Free & Low Cost Mid-Summer Fun in Pittsburgh

August 5, 2011 6:05 AM

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It’s hard to believe that August is already here. Even though the summer is seemingly flying by, there are still plenty of things to do in and around the Pittsburgh area — and in many cases, you don’t have to sweat the cost! From live outdoor concerts to Pittsburgh’s most affordable Brew Fest,’s bargainistas Heather Walsh and Rachel Booth found some great free and affordable mid-summer fun in the ‘Burgh!
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Reservoir of Jazz

Highland Park
Highland Ave. & Reservoir Dr.
Sundays in August
Information Line: 412-255-2493

Sundays in August, catch FREE live jazz on the lawn at Highland Park for their Reservoir of Jazz Series. Bring a picnic, buy some Italian Ice, relax on a lawn chair or blanket, and chill to the great sounds of local jazz greats. Click here for more event details and a schedule at

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First Fridays at the Frick

Frick Art & Historical Center
7227 Reynolds Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
(412) 371-0600

Enjoy an affordable outdoor musical performance by Marley’s Ghost this Friday as part of “First Fridays at the Frick.” If your musical tastes range from bluegrass and folk with some celtic, honky-tonk and reggae influences mixed in, you’re sure to enjoy this month’s concert! BYO picnics (and wine!) permitted. The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Great Lawn in front of Clayton at the Frick Art and Historical Center. Kids are free and adults are asked to donate $5. Click here for more event details and a schedule at

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Millvale Brew Fest

Riverfront Park
Just off of Route 28 near the 40th St Bridge
(412) 821-2777

Pittsburgh’s most affordable beer festival is on tap for next Saturday, August 13th. The fifth annual Brew Fest will feature award-winning beers along with tasty picnic style food and live music at Millvale’s Riverfront Park. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 on the day of the event. also has multiple pairs of tickets to give away. Click here to find out how to enter

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Urban Star Party

Leslie Park Pool,
Butler St & 46th St
Lawrenceville 15201
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Whether you’re an amateur astronomer or just enjoy looking up at the stars on a summer night, you won’t want to miss the Deep Sky Urban Star Party this weekend! The Mattress Factory joins Google Pittsburgh and Amateur Astronomer’s Association of Pittsburgh for the second annual event in the empty Leslie Park Pool in Lawrenceville. This “star-studded extravaganza” features everything from demonstrations about the planets, stars and constellations to art activities and storytelling… and it’s free! The fun starts at 7pm on Sunday, August 7th. Click here for more event details from

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Broadway at the Overlook

West End Overlook Amphitheater
West End-Elliott Overlook Park
(412) 539-0900 x232
August 11-13 & 19-20

Enjoy a bit of Broadway, without spending a dime. Broadway at the Overlook combines beautiful scenery with 5 days of live Broadway performances by Pittsburgh Musical Theater: August 11th, 12th, 13th and the 19th & 20th. The shows start at 7:30 p.m. and are free to the public! Click here for more event details and a schedule at