pittsburgh weekend events

Check out these Pittsburgh weekend events, from a maple syrup festival to Earth Day celebrations and free CLP fun

Photo above courtesy of Kennywood.

Pittsburgh weather is being temperamental as usual (bathing suits in the sprinkler and snow flurries, back-to-back!), but thankfully you’ll find a great mix of indoor and outdoor adventures to be had this weekend around the Steel City. The roster of Pittsburgh weekend events includes plenty of fun for Earth Day, plus other great activities — and Kennywood’s open! (As is the PNC Carousel in Schenley Plaza.) 

Saturday, April 22: Kennywood Park Opening Day

Kennywood’s open for their 125th season! There are plenty of new surprises, including the Spinvasion coaster. Prepare for a season of thrills, excitement, and Potato Patch Fries at Kennywood Park this summer. You’ll even find a Primanti’s booth. For season pass holders, there is also a Friday night event to obtain your passes and skip the wait on Saturday morning. 

Photo courtesy of Kennywood.

Saturday, April 22: Safe Sitter Babysitter Course, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Butler County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a training course for teens and tweens ages 11-16 who are interested in babysitting. The cost is $49 for this course teaching students about safety, CPR, and other skills needed to be a babysitter. Note: this class does not certify students in CPR officially, but will teach needed skills. Registration is required. 

Saturday, April 22: Wild Earth Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate the Earth with activities and conservation tips and see the animals and plants who share our planet. There will be stations throughout the zoo and events happening all day long. This event is free with admission.

Saturday, April 23: Walk with a Naturalist: Spring Wildflower Walk, 10 a.m. 

Join Venture Outdoors on the Trillium Trail in  Fox Chapel. This easy-paced 2- to 3-mile hike should offer views of trillium and other wildflowers in full bloom. Your guide will offer tips to find and identify wildflowers. Registration is $15.

Saturday, April 22: Wildlife Baby Shower at Humane Animal Rescue, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

What do babies need when they are born in the wild? Seeds, nuts, and all sorts of things to help them thrive! Come out to HARP East for the Wildlife Baby Shower, where kids can learn about how to care for the baby animals that are brought into the center in droves each spring. There will be crafts, activities, and chances to meet some animals. The event is free but you’re invited to bring a “baby gift” for the animals. Find their baby registry here

Saturday, April 22: Community Science Workshop Science Bus at CLP Woods Run, 2 p.m. 

Kids and their families are welcome to climb aboard the science bus and check out all sorts of interesting things, from live animals and carnivorous plants to artifacts and even bones!  More information can be found on the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s website.

Saturday, April 22: SkyWatch at the Carnegie Science Center, 9 p.m.

This family-friendly event at the Science Center will feature a special planetarium presentation as well as a chance to check out the night sky from the observatory — weather permitting. Find out more about SkyWatch here. The cost is $12 per person. 

SkyWatch image courtesy of Carnegie Science Center.

Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23: H2Oh! River Weekend at the Carnegie Science Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

This Earth Day, learn more about the rivers and how we can protect them at the Science Center. Chat with river scientists, learn about how river water becomes drinking water, and fish with Venture Outdoors until 2 p.m. This event is included with museum admission. 

Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23: Beaver County Maple Syrup and Music Festival, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Come on out to the lodge at Brady’s Run Park for the 43rd annual festival celebrating music and sweet treats. From maple candy to pure syrup and other sweet treats, kids can get sugared up and run their energy off in a park packed with activities. For more information, check out PUSH Beaver County’s website.

Sunday, April 23: Arts Workshop with Cue Perry at CLP Squirrel Hill, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

This free event for elementary-aged kids helps them explore different art supplies, color theory, and learn new techniques with local artist Cue Perry. Find more details about the Arts Workshop here

Sunday, April 23: Alumni Theater Company New Season Auditions, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Alumni Theater Company is looking ahead to its 2023-24 season and inviting students who will be entering grades 6-12 next year to audition for their Teen and Young Artist Ensembles. Auditions will take place on Sunday at the Bill Nunn Black Box Theater, located at 6601 Hamilton Avenue. Auditioners are expected to stay for the full three hours and should prepare a song from any genre that is up to two minutes long. Auditioners will also be given a scene to work on at the audition and will also work with ATC employees on writing, singing, acting and dancing. Get all the details here

Looking for more Pittsburgh weekend events and fun things to do with your family? We have a big spring guide to activities if you missed it, as well as a calendar of daily events that is constantly updated. And sign up for the Kidsburgh newsletter here, so you don’t miss a thing!