Summer 2019 Parks Events

May 30, 2019 by Pittsburgh Parks



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Farmers Market
Fridays, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Find the freshest local produce and baked goods at this weekly market in Allegheny Commons, presented by the City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events. The market will run every Friday from May 17 to November 22, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please contact the Office of Special Events at 412-255-2493 with questions.


Keep Moving! Tai Chi
Sundays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Tai Chi improves balance, muscle strength, and flexibility. Join us for weekly Tai Chi sessions at the Frick Environmental Center. Tai Chi at the FEC is made possible with the generous support of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

Weeding Wednesdays
Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Volunteer at Frick Park! Weeding Wednesday volunteers help to care for our park gardens by pulling weeds, as well as cutting dead leaves and flowers. Gloves and tools are provided.

First Friday Nature Walk
First Friday of the Month, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Join a Naturalist at the FEC on the first Friday of every month for a relaxed hike through the woods. First Friday hikes are designed for those ages 50+.

Frick Park After Dark
Second Friday of the Month, 5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Join us at the FEC every second Friday of the month, May through October, for a 21+ event full of educational workshops, local food trucks, drinks, and live music! All-inclusive (two drinks, food truck voucher, workshop, and live music) tickets are $25. $18 tickets are available for workshop and music only. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Third Friday Fitness Hike
Third Friday of the Month, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Walking in nature is linked to lowered blood pressure, elevated moods, and reduced cases of heart disease. Hikes occur every third Friday of the month and are intended for those ages 50+.

Summer Hammock Hangout
Sunday, June 23 10:00 a.m.
The Summer Hammock Hangout is all about finding ways to relax and have fun. REI will be on site to help attendees learn to set up a hammock safely, both for you and for trees. XPogo will be bouncing around, as well, and Steel City Slackers will be here to help you find your balance.

Sunday, June 23 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join us at the 5th Annual Allegheny SolarFest, a 100% solar-powered event that celebrates the power of the sun. This event will include a variety of activities, as well as food truck options from local vendors, Millie's Homemade Ice Cream, Pittsburgh Halal, and Pittsburgh Taco.

Jr. Garden Buds Story Hike: Plants Can’t Sit Still
Saturday, July 13 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Plants have different ways of moving, even when they are rooted in the ground. Join us for story time in the garden as we read Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca E. Hirsch. Afterward, explore the garden and the surrounding area to find out which ways the plants in Frick Park are movin’ and groovin’.

Nature Play Date: Mud Kitchen
Sunday, July 28 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Join a Naturalist Educator in the Nature Play area for a playful afternoon in the park. We will be getting dirty with mud! Our mud kitchen will be open for creating all kinds of imaginative concoctions.

Nature Play Date: Pop-up Play
Sunday, August 25 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Join a Naturalist Educator in the Nature Play area for a playful afternoon in the park. Our friends from the Pittsburgh Play Collab will join us for a pop-up play event!

Full Moon Hike and Star Party
Saturday, September 14 8:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Hike through Frick Park by the light of the moon and experience the park like you never have before!

Nature Play Date: Seed Balls
Sunday, September 29 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Join a Naturalist Educator in the Nature Play area for a playful afternoon in the park. This month, we’ll be creating seed balls to throw into the meadow. This will help new meadow plants grow next Spring!


Keep Moving! Tai Chi
Sundays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Tai Chi improves balance, muscle strength, and flexibility. Come out to Schenley Plaza to stay active and healthy with free classes every Sunday morning.

Cinema in the Plaza
Sundays, June 2 through October 25, sundown

Grab a blanket and your favorite snacks then head to the Plaza for free movie-screenings.

Mondays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Saturdays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Stretch and relax with weekly yoga in the Plaza.

Dancing in the Plaza
Wednesdays through September 25, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

No partner nor experience necessary! Join us under the tent in the Plaza for weekly dance lessons in line, waltz, swing, and more!

19th Annual Summer Reading Extravaganza with Carnegie Library
Sunday, June 9, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Join us for music, crafts, storytelling, food trucks, and more! Don’t forget to tag #PGHREADS to let us know what you’re reading this summer!

Kids' Day, Presented by Macy's
June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Visit us on select Sundays throughout the season for free activities for children (and children at heart!) under the tent. Activities include: face painting, a balloon artist, lawn games, special guests and performers, and free rides on the PNC Carousel.

Live Lunchtime Music in the Plaza
June 11, July 9, August 13, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Calliope is pleased to once again present music under the tent in Schenley Plaza this summer! A great way to spend your lunch in Oakland, we’ll be presenting local artists on select Tuesdays throughout the season.

Pittsburgh Mah Jongg
Thursdays beginning June 13, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Mah Jong (Mah Jongg, Mahjong, Mahjongg, Mah-jongg) originated in China late in the 19th century, and migrated to the United States early in the 20th century.  Many different groups created sets of rules for Mah Jong.  In 1937, in an attempt to bring some order to the variations on the game, a group of players founded the National Mah Jong League.  The NMJL remains the canonical source for Mah Jong rules. The game is a bit challenging for beginners, so we'll spend the first few weeks getting to know the rules and routines of the game.

Storytime in Schenley Plaza with Carnegie Library
Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Combine reading and summer fun by joining us for a morning of books and play. After listening to stories, children will be invited to ride the PNC Carousel for free! In the event of inclement weather, this program will be cancelled.

WYEP Summer Music Festival
Join us for a day of music and festivities at the 2019 WYEP Summer Music Festival. The lineup includes Pierce Dipner, Elias Khouri, Nevada Color, Clara Kent, Cautious Clay, and DeVotchKa. WYEP's Summer Music Festival is presented by UPMC Health Plan and is also sponsored by Dollar Bank, Green Mountain Energy, and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.


Big things are coming to Mellon Square this Summer! Citizens Bank and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy have partnered to bring you Summer at the Square, a new series that features fitness classes, live music, and entertainment—all free, all Summer, in the heart of downtown.

Summer at the Square Series Kickoff
Wednesday, June 5 12:00 p.m.

Join us at noon on Wednesday, June 5 in Mellon Square. After a brief opening ceremony, enjoy some larger-than-life games, a live performance by local band, Scott & Rosanna, and sweet treats from Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream (free to the first 100 guests)!

Farmers Market
Fridays through October 25, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Stop at the Square for a relaxing lunch break with fresh finds from local markets.

Wednesdays through September 25, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Make time in your week to find some peace with an hour of yoga in Mellon Square. Enjoy yoga with a view!

Screen Printing with Carnegie Library 
Tuesday, June 4, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 2, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Live Music at Mellon

Thursdays through September 26, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Please note there will not be a live music event on Thursday, July 4 due to the holiday
Work downtown? Take your lunch—and your coworkers!—to the Square for some live music and fresh air.

Carnegie Library Summer Reading Kickoff
Friday, June 14, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Frick Environmental Center, Mellon Square, Frick Park, Schenley Plaza, Allegheny Commons Park, Summer, 2019