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When it comes to parks and green spaces, Pittsburgh is pretty spoiled. From exploring the outdoors within the city, to more adventurous outings just a short drive away, there’s no shortage of opportunities to get outside around here. Especially when someone (ahem!) compiles a list of everything you need to know about our region’s city, county and state parks in one place.

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Whether you’re looking to relax and read a book, go for a run through wooded trails or play a game of basketball with your friends, these Pittsburg parks have it all! The best part is you won’t even have to leave the city to get to them.

Mellon Square

Conveniently located in downtown Pittsburgh, this park is a great lunch break destination.  Wait, a park in the middle of the city? Yep, that’s right! And that’s not all: it’s built on top of a parking garage. The park reopened last May after being restored due to the 60 years in use. The 1.37-acre area is a great spot to relax from the hustle and bustle of downtown’s office-goers.

Riverview Park

This 259-acre park offers something for everyone. Hikers, bikers, and runners can enjoy the deeply wooded trails, while residents can also enjoy a swimming pool, playground, ball field, and even horseback riding.  One of the landmarks at the park is the Allegheny Observatory, a major astronomical research institution, owned by the University of Pittsburgh. You may also notice the Chapel Shelter, which after a restoration completed in 2008, now allows for a great picnic spot.

Washington’s Landing

Probably most popularly known for the marina, is Washington’s Landing. Don’t worry; you don’t have to have a boat to check out the area.  Here you get the best of both worlds: a park and a view of the three rivers. If you need to regain some energy while exploring, there is a riverfront restaurant, Redfin Blues, located nearby where you can watch the boats while enjoying a drink.

Highland Park

The entrance of the park welcomes you with a large Victorian-style garden, which leads up to one of Pittsburgh’s many reservoirs, along with running and dog walking trails.  If you’re looking for something to do with the entire family, you may want to check out the 50-meter swimming pool, the kiddie pool for the little ones, and the volleyball courts. Last but not least, we can’t forget about the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium!

Frick Park

This is the largest city park in Pittsburgh covering 600 acres of trails and baseball fields. Not only are the amenities endless at Frick Park during the warmer months, but also in the winter, which includes Blue Slide Park: the go-to spot for sledding. In fact, there is so many different activities to do in Frick Park, rapper Mac Miller even wrote two songs about it: “Frick Park Market” and “Blue Slide Park.”

Schenley Park

For many college students Schenley Park is the perfect study spot being that it’s only a few minute walk from both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie University. While Schenley Park offer a fantastic view of the Cathedral of Learning, you would never even know you’re still in the city. A swimming pool in the summer, an ice skating rink in the winter, and an 18-hole golf course are just a few of the conveniences you can access to escape reality for a bit.

West Park

Better known as Allegheny Commons, this 64-acre park is the oldest in Pittsburgh. Built in 1867, in what was Allegheny City, the park once featured four fountains that have since demolished. But, thankfully, community groups are currently hard at work raising funds that would restore the park surrounding Lake Elizabeth to its original splendor.

South Side Park

When most people think of Southside they think bars, shops, and restaurants. Well, now its time to think hiking and biking, too! The park isn’t easily spotted because it’s hidden back in the slopes of Southside, but once find it, you’ll never want to leave. After exploring the wilderness for bit, don’t forget about East Carson Street… stop down for a drink at Fat Head’s Saloon or a “sammitch” at Primanti Bros.

Emerald View Park

This park includes three different neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, not to mention best view of the city. You can even catch a movie at the park every week as a part of the free “Cinema in the Park” during the summer. When you’re looking to be a little more active, Emerald View Park also has basketball courts, baseball fields, and even a boxing club (a great way to relieve some stress)!

Mellon Park

Located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Shadyside Avenue, Mellon Park is a great place to stop as you’re driving through Shadyside. The Walled Garden underwent a restoration of several years and was completed in June 2010. Since the update, the park has been offering events throughout the summer, which includes Summer Soul Line Dancing. Not interested in dancing? Don’t worry. You can schedule your own private events here, too!

August Wilson Park

For the past two years August Wilson Park, formerly Cliffside Park, has been under a redevelopment project. Before the renovation the park didn’t offer much, with overgrown shrubs, cracked pavement, and drainage problems. Thanks to the hard work from residents, the park now holds two play areas, a picnic area, a half basketball court, and not to mention a great view of the river.

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After you’ve checked out all of the Pittsburgh parks, it’s time to see what the county parks have to offer.  At some of these parks you will find longer trails, perfect for hiking and taking your dog for a walk, water spray parks for the kids (or adults…we don’t judge) and even a BMX track. You can be sure to stay active no matter the season!

North Park

Being that North Park is the largest in the county, you are sure to stay active and busy here. Walk, run, bike, or hike on the trails totaling 43 miles. During the summer go for a dip in what was once the largest pool in the world, or go paddle-boarding, kayaking, or take a ride on a pedal boat, or even go for a horse back ride.  Don’t worry; there are winter activities at the park, too. When the lake freezes over maybe you want to try cross-country skiing or ice fishing.

South Park

This park may be the oldest in the county but that doesn’t mean it’s outdated by any means. 17 miles of trails is only the beginning. Here you will find a sand volleyball court, tennis courts, a golf course, and an ice skating rink.  Oh and don’t forget the wave pool or amphitheater for summer concerts! But wait, there’s more… the BMX track is considered the best in the county.

Boyce Park

This park is ideal for any of the winter lovers out there. Here you’ll find snowboarding, tubing, downhill skiing and trails for cross-country skiing. Don’t panic summer lovers; Boyce Park has activities for you too, including 21 miles of trails for hiking and biking.  While you’re here be sure to check out the Nature Center, organic greenhouse, and take an art class or two!

Deer Lakes

Deer Lakes is known for it’s three spring-fed lakes, which provide year round fishing opportunities-a fisherman’s paradise. This park also sits on one of the highest points of all of Allegheny County, allowing for picture perfect views of the stars and planets. In fact, visitors can take a “tour of the sky” throughout the year. But that’s not all… enjoy the 18-hole disc golf course and water spray park while you’re here.

Harrison Hills

Just because this park is the smallest in the county doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do or see, especially for nature lovers. This spot is ideal for kids and bird enthusiasts, offering guided walks and nature camps. There’s also plenty of room to stretch your legs here with three soccer fields, a children’s play area, and 20 miles of trails. Great for the entire family!

Hartwood Acres

The 31-room mansion is definitely the most recognizable part of this park. The mansion was lived in until 1974, which has since been used for weddings, tea parties, mansion tours, and parties. Aside from the iconic mansion, this park offers 15 miles of trails being shared with hikers, bikers, and cross-country skiers. Hartwood Acres provides entertainment, too! It’s known for its performance stage and Summer Concert Series.  Be on the look on for who’s performing next!

Round Hill

This 1,100-acre park is great for field trips because it’s a current working farm. That’s right… this means there’s cows, pigs, goats, horses, and more. There’s even a milk house and a duck pond that the kids will be sure to love.  While the park is extremely educational, stop by to enjoy the trails, picnic shelters, and water spray park on those hot summer days.

Settlers Cabin

So, this park is pretty cool because it’s the only county park that has a professional diving well! After working up a sweat from the rugged hiking and biking trails, or playing tennis against your besties, cool off by taking a dip in the water. That’s right… you can drive, jump, or cannon ball into 17-feet deep water from a one, three, or 10-meter concrete platform (hopefully you’re not afraid of heights) or take a ride in the wave pool.

White Oak

This park may be small to some, but large to nature lovers, especially tree lovers.  Here you will find some of the oldest tree groves in PA.  The garden within the park is also a hidden gem for weddings (shhh)! Of course there are trails and a playground to enjoy as well!

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If you ever need to get away from the city for a little bit (it’s OK, it happens sometimes) check out these four state parks.  Make it a weekend camping trip at Raccoon Creek State Park or go rock climbing at McConnell’s Mill. The great thing is that these state parks aren’t even too far away from home!

Point State Park

This park is conveniently located where the three rivers come together, known appropriately as “the point” or the “Golden Triangle.” As a part of this National Historic Landmark, Pittsburgher’s indulging in water ports including boating, paddle boarding, and kayaking are a very common sight.  Be sure to check out the Fort Pitt Museum while you’re visiting, too… It tells the story of how Western PA plays a role during the French and Indian War (very educational)!

McConnell’s Mill

This state park is perfect for the adventurers out there.  Bring your own kayak or canoe and you can whitewater raft down the Slippery Rock Creek. Provide your own equipment and you and your buddies can traverse the Rim Road Climbing area. This park even offers hiking trails for all ages and experience levels. Looking for more of a leisurely activity? Fishing is permitted almost anywhere along the creek. McConnell’s Mill is sure to please everyone!

Moraine State Park

Finally, a beach in Western PA! Moraine State Park provides not one, but two beaches along the shore of Lake Arthur. While we all love to catch some rays and go for a swim during the summer, this is only one of the amenities the park offers.  While you’re here you can even book a cruise. OK, so maybe it isn’t to the Caribbean, but hey, who wouldn’t enjoy the scenery and wildlife that surrounds Lake Arthur? Or, if you’d rather take your own boat out on the lake, you can do so at the Davis Hollow Marina.

Raccoon Creek State Park

This state park has just about anything you can think of. Everything from horseback riding to camping to snowmobiling, pretty much you name it, you can do it here. Come here for a peace and quiet hike through the woods or a family camping trip.  No matter the season, you will be sure to stay busy whether it is just for the day or for a week long vacation.

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We’re fortunate in Pittsburgh to experience the beauty of all four seasons and October exemplifies the best of autumn. The leaves twirl from the trees, pumpkins are ready to be carved and we can finally enjoy the Halloween candy that has teased us from store shelves since August. This month in our guide to the Top Family Adventures in October, you’ll find superheroes, garden trains, wooden ships, science fun, fall festivities and more. Here’s hoping your Halloween tricks don’t outnumber your treats. Happy fall!

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Learn from the past through living history events

In the late 15th century, Christopher Columbus sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with hopes of discovering new lands. While opinions differ about his historical legacy, no one can deny that the opportunity to see replica ships of the Niña and the Pinta is an opportunity not to be missed. From October 1st – October 12th, the Columbus Foundation offers Pittsburghers the chance to step onboard these “floating museums” and learn about the type of ship (called a caravel) Columbus used to log thousands of miles in search of lands new to him.

The Niña vessel on display is generally considered to be the most historically accurate Columbus replica ship ever built. Families can purchase tickets at the dock at Station Square for a self-guided tour of both ships. Highlights include seeing firsthand the design and materials used to craft the ship, educational exhibits about the building of the ship, how it was navigated and the history of the time period when it sailed. For more information about the replica ships, click here.

If your family loves living history events, check out Fort Ligonier Days on October 9th – 11th. This festival commemorates the Battle of Fort Ligonier (fought in 1758), an important engagement during the French and Indian War.

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See your favorite superheroes at Marvel Universe LIVE! 

Who are your children’s favorite superheroes? Chances are very good that at least a few of them will be featured in Marvel Universe LIVE! at Consol Energy Center from October 8th – 11th. With over 25 Marvel characters represented, including Spider Man, Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man and Black Widow, this live show sets up a classic “good vs evil” theme as heroes battle villains for the powerful Cosmic Cube.

Throughout the show, families can watch the Marvel characters perform all kinds of action-packed aerial stunts, motorcycle stunts and martial arts. A car chase will have kids on the edge of their seats while special effects and pyrotechnics keep the show’s intensity high.

Make the event extra fun for kids—let them wear the costumes of their favorite characters. Find ticket information and showtimes here.

Photo courtesy Maker Faire Pittsburgh.

Photo courtesy Maker Faire Pittsburgh.

Get inspired to create at Maker Faire Pittsburgh

Join crafters, scientists, garage tinkerers, tech enthusiasts and like-minded DIYers at the Maker Faire Pittsburgh on October 10th and 11th. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome at this family-friendly event highlighting invention, resourcefulness and creativity.

Get ready to learn and be inspired by over 50 tech exhibits, ranging from 3-D printing to robotics, and more than 20 arts and crafts demonstrations including everything from glassmaking to Japanese painting. In between presentations and workshops, there will be time to enjoy a robotic petting zoo, live performances, a bite to eat from the food trucks and a stroll through 30+ vendors selling their creations. Proof that the planners thought of everything? There’s even a designated Quiet Space where Faire-goers can take a break from the sensory-rich activities. Wow!

For more info. about this amazing community event, check out our article about how the Pittsburgh Maker Faire promises to be a game changer.

 

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Interact with the Garden Railroad at Phipps Conservatory 

All aboard! The Garden Railroad at Phipps Conservatory is back this year with a whimsical theme that children are going to love. Opening on October 17th in conjunction with the Fall Flower Show, the Garden Railroad will take guests on an imaginative journey through scenes from classic tales such as Little Red Riding HoodJack and the Beanstalk and The Little Engine That Could.

Thanks to interactive features engineered by staff members, visitors can make the railroad display come alive. For example, kids can push a button and make a crocodile follow Captain Hook’s ship around Neverland Island. Green thumbs will appreciate that all the plants and flowers surrounding the railroad are grown specifically to match the size of the trains and other features.

While the Fall Flower Show will have a limited run through Sunday, November 8th, the Garden Railroad will be on display through February 28th. For hours and admission prices, click here.

Photo courtesy Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

Trick-or-treat among the animal exhibits at ZooBoo 

Looking for an alternative to neighborhood trick-or-treating? Just want to get more wear out of the Halloween costumes? Head to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for its annual ZooBoo weekend events on October 17th and 18th and October 24th and 25th.

Trick-or-treating stations will be set up throughout the zoo for candy giveaway and Halloween-themed games. The animals will join in the fun, too, with pumpkin treats and decorations. The Monster Mash area will have crafts, games, music and dancing.

ZooBoo will feature two family-friendly haunted houses, one run by Gymkhana and the other by zoo volunteers. No worries about little ones getting frightened-these spaces are all about fun. Kids are encouraged to wear a Halloween costume. There will be a parade and costume contest. Please bring your own trick-or-treat bags.

Can’t get enough of celebrating Halloween with animals? Check out the National Aviary’s Owl-o-ween events during October. Don’t forget to wear your costumes and take fun Halloween photos with different birds. Trick-or-Tweet!

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Celebrate the season with fall festivities and Halloween activites 

Venture Outdoors is all about getting outside and being active. This fall, Venture Outdoors offers several activities perfect for families who want to combine the beauty of the season with some good exercise. On October 18th, kids can take a discovery walk in North Park and then decorate a pumpkin while munching on yummy snacks. For families who like a little bit of spookiness (but still family-friendly), try the Ghost Stories and Campfire Hike in Moon Park on October 24th. Roasted marshmallows included! Finally, have your younger kids wear their costumes for the Tyke Hikes Halloween Party in Schenley Park on October 31st. Trick-or-treating and crafts will take place after the hike.

Photo courtesy John Altdorfer for Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

If you’re looking for a free fall activity with all the bells and whistles, head to South Parkfor Allegheny County’s Hay Day Celebrationon October 17th. Just like last month’s event at Hartwood Acres, this celebration will include pony rides, bounce houses, crafts, a trackless train, petting zoo, hay rides and more. Food trucks will offer lunch options for purchase. Hay Day is an affordable way for the whole family to welcome the fall season.

For a Halloween event that fits the whole family, try the 7th Annual Halloween Mayhem at Kelly Strayhorn Theater on October 24th. This spooky day of activities includes dance and music performances by local youth groups, a costume parade, puppets, refreshments, photo booth, face painting and activity stations run by community organizations.

Lastly, find even more ways to enjoy the fall season in Kidsburgh’s 10 family-friendly farm adventures in Pittsburgh this fallarticle.

Experience a family-friendly live theater show or symphony performance 

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Photo courtesy Wade Massie.

October marks the opening of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 2015/2016 season of the Citizens Bank Children’s Theater Series. Showcasing imagination, creativity and fun, this family-friendly series features six shows with run times around one hour, making them ideal for introducing young children to theater. Specifically staged for children, the shows often include simple set designs, interactive elements and catchy songs.

This season opens on October 18th with the show, Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Moveabout a boy who doesn’t want to move when his dad gets a new job in another city. The season schedule includes more shows from popular books, including Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to SchoolBig Bad Wolf and the classic Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny.

In addition to being affordably priced, these shows travel to multiple locations around the city making it super convenient to attend and usually free to park. Click here for more info about locations, ticket prices and show descriptions.

If you’d like to introduce your children to the symphony, check out the opening show of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Fiddlesticks Family Concert Series presented by Macy’s on October 24th. These three Saturday morning concerts last about 45 minutes and are perfect for children ages 3 to 8. Themes for the shows this season include Sing!Dance! and Play!.

 

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Have fun learning about chemistry at Carnegie Science Center’s ChemFest

Imagine a cauldron of spooky liquid being stirred by a witch. Could she be a chemist? Sure, but chemistry is not limited to crazy mixtures in laboratory beakers and cauldrons. Find out how chemistry helps us learn about the world at the Carnegie Science Center’s ChemFest, a celebration of National Chemistry Week in partnership with the American Chemical Society.

Free with admission, the Science Center will offer dozens of hands-on demonstrations and exhibits. Professionals from local companies and representatives from area colleges will lead the activities making this a great opportunity for kids to meet people in the field and ask questions. The whole family can learn about the chemistry of fireworks, food, rainbows, natural dyes and more. Plus, your young scientists can experiment with fluorescence, phosphorescence and chemiluminescence. Science rocks!

For a Halloween-themed science activity, try the Creepy Crawly event that’s part of the Super Science Series at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Free with admission, the event on October 24th and 25th will include investigating creepy creatures in the museum, trick-or-treating around the dinosaurs and hearing spooky tales from around the world.

See you back here in November for more family adventures in Pittsburgh!

Looking for adult events? Check out our 11 Pittsburgh events not to miss in October feature.

Looking for live music? Don’t miss our Sound Picks: 10 can’t-miss Pittsburgh concerts in October feature.

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Written by  Lauri Grotstein

At last month’s 2015 kickoff OpenStreetPGH event, 15,000 Pittsburghers came ready to play on the 3.5-mile stretch of Penn Avenue and Butler Street that was closed to cars and open for fun. The city was jumping with people cycling, dancing, running, hula hooping and unicycling.

And this Sunday, June 28, OpenStreetsPGH returns from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.Time to play! Time to play in the streets! Photo by Tracy Certo.“What separates Open Streets from other events is the choose-your-own- adventure aspect of it,” says Mike Carroll, event manager of BikePGH and co-chair of Open Streets.”You can go for a run, go to brunch, learn to salsa dance,” he says. “But we encourage people to try something new. If you do a lot of yoga, perhaps try a BootCamp class.”

At last month’s 2015 OpenStreetPGH kickoff, an estimated 15,000 people came out to play on the 3.5-mile stretch of Penn Avenue and Butler Street that was closed to cars and open for fun. The city was jumping with people cycling, dancing, running, hula-hooping and unicycling.

And this Sunday, June 28, OpenStreetsPGH returns from 8 a.m. until noon.

“What separates Open Streets from other events is the choose-your-own- adventure aspect of it,” says Mike Carroll, event manager of BikePGH and co-chair of Open Streets.”You can go for a run, go to brunch, learn to salsa dance,” he says. “But we encourage people to try something new. If you do a lot of yoga, perhaps try a BootCamp class.”

Check the program schedule for times on a walking tour with the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks, a Bike the Burgh Cycling Tour, a Hike it Baby walk for parents and young kids and training runs with Steel City Road Runners. Four event hubs host ballroom dance, BootCamp, kung fu, yoga and Zumba classes. You can play tennis or soccer. There’s even snowboarding for kids and roller disco led by the Steel City Roller Derby.This month, the businesses along the route are getting in on the gig. Just a few of the offerings: Franktuary serves up an early brunch, Pittsburgh Winery gives away free samples, LUXE Creative hosts an open house with a DJ, plus there’s a food truck roundup and lots of sidewalk sales.“We encourage everyone to bring a bag with them,” says Carroll. “We don’t want people to forget to check out these local, independent businesses.”Rollerskating, downtownSteel City Roller Derby will lead a roller disco session. Photo courtesy OpenStreetsPGH.And if you ever wanted to wear a badge—or at least be deputized to ring a cowbell and wear a silly hat—organizers are looking for 35 volunteers to be Intersection Sheriffs. Along the route, 12 intersections remain open for cars to cross.

“We’ll have a policeman at every intersection, but volunteers are key to ensuring that all of our happy participants remain safe,” says Eve Picker, one of the co-chairs of OpenStreetsPGH.

“Each volunteer will need to report at 7 a.m. and stay until noon,” she says. “And each will receive two free tickets to a ball game for their help, a free OpenStreetsPGH t-shirt, snacks, water—and the promise of a great time.” To volunteer, sign up here.

Besides Carroll and Picker, other folks and organizations who helped make this possible are the City of Pittsburgh, BikePGH, Red House Communications, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Kim O’Dell.

The final OpenStreetsPGH event off the summer will be Sunday, July 26.

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Welcome to May — the kickoff to seven months of outdoors farmers’ markets in Pittsburgh. Starting May 11, there are open-air markets seven days a week. We can’t wait to take in the sights, smells and tastes of the just-picked herbs, veggies and fruits, the locally harvested and extracted honey, the locally made cheese and yogurt, baked goods and the full abundance of the growing season.

What a moment. Here’s a lineup of outdoor markets found within the city limits:

Market Square's Farmer's Market. Photo by Renee Rosensteel
Market Square’s Farmer’s Market. Photo by Renee Rosensteel

Market Square Farmers’ Market & Lunchtime Concert Series begins May 14 and runs every Thursday from 10am-2pm through Oct 29.

Now in its 11th season, the popular Market Square Farmers’ Market is a spread of more than 30 vendors, including more than 10 produce farmers—many organic—including Enon Valley Garlic, which sells more than 20 varieties of garlic, and Edible Earth Farm, which sells ginger, mushrooms, organic veggies and pastured chicken.

“We’re really pleased when the farmers’ market returns,” says Leigh White of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. “It’s one of the highlights of summer in Pittsburgh—workers, residents and visitors say how much they love the vitality and vibrancy of the market.”

There’s a creamery serving up organic raw milk and cheese, yogurt and ice cream. You can try small-batch hummus, olive oil, honey, dips, jams, and salsa. For the four-leggeds in your life, there’s homemade pet treats. For your sweetheart, freshly cut flowers.

Those who want lunch can visit vendors who sell ready-to-eat Greek food and homemade pierogies. Billy’s Smoke House has a speciality sandwich each week. “On a white board, they write this week’s sandwich–and next week’s,” says White. “I always try and remember when I see that next’s week’s choice is keilbasa—it’s incredible.”

You can choose from an ample selection of baked and sweet goods like berry pies, cookies, banana bread, scones, fudge and stone hearth breads. There’s homemade ice pops with fresh fruits and just-made juices.

Also, it’s the stop for Angora goat yarn and beeswax candles, if you’re in the market. If you’re inspired to grow your own veggies, live plants are for sale.

From 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. each week, there will be music. Performances include acoustic music, jazz, Blues Festival performers, the Navy Band, opera singers and a barbershop quartet. “The music is really that added piece that gets people to stay, hang out and enjoy,” says White.

Citiparks’ kicks off their season on May 11. Their markets—found in neighborhoods throughout the city—will sell farm fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese and baked goods. Some locations will sell flowers and live plants. Call 412-422-6523 with questions.

Veggies available this time of year include: greens such as kale, Swiss chard, lettuce, spinach, arugula, rhubarb and collard greens. You can pick up garlic scapes, green onions, fiddleheads—maybe even stinging nettle. There’s stalks of asparagus and broccoli. You’ll find both sugar snap peas and snow peas. Roots like carrots, parsnips, radishes and beets. Herbs and hothouse tomatoes, peppers, cukes and eggplants.

East Liberty Farmers' Market. Photo by John Colombo.
East Liberty Farmers’ Market. Photo by John Colombo.

Here’s the lineup:

Mondays in East Liberty begins May 11, 3:30-7:30. Runs through Nov. 23 at Station St. and North Euclid Ave. parking lot. Zip 15206.

Tuesdays in South Side begins May 12, 3:30-7:30. Runs through Nov. 24 at 18th and Carson streets’ parking lot. Zip 15203.

Wednesdays in Carrick begins June 10, 3:30-7:30. Runs through Nov. 25 at Carrick Shopping Center, Brownsville Rd. and Parkfield St. Zip 15210.

Thursdays in Beechview starts June 11, 4-7pm. Runs through Oct. 22 at Broadway and Beechview avenues’ parking lot. Zip 15216.

Fridays in Downtown Pittsburgh kicks off May 15, 9am-1pm. Runs through Nov. 6 at the City-County Building portico on Grant St. Zip 15219.

Fridays in the North Side begins May 15, 3:30-7:30pm. Runs through Nov. 20 at East Park, East Ohio St. and Cedar Ave. Zip 15212.

Sundays in Squirrel Hill begins May 31, 9am-1pm. Runs through Nov. 1 at Beacon and Bartlett streets’ parking lot (behind the old Gullifty’s). Zip 15217.

Other farmer’s markets within the city limits:

Wednesdays – Garfield Community Farm’s Farm Stand begins June 3, 3:30-7:30 pm. Runs through September. Valley View Presbyterian Church parking lot, Aiken Ave. and Black St. Zip 15206. Call 412-979-7764

Fridays – Oakland Farmers’ Market begins June 5, 3-6 pm. Runs through October at the Schenley Plaza. Zip 15213. Call 412-682-7275.

Saturdays, Bloomfield Saturday Market begins May 30, 9am-1pm. Runs through Nov. 7 at 5050 Liberty Ave. Closed July 4. Zip 15224. New this year? Sturgess Orchard’s hard cider. Call 412-681-8800.

Saturdays, Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market kicks off June 6, 1-4pm. Runs through Oct. 31 at the Allegheny Bank parking lot, 5137 Butler Street. Zip 15201. Call 412-802-7220.

Saturdays, the Strip District’s Farmers@Firehouse begins May 9, 9am-1pm. Run through Nov. 21 in the parking lot of Bar Marco, 2216 Smallman Street. Zip 15222

And don’t forget the Pittsburgh Public Market, also located in the Strip and open year-round. Wednesdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 2401 Penn Ave. Zip 15222. Call 412-281-4505.

Enjoy the season!

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Less than a month remains until Pittsburgh Earth Day, a citywide celebration of sustainability in the region. A collaboration between businesses and community organizations (including several of ImaginePittsburgh.com Featured Employers), Pittsburgh Earth Day honors the city’s transformation from industrial to conservationist. The Wednesday, April 22 event features a bunch of free events Downtown at Mellon Square Park, Schenley Plaza and the Fairmont Hotel Pittsburgh. Check out the website or look below for details.

Celebrate Sustainability Speakers Event8 to 10 a.m. at Vallozzi’s

Listen to a panel of experts discuss Pittsburgh’s sustainable business community over a business breakfast. Then learn how your organization can succeed by going green! This event is made possible by Duquesne UniversityUPMC Health Plan and other local entities.

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Mellon Square Park

Food Truck Festival11 a.m to 2 p.m., Smithfield Street in Downtown 

Grab lunch at Smithfield Street’s local food trucks, powered with green wind energy provided by sponsor Windstax.

Chris Jamison at the Giant Eagle Market District Pop Up Organic Market11 a.m to 7 p.m. at Mellon Square Park

Get your fresh produce here! Mellon Square Park will house a Pop Up Organic Market and feature live music by local artists. Performances include Cello Fury, Gene Stovall, Kyle Lawson Duo, 3 Dudes Chillin and, finalist of NBC’s “The Voice,” Chris Jamison.

EverPower Earth Day Festival: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Market Square in Downtown

The EverPower Earth Day Festival in Market Square will host group yoga, hands-on activities for kids, live entertainment  and remarks from public officials and corporate leaders.

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Schenley Plaza in Oakland

From 2-3 p.m., City Streets & Beats will take the stage for a special performance, featuring Baron Batch painting a live mural during a set with local DJ Detour. The painting will be displayed at the Sustainability Soiree and auctioned to benefit Tree Pittsburgh.

Mother Earth’s Kids Corner & Eco-Art Fair: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schenley Plaza

Have time for a family workout session? Then (weather permitting) stop by Schenley Plaza for some free yoga classes! Yoga for Tots begins 11 a.m., followed by a noon live-performance of The Josh & Gab Show, an anti-bullying musical comedy.

Adult yoga classes will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. with teachers from La Vida Yoga and Pittsburgh Yoga Collective.

Crafts by Most Wanted Fine Art and ZipCar will be on-site, and kids can step onto a Port Authority Biodiesel bus for Books on the Bus, a children’s book reading at the top of every hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

4/22 Pop Up Dance Party: 2 to 4:20 p.m. at Schenley Plaza

Things pick up with the 4/22 Pop Up Dance Party, with DJ Nugget spinning under the tent at Schenley Plaza. Be ready for a surprise DJ performance at 4:22 p.m., and keep in the know with hashtag #PGH422!

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Fairmont Pittsburgh

Sustainability Soirée7 to 9 p.m. at Fairmont Pittsburgh

Spend your evening at the Fairmont Pittsburgh, a LEED™ Gold certification building, for an eco-fashion show and Sustainability Soirée. The event is free and open to all guests over 21-years-old. It will feature live music by DJ Detour and a special Earth Day cocktail with Wigle Whiskey at Andy’s Wine Bar.

Pittsburgh Earth Day has a little something for everyone, and hopes everyone will do a little something to keep the Earth clean and green. Check out its website to learn more about the mission and specific events, and keep updated with the countdown timer.