Photo courtesy of Weather Permitting.

6. Yelp’s Ice Cream Social at The Frick Pittsburgh: July 21

July is National Ice Cream Month, so try some tasty frozen treats during a special event at The Frick Pittsburgh. Described as Pittsburgh’s first ice cream festival, Yelp’s Ice Cream Social features treats from various local vendors, including Bella Christie’s, Klavon’s, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and many more, as well as refreshing sodas from Natrona Bottling Company. Free, with RSVP required.

Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra: July 26

Get swept up in the magic of Harry Potter at Heinz Hall. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform composer John Williams’ score from the 2001 hit film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” which kicked off the big screen franchise adapted from the bestselling novel series by J.K. Rowling.

Photo courtesy of Replay FX.

8. Replay FX at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center: July 27-29

Get ready to smash some buttons when Replay FX returns to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Enjoy three days of video games and family-friendly fun. Gaming enthusiasts of all ages will find hundreds of pinball machines and arcade games, as well as a tabletop gaming area. There will also be guest speakers, cosplay contests, kiddie fun like a bounce house and face painting, and much more. All games are free to play with admission (passes range from $20 to $100) — no quarters or tokens required.

9. The Gray Cat and the Flounder at City Theatre: July 28

City Theatre will delight family members young and old with The Gray Cat and the Flounder. Presented by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the immersive show uses shadow puppets, film, poetry, music and cartoon animation to tell a touching story about the true meaning of friendship. Themed snacks and crafts will be provided after the show.

10. Goat Fest in South Side Park: July 28

Goat Fest takes over South Side Park for an event full of fun of the whole family. Meet the Allegheny GoatScape goat herd and see their progress clearing overgrowth and invasive plant species in the Paved Loop and Jurassic Valley. Head to the South Side Community Garden at Bandi Schaum Field for food trucks, live musical performances and more. There will also be a craft market with handcrafted gifts and goat-themed art. The event is free and open to the public.

Honorable mentions:

Fort Pitt Museum Fourth at the Fort: July 4

Anthrocon 2018 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center: July 5-8

Kids’ Day in Schenley Plaza: July 8

Deutschtown Music Festival 2018: July 13

Kingdom Hearts Orchestra at Heinz Hall: July 16

Pets at the Park in Mellon Square: July 18

Jurassic Meet & Greet at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium: July 21

Picklesburgh 2018: July 20-22

3rd Annual Pittsburgh International Children’s Film Festival at Row House Cinema: July 27 – August 2

Amanda Waltz is a freelance journalist and film critic whose work has appeared locally in numerous publications. She writes for The Film Stage and is the founder and editor of Steel Cinema, a blog dedicated to covering Pittsburgh film culture. She currently lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and oversized house cat.