3 Free Summer Festivals in Pittsburgh for Families

Pittsburgh is a wonderful city for families, full of activities and culture for people of all ages. One of the perks of living in this city is the abundance of free entertainment. At a time when budgets are tight and more and more families are enjoying “staycations,” Pittsburgh is the place to be. Enjoy free summer festivals in Pittsburgh that include everything from theatre performances and concerts to boat shows and fireworks. Each festival also hosts free kids’ areas with entertainment and hands-on activities, making these free family festivals in Pittsburgh some of the best in the country.

Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival

May 11-15, 2011

The Pittsburgh International Children’s Festival is in its 25th year, bringing professional performing arts to the children and families of Pittsburgh for free. For five days, families can enjoy musical theatre, concerts, storytimes, comedy, magic, dance performances, hands-on activities and free rides on the Schenley Plaza Carousel. A handful of performances require paid tickets ($8 and under), but the majority of the entertainment is completely free. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a few days full of free family entertainment in Pittsburgh.

Three Rivers Arts Festival

June 3-12, 2011

Enjoy live entertainment for ten days at Point State Park, Hertz Gateway Center and the Cultural District in downtown Pittsburgh at the Three Rivers Art Festival. At this free festival in Pittsburgh, families can enjoy live music, presentations of the visual arts and even a kids’ Creativity Zone. Children can get in on the fun by watching special demonstrations and helping to create art. And everyone can listen to gospel, blue grass, rock and folk music for free every night; bring a lawn chair or a blanket, or just dance the night away in the grass. Enjoy this free festival that Pittsburgh residents have been enjoying for over fifty years.

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta

July 2-4, 2011

Enjoy free land, air and water entertainment for three days on the banks of the Allegheny River, lawns of Point State Park and the river walk of the North Shore. Families can watch the North American Powerboat Championships, the building of huge sand castle sculptures, fireworks and pyrotechnics shows, dragon boats, bike stunt shows, music and kids’ activities. Everything is free, and it’s a lot of fun. Pack a lunch and come downtown to play. It’s a long day for families with young kids, but it’s worth it to see the parades of boats through to the fireworks. Just bring plenty of water and sunscreen and enjoy lots of fun outdoors, all for free.