Top 10 family events this weekend, including Juneteeth celebrations and a behind-the-scenes city tour

Photo above courtesy of WPA Juneteenth.

This weekend is shaping up to be another gorgeous one in Pittsburgh. From Juneteenth celebrations to sensory-friendly events and a chance to win a free year of play at Dave and Buster’s, we’ve got a list of the best family-friendly events to make the most of this Father’s Day weekend.

Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16: Pittsburgh Juneteenth Celebration

This three-day event celebrates the day that slaves in Texas were finally informed that slavery had been abolished after the Civil War. This event is hosted by Western Pennsylvania Juneteenth Celebration and will take place in Market Square and on nearby streets. There will be music, food and a chance to learn about history and celebrate freedom. Find out more here.

Courtessy of Western Pa Juneteenth.

Friday, June 14: East End Community Celebrates Juneteenth, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Multiple community organizations are co-hosting this free event at the Homewood-Brushton YMCA. There will be free food, a DJ, games and entertainment, and a group fitness class. Find all the details here, no registration is required.

Friday, June 14: The Mother of All Baby Showers, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This adults-only event is designed to celebrate new and expectant parents (babies in carriers are allowed). Admission is $20, and guests will receive info on baby products and services, education sessions, spa treatments, tasty treats and a chance to win prizes totaling $20,000. Find more info here.

Courtesy of MOABS.

Friday, June 14: Just Desserts Kids’ Night Out at Flour Power, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

This class is all about desserts! They’ve got two yummy treats for this class: Hot Fudge Pie and Raspberry Pink Velvet Cake with Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting. The kids will also make pizza, grilled cheese and chips for dinner. This event is for kids in grades K through 5 and the cost is $55. Register here.

Friday, June 14: Sensory-Friendly Camp, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Head to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for a sensory-supportive evening camp-out, no sleeping bag or tent required! Read seasonal stories around the faux campfire and explore nighttime nature with some live animal ambassadors. Museum galleries will reopen for this event after the museum has closed to the general public and will have reduced audio/visual elements, and calming spaces with support materials. The cost is $16. Register here.

Courtesy of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Saturday, June 15: Yoga in the Park, 10 a.m.

Every Saturday, all summer long, the Counseling and Wellness Center of Pittsburgh hosts free yoga in Allegheny Commons Park. Work out as a family and grab an ice ball from Gus and Yiayia’s afterwards. Find more details and the summer lineup of teachers here.

Saturday, June 15: Inside Out at the Carnegie Museum, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This weekend kicks off Inside Out, a series of outdoor parties at the CMOA that run all summer long. This weekend enjoy a performance by PearlArts Movement & Sound, family-friendly activities, dance parties, food trucks, and more. Find the whole summer lineup here.

Photo by Bryan Conley, courtesy of the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Saturday, June 15: Doors Open Pittsburgh Histories and Mysteries Tour, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Have you always wanted the chance to be nebby behind the scenes of some of Pittsburgh’s most iconic buildings? Doors Open Pittsburgh’s goal is to make that happen. This month, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., guests will hop aboard the Gateway Clipper while they learn about some of the most peculiar and haunting tales along the Allegheny River. These events are open to all ages, but may be more interesting to kids in upper elementary school and beyond. Tickets begin at $15 and more details can be found here.

Courtesy of Doors Open Pittsburgh.

Sunday, June 16: Pittsburgh Flag Football Tournament

Are you the best in the ‘Burgh? Assemble your squad and bring your A-game to the Pittsburgh Flag Football Tournament presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. This 5v5 flag football tournament has a division for all ages. How do you get a shot at being crowned the best team in the city? Read all the details here.

Sunday, June 16: The Dad Games at Dave and Buster’s, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 

At both local Dave and Buster’s locations in the Pittsburgh area, dads and their families can compete in an epic arcade showdown. The winners get a free year of play! Tickets are $34.29 each and include a buffet meal, plus $20 of game play. Find more info here.

Don’t miss our guide to the whole month of June, and our updated summer guide to outdoor swimming pools and guide to plash pads and spray parks