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Free (almost Free) Events in Pittsburgh

Having fun doesn't have to empty your wallet! Many of Pittsburgh's annual events are free, family friendly and deliver a unique experience. From the nation's second-largest St. Patrick's Day Parade to the only vintage sports car race on city streets, you'll have a blast in Pittsburgh!

Chili + Winter Festival @ SouthSide Works

Between 26th and Hot Metal streets, South Side
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Fight the winter blues with one hot festival! Sample chili from restaurants that will compete to be named best in the ''Burgh. Plus, see local ice sculptors, listen to bands and browse craft booths.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Downtown Pittsburgh

Converge with the crowd in Pittsburgh''s downtown for the wearin'' of the green and a parade that celebrates all things Irish. Find vantage points on Grant Street and the Boulevard of the Allies. Since up to 200,000 people come for the parade each year, you know it must be unlucky to miss this Pittsburgh tradition.

Art All Night

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Come energized for this annual art marathon. At Art All Night in Lawrenceville, professional and amateur artists of all ages display and sell their work. The show, food and drinks are free.

Pittsburgh Marathon

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Cheer on more than 10,000 participants as they run or walk the city of bridges. Runners must register in advance.

The Frick Art & Historical Center

Mother's Day Weekend and Father's Day Weekend
7227 Reynolds St., Pittsburgh, PA 15208
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Take mom, dad, or a grandparent for a free tour of Clayton, a house museum that was once the home of a wealthy Pittsburgh family. The house is a stunning example of Victorian architecture and interior design, and more than 90 percent of the furniture and artifacts on display are original. Reservations strongly recommended.

Pittsburgh International Children's Festival

Oakland, on the lawns of the University of Pittsburgh campus and Schenley Plaza
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Enjoy the lively mix of professional artists and regional performance groups offering cultural and educational activities. Target Community Stage is the center of the outdoor festival action; outdoor activities are free.

Fish for Free Days

Visit PA Fish + Boat Commission Website

Each year the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Executive Director designates 2 Fish for Free Days. Fish legally on these two days even if you don't have a license. All public Pennsylvania lakes, rivers, creeks, streams and other waterways are open for fishing on these dates.

Pittsburgh Pride Fest

Visit the Pittsburgh Pride Website

Join the day-long Pride March and Festival during Pride Week, which brings thousands of people from around the region together for music, food and entertainment.

Allegheny County Summer Concert Series

South Park, Hartwood Acres, the County Courthouse Courtyard (downtown), Boyce Park and North Park
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Tune into these free outdoor concerts and performances at parks and other locations throughout the county. Find details online.

Bach, Beethoven and Brunch

Sundays, mid-Jun to Aug; 10:30am-Noon
Mellon Park, Fifth and Shady Avenues
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Satisfy your appetite for classical music by treating yourself to a special Sunday morning of Bach, Beethoven and Brunch. This longtime favorite series entertains music lovers on the lawn of the Mellon Park Rose Garden.

Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park

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Watch cinema under the stars with popular family-friendly movies at seven Pittsburgh area parks. Movies are shown seven days a week (at a different park each night) and run from the second weekend in June through the end of August. Movies generally start around 9pm. Bring your own food, drinks and snacks. Glass bottles or alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

The First Fridays at the Frick

Frick Art & Historical Center
7227 Reynolds St., Pittsburgh, PA 15208
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On the first Friday of each month, June through September, you won't want to miss this summer concert series. Pack your own picnic or plan to sample selections from The Café, which prepares a tempting array of a la carte items. Concerts begin at 7pm, but come early to get the best spot on the lawn. The Café begins serving at 5:30pm. No reservations required. Free, but a $5 donation is suggested.

Friday Kid's Play

Market Square, Downtown
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Take the kids to Market Square for stories, crafts and special guests every Friday from 10:30 to 11:30am, from Memorial Day through the end of July.

Thursdays in the Square: Noon Concerts

Market Square, Downtown
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In June and July, spend a lunchtime (or more) listening to a free live concert in Market Square. Concerts feature local musicians and coincide with farm market days in Market Square, so it''s easy to pick up a fresh snack on the way.

Three Rivers Arts Festival

Point State Park, Downtown
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Journey from the exhibition spaces (including a tempting artists'' market) to live stages for free concerts and performances. A tradition in Pittsburgh for more than 50 years, this festival is a must-see!

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta

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You'll find boats, concerts, fireworks and much more on the agenda each Fourth of July weekend in Pittsburgh, where the riverfront is the place for the hottest family fun.

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

Schenley Park
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Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix has grown from a one-day vintage race in 1983 to a 10-day festival of races, car shows and motorsport events that now attracts 250,000 spectators.

Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden

Su-Th: 10am-2pm; W: 7-9pm, Sa: Noon-1pm
4905 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Retreat to the largest biblical botanical garden in North America, where the peaceful setting includes a waterfall, a desert and a stream. See examples of crops and herbs grown by the ancient Israelites. Free tours are available on the first Wednesday of each month at 12:15pm; no reservation needed.

Stephen Foster Music and Heritage Festival

Allegheny Cemetery, 4734 Butler St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201
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Pop into this festival, dubbed "Doo Dah Days," to celebrate the life and music of one of America's most influential songwriters. While enjoying a melodious backdrop of great bands, learn more about Stephen Foster, who is buried in this Lawrenceville cemetery.

Three Rivers Storytelling Festival

Northland Public Library, 300 Cumberland Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237

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Everyone loves a good story. Let noted storytellers transfix and entertain you at one of the top 20 regional storytelling festivals in the United States.

Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival

South Side Riverfront Park

Admire these beautiful boats in a fun atmosphere of Asian music, dance and food. Treat your family to the riverside Dragon Stroll, where you can learn to use chopsticks and the Chinese yo-yo, practice Tai Chi, and browse arts and crafts.

Covered Bridge Festival

Washington and Greene Counties
Washington County Website
Greene County Website

Take a self-guided tour featuring nine bridges in two counties. The beautiful settings and expert craftsmanship of these covered bridges will have you imagining clopping horses, open carriages and stolen kisses. The hours are Saturday 10AM to 5PM and Sunday Noon to 5PM.

City of Pittsburgh Great Race

Visit the Pittsburgh Great Race Website

Be there when the starting gun sounds for the world-class 10K and 5K road race that has become a Pittsburgh tradition. Watch the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race from vantage points throughout the city. Runners must register in advance.

Light Up Night®

Market Square and other locations, Downtown
Visit Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Website

Be dazzled as downtown buildings light up in celebration of the start of the holiday season during this 50th-anniversary event. Festivities include live music, tons of family fun and fireworks.

The Pittsburgh Creche

US Steel Plaza, 600 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219

If you can't make it to Rome during the holidays, you can find a larger-than-life replica of the Vatican's Christmas Creche right here in Pittsburgh.

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