Pittsburgh family events

8 Pittsburgh family events this weekend, from the ultimate baby shower and a family fun fest to ‘Paw Patrol’ under the stars

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It’s the final weekend of August and there are plenty of Pittsburgh family events happening. Check out this lineup:

Friday, Aug. 26: Farmers Grill at Allegheny Commons Market, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.

Visit Blackberry Meadows Farm Farmers Grill at the Allegheny Commons Market in the North Side on Friday for P.I.G. burgers, all-beef hot dogs, and grilled vegan polenta. Families can also shop the Farm Store online for fresh, nutrient-dense, community-grown produce and frozen meats, and arrange for pick-up at the Farmers Grill. All products are grown and made within 50 miles of Blackberry Meadows Farm — most within 10 miles!

Friday, Aug. 26: The Mother of All Baby Showers at PNC Park, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Forget everything you know about baby showers, because this event is unlike anything you have ever experienced. The Mother of All Baby Showers® (MOABS) is an adults-only night full of resources, support and education from experts, peers and hand-picked local and national brands. New and expectant parents who attend are showered with goodies, educated and entertained all under one roof. Couples will find exclusive deals on products and services, plus food, refreshments and spa treatments, along with plenty of learning and laughing. Expectant parents can test out products, get insight from parenting experts and connect with other parents while finding local and national resources. (Kidsburgh will be there — look for our table!) Tickets are $20 per person or $30 per couple.

Friday, Aug. 26: Kathleen Edwards with special guest Matt Sucich in concert at South Park Amphitheater, 7 p.m.

South Park hosts Kathleen Edwards with special guest Matt Sucich on one of the final weekends of Allegheny County’s free Summer Concert Series (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, Aug. 26 (Arsenal Park), Saturday, Aug. 27 (Grandview Park and Riverview Park)  and Sunday, Aug. 28 (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. On Friday night at Arsenal Park, your family can see “Paw Patrol: The Movie” under the stars. If you’re busy Friday night, catch “Paw Patrol” on Saturday night at Grandview Park (Bailey Avenue, Mt. Washington). Or head over to Riverview Park on Saturday night to see “Belfast” (rated PG-13). And on Sunday, bring the family out to see the classic “Singin’ in the Rain” 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.

Saturday, Aug. 27: Trail Work Day at Riverview Park, 9:00 a.m.- noon

Join trail stewards and the Friends of Riverview Park to work on trail projects in Riverview Park. Families will meet at the park’s Visitors Center for this free, all-ages event. (All kids under 18 should be accompanied by an adult/guardian.) Register here, so the organizers will know how many people to expect. Tools and gloves will be provided. Please bring your own water and wear sturdy shoes and clothes you can get dirty (pants and long sleeves).

Saturday, Aug. 27: Library Fun Fest at Monroeville Public Library, noon to 4 p.m.

Check out the 4th annual Library Fun Fest, where families can enjoy a petting zoo, drum circles, balloon artists, a magician, inflatable rides, food, games, a cupcake decorating contest and music, along with community and exhibitor booths. Special guests (visiting 1 p.m. – 3 p.m) include football players Calijah Kancey (AP Third Team All American) and Nick Patti (College Bowl Game Starting Quarterback). This free event will happen rain or shine.


Sunday, Aug. 28: Summer Sounds w/Weather Permitting Concert Series at Hazelwood Green Plaza, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Catch the final show of the Summer Sounds series when Cheick Hamala Diabate performs at Hazelwood Green Plaza. Along with music, families will find free activities and crafting, artisanal vendors, and a selection of food trucks and handcrafted beverage vendors including Mr. Bulgogi, Pure Grub 412, Millie’s Ice Cream, Barmy Soda Company and Empath Mocktails. The Plaza opens at 5:00 p.m. and the concerts will run until approximately 8:00 p.m. Free street and lot parking is available. Details here.


Sunday, Aug. 28: The Tamburitzans at Hartwood Acres, 7 p.m.

To cap off your weekend, check out the Tamburitzans performing 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.