9 cool things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend with kids, from dance events and movies to an all-day party

Photo above courtesy of Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

There are plenty of cool things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend for families. Check out this lineup:

Friday, June 29: Northside Farmer’s Market, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Come support local vendors at the Northside Farmers Market, one of four markets operated by the City of Pittsburgh’s Special Events Office. You’ll find plenty of delicious fresh treats. And the Fresh Access program enables shoppers to use food stamps, credit and debit cards to buy fresh, locally grown food. Food Bucks give Fresh Access food stamp shoppers extra money to spend on fruits and vegetables.

Friday, July 29: BoDeans at the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series South Park Amphitheater, 7 p.m.

On Friday night, the BoDeans with special guest The Living Street will be appearing at South Park, as Allegheny County’s free Summer Concert Series continues (see the full summer lineup here). The show begins at 7 p.m., but families usually arrive early to enjoy a full evening out. Bring a blanket and picnic basket or grab some dinner at the on-site food trucks.

Friday, July 29: International Summer Dance Showcase, 7:30 p.m.

For more than 30 years, Point Park University’s International Summer Dance program has welcomed talented dancers, teachers and musicians from across the country and around the globe. Over the past six weeks, dancers have worked with nationally and internationally renowned choreographers in a variety of styles to stage a professionally-produced showcase at the award-winning Pittsburgh Playhouse. Join Point Park for their first showcase since 2019! Tickets are $17.

Friday, July 29 (Arsenal Park ), Saturday, July 30 (Grandview Park and Riverview Park) and Sunday, July 31 (Schenley Plaza): Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park, beginning at dusk

The City of Pittsburgh hosts this free movie night, happening at several parks this weekend: You can catch the movie “Clifford the Big Red Dog” playing at Arsenal Park on Friday night and at Grandview Park (Bailey Avenue, Mt. Washington) on Saturday night. Also on Saturday night, “Cyrano” will be playing at Riverview Park (Observatory Hill). And on Sunday, catch “Rock Dog 2: Rock Around the Park” at Schenley Plaza (Forbes Avenue, Oakland). Grab a blanket, a lawn chair and some snacks to enjoy a lovely evening of free cinema under the stars. Click here for more details on upcoming movies in this series.

Cinema in the Parks photo courtesy of the City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events.

Saturday, July 30: Monroeville CommUNITY Day & 5k Race, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Check-in begins at 8 a.m. for the Monroeville CommUNITY 5k Race and the race kicks off at 9 a.m. at the Monroeville Community Park west. Click here to register for the race or just drop by for a full day of fun: From 11 a.m.-6 p.m. there will be food trucks, live music, a foam party, a Disney sing-along, kids’ movies, face painting, a meet-and-greet with a princess, and also bounce houses, a car cruise, information about community businesses and more. Admission is free.

Saturday, July 30: Pittsburgh Black Pride Community BBQ and Vendors Fair, 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Schenley Park

Join Pittsburgh Black Pride for this free community event held at the Prospect Shelter at Schenley Park. This BBQ  wraps up the 27th annual Pittsburgh Black Pride Week, which celebrates the lives and contributions of Black LGBTQIA+ individuals and families in the Pittsburgh region. The organizers say this week’s celebrations are also an opportunity to highlight the most pressing health and social issues impacting the Black LGBTQIA+ community. Get details here or email info@pghblackpride.org.

Saturday, July 30: Kids’ Night at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Soccer Club, 7 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds Soccer Club is hosting a Kids’ Night on Saturday. All kids who attend Saturday night’s game against FC Tulsa can hang out in the Kids Zone with superheroes, princesses, games, prizes, ice cream, and more kid/family-friendly activities. Make sure to stop by the “Y on the Fly” van for obstacle courses, soccer games and even more prizes. Special ticket packages start at $50 for 2 tickets and a mini soccer ball. Stick around after the game to get your mini soccer ball autographed by Riverhounds players during a free post-game autograph session. Get more ticket info here.

Sunday, July 31: Summer Sounds w/Weather Permitting Concert Series at Hazelwood Green Plaza, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Hazelwood Local and Weather Permitting are teaming up to provide a free, summer concert series at Hazelwood Green Plaza (4501 Lytle St., Pittsburgh). On Sunday, Funky Dawgs Brass band will appear, along with Polkamaniacs, & Oryan The Omazing. Families will find free activities and crafting, plus artisanal vendors, food trucks and beverage vendors including Mr. Bulgogi, Pure Grub 412, Millie’s Ice Cream, Barmy Soda Company and Empath Mocktails. Free street parking and lot parking are available. Get details here.

Sunday, July 31: The Regrettes at the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series at Hartwood Acres, 7 p.m.

You can catch The Regrettes with special guest Jackie Hays in concert at Hartwood Acres on Sunday night. The show begins at 7 p.m., but families begin arriving hours earlier. Bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic basket full of supper, or grab some food at the on-site food trucks.