18 things to do this week, from Make Music Day to Pogopalooza to OpenStreetsPGH
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Monday June 20: World Refugee Day at Schenley Plaza
Welcome new neighbors to the area while marking World Refugee Day and Immigrant Heritage Month. The family party features authentic cuisine, story time, music and puppetry and lawn games. Learn dance styles, hop on the carousel, and watch a presentation of “Peace by Chocolate,” which tells the story of a Syrian refugee family who set up their business in their new home in Canada.
Tuesday, June 21: Make Music Day in Pittsburgh
Music really makes the world go round. Welcoming the summer solstice, this free celebration spanning 1,000 cities across 120 countries will fill the streets, porches, plazas, parks, gardens and storefronts of Pittsburgh with the power of music. Don’t miss the Instrument Donation Drive and Petting Zoo, local musicians, Steel City Ukulele shows and more.
Wednesday June 22: “The Godfather” and Dianoia’s at the Row House Cinema
Join Vito Corleone in Lawrenceville, where classic Italian-American cinema and cuisine converge on the big screen. Watching the 50th anniversary remastered version of Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic 1972 film, you’ll savor a Chicken Parmesan Panini from DiAnoia’s Eatery. To buy tickets.
From Thursday, June 23 to Saturday, June 25: Homebrew Con at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh’s beer scene is booming, so it’s no surprise this national convention is heading our way. Whether you’re a seasoned master brewer or dipped your toes in hops, don’t miss this ultimate conference for beer, cider and mead brewers – and fermentation enthusiasts – of all experience levels. The Foam Festival unfolds with an all-star lineup of 50 speakers, 40 sessions, and 30 homebrew clubs. To buy tickets.
Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26: Monster Truckz Extreme Tour at Pennsylvania Motor Speedway
2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Get your adrenaline pumping and your eyes sparkling during the craziest show on four wheels. Watch in awe as the motocross team soar 35 feet above your head, watch jaw-dropping crashes, and see the first human to be shot from a monster truck cannon! Head to the Pit Party to ride in a monster truck, collect autographs and take photos with your favorite brave drivers. To buy tickets.
Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26: Pogopalooza in Market Square and Wilkinsburg
Did you know that the pogo stick was invented in 1920 by Germans Max Pohlig and Ernst Gottschall? See how the activity has evolved – literally into an extreme sport – when Pogopalooza bounces around town. Watch in awe as the world’s top pogo pros pull off unthinkable tricks, attempt to set a new Guinness World Record and battle for the crown in thrilling freestyle events. The free event includes a public drop zone, food trucks and a Bounce Off contest for young hoppers.
Friday June 24 and Saturday June 25: Allegheny West Wine and Garden Tour
Stroll through one of Pittsburgh’s most amazing (and smallest!) historic neighborhoods during this guide-led walking tour. Sharing the rich history of a bygone era, the walking tour begins at Holmes Hall and continues through six houses and gardens in Allegheny West. Visitors will be treated to small plates and wine pairings. To buy tickets.
Friday, June 24: Great Night Gala at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Test your mettle and explore the metal arts on the return of the Children’s Museum’s signature benefit night. Head to MuseumLab’s new metalworking space to create a hammered metal collage, stamp, and print using a real, larger-than-life steamroller. Gala-goers can also bid on cool items at the Great Night Gala Auction, enjoy an alfresco dinner and cocktail, and dance the night away in support of the museum’s mission. To buy tickets.
Saturday June 25 & Sunday June 26: POP! Perspectives on Polymer in Contemporary Craftsmanship
If you love polymer clay, you’ve come to the right town. For five creative days, this unique material will be honored at this boutique conference. Clay artists and enthusiasts can participate in workshops and virtual discussions with four of the country’s most prolific polymer artists who will share their innovative approaches to the medium. Learn how to create wearable parts and 3D objects, explore an exhibition of small polymer works and shop for cool clay items. To buy tickets.
Saturday, June 25: Spark/Pride in Dormont
The Potomac Avenue shopping district of Dormont shows its pride at the neighborhood’s first large-scale pride event. The street will be animated by performances from local musicians Royce, Trailheads, HellYinz and Halloway Williams, award-winning comedian Gab Bonesso and players from Dormont’s Junior Chamber of Commerce. For even more fun, storytime with Krystal Klear, an art walking tour, local food vendors and vendors.
Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26: Steel City World Cup at Montour Junction Sports Complex
Celebrate Pittsburgh’s vibrant ethnic and cultural communities and the international sport of soccer at this exciting tournament hosted by PUMP, Open Field and Welcoming Pittsburgh. Representing countries from around the world – including Argentina, Bosnia, Italy, Kurdistan, Nepal, Somalia, South Korea, the United States and many more – the event highlights the football as a common language that connects people. Be there to cheer on the participants and see the top two teams compete for the 2022 championship.
Saturday June 25: Inside Out at the Carnegie Museum of Art
12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Clear your Saturday for free outdoor fun. Visitors and families will enjoy a Black Power Story Time presented by BOOM Concepts, music from DJ Arie Cole and local food trucks. As a precursor to the 58th Carnegie International, artist Rafael Domenech will transform the Sculpture Court into a site-specific pavilion.
Saturday June 25: WYEP Summer Music Festival at Schenley Park
Welcome summer at this all-day outdoor music festival on Oakland’s “emerald green” lawn. Featured artists are Ashley Marina, Sierra Sellers, The Living Street, Bill Deasy, Seratones and Jukebox the Ghost.
Saturday June 25: Night Market on the Place du Marché
More daylight means more time to shop when this popular market returns to downtown. Featuring a rotating roster of 100 vendors, the Night Bazaar includes handicrafts, crafts, jewelry, fine art, fashion, photography, and international merchandise. Opening night features local musicians on stage at Mr. Small’s Acoustic Café.
Sunday June 26: OpenStreetsPGH
Imagine being able to walk, run, skate, jump or dance in the middle of the street? Promoting car-free fun as a “vehicle” for community building, this beloved BikePGH event gives residents a rare new view of the urban environment. The newest 4-mile route runs from Market Square, down Penn Avenue to Butler Street and ends at McCandless St. Stop for fun at the Health & Wellness Hub, Argo AI Kids Hub and Arts & Culture Hub .
Sunday, June 26: Robin Hood at the South Park Amphitheater
2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Public Theater leaves the O’Reilly Stage and heads to Sherwood Royal Forest with a legendary band of merry men during this new outdoor series. The retelling of the iconic English folk tale by award-winning playwright Greg Banks is packed with family action, live music and a timeless tale of good versus evil. Free registration.
Sunday, June 26: Pittsburgh Chamber Music Gala at This Is Red
Help Chamber Music Pittsburgh turn 60 at one of Pittsburgh’s most captivating venues. Be enchanted by live music from Tony Gray & Friends and the Dover Quartet and bid on auction items as you stroll through the grotto, bar and sanctuary of Old St. Michael’s Church in Munhall. Things will heat up when Noël Quintana and the Latin Crew present performances and salsa dancing. To buy tickets.
Sunday June 26: Weather permitting at Hazelwood Green
Hazelwood Local teams up with Pete Spynda’s popular Sunday night music, Weather Permitting, to host a new Summer Sounds series. Fuel up for the week ahead with Snacktime Philly, Kenny Stockard and Bunhunnid. Craft vendors, food trucks and craft drinks will create a festival vibe.
For more June happenings, read our guide to Pride and 15 Very Pittsburgh Things You’ll Want To Do In June.
For live music, check out From Pittsburgh Pride to Juneteenth, June’s 17 Best Concerts.