From outdoor festivals to stage shows to a day of fun for dog lovers, there’s something for everyone in the merry month of June.
Matilda The Musical at Benedum Center: June 1 – 12
The Benedum Center will present a song-and-dance ode to a heroine of children’s literature with Matilda The Musical. The stage adaptation of author Roald Dahl’s classic book tells the story of an extraordinary girl who uses the power of knowledge to escape her sleazy parents and tyrannical school mistress. The show has won over 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards and a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards.
This is the first national tour of Matilda the Musical, which was originally written and performed by the British Royal Shakespeare Company. The show is presented as part of the Pittsburgh CLO Summer Season and the PNC Broadway Across America-Pittsburgh 2015-16 series.
Summer Reading Extravaganza at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: June 5
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) will kick off its 16th annual Summer Reading Extravaganza, a city-wide challenge to read 90,000 books between June and August, with an outdoor festival. The event offers activities for all ages, including music, crafts, games, storytelling, food trucks, a used book sale and more. Attendees can also enroll in a summer reading program, get a library card or visit with dozens participating community groups. The festivities continue indoors with puppet shows in the Children’s Room and an afternoon concert featuring four female musicians from WYEP’s Reimagination Series.
The event will take place on Sunday, June 5 from noon to 5 p.m. at CLP-Main, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Oakland.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit at Children’s Museum: June 11
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh will host a variety of fun and enriching activities with the opening of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit. Created in partnership with The Fred Rogers Company, and based on the award-winning PBS Kids television series, the event allows youngsters to step into Daniel Tiger’s world and join him and his friends as they explore the Neighborhood. Through immersive experiences, visitors will work together to solve problems, use their imaginations to transform their surroundings, and play along with Daniel’s singable strategies to learn life’s little lessons.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit will continue through January 17, 2017.
Heritage Day at Riverview Park: June 11
Organizations throughout Pittsburgh will join Citiparks to provide plenty of free fun at Riverview Park Heritage Day. The grounds of the Chapel Shelter become Fort Heritage, where the American frontier comes alive with horseback rides, totem pole painting and more. Throughout the park, children can play games, view rare birds from the National Aviary, meet furry friends from the Animal Rescue League and Humane Society or participate in bike activities with Venture Outdoors. Families can also visit the Carnegie Science Center craft booth, tour the Allegheny Observatory or meet a Bomb Squad robot and tour a SWAT vehicle with the Department of Public Safety’s SWAT, Police and Fire divisions. Complimentary refreshments will also be provided.
Strawberry Festival at Trax Farm: June 11 – 12
Families can have a sweet time at the 27th annual Trax Farm Strawberry Festival. From Saturday, June 11 through Sunday, June 12, attendees can participate free activities, take in some live entertainment, sample some delicious food or browse the Trax gift shops. For the kids, there are garden crafts, a bounce house and rides on the Rainbow Express Train. Visitors should be sure to bring their appetites for a diverse menu filled with strawberry treats such as shortcake, sundaes and milkshakes, as well as more savory fare such as hot dogs and ham barbeque.
The Trax Farm Strawberry Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Panera Pup Walk at the Waterfront: June 12
Bring your four-legged friend to the Waterfront for the 7th annual Panera Pup Walk, a two-mile fun walk for dogs and their owners led by former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch and his wife, Latasha Batch. Additional festivities include various vendors, raffle prizes and dog-friendly games. Owners can also dine outdoors on the Panera Bread patio with their pets.