Venture Outdoors

Photo courtesy of Venture Outdoors.

7. Big Day Aht in multiple locations: June 5

Get aht(side) and experience the region’s outdoor spaces, places and amenities during this expansive festival celebrating Venture Outdoors’ 20-year milestone. There’s something for outdoor enthusiasts, weekend warriors and couch potatoes alike — with 30-plus pop-up events spanning diverse southwest PA destinations. Take Fido on an adventure hike, camp overnight at Ohiopyle, glide upright on a standup paddleboard, and follow in the footsteps of our hunter-gatherer predecessors. Mother Nature provides the stunning backdrop as you master outdoor survival skills, learn to play chess, compose original poetry, kayak at sunset and tons more. View a schedule.

Image by Christina Lee. Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art.

8. Inside Out at Carnegie Museum of Art: June 5-26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

If you’re missing the dance floor, the nightclub, DJ scene and rock shows like we are, then don’t miss this new in-person event series. Extending the museum experience into its outdoor courtyard, CMOA is creating a safe space for the public to get communal and experience culture on Thursday and Saturday nights. Showcasing the local arts ecosystem, Inside Out kicks off June 5 with the Most Beautifullest DJ collective and Sankofa Village for the Arts. The go-to spot will be animated by art activities, food trucks and beverage purveyors and family-friendly goodies. This summer, museum-goes will be treated to pop-up performances by DJ Femi, Roger Humphries, PearlArts Studios and many others. View a schedule.

Roy Ayers

Roy Ayers performs June 24 at Point State Park. Photo © 2015 by Carsten Wäßerling.

9. Juneteenth: June 12-27 at multiple locations

A major celebration across the region is marking the emancipation of enslaved people in the U.S. and commemorating African-American freedom. Extending beyond the June 19 holiday with two weeks of in-person and virtual events, Juneteenth kicks off at Chartiers Park. Anchoring the festivities will be the Juneteenth Freedom Days Celebration and Pittsburgh Black Music Fest at Point State Park with Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Roy Ayers and more. Additional highlights include a Black Tie Honors Gala, Juneteenth-Jubilee Re-enactment Parade, Youth Fest and a Minority Vendors Economic Impact Market. You can even help set a Guinness Book of World Record for the longest Soul Train Line Dance. View a schedule.

Afro Yaqui Music Collective

Afro Yaqui Music Collective. Photo courtesy of Weather Permitting.

10. Weather Permitting at Hazelwood Green Plaza: June 27, 5-9 p.m.

After planting seeds at cozy Shadyside Nursery, Weather Permitting is putting down roots at Pittsburgh’s newest public plaza. Part of the 178-acre Hazelwood Green campus, the Mon River site was designed as a welcoming space for relaxation, recreation and events. On the spot of the former sprawling LTV steel complex, attendees will unwind near a tranquil granite water feature while listening to music by the Afro Yaqui Music Collective and Livefromthecity. The free event includes artisanal pop-ups, food trucks and handcrafted libations. Registration is required.

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