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Free Movies in the Park
Free movies, under the stars. BYO Blanket. Starting time is dusk. Available at Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville (Fridays) and Schenley Park in Oakland (Sundays/Wednesdays). For a full schedule, go to www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/parks/ and click on “Cinema in the Parks Program.”
May – November
Feature local farmers/vendors with produce, flowers, and baked goods
- Monday: East Liberty – Penn Circle West
- Tuesday: South Side – 18th St. and Carson St.
- Wednesday: Carrick – Brownsville Rd. and Parkfield St. (not close to hospital)
- Thursday: Bloomfield – Immaculate Conception, Cedarville St. and Friendship Ave.
- Friday: Oakland – Sennot St. between Meyran St. and Atwood St.
Three Rivers Arts Festival (Free)
When: Usually the first week of June
Where: Point State Park (where the 3 rivers meet in the center of the city!), downtown
What: Lots and lots of rotating artists, tons of festival food, and many musicians!
Shadyside Arts Festival (Free)
When: August annually
Where: Walnut Street in Shadyside
What: The street closes down and art vendors of all sorts show up.
Big Butler Fair (Tickets $6 before 4 p.m., $8 after; rides, concerts extra – but still cheap)
When: July 1 – July 9, 2011
Where: Big Butler Fairgrounds, located about an hour north of the city
What: An honest to goodness county fair with truck pulls, rodeo, pig races, a carnival, a demolition derby, and country music concerts for those non-city folk.
Pittsburgh Blues Festival (Tickets $18 advance/$20 gate; Friday free w/ food bank donation)
When: July 22–24, 2011
Where: Hartwood Acres (also have other free concerts at other times)
What: A great few days of blues artists.
For a more complete list of festivals throughout the year, you can visit www.carnegielibrary.org/subject/pgh/festivals.html.
Amusements and Adventures
Pittsburgh’s own amusement park, which is actually a national and state historical landmark. There are plenty of rides (a few sleek coasters and a few wooden coasters), great food, and great atmosphere. There’s also a Kiddie Land for the young ones. It’s located in West Mifflin, Pa. – just a 15–20 minute jaunt from Shadyside. Discounted tickets are available with an Advantage Card from the Giant Eagle supermarkets. There is also a nicely discounted rate for evening admission.
A water park with lots of slides, a wave pool, and regular swimming pools. It’s located in Homestead by the Waterfront shopping complex. Direct questions to Bill Anderson, MP-4. He loves that place!
Kayaking is possible in Pittsburgh. We do have three rivers.
The Pittsburgh Zoo is located in Highland Park, a 15 minute drive from Oakland. 77 acres with 475 species! Open every day of the year except Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Years Day. Hours – generally 9–5, but check the website. Check out the polar bear exhibit.
A few more highlights…
Monongahela/Duquesne Inclines – take the easy way up the hill from Station Square to the breathtaking views from Mount Washington of downtown Pittsburgh. A must do historic landmark!
Pittsburgh Gallery Crawl – Downtown Cultural District four times a year, the galleries of the cultural district stay open into the evening and welcome in free visitors. All events take place at a variety of galleries and spaces and are free and open to the public. The event is ongoing between 5:30 and 9 p.m., and patrons may start at any location.
Phipps Conservatory – Schenley Park, Oakland. A fantastic Botanical Garden with wonderful seasonal exhibits. Awaken your senses and get lost in the gorgeous pathways (indoors and open year round.) Handy convenient activity for parents’ visits!
Some of greatest city parks are the corners of our neighborhoods! All are great places for walking, running, pets, and kids. Some parks have pools, playgrounds, and other points of interest. Visit Pittsburgh Parks for a complete listing of city parks and very nice trail maps.
- Schenley (Oakland)
- Frick (Squirrel Hill/Regent Square/Point Breeze)
- Highland Park (Highland Park)
- North Park (North Hills)
- South Park (South Hills)
Ice Skating @ PPG Plaza, Downtown
A beautiful, small outdoor rink, set in between the glass sky scrapers of PPG. Holiday trees and music for most of the winter season.
You can have your skis on in 20 minutes for a quick morning get away or 2 hours to a 17 slope resort.
Monroeville (20 min drive) – snowboarding, also!
Seven Springs and Hidden Valley
Two resorts in Champion, Pa. – about 2 hours away. Lots of summer activities in the off-season, too!
August 19, 2013
August 19, 2013