The Summer of #Free in #Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh is such an awesome city to live in.  This summer is no exception.  Here’s a bunch of free events you can attend.  They’ll help you enjoy the summer without busting the bank.

Movies in the Park

Grab a blanket and watch a movie outside!  To find one in your area, do a search for “movies in the park (your township or borough).”  If you’re in the city, there’s a showing pretty much every night of the week.  You can check that out here.

Free Swimming Camp

Seriously.  Free.  For ages 6-15.  Session 1 is already almost over, but session 2 is from July 7-18.  Make sure to call to reserve your spot.  You can find more information on the Citiparks Aquatics page.

Concerts in the Park

Every Tuesday through July 22, you can catch a free concert at Pavilion 1 at Hopewell Park.  The rain location is Hopewell Memorial Jr. High.  Get more details like who’s playing here.  Cranberry Township also has them on Thursday nights and Fridays at lunchtime at the Rotary Amphitheater.

Spray Parks

City spray parks are open from 9am-8pm everyday.  There’s also one at Deer Lakes Park and Round Hill Park that are both open from 10am-8pm if you’re out that way.

Outdoor Discovery Series

Check out Butler County’s Facebook page for weekly insights as to specific events.  But you can catch them every Thursday from noon to 6:30 now through August 14 at Alameda park.

Fish for Free!

If fishing’s your thing, but you don’t have a license, you can do it anyways all day on July 4 on any of Pennsylvania’s waterways.  Get more info here.

Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch

A very cool classical music concert series that happens every Sunday in Point Breeze.  The music is free, but I’m unclear on the food part.  You are allowed to bring your own food in, though.  You can get more info here.


Head to South Park’s Wave Pool at 9 pm on July 11 for a night of checking out the cosmos!  More information here.  I’d recommend calling first to confirm.

Old Time Fiddler’s Jamboree

Good family event regardless of how old your kids are.  This year it’s taking place from 2-5pm on Sunday, July 20th at the Fayette County Fairgrounds.  Call (724) 439-2465 for more info.


How do you have fun in the summer?  Does it turn into a spendy time of year or are you surprised at how far your money can stretch?


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7 thoughts on “The Summer of #Free in #Pittsburgh

  1. donebyforty

    Those free concerts sound like great date nights (one with Italian food at 5 pm!). I wonder if the meatballs are free too…

    Your post has made my miss my old city. I want to visit!

  2. femmefrugality

    If I’ve learned anything about the Burgh, it’s that it always beckons for its lost natives. That’s how I ended up back here! Hope to see you ahrahnd and abaht sometime soon!

  3. anna

    My friend is there this week and her pics look beautiful, especially the skyline shot!! I hope you have a great summer, FF!

    1. femmefrugality

      I hope she is havinga great time! Has she been to Mt Washington or the West End Overlook? Some of the best city views in the world from those locations, no joke.

    1. femmefrugality

      Yay for stock photos and pic monkey once again! Lol. It’s a tertiary city which takes it off most people’s to-see lists. But it really shouldn’t. It’s beautiful, has a ton of importance in history, and an amazing amount of cultural experiences for a city of its size.

  4. Mel

    Those are some great things to do! I wish we’d had a free summer swim session where I grew up.

    Also, Old Time Fiddler’s Jamboree sounds fun to me without any kids at all!


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