UPDATED: Free Summer Things To Do In Pgh 2015 Edition

Time for the annual round-up of free (or low-cost) things to do in Pittsburgh this summer. This is by no means comprehensive, just a sample of things we like to do or things that we’ve heard about from friends.

Free Things To Do


NEW this summer is Art City USA which is a pop-up, city-sized public arts festival at Century III Mall running from mid-June to mid-September. Lots of free family activities as well as public art to enjoy if you stroll the mall while getting cool.

“Movies in the Park” are a much-loved tradition in these parts. Both the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have summertime movie offerings.

The City “Spark! Film” series locations and offerings can be found at this link. It is a .pdf which you’ll have to download and open. But there are some great choices and many family friendly options.

  • Arsenal Park (Lawrenceville)
  • Brookline Memorial (Brookline)
  • Schenley Park (Squirrel Hill)
  • Grandview Park (Mt. Washington)
  • Highland Park (Highland Park)
  • Riverview Park (Observatory Hill)
  • Overlook Park (West End)

Allegheny County Parks have more limited options but still some great fun if you aren’t able to get into the City proper. They also offer a chronological list of all events by park, by month which is very useful.

  • Round Hill (Elizabeth)
  • South Park (South Park)
  • Deer Lakes (Tarentum)
  • Boyce Park (Monroeville)
  • White Oak Park (White Oak)
  • North Park
  • Harrison Hills (Natrona Heights)
  • Settler’s Cabin
  • Hartwood Acres (Hampton)


Music in the Park! Another time-honored tradition in this region.

Pride Events

Festivals and Fairs 

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Visit Pittsburgh has a pretty comprehensive list of all festivals, but they also break it down to a useful listing of free festivals.





Use your search engine and your imagination to find other free things to do. Call your municipality, your local library and local houses of worship to see what they have offered. Ask the school district. Many summer events are free and don’t require residency or enrollment so if your grandkids visit for a few weeks, you might be able to keep them busy and engaged right in your neck of the woods.

What did I miss? Let us know via email and we’ll update the list.


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