events in Pittsburgh

11 weekend events in Pittsburgh, from a Sidewalk Chalk Fest to the kickoff of Open Streets

It’s Memorial Day weekend in Pittsburgh! That means it’s officially summer, and there are plentiful things to do every single day this (long) weekend. Pack some snacks and sunscreen, and hit the town for endless summer fun. 

Friday, May 26: Kennywood’s grand opening of Spinvasion, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

While season pass holders could test out Kennywood Park’s newest ride this past weekend, the spinning, whirling, feet-dangling ride opens to the general public this Friday. The minimum height is 48 inches, guests should bring hair ties for hair past their shoulders and wear shoes that strap securely — it’s a wild ride! Check out all the details here

Friday, May 26: Matilda the Musical, 7 p.m.

Roald Dahl’s beloved childhood story comes to life on stage in “Matilda the Musical” at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center. It’s a tale of hope and belonging, reminding us that even if you’re little, you can do a lot. This family-friendly show is affordable, with tickets starting at $12. 

Saturday, May 27: Idlewild and SoakZone open for the season, 10:30 a.m.

Summer is here and it’s time to cool off at Idlewild and Soakzone. Tickets this weekend are available at a discount and military service members and veterans get free admission. Details here.

Saturday, May 27: Story Saturday: “Home: A Tribute to the Many Possibilities of Home,” 11 a.m.

The in-person story time at the Carnegie Museum of Art is followed by an art-making activity. Best for ages 12 and younger. Registration is free with general admission.

Saturday, May 27: Hip Hop for Kids, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

For kids ages 8-12, this introductory hip-hop class is a great way to learn more about the art form and make some friends. The weekly class at Los Sabrosos Dance Company costs $20 for a drop-in lesson, with packages available. Find more info here

Saturday, May 27: Popup! Chess at Allegheny Commons Park, 3 p.m.

Whether you’re a chess aficionado or a total newbie, this chess event (which is free!) is a great way to spend a sunny Friday afternoon. Play with a friend, learn from an instructor, or challenge a professional to a game. Find out more info here

Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28: Pittsburgh Riverwalk & Chalk Fest

Back for its second year, the Riverwalk and Chalk Fest, sponsored by Riverlife, will feature 20 different chalk artists, food and drink options, and activities for the whole family. The event is free with a portion of food and drink sales benefitting the work Riverlife does to preserve the city’s waterways. Find out more details here.

Sunday, May 28: Open Streets Pittsburgh, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Bring your bike, stroller, pogo stick or your own two feet to the first of three Open Streets events this summer. This route, which will go though Downtown and the Southside, features magic shows, pop-up art, local sports celebrities, and lots of wild costumes. Feel free to dress up! Open Streets Pittsburgh is a free event. 

Image courtesy of Allegheny County Park.

Saturday, May 27: Free Yoga in the Park at Allegheny Commons, 10 a.m.

The Counseling and Wellness Center of Pittsburgh is hosting free yoga all summer to help people practice physical activity and mindfulness, while also fostering a sense of togetherness and support — all vital things for mental wellbeing. Yoga in the Park runs every Saturday at 10am from May 27 through August 26 at Allegheny Commons West, near Brighton & Ridge. Come and flow with Pittsburgh’s best yoga instructors in this free, all-levels, all-ages yoga event beneath the trees in this city park.

Saturday, May 27: KayaFest Caribbean Food Festival, 3:30 10 p.m.

Come down to Smallman Street in the Strip District to enjoy Caribbean food, music, dancing and more. Music and samba dancing are free; food is available for purchase. Find out more details here

Saturday, May 27: CitiParks Splash Pads Opening Day, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Did you know the city of Pittsburgh has eight splash pads and 19 other parks with smaller water features that are open every single day, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day? Come cool off this weekend at one of these great little spots. Pack a picnic; there are tables at most sites. Find all the details here

Don’t miss our guide to the Three Rivers Arts Festival when you’re looking ahead to June.  Looking for more fun events in Pittsburgh for families? Check out our daily events calendar.