Top 10 things to do this weekend, including free outdoor concerts and movie nights!

Photo above courtesy of Big Butler Fair.

This final weekend in June is packed with fun in Pittsburgh and the surrounding counties. From Pride Night at the Pittsburgh Zoo to a family-friendly (and free!) history tour of Butler County, there’s no shortage of activities to close out the first month of summer. Don’t miss our big summer guide, too. It has even more free and low-cost family activities.

Your weekend planning starts here:

Friday, June 28 through July 6: The Big Butler Fair

This giant fair is always over the 4th of July, but it kicks off this weekend. Kids will love seeing the animals at the petting zoo, as well as the competing livestock. Events include the chainsaw carver, Aim High Canines dog show, a blacksmith show and the School Bus Demolition Derby. There’s lots more, too: fireworks, country music concerts and delicious carnival food. Big Butler Fair admission is $9 for bigger kids and grownups, free for ages 6 and younger. Ride-all-day carnival wristbands are $30.

Friday, June 28: Camp SNHL! A FUNdraiser for the Shaler-North Hills Library, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

This event will feature fun camping activities inside the Shaler-North Hills Library. Make a snack, hear ghost stories, fish in the stream, and then try your hand at adventure BINGO and a scavenger hunt. No bug spray needed for this indoor excursion, which is great for all ages. The cost is $5.00 per person and $2.50 for campers under 10. Please register here.

Friday, June 28: Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park features “Wonka” at Arsenal Park, 8 p.m.

There’s a whole summer of outdoor movies (for free!) at city and county parks. (Check out our guide to all the free summer movies right here.) This weekend, check out “Wonka” at Arsenal Park. Grab your picnic blanket and some snacks and kick back in the grass for some free family fun.

Friday, June 28: Family Pride Night at the Pittsburgh Zoo, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Come to the zoo after hours for this special welcoming event for the LGBTQIA+ community. Family Pride Night will have tons of family fun, including crafts, music, and vendors. Admission is $25.

Courtesy of Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium.

Saturday, June 29: Butler County Annual History Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Butler County has some incredible history, and this day is all about highlighting it. From the invention of the Jeep to historic Harmony, there are a ton of great local spots for education on this tour, which includes nine stops. Visitors who get their passport stamped at three or more stops will get a special prize. This event is free. Find all of the details here.

Butler AACA Members Vic Panza and Dan Sum show off a Bantam Army Jeep.

Saturday, June 29: Kuntz4Kids Youth Football Camp, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Steelers long snapper Christian Kuntz is ready to host his second annual youth football camp at Chartiers Valley High School. Kids will learn skills and drills to improve their game. No experience is necessary, so this event is also great for kids who are curious about playing football. The cost is $40 which includes a t-shirt, Nike drawstring bag, water bottle and sweat towel. Expect some special guests, too! Register here.

Saturday, June 29: International Mud Day at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, 10 a.m to 2 p.m. 

Families all over the world celebrate this day by getting really muddy while observing nature. Dress for mess and bring a towel and change of clothes. Accompanying adults may watch from a distance or participate in the muddy madness. Admission is $15, $13 for seniors, $9 for ages 3-13. Details here.

Saturday, June 29: Beaver County Boom, 3 p.m. to dark

This event gets bigger every year! Headlined by musical artist Chris Lane, this festival features food, music, games  and more. At the end of the evening, enjoy fireworks over the river. This event, including the concerts, is free to attend; concessions and some activities are an additional cost. Find the schedule and more details here.

Photo by Anna Louise.

Sunday, June 30: Bach, Beethoven and Brunch at Mellon Park, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Enjoy relaxing music with BYOB (bring your own brunch) every Sunday morning at Mellon Park. This weekend music will be provided by the Chamber Orchestra of Pittsburgh. These free concerts are a great way to introduce kids to classical music in a low-stakes setting. Find the complete schedule here.

Photo courtesy of CitiParks.

Sunday, June 30: Park After Dark – Fascinating Fireflies, 8:30 p.m.

Allegheny County Park Rangers host all-ages outings to learn about Pennsylvania’s official state insect: the firefly. There are sessions this weekend at Hartwood Acres and Harrison Hills Park. Fascinating Fireflies sessions are free, but registration is required.

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