2015 Fall Activities in Pittsburgh Family Guide

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The heat and humidity slipped away this week with a tremendous downpour that almost washed us away from the bus stop. But we survived! And I’m glad, because the change in temperature means that one of my favorite times of year is upon us!

Fall is a most wonderful time to get outside and explore the city and its surrounding countryside. Many of the local farms welcome families for apple-picking, hayrides and fall festivals. The region also comes alive with a variety of heritage celebrations where communities gather together to commemorate both their shared and unique traditions.

In this 2015 Fall Activities in Pittsburgh Family Guide, I have compiled information on fall activities including apple picking, apple festivals, fall festivals, living history celebrations and ethnic festivals. Please note: I will put together a separate guide for Halloween activities in the weeks to come.

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Apple Picking at Simmons Farm

Apple Picking

We usually kick off the fall season with a visit to a local orchard for apple-picking. Although many of the local farms have stopped offering pick-your-own-apples, there are still a few options in our region:

Simmons Farm is located south of the city in McMurray, PA. It is one of our favorite spots for apple-picking because a) it seems less commercialized than some other farms in our region b) they have semi-dwarf trees in their orchard, meaning that it’s easy for little hands to reach the fruit c) they have a nice “petting zoo” area in their barnyard where kids can get close to the animals and d) they offer a fall festival seven days/week starting on September 19th. Apple picking has already started at Simmons Farm and will continue until at least the end of October.

Triple B Farms is also located south of the city in Monongahela, PA. It’s another favorite apple-picking spot for many Pittsburgh families (on weekends only!). They also have dwarf trees in their orchards and have already started offering pick-your-own apples. Triple B Farms has a number of family-friendly components including a Pop’s Farmyard program every weekend from June through September. For $6, you can buy a “Pasture Play” wristband that will give you access to a tunnel slide, a rope maze, a hay bale jump, a farm playground, a petting zoo, and “Education Acres,” a hands-on learning station about farming. See below for more information about the Triple B Farms Fall Festival.

Soergel Orchards

I also heard from Soergel Orchards in Wexford that they will be offering limited pick-your-own apples this year. Apple picking will only be available during their weekend fall festivals in October. Though they did not describe their trees as “dwarf” size, they did note that they would be “gnarled” enough for small children to reach some branches.

Norman’s Orchard is located north of the city in Frazer, close to the Pittsburgh Mills. This family-run business has been around for sixty years, started by the current owner’s father. They offer pick-your-own apples on standard trees starting by the beginning of September and continuing until end of October. We went last year and liked its off-the-beaten path vibe, though some of the trees were so tall that we had to use ladders. Please note: they only take CASH!

Half Crown Hill Orchard is located 18 miles southwest of Pittsburgh in McDonald, PA. They started their pick-your-own-apples during Labor Day weekend and will continue throughout the season. They are open on weekends, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  They also offer dwarf trees.

Apple picking at Norman's Orchards
Apple picking at Norman’s Orchards

Apple Festivals

The Western PA region also offers several apple festivals in September and October. With the exception of the Mars Apple Fest and the Hickory Apple Festival in Mt. Pleasant, these festivals are a bit of a drive; however, they offer a chance to explore the countryside, see some foliage and visit some of the beautiful and historic towns located in our region.

Smicksburg Apple Fest-September 12-13

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.

Franklin’s Applefest-October 2-4

The historic city of Franklin is also located northeast of Pittsburgh in Venango County. Each year they hold their Applefest in their beautiful Victorian Downtown area. This year’s Applefest will run from October 2-4 and will include over 300 arts and crafts vendors, an antique and classic car show, a 5K, a Kid’s Korner, a farmer’s market, free entertainment, and lots of FOOD!

Mount Pleasant’s Hickory Apple Festival-October 3-4

Mt. Pleasant Township’s Volunteer Fire Company will be hosting its annual Hickory Apple Festival on October 3-4th. Located about 25 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, the event will include homemade food, crafts, children’s activities and entertainment.

Delmont Apple N’Arts Festival-October 3-4

Featuring over 150 arts and crafts vendors and 30 food vendors, the Delmont Apple N’Arts Festival is a Westmoreland County family-friendly festival where you can find handmade items from local crafters, delicious food, hot apple cider, and home-made apple treats.

Mars Applefest-October 3

Mars is holding its annual Applefest this October. This event includes food, games, crafts and entertainment geared toward families.

Exploring the pumpkin patch at Shenot Farm
Exploring the pumpkin patch during Shenot Farm’s Fall Festival

Fall Festivals at Local Farms

The Fall Festival season begins at many local farms by the end of September and continues until Halloween. Most of these festivals offer farm-related activities for kids, hayrides and pumpkin patch trips. They also generally offer yummy farm food, cider, and sometimes even live entertainment.

First off, a mention of Hay Days 2015. These two fall festivals are organized by Allegheny County at Hartwood Acres on September 26th and South Park on October 17th. Why are they so special? Because they are completely FREE and offer many of the same well-loved fall activities that cost extra at other fall festivals. Families can enjoy hay rides, a hay maze, a pumpkin patch trip, a barnyard petting zoo and more.

Now, on to Fall Festivals at local farms. I have organized them by region to help you find one close to you:

Pittsburgh North

Soergel Orchards

Located in Wexford, Soergel Orchards offers a well-loved Fall Festival starting on September 19th and continuing until October 25th. The festival runs on weekend days (11-5pm) and offers some free activities (a straw stack, a barnyard petting zoo, and a play area) as well as many other activities that cost a little extra, including a cornstalk maze, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pony rides, a bounce house, face-painting and more.

Shenot Farm

Shenot Farm is also located in Wexford, but offers a smaller and less commercialized Fall Festival. Beginning the last weekend of September from 11-5pm, Shenot offers hayrides to its pumpkin patch and a huge cornstalk maze.

Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm

Reilly’s Summer Seat Farm is located in the Mount Nebo region of the North Hills. It offers a “Harvest Festival of Fun” on weekends starting September 26th from 10-4pm. For $7 a head, you can get a hayride to the pumpkin patch, pony rides, a trip to the boo barn, face-painting, a cornstalk maze, a caramel apple and more.

If you’re further north in Butler County, check out Harvest Valley FarmsFor All Family FarmsFreedom Farms and Cheeseman’s Farm for local fall festivals. Located more northeast in Armstrong County? Check out Renshaw Family Farm. Located more northwest in Lawrence County? Check out Iron Mills Farmstead.

Pittsburgh South

Triple B Farms

Triple B Farms is located south of the city in Monongahela. It hosts a “Pumpkin Festival” starting September 26th and running every Saturday through Sunday from 10 to 6pm. Triple B Farms offers pick-your-own apples as well as other favorite Fall activities, including Storybook Pumpkinland (where more than 200 pumpkin-headed characters live), hayrides to the pick-your-own pumpkin patch, the Big Blue Boo Barn, a corn maze and more.

Simmons Farm

Simmons Farm is located in McMurray, PA and it offers a wonderful Fall Festival beginning September 19th and running 7 days per week. For $14 a head, you can get a hayride to the pumpkin patch, any-sized pumpkin, entry to the corn maze, a petting zoo, a play area, an apple and more. Simmons also offers pick-your-own apples and fall birthday parties.

Trax Farm

Trax Farm in the South Hills will be holding its 46th annual Fall Festival this year beginning on September 19th and running weekend days from 10am-5pm until October 25th. Trax offers a hayride plus pumpkin picking plus a 4-acre corn maze for $8 for adults and $6 for children 3-12 yo. They will also have a free petting zoo and number of other activities that cost extra, including a bounce house, rainbow express train, rock wall, etc.

Located further south in Fayette County? Check out Duda Farms in Brownsville.

Pittsburgh East

Schramm’s Farm

Schramm’s Farm is located east of the city in Jeannette. It offers a Fall Festival beginning the last weekend of September and continuing 7 days per week until the end of October. They have pick-your-own pumpkins throughout the day and offer hayrides for $4 starting at 4pm on weekdays and earlier on weekends. They also have several mazes, barnyard animals and more.

Gearhard’s Farm

Gearhard’s is located east of the city in Murrysville. Starting on September 19th, it will offer its well known annual gigantic corn maze and hayrides.

Located further east? Check out Yarnick’s Farm in Indiana County.

Pittsburgh West

Hozak Farms

Hozak Farms is located west of the city in Clinton, PA. It offers a Fall Festival from 10-6pm beginning the last weekend of September and continuing through October with hayrides, pumpkins, musical entertainment and more. Also, another cool option: they offer free hayrides to the pumpkin patch on weekdays in October from 2-6pm. You can also wander through the maze, straw pile and decorate pumpkins on these weekday afternoons.

Janoski Farms

Janoski Farms is also located in Clinton, PA. It offers a “Pumpkinland” during October weekends from 10-5pm. For $6 per person, you can explore a haunted barn, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch and more. Plus, you can get some face-painting and decorate a pumpkin.

Located further west? Check out Springhouse Market and Farm in Washington County.

Other Fall Festivals

There are also other Fall Festivals held in regional communities and special venues, including:

Fall of the Leaf Weekend at Idlewild with food, classic cars, special character meet & greets and crafts: September 12-13 and 19-20

Robinson Township’s 12th Annual Autumn Festival-September 12

Sewickley’s Harvest Festival-September 12

Scottdale Fall Festival-September 18-20

Annual Covered Bridge Festival-September 19-20

Fall Music Festival at Fern Hollow Nature Center-September 19

Annual Butler Fall Festival-September 19

Castle Shannon Fall Festival-September 19

Green Tree Octoberfest-September 19-20

Clarion’s Autumn Leaf Festival-September 26 to October 4

The Waterfront’s Fall Fest-September 26

Fall in the Wall Festival-September 26

Cecil Township Fall Festival-September 26-27

Bedford Fall Foliage Festival-October 3-4 and 10-11

Northside Pumpkinfest-October 10

Zelionople/Harmony Country Fall Festival-October 10-11

Great Pumpkin Festival in Cranberry-October 16

Hamilton Harvest Festival-October 17

Bounty at Boyce Mayview Park Fall Fest-November 7

 

Know of other Fall Festivals in your community? Email me at pittsburghmommyblog@gmail.com and I’ll add it to the list.

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Fall is also a time where many local communities gather together to celebrate both their shared and individual traditions.

The Pittsburgh Irish Festival, Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Irish Festival
The Pittsburgh Irish Festival, Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Irish Festival

Cultural Festivals

In this section, I have highlighted cultural celebrations dedicated to some of the unique ethnic traditions in our region.

Church Brew Works Oktoberfest-September 10-October 4

Church Brew Works celebrates German culture at its annual Oktoberfest with traditional food items, drinks and entertainment.

Britsburgh-September 8-14

British American Connections Pittsburgh is holding its first Britsburgh festival, featuring tea times, British food and beer, music, a sports extravaganza and more.

Pittsburgh Irish Festival-September 11-13

The Pittsburgh Irish Festival is a three-day celebration of Celtic culture located at the Riverplex at Sandcastle. This “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” event includes world-class Irish music performances, Irish step-dancing, authentic Irish food, activities for kids, and much more.

Edinboro Highland Games and Scottish Festival-September 10-13

Edinboro University will be holding its annual Highland Games and Scottish Festival, where the campus will be filled with the traditions of Scotland, including musical performances, highland dance and athletic competitions, clan gatherings, fiddle and harp competitions, kids’ crafts, games and food.

Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival-September 11-13

The annual Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival features authentic Lebanese food, music and dance performances.

The Strip District World Festival-September 11-13

This September the Strip District will host its “World Festival,” celebrating the many cultural traditions in the city. There will be free global music and other entertainment, ethnic food booths, children’s activities, sidewalk sales and more.

Ukrainian Food Festival-September 11-12

Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church celebrates its annual Ukrainian Food Festival in Carnegie with yummy food, live performances and a craft fair.

Canonsburg’s Pennsylvania Bavarian Oktoberfest-September 18-20

Canonsburg hosts a very well-known Oktoberfest each year with traditional German foods, music, and a kid’s carnival.

Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfest Celebration-September 18-19, 25-26

Hofbrauhaus celebrates its annual Oktoberfest on two weekends in September with traditional German food and drink, live entertainment and children’s activities.

Also, Penn Brewery will be offering its annual Oktoberfest with great German food and drink and live entertainment on September 18-20 and the 25-27th.

Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Festival-September 19

The Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Festival will take place at the University of Pittsburgh and will include authentic Chinese food and beverages, live music, dance performances and children’s activities.

India in Focus-Activities begin September 25

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust celebrates Indian culture with a variety of visual and performing arts shows, workshops, lectures, etc. Kicks off on September 25th at the quarterly Gallery Crawl with a lively bhangra dance party on the streets!

Ligonier Highland Games-September 26

Idlewild hosts its annual Ligonier Highland Games complete with highland dancing, piping, drumming, Scottish dog exhibits, athletic competitions and traditional Scottish food. Please note: amusement rides will NOT be open at Idlewild on this day.

Heidelberg Oktoberfest-September 26

The borough of Heidelberg celebrates its annual Oktoberfest with traditional German food, beer, polka, children’s activities and fireworks.

American Indian Heritage Weekend at Meadowcroft-September 26-27

Visitors are invited to explore Meadowcroft’s recreated American Indian Village during this special weekend. Highlights: reenactors demonstrating daily activities of American Indian life, a tour of a wigwam and more.

Annual Pow Wow-September 26-27

The annual Pow Wow will be hosted by the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center and will include singing, drumming, dancing, crafts, food and children’s activities.

 The Hydref-October 3

Depreciation Lands Museum celebrates the Welsh tradition of some early settlers in the region at the Hydref, its biggest event of the year. Eat traditional Welsh foods, learn about traditional Welsh crafts, and more.

African American Heritage Day Parade-October 3

This annual parade and celebration of African American heritage will start at 11:00am at the corner of Liberty Avenue and 11th Street.

And there’s always the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, which continues until the end of September and celebrates medieval and fantasy cultures!

Penn's Colony Festival, Photo courtesy of Penn's Colony
Penn’s Colony Festival, Photo courtesy of Penn’s Colony

Heritage Festivals

Finally, I have highlighted festivals that celebrate our common heritage and traditions as Western Pennsylvanians:

Mountain Craft Days-September 11-13

The Somerset Historical Society will host its annual Mountain Craft Days on September 11-13th. Intended to preserve the historic crafts and trades of Somerset County, the event offers a mix of historical demonstrations, music and food. Located southeast of the city in Somerset County.

North Appalachian Folk Festival-September 11-12

The North Appalachian Folk Festival in Indiana PA celebrates the heritage of the region through demonstrations and sales of art, concerts, how-to workshops for sustainable living, handcrafts, nature and a Kid’s Alley!

Pioneer Day at the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden-September 19

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden celebrates its first Pioneer Day. Visitors can explore the newly restored 1780s log house and experience what life was like for pioneers through hands-on activities, demonstrations and tours.

Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival-September 19-20

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.

Autumn Festival at Old Economy Village-September 19-20

Old Economy Village will host its annual Autumn Festival this year. The Festival will feature historic cooking demonstrations, craft vendors, children’s activities, musical entertainment, and more.

Penn’s Colony Festival-September 19-20 and September 26-27

Penn’s Colony Festival is an annual festival held in Saxonburg commemorating our region’s role in the French & Indian War and recreating the atmosphere of the “Publick Tymes” fairs in colonial America. There will be historic music, food, magic shows, children’s activities, battle reenactments and more.

McConnell’s Mills Heritage Festival-September 26-27

McConnell’s Mills will be holding its annual Heritage Festival, celebrating the operational period of the historic gristmill. Festivals includes period reenactors, bluegrass music, free tours of the mill, a civil war encampment, and children’s activities.

Fort Ligonier Days-October 9-11

Fort Ligonier Days is a festival commemorating the Battle of Fort Ligonier, a key engagement of the French and Indian War. The festival features a living history encampment showing frontier life, military tactics, drills, cannon firing, ceremonies, highlanders, redcoats, French troops, frontier men and women, Indians and music from 1758. There is also a re-enactment of the Battle of Fort Ligonier and a parade.

That’s all! Enjoy your many adventures this Fall in Pittsburgh! And please send me an email at pittsburghmommyblog@gmail.com if I’ve missed anything. I’m trying to make this guide more comprehensive each year, which would not be possible without YOUR help!

What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: September 11-13, 2015

Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events for the weekend of September 11-13, 2015.

I think many of us have settled into the school time routine and are ready to relax a bit before fall festivities start. Luckily, the weekend is somewhat slow in the city, though there are a few extra special events, including several cultural festivals, Alphabet Trail and Tales in Frick Park and Grandparent’s Day celebrations on Sunday.

 

All Weekend, September 11-13

The Pittsburgh Irish Festival

The annual Pittsburgh Irish Festival features live music on four stages, traditional Irish cuisine and beverages, Irish step dancing, Irish marketplace, an area completely dedicated to children and teens and more!

Times: Friday from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: Adults $12 in advance, $14 at the gate, children 12 and under are free

Location: Riverplex, 1000 Sandcastle Drive, West Homestead PA 15120

 

Britsburgh

Pittsburgh’s first British Festival continues this weekend with a variety of activities, including tea parties, food tastings, music and a large event at Highmark Stadium on Sunday. Click on above link for a full breakdown of events.

 

The Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival

The Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival features authentic Lebanese food, dance and musical performances.

Times: Friday from 11-10pm, Saturday from 11-10pm and Sunday from noon to 6pm

Cost: Free admission and parking, food costs extra

Location: 1000 Lindsay Road, Carnegie, PA 15106

 

A Fair in the Park at Mellon Park

The Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh presents its annual Fair in the Park at Mellon Park. There will be tons of visiting artists selling wares, live music, food and some children’s activities. In my experience, this is a very relaxed event to visit.

Times: Friday from 1-7pm, Saturday from 10 to 7pm, Sunday from 10 to 5pm

Cost: Free

Location: Mellon Park

 

Strip District World Music Festival

The annual Strip District World Music Festival will feature live music and entertainment, ethnic food booths, games and activities for kids, sidewalk sales and more.

Times: Friday from 6pm-9pm, Saturday from 11am-7pm and Sunday from 11am-7pm

Cost: Free to attend (I think), though select activities and food cost extra

Location: Penn Avenue from 22nd to 27th Street in the Strip District

 

Wizard World Comic Con Pittsburgh

The inaugural Wizard World Comic Con celebrates pop culture with movies, comics, toys, video games, graphic novels, anime, manage and more. And David Duchovny and Ian Somerhalder from the Vampire Diaries will be there!!

Times: Friday 3-8 p.m., Saturday 10-7 p.m. and Sunday 11-5 p.m.

Cost: One-day admission varies from $35-$45 with up to two children getting in for free

Location: David L Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh PA 15222

 

Edinboro Highland Games and Scottish Festival

Edinboro University will be holding its annual Highland Games and Scottish Festival, where the campus will be filled with the traditions of Scotland, including musical performances, highland dance and athletic competitions, clan gatherings, fiddle and harp competitions, kids’ crafts, games and food.

 

Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13

The Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

The Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival continues this weekend.

Times: 10:30-6:30 am

Cost: Adults $18.95, Children ages 5-12 $9, Children under 5 are free

Location: Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, 112 Renaissance Lane, West Newton, PA 15089

 

Grandparents and Grand Birds at the National Aviary

The National Aviary celebrates grandparents during this special weekend with intergenerational games, crafts and activities. UPMC for Life and UPMC for You Advantage members get HALF OFF admission on Saturday.

Times: 11-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: National Aviary, 700 Arch Street, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Family Campout with Venture Outdoors

Venture Outdoors is hosting a family camping overnight at Moraine State Park with family-oriented educational activities during the day and a campfire with marshmallow at night. Cost covers camping reservation and guides. Bring your own camping gear and food.

Times: 3 pm on Saturday to 12 pm on Sunday

Cost: $20, Members Pay $15

Location: Moraine State Park

 

Fall of the Leaf Weekend at Idlewild

Idlewild hosts its annual Fall of the Leaf weekend with food, classic cars, special character meet & greets and crafts. SoakZone is closed, but other areas of the amusement park will be open.

Times: 10:30 to 7pm

Cost: $34

Location: Idlewild Amusement Park,

 

Smicksburg Apple Festival

Located in rural Indiana County, Smicksburg is a small borough 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: I believe it’s free to attend

Location: Downtown Smicksburg? Not a lot of information online about this event

 

Saturday, September 12

Third Annual Jeremiah’s Place 5K

Jeremiah’s Place, the city’s only 24/7 emergency nursery,  is holding its third annual family-friendly 5K to support its great work.

Time: Race begins at 9am.

Cost: $30

Location: Riverview Park

 

Morningside Community Day plus Morningside Mile

The neighborhood of Morningside celebrates its annual community day at Heth’s Field.

Times: Events kick off with the Morningside Mile, followed by an awards ceremony at 9:30 am and community day beginning immediately afterwards.

 

Alphabet Trail and Tales

This event is absolutely wonderful! Explore Frick Park while following the life-sized alphabet trail, and hear stories, watch a puppet show, take a pony-ride, get a free book, get your face-painted and so much more FOR FREE!

Times: 10-1pm

Cost: Free

Location: Frick Park Blue Slide Playground

 

Let’s Move Family Fun Day at the Frick

The Frick Art & Historical Center is teaming up with UPMC Health Plan to offer a free day of healthy family fun. Families can unplug and play games like badminton, giant Twister and more  on the lawn of the Frick.

Times: 10-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Frick Art & Historical Center, 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh PA

 

Caturday at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Feline lovers unite at the Carnegie Museum of Art. There will be special cat-themed activities for children in the galleries and if you bring a photo or drawing of your cat to pin-up on a community cat wall, you will receive a 10% discount in the CMOA Design Store and a $2 discount on admission.

Times: 10-5 p.m.

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Mini-Factory at the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory is holding its bimonthly interactive program for children ages 3-5. Kids will get exposure to the concept of MOVEMENT in installation art through a gallery tour, interactive activities and stories. Advance registration required by emailing education@mattress.org.

Times: 10-11am

Cost: Free for members, $5 for nonmembers

Location: Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Sewickley’s Harvest Festival

Sewickley is holding its 25th annual Harvest Festival with over 130 vendors of crafts, art, jewelry, clothing, holiday items, food items, children’s activities and more.

Times: 10-5pm

Cost: Free

Location: Broad and Thorn Streets

 

ABOARD Family Day at the Outdoor Classroom

Join ABOARD’S Autism Connection of PA and The Outdoor Classroom for a day of science, crafts and nature while hiking through Upper St. Clair’s Boyce Mayview Park. Bring your loved one with autism and the entire family to enjoy the day outdoors! Registration is requested for planning purposes but not necessary.

Times: 10-2pm

Cost: Free

Location: The Outdoor Classroom, Boyce Mayview Park

 

2015 Great American Water Balloon Fight

The Great American Water Balloon Fight is an annual fundraiser that benefits impoverished communities in Haiti. The event is all-ages and includes not just the huge water balloon fight but also games, the carousel, photo booths, yoga and live music.

Times: Gates open at 11am

Cost: $30, suggested donation of $10 for spectators

Location: Schenley Plaza, Oakland

 

Citizen’s Bank Children’s Theater Workshop

The Trust Arts Education Center presents a hands-on, art-making program for children with their caregiver. Kids will create art inspired by The Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series. Registration is required.

Times: 11-2pm

Cost: $15

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

 

Bhangra Dance Lessons at the Trust Arts Education Center

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust invites families to join CMU Bhangra as they provide high energy dance lessons that will prepare you to dance in the street during the Gallery Crawl on September 25 and other events during the India in Focus festival. Advance registration is required, no experience necessary, appropriate for all-ages.

Times: 11-12pm and 12:30-1:30pm

Cost: Free

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

 

Ukrainian Food Festival

Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church is holding its annual Ukrainian Food Festival with delicious food, a craft fair and ethnic performances.

Times: 11-7pm

Cost: I believe admission is free, though food is extra

Location: SS Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church 220 Mansfield Blvd, Carnegie, PA 15106

 

Robinson Township Annual Autumn Festival

Robinson Township celebrates its annual Autumn Festival with music, games, food and activities.

Times: 12-10pm

Location: Burkett Sports & Rec Complex, Route 60, Robinson Twp.

 

Adams Community Day

Adams Township celebrates its annual community day with live entertainment, food and fireworks.

Times: starts at noon

Cost: Free

Location: Unsure about location

 

McCandless Township Community Day

McCandless Township is holding its annual community day with a parade, live entertainment, amusement rides, fireworks and more.

Times: starts at 12:30pm

Cost: free

Location: McCandless Town Hall, 9955 Grubbs Road, Wexford

 

Penny Arcade at the Arcade Comedy Theater

The Arcade Comedy Theater presents its monthly kid-friendly improv comedy show with interactive activities before the show.

Time: 1pm

Cost: $10 Kids, $5 Adults

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

 

Sunday, September 13

Grandparents Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo

Grandparents receive free admission to the Pittsburgh Zoo when accompanied by at least one grandchild. They can also take free tram rides and get one coffee or tea.

Times: 9-5pm

Location: Pittsburgh Zoo, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh PA

 

Kids’ Day at Schenley Plaza

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is sponsoring a Kids’ Day in Schenley Plaza with free carousel rides, kid-friendly activities and entertainment.

Times: 10-6pm

Cost: Free

Location: Schenley Plaza, Oakland

 

Grandparent’s Day Brunch at the National Aviary

The National Aviary will be hosting a special Grandparent’s Day brunch, prepared by Atria’s, in the Rose Garden. The event will feature visits from popular birds, activities for children and a food selection that caters to both adults and kids.

Times: Two seatings at 10:30 and 12:30

Cost: Member adults $30, nonmember adults $35; Member children 4-10 yo $15, nonmember children 4-10 yo $17.50, kids 3 and under are free. Price also includes admission

Location: National Aviary, 700 Arch Street, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Kids Day at PNC Park

The Pirates are playing the Brewers and its a Kid’s Day at PNC Park. Game is preceded by family-friendly activities on Federal Street from 11-1pm, kids get a Parrot Cuddle Up Pillow at the gate and children can run the bases after the game if weather permits.

 

Gemini Children’s Theater “Pirates of the Mon”

The Gemini Children’s Theater’s season kicks off with “Pirates of the Mon.” Show also includes face-painting and pirate crafts.

Times: 1 and 3:30pm

Cost: $15

Location: Thornburg Community Center, 545 Hamilton Road, Pittsburgh PA 15205

 

Kid City Dance Party at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

DJ Kelly Mom will spin her signature mix of indie music at this family-friendly dance party.

Times: 1-3pm

Cost: Free

Location: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15215

 

Have a great weekend!

What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Labor Day Weekend: September 4-7, 2015

It’s Labor Day weekend in the ‘Burgh, it promises to be a hot one and there’s plenty of stuff going on to help us send summer out with a bang :).

 

All Weekend, September 4-7

Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Festival

The Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Fest is a five-day event featuring football, ribs, live music, games, rides and the Steelers Experience. See link above for specific times.

Cost: Free admission, but there are charges for food and beverages and select games and activities on the grounds. Also, a ticket is required to enter Heinz Field for the University of Pittsburgh home game. The festival Grounds will be open on game days and can be accessed without a ticket.

Location: Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

 

$1 Kids Weekend on the Gateway Clipper Fleet (except Friday)

The Gateway Clipper Fleet is offering $1 tickets for kids ages 12 and under to ride Good Ship Lollipop and Evening Sightseeing cruises. Use promo code: KIDS1 to redeem online. One regular adult ticket must be purchased to get deal. See link above for times.

Cost: Kids $1, Adults $20

Location: Gateway Clipper Fleet dock is at Station Square

 

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival (except Friday)

It’s Children’s Weekend at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, which means kids get in for free with a paying adult. In addition to the regular festivities, there will also be special activities like a Prince, Princess and Pirate Costume Contest, the Royal Quest, knighting ceremonies and photos with the King and Queen.

Cost:  Online Ticket Price Adults: $17.45; Box Office Price Adults: $18.95

Location: Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, 112 Renaissance Lane, West Newton, PA 15089

 

Opening Weekend of Robots at the Carnegie Science Center

The Carnegie Science Center presents its newest Omnimax movie, Robots, by National Geographic. From the website: “ROBOTS is a sneak peek into the future at what might be possible as scientists use innovative engineering and design to make cyber characters less “humanoid” and more just plain human.” Shows happen throughout the day.

Cost: $7.50/adult member; $5.50/child member; $8.50/adult non-member; $6.50/child non-member

Location: Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Taste of Greece Festival (except Monday)

The Holy Trinity Church in the North Hills is holding its annual Greek Festival with great food, dancing and music.

Times: 11-9pm

Cost: Free to enter, food costs extra

Location: Holy Trinity Church, 985 Providence Boulevard, McCandless Township, PA

 

Last Weekend of Sandcastle

Sandcastle water park’s season comes to an end this weekend.

Times: 11-5pm

Cost: Complicated, so see here

Location: Sandcastle, 1000 Sandcastle Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15120

 

Also, both Kennywood and Idlewild are open for Labor Day weekend. Maybe something special to do on the long weekend?

 

Pick Your Own Apples at Simmons Farm

Simmons Farm’s pick your own apples season has begun! Always call ahead for availability.

Times: M-Sat 9-5pm, Sun 9-3pm

Location: Simmons Farm, 170 Simmons Rd, McMurray PA 15317

 

Also, Triple B Farms pick-your-own apples has begun.

 

Friday Night, September 4

Unblurred

The Penn Avenue Arts District invites families to its monthly Unblurred event featuring open galleries, refreshments, live music, hands-on activities at Assemble, the Garfield Night Market and more! Aim to be there earlier in the evening for a more family-friendly experience.

Times: 6-10pm

Cost: Free

Location: Penn Avenue Arts District, Garfield

 

First Fridays at the Frick

The Frick Art & Historical Center hosts its monthly summertime outdoor concert featuring Opek performing a tribute to Pittsburgh native, Billy Strayhorn.

Times: 7-10pm

Cost: Suggested donation $5

Location: Frick Art & Historical Center, 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh PA

 

South Park Summer Concert Series

The South Park Summer Concert Series presents Dancing Queen.

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: South Park Amphitheater

 

Saturday, September 5

Free Kids Workshop at Home Depot

Home Depot is holding its monthly kids workshop. This month, kids will make a football toss game. All materials and instruction provided and children get to keep their craft, an apron and a pin. Designed for children ages 5 to 12.

Times: 9-12pm

Cost: Free

Location: Participating Home Depot locations

 

South Side Outside Paddle and Music Festival

This event is part family-friendly festival, part standup paddle boarding and trail-based competition highlighting the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and Three Rivers Water Trail. Activities include live music, local food vendors, kids yoga and more. See here for more information.

 

Half-Pint Prints at the Andy Warhol Museum

The Andy Warhol Museum is hosting its monthly screen-printing activity for young children.

Times: 10-12pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

 

Healthy Eating for Kids at Phipps

Let’s Move Pittsburgh and Phipps is offering a Healthy Eating for Kids program with smart eating and activity tips.

Times: 11-1pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Phipps Conservatory, 700 Frank Curto Drive, Pittsburgh PA

 

Festival of Combustion at Carrie Furnaces

The Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation presents this family-friendly festival highlighting HOT art-making processes like glass flame-working, ceramics, molten lava, bronze casting and cast iron. There will be hands-on opportunities for kids and adults to create HOT art, live music and food.

Times: 12-5pm

Cost: Basic entry is $15, which includes one hands-on workshop or tour of the Carrie Furnaces. Kids under 18 years are free with accompanying adult. Create your own unique piece of HOT art for $5.

Location: Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark, 115 West Braddock Avenue, Braddock, PA  15104

 

Photographs with Princesses

The Volunteer Princesses are hosting a photoshoot/fundraiser with your favorite costumed princesses. Funds are being raised to pay the application fee to become a non-profit organization.

Time: 1pm

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Phipps Conservatory, 700 Frank Curto Drive, Pittsburgh PA

 

Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs. Charleston Battery

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer team is playing the Charleston Battery.

Time: 7pm

Cost: Tickets start at $10 with youth discounts available

Location: Highmark Stadium, 510 W Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

 

Dark Sky Star Party

The Amateur Astronomers’ Association of Pittsburgh invites the public to enjoy Neptune, Uranus and the Milky Way during the Dark Sky on September 5.

Times: 7:30-1opm

Cost: Free

Location: Mingo Observatory, 1 shelter 10 Road, Finleyville PA 15332 and Wagman Observatory, 225 Kurn Road Tarentum, PA 15084

 

Sunday, September 6

Season Finale of Weather Permitting

The Weather Permitting outdoor concert series is coming to a close with performances by Mathew Tembo, Working Breed and The Beagle Brothers. Food trucks on site, beer available for a donation and children’s activities.

Times: 5-9pm

Cost: Adults $10, Children Free

Location: Shadyside Nursery, 510 Maryland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Allegheny County Music Festival

The Allegheny County Parks Department is hosting its annual Music Festival featuring Rusted Root with Beauty Slap, J.D. Eicher & The Goodnights and Donora. $20 per car donation requested to benefit children and youth served by Dept. of Human Services.

Times: 5-11pm

Location: Hartwood Acres Amphitheater, Hartwood Acres

 

Monday, September 7

Please note: The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Frick Art & Historical Center are closed today. Six city pools will remain open through Labor Day.

 

Labor Day Parade in Downtown Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh hosts one of the largest Labor Day parades in the nation. Parade starts at Liberty at 11th Street and ends at Stanwix Street.

Times: 10-12pm

Cost: Free

 

Have a fantastic Labor Day weekend!

What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: August 28-30, 2015

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

BikeFest 2015

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

#wearePPS Back to School Event

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.

Times: 1-6pm

Cost: Free

Location: Pittsburgh King, 50 Montgomery Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

 

412Build Homewood Community Celebration

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.

Times: 5-8pm

Cost: Free

Location: Homewood KABOOM Playground, 7238 Fleury Way, Pittsburgh PA 15208

 

WYEP Final Fridays at Schenley Plaza

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

Cost: Free

Location: Schenley Plaza, Oakland

 

South Park Summer Concert Series

The South Park Summer Concert Series presents the Duquesne University Tamburitzans, performing Eastern European music and dance.

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: South Park Amphitheater, South Park

 

Last Weekend of Cinema in the Park at Arsenal Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park presents McFarland, USA (PG) at Arsenal Park.

Time: Sunset

Cost: Free

Location: Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville

 

Saturday and Sunday, August 29-30

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

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.”

Times: 10:30-6:30pm

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 Fair

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

Free Science Day at the Carnegie Science Center

Admission is FREE to the Carnegie Science Center thanks to The Jack Buncher Foundation.

Times: 10-7pm

Cost: Free

Location: Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Market House Centennial Celebration

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.

Times: 10-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: South Side Market House, 12th and Bingham Streets, South Side

 

Out of the Darkness Pittsburgh Walk

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.

Times: 10:30-12pm

Cost: Free, though donations are accepted

Location: Highmark Stadium

 

Larimer Festival

Celebrate the neighborhood of Larimer with musical performances, yoga, games, bouncy house, petting zoo, climbing wall and more.

Times: 12-10pm

Cost: Free

Location: Larimer Ave between East Liberty Blvd and Meadow St.

 

Roots: An Outdoor Roots Reggae Family Event

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 Opening Celebration

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.

Times: 12-10pm

Cost: Free

Location: Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, 1000 Madison Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

South Oakland Community Day

South Oakland celebrates its annual Community Day with food, music, games and activities for all ages.

Times: 12-7pm

Cost: Free

Location: Dan Marino Field/Frazier Fieldhouse at Frazier St and Dawson St.

 

Kids Comedy Cabaret

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.

Times: 3-5pm

Cost: Free

Location: Henry Heymann Theater at the University of Pittsburgh, 4400 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Waterfront Summer Block Party

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.

Times: 5-8pm.

Cost: Free to attend, though select activities cost extra.

Location: The Waterfront, 149 West Bridge St., Homestead, 15210

 

Squirrel Hill Night Market

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.

Times: 6-10pm

Cost: Free

Location: Murray Avenue, Squirrel Hill

 

Up at Deer Lakes Park Wagman Observatory

The Allegheny County Parks Department presents Up (PG) at the Deer Lakes Park Wagman Observatory.

Time: 7:45pm

Cost: Free

Location: Wagman Observatory, Deer Lakes Park

 

Last Weekend of Cinema in the Park at Riverview Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Parks presents Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) at Riverview Park.

Times: Sunset

Cost: Free

Location: Riverview Park

 

Last Weekend of Cinema in the Park at Grandview Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park presents McFarland, USA (PG) at Grandview Park.

Time: Sunset

Cost: Free

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.

 

sue’s run4kids

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.

Times: 9-12pm

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

 

Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures at Heinz History Center

Nearly 30 professional appraisers will help families learn about the historical significance and monetary value of their heirlooms at this event.

Times: 10-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh PA

 

Red, Ripe and Roasted Festival at Phipps

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.

Times: 11-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Front Lawn and Outdoor Garden at Phipps

 

Kids Day with the Pittsburgh Pirates

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

 

Ice Cream Geocaching with Venture Outdoors

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.

Times: 1-3:30pm

Cost: $18 nonmembers, $12 members, children $8

Location: North Park

 

Weather Permitting Concert Series

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.

Times: 5-9pm

Cost: Adults $10, Children Free

Location: Shadyside Nursery, 510 Maryland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Hartwood Acres Summer Concert Series

The Hartwood Acres Summer Concert series presents River City Brass Band.

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Hartwood Acres Amphitheater, Hartwood Acres

 

Last Weekend of Cinema in the Park at Schenley Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park presents DisneyNature’s Bears at Schenley Park.

Times: Sunset

Cost: Free

Location: Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park

 

Have a great weekend!

Summer Siesta + Ideas for Fourth of July Weekend

With Fourth of July upon us and a few family vacations planned for the upcoming weeks, I’m going to take a brief summer siesta from my blog. If you need some ideas for seasonal family-friendly fun, please refer to my recent 2015 Summer in Pittsburgh Family Guide or the Kidsburgh event calendar.

And–because I just can’t resist–I have a few ideas for fun ways to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend in the city:

EQT Three Rivers Regatta

The city’s official Fourth of July celebration, the EQT Three Rivers Regatta, returns for its 38th year. This three-day event generally brings thousands to Point State Park and the North Shore for a celebration of our rivers.

This year, the EQT Three Rivers Regatta will be held from July 3-5. The event includes a number of kid-friendly elements:

  • Colcom Cool Off Kids Zone: Located in Point State Park, the Colcom Cool Off Kids Zone will be offering family-friendly activities each day, including a sandy beach where kids can play and life-sized versions of favorite board games. The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh will also be leading an “Anything That Floats: Kids Edition” activity where children can create a boat using recycled materials and then test whether it floats. Finally, the Carnegie Science Center will be leading water-themed activities and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC will be fitting and distributing free bicycle helmets.
  • “Wheel of Lights” Ferris Wheel: Point State Park will also hold a 90-foot-tall LED lighted gondola ferris wheel with 16 multi-passenger carriages. Tickets are $5 and will be available on site.
  • History Crawl: Festival-goers can pick up a map at the information booth at the entrance of Point State Park and take a self-guided tour of educational and historic places throughout the Regatta’s footprint.
  • Vintage Power Boat Exhibit: Located on the North Shore, the Vintage Power Boat exhibit will display wooden hydroplanes and race boats from the 1920’s to the 1980’s.
  • Lighted Boat Parade: Private boat owners will be decorating their vessels with lights and parading along the rivers at 9:30 p.m. on July 3.
  • EQT Flashes of Freedom Fireworks: Produced by the international award-winning fireworks company, Pyrotecnico, the EQT Flashes of Freedom fireworks display begins at 9:36pm on July 4.

The EQT Three Rivers Regatta will also include boat races, live musical performances, the I Made It! Market and a BIKE VALET throughout the weekend.

Fourth at the Fort

If you’re down at Point State Park for the Regatta, you might considering paying a visit to the annual Fourth at the Fort event hosted by the Fort Pitt Museum. Held on July 4 at 11 a.m., visitors can help colonial re-enactors, Girl Scouts and elected officials raise an American flag of the same size and star pattern that originally flew over Fort Pitt. The ceremony will also include a singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Throughout the day, the Fort Pitt Museum will offer outdoor living history demonstrations with 18th century re-enactors, including a special fife and drum corps who will play music and show visitors what life was like at Fort Pitt during the American Revolution.

If you want to delve deeper into the historical side of Independence Day, Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historical Village in Avela, PA will be hosting a family-friendly Independence Day Celebration on July 3-4.

DreamOn Festival

Another reason to come Downtown this weekend is the 2015 DreamOn Festival at Market Square from July 3-5. At this annual music and ice cream festival, participants can enjoy 30 flavors of Dream Cream Ice Cream, a dozen vendors and live musical performances by local artists. Also, 5% of proceeds will be donated to support local high school and GED students who are volunteering at the festival.

Heinz Field Independence Day Celebration

Across the Allegheny River, Heinz Field is hosting its annual free 4th of July celebration beginning at 2pm. The event includes concerts, food for purchase and children’s activities like football-themed games and inflatables. Families can also get a great view of the EQT Flashes of Freedom Fireworks display later in the night.

July 4th Fireworks Blowout at the Carnegie Science Center

The Carnegie Science Center hosts an evening of activities on July 4th, including an Omnimax movie, a live show exploring the science of fire, refreshments and several hours to wander through the exhibits before the fireworks begin. For $39, attendees can participate in all these activities plus get lawn seating for the fireworks display. To see the fireworks from the USS Requin submarine costs an additional $15.

Elliot Extravaganza at the West End Overlook

For a different view of the fireworks, consider heading up to the West End Overlook for the annual free Elliot Extravaganza from 5 to 8 p.m. on July 4. Hosted by the Elliot Community Group, this event features a live band, petting zoo, bounce house, games/prizes, crafts, face painting, a 50/50 raffle and food trucks.

Kids Ride for $1 on the Gateway Clipper Fleet

The Gateway Clipper Fleet is offering $1 tickets for children 12 years and younger to ride a Good Ship Lollipop or an Evening Sightseeing Cruise from July 3-5 using the promo code KIDS1. One adult ticket must be purchased to redeem this deal.

Celebrate America at Kennywood

Feel like avoiding the crowds in the center of the city? Consider visiting Kennywood in West Mifflin for its annual Celebrate America event, running this year from June 30 to July 5. Celebrate America features daily patriotic music, special entertainment and nightly fireworks. Families can save $10 off full-price gate admissions with coupons from participating Giant Eagle locations.

Idlewild in the Laurel Highlands and Cedar Point in Ohio will also be holding fireworks displays on July 4.

4th of July Fireworks at the Big Butler State Fair

This year’s Big Butler State Fair will be held from July 3-11th. On July 4th, there will be a fireworks display and several other special events including 4-H contests, square dancing and Smoker Series tractor pulls.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cleveland Indians

The Pittsburgh Pirates are playing the Cleveland Indians at PNC Park throughout the weekend with a special Kids Day on Sunday afternoon. There will be a family-friendly carnival on Federal Street preceding the 1:35 p.m. game and each child gets a Kids Pirates Inflatable Chair at the gate and the opportunity to run the bases after the game.

FABA Party at Assemble

Finally, if you’re looking for something a bit off the beaten path for this weekend, check out the FABA Party at Assemble in Garfield. Hosted by the Legacy Art Project and Café con Leché, the event celebrates artistic expression across cultures and lives. There will be live music, dance, spoken word, drumming and arts and crafts. This family-friendly event is appropriate for all ages.

As you can see, there are a number of fun events going on this weekend for the holiday. That’s the good news. The bad news? There’s a chance of thunderstorms everyday except Sunday, which should be absolutely gorgeous. What’s new, right?

I hope you have a fabulous Fourth of July weekend, stay dry and I’ll see you back here soon :).

What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Weekend: June 26-28, 2015

Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for the weekend of June 26-28. Highlights of this weekend include an Independence Day festival with fireworks in Lawrenceville and the WYEP Summer Music Festival on Saturday and a free admission day at the Children’s Museum and Open Streets Pittsburgh on Sunday.

 

All Weekend, June 26-28

Greek Food Festival in Oakmont

Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church of Oakmont and Verona is holding its annual Greek Food Festival (and I heard it’s a good one!) with authentic Greek food, live music and dancing.

Times: Friday 5-11pm, Saturday 4-11pm, Sunday 2-11pm

Cost: Free admission, food costs extra

Location: 12 Washington Avenue, Oakmont PA

 

Friday Night, June 26

Youth Make: Survivorship

Youth Make is a chance for youth ages 10-15 to create in the Children’s Museum MAKESHOP after-hours. This month youth will be creating projects that could be used if they needed to survive in the wilderness! This is an evening event and is ticketed seperately from regular museum admission. Advance registration is requested and tickets can be purchased online or at the museum. Parents are not required to attend the event with their child.

Times: 5-7pm

Cost: $10 nonmembers, $8 members

Location: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Carnival of Wishes Fun Fair

The Carnival of Wishes Fun Fair for Make-A-Wish will feature a bounce house, obstacle course, mini manicures, a scavenger hunt, face painting and more. From 6-7pm there will also be a special appearance from Pittsburgh Penguins Mascot, Iceburgh.

Times: 5-9pm

Cost: Free

Location: Finn Chiropractic Office, 179 Scharberry Lane, Mars PA 16046

 

Sensory Play Day and Shopping Event at Learning Express

In support of Autism Speaks, Learning Express Toys is hosting a Sensory Play Day and Shopping Event where kids can try an array of sensory-friendly toys. Staff and volunteers from the Autism Speaks Pittsburgh Chapter will be on site to answer questions. 20% of shopping proceeds will be donated back to Autism Speaks.

Times: 6-9pm

Cost: Free

Location: Learning Express Bakery Square, 172 Bakery Square Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15206

 

South Park Summer Concert Series

The South Park Summer Concert series presents Eve 6 with special guest Meeting of Important People.

Times: 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: South Park Amphitheater, South Park

 

The Hundred-Foot Journey at Arsenal Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park is showing The Hundred-Foot Journey at Arsenal Park.

Times: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28

Civil War Reenactment at Hartwood Acres

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Soldiers & Sailors and Allegheny County will host a Civil War reenactment and living history weekend at Hartwood Acres featuring authentic battlefield camps, artillery demonstrations, battle re-enactments, live music, food and more.

Times: Saturday 9-7pm, Sunday 9-3pm

Cost: One-day pass $20 per car, Two-day pass $30 per car

Location: Hartwood Acres

 

Blueberry and Raspberry Weekend at Triple B Farms

Triple B Farms is holding a blueberry pancake breakfast plus pick-your-own blueberries and raspberries and a chance to visit the educational and fun children’s play area known as Pop’s Farmyard.

Times: Blueberry pancake breakfast, pick your own berries 9-12pm and Pop’s Farmyard 11-4pm.

Cost: Free to attend, activities cost extra

Location: Triple B Farms, 823 Berry Lane, Monongahela, PA 15063

 

Saturday, June 27

Hometown-Homegrown at the Heinz History Center

The Heinz History Center celebrates the region’s passion for food at Hometown-Homegrown, where families can sample foods from nearly 40 local vendors and watch cooking demos by local celebrity chefs.

Times: 10-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222

 

National Living Lab at Phipps

Carnegie Mellon University researchers Dr. Audrey Kittredge and Dr. Anna Fisher will be performing public research on child development in the Phipps’ Tropical Forest Conservatory. Kids can play games and take part in activities that provide valuable scientific information.

Times: 10-3pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Phipps, 700 Frank Curto Drive, Pittsburgh PA

 

Mini-Factory at the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory is holding its bimonthly, hands-on introduction to installation art designed for children ages 3-5. This week’s theme is SENSES.

Times: 10-11am

Cost: Members free, nonmember $5

Location: Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

71st Annual Fireworks Day in Lawrenceville

The Lawrenceville Fireworks Committee hosts Lawrenceville’s large annual Independence Day celebration in Arsenal Park with hands-on children’s activities, train rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, food, live performances and fireworks.

Times: Activities start at 11am. Fireworks at 9:30pm.

Cost: Free

Location: Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville

 

Smiley’s Birthday Party at the Carnegie Science Center

Eat n’ Park is celebrating Smiley’s birthday at the Carnegie Science Center. Kids can decorate their own Smiley cookie, play games and meet Smiley.

Times: 11-2pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Family Game at WQED

Join WQED for a free Family Game Day in the Fred Rogers Studio. Guests can play traditional games, like Twister, or learn to code and play electronic games. Preregistration is encouraged, as space is limited.

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: WQED, 4802 Fifth Ave Pittsburgh, 15213

 

WYEP Summer Music Festival

WYEP is holding its annual free Summer Music Festival with live music, shopping at the I Made It! Market and lots of children’s activities offered by organizations like the Children’s Museum, Mattress Factory, Venture Outdoors, Handmade Arcade, Assemble and City of Learning. There will also be a free bike valet service courtesy of Bike Pittsburgh.

Times: 3-11pm with children’s activities from 3-6pm.

Cost: Free

Location: Schenley Plaza, Oakland

 

Celebrate Pittsburgh Sensory-Friendly Performance by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents its first sensory-friendly performance designed specifically for individuals with autism spectrum and sensory processing disorders. Open to all ages and abilities, there will be special accommodations for individuals with these disabilities. In addition, there will be special pre-performance educational activities and a resource fair before the show.

Times: 1:15pm pre-performance activities, 2:30pm show starts and run approx. one hour

Cost: $25

Location: Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

 

Summer Block Party at the Waterfront

Join The Waterfront in the Rock Bottom Summer Pop-Up Biergarten for an all-ages night of live music by the Boilermaker Jazz Band, games, prizes, activities, an under-the-bridge cookout and special offers and giveaways from The Waterfront merchants.This event is all ages.

Times: 5-9pm

Cost: Free

Location: Waterfront Town Center, 149 West Bridge St., Homestead, PA 15120

 

Sri Lankan Food Festival

The Pittsburgh Buddhist Center presents its Sri Lankan Food Festival where Sri Lankans from our region will come together to present a variety of home-cooked Sri Lankan vegetarian dishes. All proceeds benefit the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center.

Time: 5:30pm

Cost: Adults $20, Children $5, for a full meal including dessert and tea.

Location: Pittsburgh Buddhist Center, 111 Route 908, Natrona Heights, PA 15065

 

Jam on Walnut

The month’s Jam on Walnut outdoor concert in Shadyside features Chris Higbee and Donora. All proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Times: 7-11 pm

Cost: Free, $5 wrist band to purchase be able to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Location: Walnut Street, Shadyside

 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies at Riverview Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park is showing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies at Riverview Park. Preceded by the Stars of Riverview live jazz concert series.

Time: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Riverview Park, Observatory Hill

 

The Hundred-Foot Journey at Grandview Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park is showing The Hundred-Foot Journey at Grandview Park.

Time: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Grandview Park, Mt. Washington

 

Earth to Echo at Wagman Observatory

Allegheny County Parks is showing Earth to Echo (PG) at Deer Lakes Park.

Time: 8:45pm

Cost: Free

Location: Wagman Observatory, Deer Lakes Park

 

Sunday, June 28

Open Streets Pittsburgh

Families are invited to Open Streets Pittsburgh, where Penn Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from Downtown to Lawrenceville. Attendees can walk, run, bike and skate through the streets of Pittsburgh. There will also be a number of special events including training runs, zumba classes, walking and biking tours, yoga, salsa in the streets and a chance to explore with Hike it Baby.

Times: 8-12pm

Cost: Free

Location: Penn Avenue

 

Kickoff to Summer Free Day at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

The Children’s Museum is kicking off summer with a day of free admission and special activities like Eric Carle-themed hands-on projects, live music, a family dance party with DJ Kelly Mom and a kiddie pool in Buhl Community Park outside the Museum.

Times: 10-5pm

Cost: Free

Location: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Bach, Beethoven and Brunch

Citiparks Bach, Beethoven and Brunch presents an outdoor concert featuring Quinta Voce Wind Quintet.

Times: 10:30-12pm

Cost: Free

Location: Mellon Park

 

Kids Day at PNC Park

The Pittsburgh Pirates are playing the Atlanta Braves and it’s a Kids Day at PNC Park. The game is preceded by a family-friendly carnival on Federal Street, kids get a Pirate Parrot gnome at the gate and kids can run the bases after the game.

Times: Game at 1:35pm

Location: PNC Park

 

Weather Permitting

This week’s Weather Permitting outdoor concert series features live performances by Beauty Slap and
Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands with Oh My Grill, Southside BBQ and Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches on site for food purchase and beer available (for a donation). There are also always children’s activities.

Times: 5-9pm

Cost: Adults $10, Children Free

Location: Shadyside Nursery, 510 Maryland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

Hartwood Acres Summer Concert Series

The Hartwood Acres Summer Concert Series presents a live performance by Bastard Bearded Irishmen with The Hawkeyes.

Times: 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Hartwood Acres Amphitheater, Hartwood Acres

 

The Boxtrolls at Schenley Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park presents The Boxtrolls at Schenley Park.

Time: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park

 

Have a great weekend!

What’s Going on in Pittsburgh this Father’s Day Weekend: June 19-21, 2015

Here’s my weekly listing of family-friendly events in the Pittsburgh region for Father’s Day weekend and the official start of summer! There are tons of ways to celebrate Dad this weekend, so read on for ideas!

 

All Weekend, June 19-21, 2015

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival

This weekend the Pittsburgh Cultural District will host the JazzLive International Festival with indoor and outdoor jazz performances by local and national musicians. In addition, there will be a variety of other special events throughout the weekend including a pop-up vinyl record store and outdoor market throughout the weekend, a jazz crawl, a dance party and a jazz-infused bourbon tasting on Friday evening and a jazz tour of the Hill District. See the full schedule here.

 

DISNEY IN CONCERT: Tale as Old as Time by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

This new DISNEY IN CONCERT production by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and four Broadway vocalists features music and film clips from Disney films including Frozen, The Lion King, Tangled and more.

Times: Friday Night 7:30pm, Saturday 2:30 and 7:30pm, Sunday 2:30pm

Cost: Tickets start around $25

Location: Heinz Hall, Downtown Pittsburgh

 

Mary Poppins at the Benedum

The Pittsburgh CLO presents the hit Broadway musical, Mary Poppins, based on the classic Walt Disney film and the books by P.L. Travers. Running time is 2 hours, 45 minutes and children under age 3 will not be permitted in the theater.

Times: Friday 8pm, Saturday 2 and 8pm, Sunday 2pm

Cost: Tickets start at $20 with 1/2 price tickets for kids 3-14 sponsored by Giant Eagle

Location: Benedum Center, 237 7th Street, Pittsburgh PA

 

Friday Night, June 19

Youth Cook at the Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is holding a special cooking class for youth ages 10+. Kids will work with Franktuary owner, Megan Lindsey, to learn how to make dips using different blending techniques. Parents do not need to stay for this event. Preregistration is required and you can purchase tickets online or at the Museum during regular business hours.

Times: 5-7pm

Cost: $10 for nonmembers, $8 for members (ticketed separately from Museum admission)

Location: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15215

 

South Park Concert Series

The Allegheny County Parks Department presents Stella James with special guest Sydney Hutchko performing country.

Time: 7:30pm

Cost: Free

Location: South Park Amphitheater

 

Maleficent in Arsenal Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park is showing Maleficent in Arsenal Park.

Time: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Arsenal Park, Lawrenceville

 

Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21

Triple B’s Razzleberry Celebration for Dad

Triple B Farms in Monongahela will be celebrating raspberries and DAD this weekend with a family-friendly festival featuring a raspberry pancake breakfast and other treats, circus performers and belly dancers (on Sunday at 11am), the last of pick-your-own strawberries and a chance to check out Pop’s Farmyard, a family-friendly play and learning space that just reopened for the season.

Times: 9-5pm

Cost: Free to attend festival, but select activities cost extra

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

 

Free Tours of Clayton for Father’s Day Weekend

The Frick Art & Historical Center will be offering free child-friendly tours of its historic Clayton mansion for dads and children ages 16 and under. Advance reservations are recommended by calling 412-371-0600.

Times: 10-5pm

Location: Frick Art & Historical Center, 7227 Reynolds Street, Pittsburgh PA

 

First Water Weekend at the Carnegie Science Center

In honor of its H2Oh! exhibit, the Carnegie Science Center will be holding “Water Weekends” throughout the summer featuring hands-on activities about local animals that rely on our rivers, how drinking water is cleaned and more.

Times: 10-5pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Jurassic Days at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

This weekend the Carnegie Museum of Natural History celebrates DINOSAURS with a variety of kid-friendly activities. Families can browse a large collection of Jurassic Park-themed memorabilia and take photos with a replica Jurassic Park Jeep, see the new juvenile Spinosaurus, search for fossils in a special Jurassic Days dig site and interact with live animals like baby alligators, snakes and skinks.

Times: 12-5pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Oakland

 

Father’s Day CD Card Making with the Saturday Light Brigade

Kids can work with the Saturday Light Brigade to create a special audio card for dad this weekend. My kids made me one of these for Mother’s Day and it was BEAUTIFUL!

Times: 1-4pm

Cost: $12 plus admission to museum

Location: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way Pittsburgh PA

 

Saturday, June 20

Get Outside and Learn (GOAL) Day

The Allegheny County Parks Department is holding a family-friendly celebration of learning in the outdoors called GOAL Day. There will be many, many free activities including a chance to climb around in a fire truck, see rescue animals and mascots, introductions to yoga, fishing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, crafts, Native American storytelling and TONS more. Check out the full schedule here.

Times: 10-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: North Park Boathouse

 

Living History: Cooking

The Fort Pitt Museum is hosting a living history experience where visitors can learn about 18th-century food in Pittsburgh and how it was prepared.

Times: 10-4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Point State Park

 

Come Build a Camp Survival Kit

Learning Express in Bakery Square will be helping kids put together a personalized survival kit of essentials for summer camp. Advance registration required.

Times: 10-12pm

Cost: $24.99 per kit

Location: Learning Express Bakery Square, 172 Bakery Square Blvd, Pittsburgh,  PA 15206

 

Free Family Fun Day at Monroeville Mall

The Monroeville Mall is hosting a free Family Fun Day with a clown, airbrush tattoo artist and balloon artists. Several retailers and community groups will also be offering activities like hair wraps, a jazz DJ, LEGO-building and make-and-take crafts. The mall will also launch a school supply drive for the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, seeking donations of pens, pencils, crayons, glue sticks, washable markers, colored pencils, child scissors, notebooks, USB drives and more.

Times: 10-2pm

Cost: Free

Location: Monroeville Mall, 200 Mall Cir Dr, Monroeville, PA 15146

 

Allegheny SolarFest

The Borough of Millville and Solar Unified Network of Western Pennsylvania will be hosting Allegheny SolarFest, a family-friendly celebration of solar power. The event will feature children’s activities, solar model car races, a rock-climbing wall, live music (all performances brought to you courtesy of solar power!), food trucks and more. Attendance is free, but please register here.

Times: 11-4pm

Location: Millvale Riverfront Park

 

Lawrenceville Garden Tour

Lawrenceville Hospitality Association is once again hosting its free self-guided tour of the neighborhood’s urban garden spaces. There will be 10-15 sites with educational presentations, music and new friends!

Times: 11-5pm

Cost: Free

Location: Maps for the tour will be available inside the Allegheny Cemetery at the organic community garden.

 

Let’s Move Family Dance Party at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater is holding a pay-what-you-can dance party celebrating SUMMER CAMP. Families can enjoy family-friendly music and performances, crafts and games.

Times: 11-2pm

Location: Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

GlobalPittsburgh International Barbecue

GlobalPittsburgh is holding its first International Barbecue where families can enjoy different styles of barbecue from cultures all over the world. Admission includes six sampling passes to six different food vendors barbecue for adults and two sampling passes for children aged 5-12. Additional sampling passes will be available to purchase at the event. There will also be children’s activities and global music.

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: GlobalPittsburgh member $35, nonmember $45, Children 5-12 $10, Children under 4 are free

Location: Bayardstown Social Club, 3008 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh,  PA 15201

 

Gemini Children’s Theater’s Royal Ball

The Gemini Children’s Theater is holding its annual family-friendly Royal Ball fundraiser with food, singing, dancing, a magic show, games, prizes and a chance to interact with favorite storybook characters.

Times: 12-4pm

Cost: $50, Children 2 and under are free

Location: Syria Shrine Center, 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick PA 15024

 

Maleficent at Grandview Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park is showing Maleficent at Grandview Park.

Time: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Grandview Park, Mt. Washington

 

The Refugees of Shangri-La at Riverview Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park is showing The Refugees of Shangri-La (NR) at Riverview Park. The movie is preceded by a jazz concert featuring Yoko Suzuki.

Time: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Riverview Park, Observatory Hill

 

Sunday, June 21

Make Music Pittsburgh

For the first time, Pittsburgh will join over 700 global cities who make and enjoy music on the summer solstice. Pittsburgh’s Make Music Day celebration will offer opportunities to see free live music all over the city including at the Children’s Museum, the Yoga Hive, Square Cafe, Pittsburgh Glass Center and more. See all the venues here.

 

Let’s Move Pittsburgh Family Yoga

As part of the ongoing One Whirl Yoga Fest, Phipps and Let’s Move Pittsburgh will be hosting family-friendly outdoor yoga. Registration begins at 8:30am.

Times: 9-10am

Cost: Free

Location: Lawn out front of Phipps Conservatory, 700 Frank Curto Drive, Pittsburgh PA

 

Father’s Day Celebration at the Pittsburgh Zoo

Dads get free admission to the Pittsburgh Zoo when accompanied by their child.

Times: 9:30-6pm

Location: Pittsburgh Zoo, One Wild Place, Pittsburgh PA

 

Snowball Day at the Carnegie Science Center

The Carnegie Science Center is holding its annual Snowball Day, where every visitor who brings in a snowball can name their own price for admission. Weather permitting, visitors can pitch their snowball into the Ohio River too.

Times: 10-5pm

Location: Carnegie Science Center, One Allegheny Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Father’s Day Scavenger Hunt at the Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum is hosting a special Father’s Day scavenger hunt where families can hunt for answers to clues about exhibits around the museum and count their steps with a pedometer.

Times: 10-5pm

Cost: Free with admission

Location: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

First Weekend of Bach, Beethoven and Brunch

Citiparks kicks off its family-friendly outdoor classical music series at Mellon Park with a performance by Steel City Harmonizers. Bagel Factory will be on site for food purchase or you can bring a picnic! Rodef Shalom also usually offers kid-friendly activities during the event.

Times: 10:30-12pm

Cost: Free

Location: Mellon Park

 

Father’s Day Brunch at the National Aviary

The National Aviary is celebrating Father’s Day with a brunch by Atria’s Restaurant. Advance registration requested at 412-258-9445.

Times: Two seatings at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm

Cost: Adults $35, Children 4-10 $17.50 with discount for members. Price includes admission.

 

Sports Day at Kennywood

Kennywood celebrates Father’s Day during Sports Day where visitors can meet local student-athletes and mascots.

Times: 10:30-10pm

Cost: Ticketing is complicated, but there is a special BOGO 1/2 off coupon for June 21 here and you can get discounted tickets at Giant Eagle’s customer service desks

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

 

Free mini golf for fathers at Monster Mini Golf of Monroeville

Monster Mini Golf is an indoor, glow-in-the-dark mini golf facility located in Monroeville that will be offering free mini golf for dads on Father’s Day.

Times: 12-8pm

Location: Monster Mini Golf, 3813 William Penn Highway, Monroeville PA 15146

 

Community Garden Party at the Mattress Factory

The Mattress Factory’s annual Community Garden Party is “M”-themed this year. The event features free admission to the Museum plus hands-on activities like making mini gardens, masks and medallions. There will also be a mime and magician show plus music. Food trucks will be on site for food purchase.

Times: 1-5pm

Location: Mattress Factory, 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh PA 15212

 

Father’s Day Car Cruise and Concert at Hartwood Acres

Allegheny Parks celebrates DAD with a free car cruise with music from 2-7pm and a Billy Price Band Concert at 7:30 pm.

Cost: Free

Location: Hartwood Acres Amphitheater

 

Weather Permitting

This week’s family-friendly outdoor concert series, Weather Permitting, features Truth & Rights and Working Poor with food available for purchase from Pop Stop Truck, Burgh Bites Cart and PGH Street Foods and beer (for a donation) from Rock Bottom Brewery.

Times: 5-9pm

Cost: Adults $10, Kids Free

Location: Shadyside Nursery, 510 Maryland Avenue, Pittsburgh PA

 

The Hundred-Foot Journey at Schenley Park

Citiparks Cinema in the Park is showing the Hundred-Foot Journey in Schenley Park.

Time: Dusk

Cost: Free

Location: Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park

 

A few fun date night ideas:

Bourbon and Bass event where bourbon-tasting will be paired with live jazz, the Mattress Factory’s Urban Garden Party and a 21+ Night at the Carnegie Science Center celebrating games (including casino games). All these events are on Friday night.

 

Have a fabulous first weekend of summer and happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

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