Teens participate in the activities at PhenomeCon 2018. Photo courtesy of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
Photo courtesy of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
Photo courtesy of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

8. Fleet Feet Liberty Mile Downtown: Aug. 9

Are the kids running circles around you? Let them burn off energy before bedtime at the Fleet Feet Liberty Mile, Downtown Pittsburgh’s only nighttime road race. With a variety of one-mile races to choose from, there’s something for everyone. The USA Track and Field certified course starts on Penn Avenue in the Cultural District and finishes one block away on Liberty Avenue near Triangle Park.

9. MDA Ducky Race at Sandcastle: Aug. 10

Quack up at Sandcastle for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Western Pennsylvania. Starting at 5:30 p.m., dozens of rubber duckies will compete in a leisurely race along the water park’s Lazy River, with prizes for the first three fowl to cross the finish line. Purchase one yellow contestant for $5, six for $25 or 12 for $45. Bring your whole flock to join in the fun.

Photo courtesy of Pressley Ridge.

10. Pressley Ridge Ice Cream Fundae at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium: Aug. 11

Penguins and polar bears aren’t the only cool creatures at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. On Aug. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m., visitors can chill out with Graeter’s Ice Cream. Now in its 25th year, the Fundae celebration brings frosty desserts, face painting, live music and costumed characters to One Wild Place. Best of all, the event supports Pressley Ridge’s mission to rebuild communities and families facing difficult challenges.

Photo courtesy of Gaynor’s School of Cooking.
Photo courtesy of Gaynor’s School of Cooking.

11. Family fun event at Gaynor’s School of Cooking: Aug. 17

Gaynor’s School of Cooking on the South Side provides all the right ingredients for a fun-filled family night out. During the three-hour class, kids and parents bond in the kitchen while whipping up a wholesome meal.

Photo courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh P.R.I.D.E. Program.

12. P.R.I.D.E. Mini Pop Up Art Festival in Homewood: Aug. 24

All summer, the University of Pittsburgh’s Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education program (P.R.I.D.E.) hosts free festivals to help artists and educators teach kids about their race and culture. Explore (and create) Africana art and music, dance to the beat of a drum and refuel with refreshments. The August event will be held at the Homewood-Brushtown YMCA from noon to 4 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Zone 4.

13. Picnic with the Police at Schenley Park: Aug. 25

Stop (at Schenley Park Overlook Pavilion) in the name of the law! Officers from Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Zone 4 are hosting a free picnic at the site from 1 to 4 p.m. Pick up some safety tips while you enjoy food and drinks, games, face painting, a visit from McGruff the Crime Dog and other arresting activities.

14. The Wiggles Party Time Tour at the Byham Theater: Aug. 28

Get moving to the Byham Theater: The Wiggles are coming! The world’s most successful children’s entertainment group is on a 28-city American tour. See Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony dazzle fans with their on-stage antics alongside Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and a brand new Wiggly friend — Shirley Shawn the Unicorn!

But, wait, there’s more: Summer is winding down, but the town is heating up with events for us grownups. Check out our top 12 Pittsburgh events happening in August

Kristy Locklin is a North Hills-based writer. When she's not busy reporting, she enjoys watching horror movies and exploring Pittsburgh's craft beer scene.