August events include National Night Out, Frick Park After Dark, guided hikes, and more. Read on for more events coming to a park near you.
Photo by Renee Rosensteel

august parks news

To explore the dozens of events coming to your local parks
this month, read below. Click here to explore our events calendar.

there is still time to share your thoughts at the parks listening tour II: the parks plan

The Parks Listening Tour II: The Parks Plan will visit five locations this month, wrapping up at the Frick Environmental Center on Sunday, August 18. Phase II of the Listening Tour details the plans for improved park safety, increased park funding, and upgraded maintenance and facilities across all Pittsburgh parks, developed with community input. Meetings are free and open to all, though registration is required. Pizza, refreshments, and childcare is provided for free at all meetings.

Click here for more information and to register for an event near you →


get the most out of your next visit to the park with a guided hike

Looking to explore your favorite parks in a new way? Join us for guided hikes in Frick and Allegheny Commons parks. In Frick Park, you can enjoy Full Moon Hikes, Restorative Hikes, Hikes with a Naturalist, First Friday Nature Walks, and Third Friday Hikes. Are you more central to Allegheny Commons Park? Join us there for the Meet Me at the Fountain series!

Click here to explore an at-a-glance calendar of guided hikes and more →


meet your neighbors, local business owners, and university of pittsburgh police at national night out

National Night Out is a community-building campaign that is celebrated by millions of neighbors across thousands of communities every year. The campaign promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The Schenley Plaza event, on Tuesday, August 6, will include games, raffles, giveaways, music, and free rides on the PNC Carousel.

Click here to register for this free community event→


calling all witches, wizards, and muggles: frick park after dark returns on august 9

Frick Park After Dark returns on Friday, August 9 at 5:45 p.m. Attendees should wear their favorite Hogwarts house colors to enjoy an environmentally-friendly workshop of making Harry Potter wands. What better way to enjoy the magic of a summer evening spent in the park? Afterward, enjoy authentic Tanzanian food from the Kilimanjaro Flavour Food Truck and basil-infused beer from Couch Brewery (crafted with basil hand-picked from the gardens at the Frick Environmental Center). 

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update your fitness routine with free fitness classes in the parks

Did you know that you can take yoga and tai chi classes for free at different parks across the city? Explore our events calendar to check out yoga and tai chi classes in Schenley Plaza, Allegheny Commons Park, Phillips Park, and Mellon Square. These classes occur weekly on a regular basis, weather permitting.


teach your little ones a love of nature and healthy foods with the august jr. garden buds event: sensational salsa

Bring the kids to the Frick Environmental Center on Saturday, August 10 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. to explore edible finds in the garden. Children will be able to pick fresh tomatoes that we'll use on-site for an enjoyable tortilla chip and salsa snack!

Click here to register for this pay-what-you-want event →

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schenley plaza celebrates the next kids' day event on august 11

Visit us in Schenley Plaza for free activities for children (and children at heart!) under the tent. Activities include face painting, balloon artists, lawn games, special guests and performers, and free rides on the PNC Carousel. The event takes place in Schenley Plaza on Sunday, August 11, from noon - 4:00 p.m.

Click here to register for this free event →

upcoming events

The Oakland Plan Education Series
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Curator, Susan Rademacher, will share the history of Oakland's parks and exciting possibilities for their futures at this education series session, hosted by Pittsburgh's City Planning Department at the Schenley Park Visitors Center on Tuesday, August 6 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Click here to register for this free event.

In-Formed by Nature: A Nature Art Workshop for Seniors
In this innovative workshop, artist Isaac Bower and photographer Lisa Seligman will guide participants in creating mixed-media artwork inspired by nature's processes, forms, colors, and textures. Art generated in the workshop will become part of the six week In-Formed by Nature art exhibit at the Frick Environmental Center. Registration for this free event is available here.

Biophilia Book Club
The Biophilia Book Club will meet on Tuesday, August 13 at the Frick Environmental Center to enjoy a community potluck dinner (bring your favorite dish!) and discuss Lyanda Lynn Haupt's "Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness." For more information, or to register, visit this link.

Mapping and Mochas
Wonder how you can engage with your watershed and fellow residents? If so, please join the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association at the next quarterly Water Talk, Mapping and Mochas. We will share with you all the ways Nine Mile Run has been using maps to restore and protect the watershed ecosystem. Registration is available here.

Reservoir of Jazz Concert Series
Presented by the City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events, August brings the return of the Reservoir of Jazz concert series to Highland Park. Music lovers can enjoy the outdoor concert series every Sunday in August and on Labor Day weekend from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Stay afterward to enjoy Summer Soul Line Dancing, hosted by instructor Roland Ford! More information is available here.

Dancing in the Plaza
Dancing in the Plaza continues every Wednesday evening in Schenley Plaza from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. No experience required! No partner necessary! To register for the next Dancing in the Plaza event and to see a list of upcoming events, visit this link.

parks in the news

Pittsburgh's McKinley Park to Get Artistic Basketball Court | Trib Live
Parks Conservancy Plants Seeds for Future Park Upkeep | 90.5 WESA
Parks Conservancy Seeks Ballot Initiative to Address Multi-Million Dollar Maintenance Backlog | 90.5 WESA
Pittsburgh's Parks are $400 Million Behind in Repairs, $13 Million Short for Maintenance | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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