8 free Pittsburgh events for families happening this weekend, from JereBear Fair to Diaper Distribution and more

Photo above courtesy of The Frick Pittsburgh.

There are so many Pittsburgh events for families this weekend. Along with Sensory-Sensitive Science Hours at the Carnegie Science Center and the City of Pittsburgh’s ongoing Cinema in the Park series, check out these eight cool events:

Friday, July 22: The JereBear Fair at The Kingsley Association, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Don’t miss the 4th annual Jeremiah’s Place Block Party in East Liberty. This free community event features carnival-themed food, games, music, raffles, and more. Families will also be able to meet and learn about all kinds of valuable resources from more than 25 community agencies. Get details here about this free event open to all children and families.

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Photo courtesy of Jeremiah’s Place.

Friday, July 22: Summer Fridays at the Frick, through 9 p.m.

This month’s rendition of Summer Fridays at the Frick invites families to the campus lawns. Bring blankets or folding chairs to relax in comfort. No More Daisies, a pop/country band, will play live music to create a party atmosphere. Browse through choice food offerings from the likes of Beatnik Sweet Eats and Dessert Truck, PGH Halal Truck, Revival Pasta and The Café at the Frick. Kids will get caught up in making art and other family-focused fun. Be sure to stop in to see the Romare Bearden: Artist as Activist and Visionary exhibition at The Frick Art Museum., which will be open until 9 p.m.

Friday, July 22: Special EFX with special guest Dr. Alton Merrell at the Summer Concert Series South Park Amphitheater, 7 p.m.

On Friday night Special EFX 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.

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Friday, July 22: “Encanto” at Movie Night on the Lawn at Hazelwood Green Plaza, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

You’re definitely going to be talking about Bruno after you see this brilliant movie musical at Friday night’s free showing, part of this summer cinematic series. Row House Cinema will be there with free popcorn, free face painting will be provided by Hazelwood Local & Beanie Paints, and food will be available from various food trucks and vendors. Plaza opens at 7 p.m. and movie begins at 8 p.m. Details here.

Saturday, July 23: Best Books for Babies Diaper Distribution at CLP’s Hill District branch, 10 a.m. to noon

Families are invited to the Carnegie Library’s Best Books for Babies Diaper Distribution event on Saturday morning at the Central Baptist Church parking lot across from the library’s Hill District branch. CLP is partnering with the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank to give families and caregivers a Best Books for Babies 2022 book bundle and two packages of diapers (sizes 0-3). An estimated 2,800 books and 40,000 diapers are expected to be given away during this event. Get walk-up and drive-up details here.

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Best Books for Babies Diaper Distribution photo courtesy of CLP.

Saturday, July 23: Super Science Saturday: Jurassic Day, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Dinosaurs continue to bask in the spotlight this summer with fans flocking to the latest big-screen Jurassic flick. July’s Super Science Saturday: Jurassic Day considers real science in prehistoric scenes, while pointing out the Hollywood fakery. The day covers the latest scientific dino discoveries from the Jurassic time period. Museum staff will be prepped and ready to answer all of your kids’ questions. Super Science Saturday, planned for ages 7 to 12, is free with museum admission.

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Photo courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Saturday, July 23: Story Saturday, Carnegie Museum of Art, 11:00 a. m.–12:00 p.m.

This month’s Story Saturday features “Iggy Peck, Architect,” written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts. Iggy has a passion for architecture that began as a toddler: “He built churches and chapels from peaches and apples, and temples from modeling clay.” Hearing Iggy’s story is likely to enlighten kids to the creative problem-solving found in architecture. An art-making activity follows the reading of the book. The program, designed for ages 12 and younger, is free with museum admission, but registration is required.

Photo by Bryan Conley.

Sunday, July 24: North Mississippi All-Stars at the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series at Hartwood Acres, show begins at 7 p.m.

You can catch the North Mississippi All-Stars 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.