Kid Koala. Photo by Corinne Merrell.

From the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Pittsburgh to a fairytale ball fit for a princess, March promises to deliver plenty of great family fun.

Image courtesy of Flamenco Pittsburgh.
Image courtesy of Flamenco Pittsburgh.

Fiesta Flamenca at Kelly Strayhorn Theater: March 5

Kelly Strayhorn Theater will light up the floor with Fiesta Flamenca. Produced by Flamenco Pittsburgh, the all-ages, family-friendly event includes live music, performances, singing and food that capture the rhythm and spirit of the Spanish dance. The night features routines by the Alba Flamenca studio and students from Flamenco Pittsburgh, as well as a few guest musicians.

Fiesta Flamenca begins at 7 p.m. in the Kelly Strayhorn lobby. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. followed by the show at 8 p.m. For adults, there’s also a cash bar. Tickets cost $20.

Image courtesy of Spring Festival Of The Egg.
Image courtesy of Spring Festival of the Egg.

Spring Festival Of The Egg at the University of Pittsburgh: March 5

Enjoy some colorful family fun when the Spring Festival of the Egg returns to the University of Pittsburgh. Presented by the Lithuanian and Polish room committees, the multicultural event welcomes the coming of spring with a wide array of free, festive activities. For the crafty types, there’s origami paper folding, palm weaving demonstrations, spring flower making, and Easter paper cutting. Guests can also check out the Old World Easter egg display or purchase some goodies from the ethnic pastry sale. There’s even a special hands-on egg decorating workshop for kids.

The Spring Festival Of The Egg runs from 12 to 5 p.m. in the lobby of Posvar Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Image courtesy of Circo Comedia.

Circo Comedia at various locations: March 5-12

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust brings the circus to the Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series with Circo Comedia. The fast-paced show features Montreal duo Jean Saucier and Patrick Côté as they attempt acrobatic tricks and daring feats, all with generous doses of humor and eccentricity. Audience members of all ages will marvel as Saucier, an equilibrist, juggler, trick cyclist, acrobat and magician, performs from great heights while Côté, a clown, expert roller skater and drummer, acts as his assistant.

Circo Comedia performances take place from March 5-12 at the Byham Theater and at six area high schools. Tickets cost $12 at the door, $10 in advance online, over the phone at 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square.

Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day, Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh St. Patrick's Day Parade
Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day, Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day, Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

2017 Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade: March 11

The whole family will go green when the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns to downtown Pittsburgh. Considered the second largest St. Patrick’s Parade in the country, this year’s event boasts an estimated 23,000 participants, 200 marching units, and floats representing Irish heritage. Family-friendly activities take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Market Square, where kids and adults will find face painting, live performances by the Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance and the Pittsburgh Ceili Club, and music by the acoustic duo Weekend at Blarney’s.

The 2017 Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. near the Grant Street Transportation Center. It will continue along Grant Street, onto Boulevard of the Allies and end on Stanwix Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Image courtesy of The Warhol Museum.

Kid Koala: Nufonia Must Fall at Carnegie Music Hall: March 16

Experience a truly one-of-a-kind family-friendly show when The Warhol presents Kid Koala: Nufonia Must Fall as part of their Sound Series. Created by Canadian DJ and musician Kid Koala and directed by KK Barrett, the multidisciplinary performance piece combines film, puppetry and live music to tell the story of a tone-deaf, completely unemployable robot who falls in love with its human creator, a brilliant but unwitting scientist.

Kid Koala: Nufonia Must Fall takes place at 8 p.m. in the Oakland Carnegie Music Hall. Tickets $25, $20 for members and students. The performance is co-presented with Carnegie Nexus as part of the series, Strange Times: Earth in the Age of the Human.

Amanda Waltz

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.