.
Bayardstown Social Club is hosting a public family-friendly reggae festival with live reggae, Caribbean-inspired face painting and lots of yummy Caribbean food.
Times: Noon (ish) to 6 (ish)
Cost: Adults $10, Kids under 12 Free
Location: Bayardstown Social Club, 3008 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA
Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center (NK) in the Northside presents its public opening celebration with a range of activities taking place in local vacant lots and the Food City community garden. Activities for the day include a gallery exhibition, walking tour, artist performances and a selection of musical entertainment. Refreshments and food trucks will also be available to the public. This event is free and open to individuals of all ages.
Location: Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, 1000 Madison Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212
South Oakland celebrates its annual Community Day with food, music, games and activities for all ages.
Location: Dan Marino Field/Frazier Fieldhouse at Frazier St and Dawson St.
This weekend is the second annual Pittsburgh Comedy Festival and there’s a show just for kids! The Kids Comedy Cabaret begins with a chance for families to create costumes, craft props and dream up characters in “collaboration stations.” The actors will then perform an improv comedy and magic show, and the festivities will culminate with a dance party.
Location: Henry Heymann Theater at the University of Pittsburgh, 4400 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA
The Waterfront celebrates the end of summer with a block party! There will be a Rock Bottom Biergarten, live music, free kids activities and special offers & giveaways from The Waterfront merchants.
Cost: Free to attend, though select activities cost extra.
Location: The Waterfront, 149 West Bridge St., Homestead, 15210
Squirrel Hill debuts its monthly Night Market this weekend with the I Made It! Market, bands, DJs, food trucks, artists, a fire eater and contortionists.
Location: Murray Avenue, Squirrel Hill
The Allegheny County Parks Department presents Up (PG) at the Deer Lakes Park Wagman Observatory.
Location: Wagman Observatory, Deer Lakes Park
Citiparks Cinema in the Parks presents Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) at Riverview Park.
Location: Riverview Park
Citiparks Cinema in the Park presents McFarland, USA (PG) at Grandview Park.
Location: Grandview Park
Sunday, August 30
Please note: The Pedal Pgh Family Ride (mentioned above) is this morning. Also, the Carnegie Science Center will open at 1pm and the National Aviary is closed all day.
Support teenagers in the foster care system at sue’s run4kids, a family-friendly 4-mile race, 1-mile kids race and 1- and 2-mile fun runs and walks. There will be pre- and post-race parties at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion with Magician AlMazing, face painting, Volunteer Princesses, music, food, family-friendly games and activities and a raffle. All proceeds support the Lipman Youth Fund at KidsVoice.
Cost: 4-mile race (all ages): $25, 1-mile kids race: $8, 1- and 2-mile fun runs and walks (ages 11+): $14, 1- and 2-mile fun runs and walks (ages 6-10): $8, Children 5 and under: FREE
Location: Vietnam Veterans Pavilion, Overlook Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 United States
Nearly 30 professional appraisers will help families learn about the historical significance and monetary value of their heirlooms at this event.
Cost: Free with admission
Location: Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh PA
Celebrate two of my favorite things: tomatoes and garlic at Phipps with cooking demos, a tomato contest, kids’ activities and farmers offering locally grown produce — all to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Bring a bag of fresh produce to donate to the Food Bank and you get free admission to Phipps.
Location: Front Lawn and Outdoor Garden at Phipps
The Pirates are playing the Colorado Rockies and it’s a Kid’s Day at PNC Park! There will be a family-friendly carnival on Federal Street before the game, kids get a free pitching grip baseball at the gate and (weather permitting) all children can run the bases after the game.
Times: Carnival starts around 11, game start around 1:30pm
Location: PNC Park
Venture Outdoors invites families on a geocaching adventure in North Park, followed by an ice cream social. A total of 2-3 miles is typically hiked during this event.
Cost: $18 nonmembers, $12 members, children $8
Location: North Park
Enjoy live outdoor music in a family-friendly setting at Weather Permitting. This week features performances by Red Western and Lone Wolf Club with the following food trucks: Berlin Street Foods, Brassero Grill and Pop Stop. Plus, beer from Rock Bottom is available for donation.
Cost: Adults $10, Children Free
Location: Shadyside Nursery, 510 Maryland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA
The Hartwood Acres Summer Concert series presents River City Brass Band.
Location: Hartwood Acres Amphitheater, Hartwood Acres
Citiparks Cinema in the Park presents DisneyNature’s Bears at Schenley Park.
Location: Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park
Have a great weekend!