9 family events in Pittsburgh this weekend: movies, concerts, Juneteenth celebrations and more
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Looking for some kid-friendly fun this weekend? There are plenty of family events in and around Pittsburgh, including a series of Juneteenth celebrations and so much outdoor fun. Check out what’s on tap:
Friday, June 17: Movie Night on the Lawn at Hazelwood Green Plaza, plaza opens at 7:00 p.m., showtime 8:00 p.m.
Hazelwood Green and Row House Cinema bring you free movie showings this summer, including “Spider-Man: No Way Home” this Friday night. Enjoy complimentary popcorn courtesy of Row House and free face painting provided by Hazelwood Local & Beanie Paints. You can bring a picnic, and you’ll also find food trucks and various vendors on site. Get details here.
Friday, June 10: Vanessa Collier concert at South Park, 7:30 p.m.
Bring the family out to South Park for this weekend’s Allegheny County Summer Concert Series free show. Bring a picnic or lineup for the food trucks, which open at 6 p.m. Want more details about the concert series? Check out our guide right here.
Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19: The Amazing Lemonade Girl, Prime Stage Theatre, various times
The Prime Stage Sprouts show “The Amazing Lemonade Girl” is a true story inspired by Alexandra Flynn Scott. When Alex was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer, she opened a lemonade stand in her front yard to raise money to help other sick kids one cup at a time. Her efforts grew into Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, which has raised more than $200 million and funded 1,000 medical research projects. The play is suggested for kids ages 5-11 and tickets are $10 for kids and $18 for grownups. (The preview performance on June 16 is pay-what-you-wish.) A sensory-inclusive show is planned for June 18.
Friday, June 17, through Sunday, June 19: Juneteenth in Downtown Pittsburgh, various times
Honoring the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S., Point State Park and Market Square will transform into the Western PA Juneteenth Homecoming Celebration. Highlights include a Grand Jubilee Juneteenth Parade, Juneteenth Minority Vendor Plaza, a voting rights forum and headlining bands. For more Juneteenth celebrations, check out these events presented by the August Wilson African American Culture Center, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Heinz History Center, Focus on Renewal and 1Hood Media, Mikael Owunna Studios and The Redd Studio.
Friday, June 17, and Sunday, June 19: Juneteenth at Allegheny RiverTrail Park, 7-10 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Head to Aspinwall for this two-day Juneteenth celebration. The waterfront festivities feature dancing with Afro Love Pittsburgh, music by Let’s Groove Tonight, a performance of “Lift Every Voice” by Karen Arrington and food vendors. Throughout June, visitors are invited to write their hopes and dreams on a quilt-based installation that amplifies collective voices and documents inspiring quotes from historic leaders.
Saturday, June 18: Inside Out at Carnegie Museum of Art, 12-5 p.m.
At the CMOA, families can enjoy pop-up performances and music by STAYCEE PEARL dance project and DJ Soy Sos, food trucks and creative experiences. Ahead of the 58th Carnegie International, artist Rafael Domenech will transform the Sculpture Court into a site-specific pavilion. View a schedule here.
Saturday, June 18: Allegheny SolarFest at Hazlewood Green, 12-6 p.m.
One of the coolest family events in Pittsburgh this weekend is happening at the home of the country’s largest single-sloped solar array and Pittsburgh’s biggest solar installation. Visitors to SolarFest can explore solar energy technologies, see demonstrations, watch solar-powered concerts, check out local vendors and tour the region’s largest electric vehicle show. Buy tickets.
Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19: Father’s Day weekend celebration, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, various times
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium honors dads with a weekend of family fun. Donuts with Dad is scheduled for the morning of June 18 with a breakfast of yummy pastries and activities in the Garden Tent before moving along to the zoo exhibits. Donuts with Dad tickets cost $25 for kids, $28 for grownups and $8 for kids younger than 2. Zoo admission is included. On June 19, dads receive free admission when accompanied by their kids. The Father’s Day Celebration promises a full day of adventure. As you make your way through the zoo, see how many animal dads your kids can spot.
Sunday, June 19: Allegheny County Summer Concert Series at Hartwood Acres, 7:30 p.m.
The county’s free summer concert series raises a glass to dads with the Father’s Day Car Cruise event featuring King Solomon Hicks and Bobby Thompson & the Groove. Bring a picnic or arrive hungry and visit the on-site food trucks.