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Free Summer Fun in Pittsburgh

Free Summer Fun in PittsburghLooking for something fun to do with the kids this summer without breaking the bank? Look no more! Pittsburgh is loaded with fun events and activities that will cost you absolutely nothing. Pack a picnic lunch, pack up the kids, and get ready have the best summer ever without even opening your wallet. 

Sit Back

This summer, Dollar Bank is presenting the people of Pittsburgh with an amazing way to spend some time with the family. Sponsored by NewsRadio 1020 KDKA, Cinema in the Park is a relaxing way to end a hot summer day. Grab a blanket and some snacks and head out to your neighborhood park to watch some of the best family films out there including Inside Out, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, and The Peanuts Movie. 

Snuggle Up

When it's time to come in from playing in the summer heat, there's nothing better than sipping a cool drink and enjoying some good reading. This summer, put all those hours spent reading toward some cool prizes and raffle tickets by signing up for a summer reading program at one of the participating Pittsburgh libraries. These libraries include Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Northland Public Library.

Cool Down

When indoor play becomes a bore and it's too hot to play in the yard, it's time to hit one of the many local spray parks. These parks, operated by Citiparks, offer hours of water-play fun for children of all ages. These are the perfect way to escape the summer heat, and with a picnic, can easily fill an entire afternoon with excitement.

Stretch Out

Get your stretch on this summer in Market Square with free yoga instruction. Brought to you by FittPGH and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Yoga in the Square offers residents of Pittsburgh a free, hour-long yoga class each Sunday morning at 10 a.m. through September 4, 2016.

Instructors change weekly and include some of the state's best. This class is the perfect way to introduce your older children to the joy of yoga and participate in a physical activity together. Be sure to bring your own mats and your good spirits, and you will most certainly have a great time.

Listen In

Take advantage of the many free concerts and music festivals in the Pittsburgh area this summer. Everyone loves music, and the city of Pittsburgh gives you plenty of opportunities to enjoy the gift of good music without paying a dime.

Free concerts include First Fridays at the Frick, Thursdays in the Square, featuring noon concerts by local artists on Thursdays in Market Square, and Allegheny County Summer Concert Series. Free music festivals include EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta and the Stephen Foster Music and Heritage Festival.

Look Around

Pittsburgh offers a variety of family-friendly festivals during the summer. Festivals are a great way to get out of the house and have a great time in the summer sunshine. Here are a couple you may want to consider attending during the upcoming summer months:

  • Picklesburgh (a festival celebrating all things pickled) will take place July 15th and 16th in the downtown area.
  • Three Rivers Storytelling Festival will take place August 5th–7th at Northland Public Library, and will be a treat for anyone who enjoys stories.

This is just a small selection of the free summer fun for kids and adults in and around the Pittsburgh area. Be sure to get out with your kids and try some of these things this summer. You are sure to make some amazing memories that will last a lifetime, and your fun and free adventures will be worth more than you know.

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Topics: Local, Parenting, General, Summer