Photo by Tom O'Connor
Photo by Tom O'Connor.

What’s going on this week in Pittsburgh, June 27-July 3? Find out here. Visit each organization’s website and social media for changing Covid protocols. Know of a cool event? Email us.

Monday, June 27: Free Play Pinball at Helicon Brewing
5-10 p.m.
Monday is game day in Oakdale, where the pints and pinball will go full tilt. Ticket-holders will get unlimited free play on retro pinball games and two draft beers. Pinball wizards are welcome to bring their own food or order in for delivery. Buy tickets.

Helicon Brewing
Photo courtesy of Helicon Brewing.

Tuesday, June 28: Sensory Friendly Afternoons at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
1-5 p.m.
Children with autism spectrum disorders and sensory sensitivities are invited to enjoy a fun, friendly experience in a comfortable and accepting environment. Lights and sounds will turned down throughout the museum, families can take breaks in designated quiet areas, and sensory kits with noise-canceling headphones, sunglasses and fidgets are available. Buy tickets.

Tuesday, June 28: Noël Quintana & The Latin Crew at The Backyard
5-7 p.m.
Have you heard the great news? After making its debut at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Downtown’s newest outdoor destination is staying open all summer to host free events. The cool spot at 8th & Penn will heat way up when the region’s leading salsa and Latin jazz band takes the stage. Relax on the EcoGrass with outdoor patio furniture and art installations and grab dinner and drinks from the Good Eats Food Truck and Pittsburgh Mobile Bar.

Wednesday, June 29: slowdanger presents Resonant Body at the Highmark Theatre
6 p.m.
Join the Point Park Playhouse for drinks and cultural entertainment in Downtown’s Highmark Theatre — which opens onto the Forbes Avenue plaza. For tonight’s Inside Outside Summer Concert Series, slowdanger co-artistic directors taylor knight and anna thompson will perform a duet dance and research project that incorporates thunder sheets, along with recorded, looped and amplified sounds, to explore how the human body interacts with physical spaces and structures. Buy tickets.

“Finlandia,” Horacio Alcalá, 2021. Film still courtesy of “Finlandia.”
“Finlandia,” Horacio Alcalá, 2021. Film still courtesy of “Finlandia.”

Wednesday, June 29: “Finlandia” at City of Asylum
7-9 p.m.
Join the ReelQ Film Festival for a screening of Horacio Alcalá’s award-winning film, “Finlandia.” The powerful film chronicles the lives of a group of muxes — the third gender of the Zapotec indigenous community in Oaxaca, Mexico — “as they navigate transphobia, globalization and love.” Make a night of it and dine at 40 North before or after the movie. Register for free.

Wednesday, June 29: Discovery & Drinks at Kingfly Spirits
7:30 p.m.
We all know he excelled at music, but did you know that Beethoven was bad at math? Explore the life and legacy of the iconic German composer when this new PSO series brings classic music to the Strip distillery. Hear one of Beethoven’s string quartet masterpieces, discover some surprising trivia and enjoy an informal evening blending local spirits and symphonic sounds. Buy tickets.

Thursday, June 30 through Sunday, July 3: Anthrocon at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Various times
The wait is finally over — the Furries are taking up residency again in the city they love that loves them back. Pittsburgh’s favorite convention is hard to resist with sessions like “How to Handle Your Suiter” and “The Pandemic Turned Me into a Furry.” Global fans of anthropomorphism will meet up for Furry Escape Rooms, Lizard Lex Story Hours, themed game shows, craft nights and lots more. Not to miss is the new block following the jubilant Fursuit Parade on July 2. View a schedule.

Thursday, June 30: Inside Out at Carnegie Museum of Art
5-9 p.m.
Dance your way through happy hour in the CMOA Sculpture Court, where Cold Cuts DJs Jarrett Tebbets and Private Sea will provide your summer soundtrack. Engaging museum-goers with Pittsburgh’s vibrant nightlife scene, the after-work destination includes local food trucks, libations and creative art experiences. View a schedule.

Thursday, June 30: Wines of California Cruise on the Gateway Clipper
6:30-9 p.m.
Sip and sail along the three rivers as the skyline glistens. Sample eight wines from the Golden State and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a buffet dinner, then show off your moves on the Burgh’s only floating dance floor. Buy tickets.

Venture Outdoors
Photo courtesy of Venture Outdoors.

Friday, July 1: Pirates Firework Paddle on the Allegheny River
8-11 p.m.
Glide under the glow of the city lights, cheer on the Pirates while paddling and enjoy the best seat in town for the post-game Zambelli fireworks. Previous kayak experience is required for this event led by Venture Outdoors. Don’t forget your flashlight or headlamp! Buy tickets.

Saturday, July 2: Inside Out at Carnegie Museum of Art
12-5 p.m.
Clear your Saturday for free al fresco fun in the CMOA sculpture court. Visitors and families alike will enjoy music by the Bill Henry Band and DJ Femi as well as a happy hour vibe with local libations and food trucks. As a precursor to the 58th Carnegie International, artist Rafael Domenech will transform the Sculpture Court into a site-specific pavilion.

Saturday, July 2: Black & Gold Sunset Tour in Downtown Pittsburgh
6:30 p.m.
Stroll into summer while experiencing the magic of golden hour in the Golden Triangle. During this 2-mile walking tour, you’ll learn about the city’s architecture, history and art, watch the sun set on the skyline and film some TikTok-worthy videos. The tour starts at 1049 Penn Ave. and ends in Market Square. Buy tickets.

Pittsburgh Festival Opera
Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Festival Opera.

Saturday, July 2: Divas after Dark at the New Hazlett Theater
7:30 p.m.
The talents of the next generation of opera stars will step into the limelight when Pittsburgh Festival Opera kicks off its summer season on the North Side. Directed by Broadway legend, Lenora Nemetz, the cabaret show features up-and-coming performers who are part of the organization’s Leslie Fleischner Young Artist Program. Buy tickets.

Saturday, July 2: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at South Park Amphitheater
8:15 p.m.
Classical music fans have a lot to love this weekend with two opportunities to see the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra perform in lush Allegheny County parks — starting tonight in the South Hills. Led by PSO Assistant Conductor Moon Doh, the summer-influenced concert includes classical selections from Copland, Ludwig Beethoven and Dvorak, iconic film scores by John Williams and patriotic favorites.

Sunday, July 3: Yoga in Market Square
10-11 a.m.
Get recharged for the week ahead and find your center in the middle of picturesque Market Square. Enjoy a free BYOM (bring your own mat!) class practice led by Heather Manning of YOGAMOTIF, then grab brunch Downtown. Reserve your spot in advance because sessions often sell out.

Sunday, July 3: Independence Day Celebration at Meadowcroft Rockshelter
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Get a jump start on your July 4th fun at North America’s oldest site of human habitation. Watch historical demonstrations and play period games in an 18th-century frontier area and 19th-century rural village and listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Explore the prehistoric wonders and archaeological evidence to get a glimpse of what life was like 19,000 years ago. Buy tickets.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday, July 3: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Hartwood Acres
8:15 p.m.
The Allegheny County Summer Concert Series goes classical this weekend to kick off July with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Arrive hungry and thirsty because several food trucks will be on-site, along with Black Dog Winery and Hop Farm Brewing Co.

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.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.