Explore Art and Literacy in Pittsburgh for Free

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There’s two major free events I’m really excited about coming up over the next couple of weeks.  The first is the annual Three Rivers Arts Festival!  While the event’s free, we’re always tempted to buy something from one of the hundreds of artists that display and sell their works. And a few times we have.  Aside from buying art, there’s also live performances.  Last year we had a good time watching some country-type tap dancing.  But there’s also huge concerts that go on during the week and a half that the festival takes place, too.  PLUS there’s hands on stuff for kids and adults; you just have to check out the activities and see what will be available the day you’re going.  You can do all of that on their page where you can get more information.  This year it runs June 7-16 at the Point as usual.  Maybe they’ll even have the fountain finally turned on….

The SECOND event I’m super psyched about is Carnegie Library’s 13th Annual Summer Reading Extravaganza!  It’s hosted in order to get people to sign up for the summer reading program (which is free, and can win you fun prizes if you participate,) but there’s going to be a slew of activities.  Really perfect for if you have someone from out of town visiting, but also amazing if you just love your city.  Activities include decorating your own Eat’n’Park cookie, doing some fun thing that the Pittsburgh Pirates will be running, checking out the Kennywood Trolley and meeting Kenny Kangaroo, a bunch of local music, and other activities hosted by places such as the zoo, WQED, River Quest and a bunch of others.  See what I mean?  Pittsburgh activity love.  There’s other fun stuff, too, like planting seeds and learning origami.  You can find the whole list of events here.  It runs from noon to 5 PM on June 9 on the lawn at Carnegie Library Main in Oakland.

I’m totally joining the summer reading program.  We do it every year.  This year I plan on tearing through the rest of The Game of Thrones series, and possibly chowing down a little more Jefferson.  How about you?

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