What’s going on this week in Pittsburgh, June 6-12? Find out here. Be sure to visit each organization’s website and social media for changing Covid protocols. Know of a cool event? Email us.
Tuesday, June 7: Jersey Boys at the Benedum Center
Sing your way into summer with this Tony-winning hit musical. Go behind the songs to experience the remarkable story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons — from the streets of Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to your beating heart. Buy tickets.
Wednesday, June 8: Sunrise Paddle with Venture Outdoors
The early bird gets the view. Set your alarm and start your day with a peaceful paddle expedition on the Allegheny River. Watch the sun rise from inside a kayak, learn basic paddling skills and see the city glisten. Buy tickets.
Wednesday, June 8: “The Addams Family 2” Drive-In Movie at West End Overlook
Who needs Netflix when you can have a movie theater under the stars? Kicking off tonight with a new twist, the Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park series is adding a month of pop-up films. Grab a blanket and head up to the scenic Elliot spot to join the Addams family on a madcap road trip. View a schedule.
Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12: Open Air: A Series in Celebration of the Performing Arts in Sharpsburg
Launched as an innovative way to offer safe public programs during the pandemic, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Open Air festival is taking its mobile stage on the road to Sharpsburg. Activating the banks of the Allegheny River, the series kicks off with productions by the PBT and Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Buy tickets.
Thursday, June 9: Pride in the Park at Allegheny Rivertrail Park
5 to 8 p.m.
Aspinwall shows its Pride at this family-friendly gathering celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community. There’s so much to do, including Drag Queen Story Times, crafts, games, poetry readings, live music — plus a history walk, vendor fair and clothing swap. Register for free.
Thursday, June 9: Inside Out at Carnegie Museum of Art
There’s a new happy hour in town. Groove outdoors in the CMOA Sculpture Court with Title Town DJs J. Malls, Gordy G. and Forrest Getemgump, plus food trucks, libations and public art. View a schedule.
Thursday, June 9: My Family and the Mob: An Evening with Russell Shorto
Join New York Times bestselling author Russell Shorto will share the rarely-told story of his grandfather’s history as a mob boss in Johnstown and the impact it’s had on his family. Blending research, genealogy and master storytelling, the talk will investigate small-town organized crime in Western PA. Buy tickets.
Thursday, June 9: World Affairs Council Spring Soiree at The Maverick Hotel
Help support global programs for 4,000 community members and students when the World Affairs Council hosts its inaugural Illuminate Awards. The event features keynote speaker Saleem Ghubril and spotlights local leaders who are advancing global connections in our region. Gala-goers will enjoy dance performances and live music, meet the award winners and savor global cuisine. Buy tickets.
Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 12: Living Dead Weekend at Monroeville Mall
Lurch your way into gore, ghouls and guts when the zombie apocalypse returns to where George Romero filmed his 1978 cult classic “Dawn of the Dead.” For three days, horror junkies can geek out at screenings, panel discussions, celebrity photo shoots, exhibits, demonstrations and VIP mixers. Don’t miss the guided tour of Romero’s rarely-seen film locations. Buy tickets.
Friday, June 10: Juneteenth Concert at Frick Environmental Center
Join the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to celebrate Juneteenth at this concert featuring local artists Sierra Sellers and Chandra Rhyme. Before the show, attendees can tour the From Slavery to Freedom Garden, an outdoor extension of the Heinz History Center exhibition.
Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 12: World Square in Market Square
Experience the sights, sounds and flavors of Pittsburgh’s international and immigrant communities — and welcome our newest neighbors. Transforming Market Square into a vibrant global hub, the free festivities will feature artisans, vendors and chefs reflecting 20 international communities that now call Pittsburgh home. Taste everything from Cameroonian cupcakes to Salvadoran pupusas, peruse a bustling marketplace, experience cultural performances and more.
Friday, June 10: Nature Crawl at Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Skip the bar crawl and spend your Friday night diving deep into natural history. Join museum staff on scintillating guided tours, scavenger hunts and activities. Look for gamma rays, check out minute snails from an Alabama stream and learn how electronic devices impact the planet. Draw live “water bears” as you learn about about these micro-animals and explore Eastern Woodlands archaeology. Buy tickets.
Friday, June 10: Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock & Roll Revue at Three Rivers Arts Festival
Fans of British singer-songwriter Nick Lowe (“Cruel to Be Kind” is a playlist must) can’t miss his appearance at TRAF’s new music HQ — the Dollar Bank Main Stage at 9th Street. The iconic rocker will be joined by Nashville instrumental group Los Straitjackets — you can’t miss their lucha libre masks. Before the show, be sure to see the Juried Visual Art Exhibition at SPACE and the Artist Market with 200 makers in five locations. View a schedule.
Friday, June 10: Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers at South Park
Iconic Iron City rockers are next up to take the stage for the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series. Arrive hungry and thirsty, because food trucks, Black Dog Winery and Hop Farm Brewing will be on-site to sling goodies starting at 6 p.m.
Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11: Jess Salomon at Arcade Comedy Theater
Be there to LOL when nationally-touring comedian and podcaster Jess Salomon makes her Cultural District debut. Fresh on the heels of her appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” Salomon will kick off Arcade Comedy Theater’s monthlong Pride celebration. We read that Salomon used to be a U.N. war crimes lawyer, and we think that’s pretty amazing. She’ll be joined by a lineup of local LGBTQIA+ comics, including a special set by her wife Eman El-Husseini. Buy tickets.
Saturday, June 11: Aspen Dental’s Day of Service
8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Veterans in need of dental care can get much-needed services at no cost at seven participating Aspen offices in the Pittsburgh market. Aspen’s annual event aims to honor veterans for their service and break down barriers to health care. Appointments are required by calling toll-free 844-277-3646.
Saturday, June 11: House and Garden Tour in Harmony
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Take a staycation to this National Historic Landmark District featured in our guide to 10 unusual small towns to visit in Western PA. The tour showcases homes built by the Harmonists and Mennonites. See a variety of architectural styles and charming gardens, including the Harmony Museum’s restored Carothers log cabin, the historic Neff House Ice Cream Shop and an 1873 House & Carriage House. Buy tickets.
Saturday, June 11: Inside Out at Carnegie Museum of Art
CMOA’s outdoor series returns to engage visitors with Pittsburgh’s rich cultural landscape. Visitors and families alike will enjoy a performance by Roger Humphries, music by DJ C Scott and art-making activities with Carnegie International artist Rafael Domenech. View a schedule.
Saturday, June 11: Flamenco Pittsburgh at Allegheny Landing
Dance along the North Shore during this introductory class led by Flamenco Pittsburgh. In the waterfront setting, you’ll learn the basics of flamenco, an art form based on the folkloric music traditions of southern Spain, later influenced by musicians and performers in the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe. Buy tickets.
Saturday, June 11: Goodie Mob at Three Rivers Arts Festival
Hotlanta hip-hop legends Goodie Mob are not to be missed when they dominate the Dollar Bank Main Stage tonight at TRAF. Diehard fans will be psyched to hear that all original members of the highly influential group — Big Gipp, CeeLo, Khujo and T-Mo — will be together for the concert. Beforehand, check out TRAF’s gallery exhibitions, public art installations, food trucks and Artist Market. View a schedule.
Saturday, June 11: Beers of the Burgh Festival at Carrie Furnace
Grab your tix now before this epic froth fest sells out. The landmark steel site will be your beer go-to with 70-plus breweries, plus local food trucks and live music. Drink up because proceeds benefit the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation.
Saturday, June 11: Summer Safari: Groovin’ Thru the Zoo
In 1967, The Rascals sang about groovin’ on a Sunday afternoon in their No. 1 hit. With the zoo as your playground, you’ll be groovin’ with sea lions, red pandas, and komodo dragons on Saturday evening. Kick off summer with a roar by enjoying themed musical entertainment in each location, flowing libations and delectable dishes crafted by local restaurants. Buy tickets.
Saturday, June 11: Night Market in Allentown
Get to know the eccentric side of Allentown when the Hilltop nabe hosts 80 artisans and crafters, live performances, and food and beverage vendors. Shop for unexpected and offbeat wares within four markets spanning the 800 block of Warrington Avenue — and pop into the business district’s independent businesses.
Sunday, June 12: Summer Reading Extravaganza at CLP – Main (Oakland)
With school winding down, it’s the ideal time to craft your summer reading list. Bringing back this beloved family tradition, CLP invites families and bookworms alike to enjoy live music by local STACKS artists, crafts, games, storytelling, food trucks, book sales and scavenger hunts. Festival-goers can meet new CLP’s new director, enroll in summer reading programs and decorate their own Eat’n Park smiley cookie.
Sunday, June 12: PizzaFest at East End Brewery
4-6 p.m. & 7-9 p.m.
The Pittsburgh pizza wars have outgrown the Aiello’s vs. Mineo’s debate, but it’s still fun to fight about, right? Think outside the pizza box when seven of Pittsburgh’s top artisan makers craft pies at the beloved Larimar brewery. It’s the perfect pairing for all palates! Get saucy with live music, food demonstrations and dough spinning tricks by world champion pizza acrobat Matt Hickey. Buy tickets.
Sunday, June 12: Allegheny County Summer Concert Series at Hartwood Acres
Get a preview of the Deutschtown Music Festival — before it takes over the North Side in July — with this free concert featuring The Bill Henry Band, Working Breed and NASH.V.ILL. Arrive hungry and thirsty because food trucks, Black Dog Winery and Hop Farm Brewing will be on-site.
Sunday, June 12: Femi Kuti & The Positive Force at Three Rivers Arts Festival
Afrobeat fans can’t miss this special appearance by Nigerian saxophonist, band leader and activist Femi Kuti. Things will heat way up when his band is on the new Dollar Bank Main Stage at 9th Street. Before the concert, visit the Juried Visual Art Exhibition and the Artist Market. View a schedule.
For more June events, read our Pride Guide and 15 very Pittsburgh things you’ll want to do in June.
For live music, check out From Pittsburgh Pride to Juneteenth, the 17 best concerts this June.