Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of September 12-14, 2014. Highlights of  this weekend include the Strip District World Festival, Alphabet Trail and Tales and Family Fun Day at the Frick. Have a great weekend!


All Weekend, September 12-14

Strip District World Festival

Celebrate the melting pot of Pittsburgh at the Strip District’s World Festival, featuring global entertainment, ethnic food booths, sidewalk sales and children’s activities and games.

Times: Friday night 6-9pm, Saturday 12-9pm, Sunday 12-7pm

Cost: Free entertainment, other activities and food may cost

Location: Strip District


Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14

Pick-your-own apples at Simmons Farm

Simmons Farm’s pick-your-own apples are ready! They currently have Gala apples available.

Times: 9-4pm

Location: Simmons Farm, 170 Simmons Rd, McMurray PA


Pick-your-own apples at Triple B Farms

Triple B Farms is ready for pick-your-own apples! First varieties to ripen are typically Gala and Honeycrisps.

Times: 9-5pm

Location: Triple B Farms, 823 Berry Lane, Monongahela PA


Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

A very unique cultural experience, the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival features a Royal Court, jousts, vendors, music, children’s activities and more.

Times: 10:30-6:30pm

Cost: Adult $15.95 online and $17.95 at the gate, Child $7 in advance and $8 at the gate. Children under 5 are free

Location: 112 Renaissance Lane, West Newton PA 15089


National Aviary Down Under

The National Aviary is hosting an Australian adventure for its visitors this weekend. Highlights: special keeper talks, Outback Bingo, outback-inspired crafts, storytimes and more.

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: National Aviary, 700 Arch Street, Pittsburgh PA


Idlewild’s Oktoberfest Weekend

Idlewild offers its annual family-friendly Oktoberfest with German-style music, food, a craft fair–plus rides! Please note: SoakZone is not open on this day. Please see website for more info.


Smicksburg Apple Festival

Located in rural Indiana County, Smicksburg is a small borough situated northeast of Pittsburgh and inhabited by many Old Order Amish people. Each year, the town hosts an Apple Fest with apple butter and cider-making demonstrations, locally-grown apples for sale, food, and entertainment.

Times: Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm

Cost: Free

Location: Smicksburg PA


Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival

The Flax Scutching Festival offers demonstrations of the historic process of making linen from the flax plant. The festival also includes homemade foods, crafts, antique farm equipment, live music, a civil war encampment, a covered wagon train encampment and a staged American Indian raid. The Festival is located in Stahlstown south of the city in Westmoreland County.

Times: Saturday 9-6pm, Sunday 9-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: 1703 Route 711, Stahlstown PA 15687


Saturday, September 13

Alphabet Trail and Tales

Join Citiparks at their 15th annual Alphabet Trail and Tales in Frick Park. You will be guided along the trail by huge letters. Along the way, you will find handpainted story sets and book readings by children’s authors, crafts, games, pony rides, face-painting and more!

Times: 10-1pm

Cost: Free

Location: Frick Blue Slide Park, Squirrel Hill


UPMC Health Plan Let’s Move Family Fun Fun Day at the Frick

The Frick is holding their annual Let’s Move celebration on the grounds of the museum this weekend. They will have the equipment for badminton, croquet, sack races, ring toss, hoop rolling, hopscotch boards, and obstacle course and more.

Times: 10-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Frick Art and Historical Center, 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh


Lowe’s Build and Grow Binocular Workshop

Lowe’s is hosting its bimonthly Build and Grow Workshop this weekend. Children will be constructing binoculars that they can take home. All instruction and materials provided. Children get an apron, goggles and certificate of achievement. Advance registration required.

Time: 10am

Cost: Free

Location: Participating Lowe’s locations


Art Together Workshop with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Join the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust at their Art Together Workshop for children 4-6 years old and caregivers. Explore favorite storybooks through the creation of multi-media masterpieces. Advance registration requested.

Times: 11-12:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA


Morningside Community Day

Morningside hosts its annual Community Day with food, music and activities for kids!

Times: 11-2pm

Cost: Free to attend


Robinson Township’s 12th Annual Autumn Festival

Robinson Township celebrates the beginning of autumn with music, food, games and activities for kids.

Times: 12-10pm

Cost: Free to attend

Location: Burkett Sports & Recreation Complex, 5476 Steubenville Pike


Specimen Identification Day at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is hosting an opportunity for you to bring rocks, shells, insects and artifacts to be inspected and identified by their professionals.

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA


Penny Arcade at the Arcade Comedy Theatre

The Arcade Comedy Theatre hosts a monthly kid-friendly improv comedy show. Children participate in interactive exercises before the show in order to develop a storyline that is then acted out before their eyes!

Times: 1pm

Cost: $10

Location: Arcade Comedy Theater, 811 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15222


Children’s Fall Festival at the Carpenter Log House in Boyce Park

Enjoy a Fall Festival at the Carpenter Log House in Boyce Park, featuring children’s games, activities and a visit from Abe Lincoln!

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Carpenter Log House, Boyce Park


Sunday, September 14

Requin Tech Tour

Delve deeper into the science of submarines that the Carnegie Science Center’s submarine, the USS Requin. Visitors will be able to visit parts of it that aren’t usually open to the public and receive an in-depth tour. Register by calling 412-237-1637.

Time: 9am

Cost: Members $15, Nonmembers $25

Location: Carnegie Science Center, 1 Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA


Macy’s Elephant Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo

Celebrate the Pittsburgh Zoo’s herd of elephants with face-painting, crafts, games, birthday cake and a Radio Disney dance party.

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Pittsburgh Zoo, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh PA


Lawrenceville Turns 200 Week at Row House Cinema

The Row House Cinema hosts a “Kids will be Kids” show at noon, featuring Despicable Me.

Time: 12 noon

Cost: $6

Location: Row House Cinema, 4115 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA 15201


Kid’s Day at PNC Park

This weekend the Pirates play the Chicago Cubs and Sunday is a Kid’s Day, featuring a carnival-like experience on Federal Street starting at 11am, a special kid’s gift at the gate, and the opportunity to run the bases post-game.

Times: Game starts at 1:35pm

Location: PNC Park, 115 Federal Street, Pittsburgh PA


Me, Mommy and Dolly Tea at the Mansion at Hartwood Acres

Don a fancy dress, hat and gloves and bring your little ladies to Hartwood Acres Mansion with their favorite dolly. They will be offering a high tea with activities. Advance registrations required.

Times: 11am

Cost: Resident $20/child, Nonresident $25/child

Location: Hartwood Acres Mansion, Hartwood Acres


2nd Annual Latino Day at Kennywood

Celebrate Latino culture at this family-friendly event at Kennywood, featuring live music, ethnic food, giveaways and family activities. Plus, all the wonderful rides at Kennywood.

Times: 12:30-7pm

Cost: $27 Adult, Kids under 2 are free. Use promo code Latino2014 to buy your tickets online. Ticket sales benefit Braddock Redux, El Sistema and Casa San Jose.

Location: Kennywood, 4800 Kennywood Boulevard, West Mifflin, PA


Babypalooza 2014 at the Monroeville Convention Center

The entire family is invited to Babypalooza at the Monroeville Convention Center, featuring a “Pre-Natal to Preschool” showcase with seminars, free product samples, prizes and children’s activities.

Time: 12-4pm

Cost: Adult $12 in advance, $15 at door, children under 10 are free

Location: Monroeville Convention Center, South Hall

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Nadine Champsi

I am a doctor turned write-at-home-mom who runs the Pittsburgh Mommy Blog and is editor of Kidsburgh. I have two wonderful young children and am happily married. My interests include cooking, green-living, gardening, being in the outdoors, listening to great music, checking out the city's cool art, coming up with creative things to do with my kids, and having as many adventures as I can!
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