10 fun things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend (free movies, a plethora of pickles, and more)

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Cinema in the Park photo courtesy of the City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events.

It’s a great weekend for fun things to do in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy has released its summer programming guide, which features everything from free outdoor yoga to free movies in the parks this weekend.

And the city’s beloved and award-winning local food festival, Picklesburgh, is back this weekend, Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17 on the Rachel Carson Bridge (also known as 9th Street) and the 10th Street bypass. Get all the Picklesburgh details here.

And here are plenty of other fun things to do this weekend:

Friday, July 15: Brett Dennen with special guest The Pete Kilpatrick Band at the South Park Amphitheater Summer Concert Series, 7 p.m.

Families will gather Friday night to hear Brett Dennen and special guest Pete Kilpatrick in South Park, as the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series continues (see the full summer lineup here). The show starts at 7 p.m., but families usually arrive early to enjoy a full evening. Bring a blanket and picnic basket or grab some dinner from the on-site food trucks.

Friday July 15 (Arsenal Park), Saturday July 16 (Grandview Park, Riverview Park) and Sunday July 17 (Schenley Plaza): Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park, from dusk

The City of Pittsburgh is hosting this free movie night, taking place in several parks this weekend: you can see the movie Lucas» playing Arsenal Park on Friday evening and Grandview Park (Bailey Avenue, Mt. Washington) on Saturday evening. Always Saturday evening,Spider-Man: No Coming Homewill play at Riverview Park (Observatory Hill). And on Sunday, catch “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” at Schenley Plaza (Forbes Avenue, Oakland). Take a blanket, a lawn chair and some snacks to enjoy a nice evening of free movies under the stars. Click here for details on upcoming films in this series.

Friday July 15 to Sunday July 17: Pittsburgh Black Music Festival, Downtown (various times)

Pittsburgh has a long history as the birthplace of brilliant jazz artists and a place where jazz music flourished. Celebrate black music, learn about local vendors, and honor this important part of Pittsburgh’s musical history at this free party, which begins Thursday and runs throughout the weekend at Point State Park and Market Square. Obtain more details here.

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Saturday July 16 and Sunday July 17: H2Oh! River Weekend at the Carnegie Science Center, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

This weekend, families can explore the science behind Pittsburgh’s iconic rivers. During H2Oh! River Weekend, learn about green infrastructure with a tour of the Rain Garden, check the water quality of the Ohio River, and experiment with scientific equipment. Saturday is National Snake Day, so you can also (safely) encounter snakes with the Science Center Animal and Habitat Educator. Guests will include Allegheny College Creek Connections and the Commonwealth Charter Academy Mobile Aquaponics Lab, as well as AquaJack. Visitors can also go fishing on the Ohio River with Venture Outdoors. All River Weekend activities are included with general admission to the Science Center.

Sunday, July 17: Family Day at Allegheny Commons Park, 1 to 3 p.m.

The third Sunday of every month from June through October is Family Day at Allegheny Commons Park. You’ll find free activities for kids (and kids at heart), including fun with balloon artists, craft activities, and special guests and performers. No registration is required for these free events.

Sunday, July 17: Allegheny County Summer Concert Series at Hartwood Acres, show starts at 7 p.m.

This weekend you can “Relive the Memories, Share the Spirit and Celebrate the Songs of the Woodstock Generation” at Hartwood Acres with Glen Burtnik’s summer of love concert. The show starts at 7 p.m., but families start arriving hours earlier. Bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic basket full of supper, or grab some food from the on-site food trucks.

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