Summer still has a lot in store for you to do this weekend in Pittsburgh.
Friday, August 16: Celebrate Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh International Airport
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
On the final day of this free festival showcasing all things Burgh, you can watch a powerhouse performance by Airborne, meet Penguins mascot Iceburgh, sample locally-made snacks and more — all while keeping your feet firmly planted on the ground.
Friday, August 16: Little Italy Days in Bloomfield
Friday’s edition of the city’s largest heritage festival will showcase musical theater from Megan & Jacob, oldies rock by the Magic Moments, loads of vendors and special deals at the local business lining Liberty Ave.
Friday, August 16: Frickstock at The Frick Pittsburgh
It’s been 50 years since Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, New York hosted the most famous rock concert ever. Relive the magic on the lush Frick lawn when Pittsburgh band theCAUSE performs music by Woodstock legends and food trucks keep you nourished (flower power garb highly encouraged!).
Friday, August 16: 21+ Night: Game Night at Carnegie Science Center
Ever wonder about the science behind poker, Pac-Man or Monopoly? Learn about the history and future of gaming as you compete in Mario Kart 8 tournaments and game show challenges, experiment with virtual reality and challenge your friends to rounds of roulette.
Friday, August 16: Front Porch Theatricals’ Fun Home at the New Hazlett Theater
Don’t miss this groundbreaking, five-time Tony Award-winning musical — opening tonight for an eight-show run — chronicling the remarkable story of graphic novelist Alison Bechdel in a thought-provoking production exploring identity, memory and family.
Saturday, August 17: Historic Hill Run, Walk and Ride in the Hill District
Explore local landmarks and recent revitalization projects throughout Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District — on two feet or two wheels — during this fun 5k event that’s open to all levels.
Saturday, August 17: H2Oh! River Weekend at Carnegie Science Center
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Find out why water literally is life during an entire weekend packed with aquatic fun. Create a “flinker” that neither sinks nor floats, become a citizen scientist, observe microscopic organisms and meet live fish, reptiles and amphibians that live in our local rivers.
Saturday, August 17: Summer Family Fun: Women in the Military at Soldiers & Sailors
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Meet brave women veterans at this free family event, where you can also make cards for service members, check out fascinating museum artifacts, join a scavenger hunt — and, if you’re 16 or under — receive a personalized dog tag.
Saturday, August 17: Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh BBQ
Co-hosted by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation, the city’s first-ever Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh BBQ will showcase the cultural contributions of Black artists, celebrate grantees past and present, and offer live music, performances and games.
Saturday, August 17: Little Italy Days in Bloomfield
Experience “la dolce vita” with nine hours of festive fun, including performances by former “Voice” contestant Mia Zanotti, authentic Italian opera, dancing and accordion music, youth rock bands and plenty of Old World cuisine.
Saturday, August 17: Sun Fest at Community Forge
Wilkinsburg-based Community Forge is hosting a trifecta of free events all day long, including its annual neighborhood BBQ, the Sun Fest celebration of music and art, and Official Entertainment’s Back-to-School Giveaway. Don’t miss a minute.
Saturday, August 17: Jam on Walnut in Shadyside
Rock out at this 1990s-themed block party that will benefit Humane Animal Rescue and spotlight the eclectic Walnut Street business district.
Saturday, August 17: Dr. Iguanatron’s Medicine Show at Arcade Comedy Theater
Have your maladies cured and your funny bones tickled when Dr. Iguanatron’s Medicine Show (aka comedy duo Greg Gillotti and Brian Gray) takes audiences on a fast-paced adventure through bits, games and musical numbers — all while delving into strange history, peddling tinctures and warding off evil.
Sunday, August 18: Little Italy Days in Bloomfield
Pittsburgh’s largest heritage festival wraps up Sunday with performances by Pittsburgh’s premiere teen song and dance ensemble, pizza stretching demonstrations with the Caliente crew, a 50th anniversary concert by Bob Scullion & The Mystics, and much more.
Sunday, August 18: Weather Permitting at Shadyside Nursery
Weather Permitting is the perfect way to wind down your weekend. Amidst cozy Shadyside Nursery, you can enjoy live music by the Turpentiners and Truth & Rights, libations from Dogfish and A Few Bad Apples, and games with the kiddos.
Sunday, August 18: Pittsburgh Restaurant Week
Sunday night is the perfect time to let Pittsburgh’s rock star chefs cook for you. See why our region’s food scene is attracting international attention as you savor multi-course meals and specials for just $20.19 at culinary hotspots all over the city.
Looking for more events and live music? Read our top weekly events, Top 12 things to do in Pittsburgh in August, Don’t miss these 13 great summer music festivals happening in Pittsburgh and 31 great Pittsburgh concerts in August and September.