10 weekend events, from a community day at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center to a little kid disco

Courtesy August Wilson African American Cultural Center.

This weekend is packed with activities and events from end-to-end. There are several large free festivals for families, a music festival, a disco, and so much more. It’s also time for the spring flower show at Phipp’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Check out just a few of the great events happening in Pittsburgh this weekend:

Saturday, Mar. 19: Trolls and Pup Patrol Cruise, Gateway Clipper Fleet

Meet all of your favorite characters from TV, including Chase, Marshall, Skye, Poppy, and Branch, for a one-of-a-kind dance party. Tickets are $20 for ages 1-12, $32 for grownups and $5 for infants.

Photo courtesy of Gateway Clipper Fleet.

Saturday, Mar. 18: Washington County Kids Fest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

This jam-packed and free event is one not to miss. With appearances by princesses, Wild World of Animals, a Mascot Mashup race and tons of other kid-friendly activities, it’s one of the biggest free family events in the region. Find out more info here.

Saturday, Mar. 18: Attack Theater presents Dance Workshop for Children, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Attack Theatre’s arts education programs connect with students through the power of creative play. Come to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood location to participate in this free session. Rooted in reflection, investigation, and imagination, these programs emphasize creative learning and wellness. At the core of each program, dance and movement support kinesthetic strategies to develop critical thinking, encourage collaboration, strengthen communication, and nurture creativity. Details are here.

Courtesy Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Saturday, Mar. 18: AWCommunity Day- Sports, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring the whole family to this event at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center for an exciting day as they celebrate sports, arts, and entertainment. See some of your favorite teams and vendors as well as enjoy performances from Pittsburgh artists. The event is free and open to the public. Register to join the AWCommunity Mailing list and stay up to date on upcoming events.

Sunday, Mar. 19: Big Bubble Bonanza

Bubble rainbows with people inside. Audience members making volcano bubbles! Gigantic bubbles that blow their own bubbles? Check out this exciting bubble-themed show at the Byham Theater. Tickets begin at $12.

Courtesy of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Sunday, Mar. 19: International Norwuz Day Festival, 1p.m. to 5 p.m.

Come down to the Katz Auditorium at the Jewish Community Center and celebrate the Afghani holiday of Norwuz. Norwuz is the celebration of Persian New Year, and is marked by various communities around the globe with a day of celebration on or around the spring equinox.

Courtesy Afghan Friendship Association of Pittsburgh

Sunday, Mar. 19: Little Kid Disco at Ruckus Coffee Gallery, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

If your kids like dancing, flashing lights, and fun treats, the Little Kid Disco will be a perfect fit. This event is best suited for kids 8 and under. Tickets for kids are $10, grown-ups are free. Drinks and snacks can be purchased separately. Buy tickets and find more information here.

Courtesy Joel Lindsey Entertainment.

Sunday, Mar. 19: Discovery Time with Animals, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Stop by the Frick Environmental Center classroom between 1:00-3:00 to learn about different animals that live in Frick Park. View a collection of hands-on animal related specimens including feathers, bones, and antlers. Compare your wingspan to a hawk, dissect an owl pellet, or embark on a scavenger hunt to find animal signs around the park. This program is best for families with children ages 4-9. Find more details here.

Sunday, Mar. 19: Cookies with Cottontail at Allegheny County Parks

These free afternoons of entertainment include a visit with Peter Cottontail organized by Allegheny County Parks. You’ll find cookies and refreshments, face painting, a balloon artist and spring crafts. The hijinks take place on March 19 at the Rose Barn in North Park, March 25 at Four Seasons Lodge in Boyce Park and March 27 at the South Park Economics Building. Registration is required.

Saturday, Mar. 18 and Sunday, Mar. 19: Spring Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The spring flower show begins this weekend. Jump-start your season of renewal with stunning displays that feature a giant perfume bottle, harmonious chime canopies, and a cascading fountain. Timed ticket presales are on sale now for this show, which runs through April 16.

Photo courtesy of Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens.

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Don’t miss our March guide of things to do as well as our summer camp guide. Looking for more fun events in Pittsburgh for families? Don’t miss our daily events calendar for even more fun.