17 things to do this week, from July 4 to the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

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Monday, July 4: Celebrate America at Kennywood
11am-11pm
There’s nothing quite like the glow and buzz of Kennywood at dusk. The aura of the park will shine even brighter on Independence Day. With extended vacation hours, thrill seekers can ride the iconic rides, watch musical performances and indulge in new food stalls around the lagoon. End your 4th of July fun with fireworks at 10:15 p.m. Remember: Kennywood is now cashless! To buy tickets.

Photo by Jantzen Simko.

Monday, July 4: Fourth at the Fort of the Fort Pitt Museum
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Before the main attractions of Point State Park, join museum staff, scouts and veterans for a 36-foot garrison flag raising in the courtyard of Fort Pitt Block House – the oldest building in the area. The family free afternoon includes living history demonstrations and activities in partnership with Civic Season and Made By Us, held between June 19 and July 4 each year.

Monday, July 4: Independence Day at 7507 Kelly St.
3 p.m.
The Lutheran Episcopal Alliance and the Church of the Holy Cross are partnering with local organizations to bring this family-centered Independence Day celebration to Homewood. Relax and grill on the church lawn while enjoying live music, food, and a screening of “Black Panther.” Reserve your spot by calling 412-242-3209.

Monday, July 4: Independence Day at Point State Park
4pm-10pm
Build Point State Park your 4th of July HQ with a family picnic, summer soul line dancing, demonstrations, games and more. As evening approaches, catch performances by the East Winds Symphonic Band and the River City Brass. New this year is an immersive performance of Squonk Opera’s “Hand to Hand” featuring giant puppet fingers, rock music and dueling guitars. The night will sizzle when the Zambelli Fireworks the display bursts into the air at 9:35 p.m.


Carnegie Science Center

Photo courtesy of the Carnegie Science Center.

Monday, July 4: Explosive Science! at the Carnegie Science Center
6pm-11pm
Fireworks look spectacular, but what’s behind the sparks and booms? Infuse your patriotism with starry science and get a perfect view of the fireworks. Enjoy four floors of interactive exhibits, high voltage shows and live music by My So Called 90’s Band. The explosive fun includes guaranteed parking, science demonstrations and even a Pittsburgh cookie table. To buy tickets.

Monday, July 4: 4th of July cruise on the Gateway Clipper
6:45 p.m.
If you prefer to watch fireworks from the water, board an iconic large riverboat for an unforgettable fourth. Stroll to the Third Bridge for breathtaking views, glide along the city’s lazy rivers, and enjoy an Independence Day-themed buffet dinner. The captain will share sightseeing anecdotes and DJs from First Class Entertainment will provide the beats. To buy tickets.

Photo courtesy of Allegheny County.

Thursday, July 7: Dog Days of Summer at Boyce Park
6-8 p.m.
The sweltering days of summer have arrived and now local Fidos have a series just for them at Allegheny County Parks. Enjoy a summer evening of fun and free games with your furry best friend, including a puppy pool and treat bags!

Friday, July 8: Michael Macioce: So Far at Fungus Books
5-7 p.m.
Writer Allen Ginsberg. Musician Sun Ra. The artist Christian Marclay. These are just a few of the legendary cultural figures captured on film by a contemporary photographer. Michel Maciocewho has been practicing photography from his East Village studio since 1982. Be the first to see Macioce’s Pittsburgh work in the city’s newest — and smallest — town. library and meet the prolific artist at tonight’s free vernissage. This is a rare opportunity to see images in print and on display for the first time, including Macioce’s work with Beat-era icons, leading Shimmy Disc bands, avant-garde giant John Zorn and Moreover.

Friday, July 8: Mobile beer market and music on Monday at SouthSide Works
5pm-10pm
the nomad beer market run by Beers of the Burgh and the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild is popping up on the South Side to help Music on Monday sink in the summer. The taps will be flowing with beers from five local breweries as musicians Marabelle Skipworth, Julia Capuzzi, The Roof and The Stonethrowers rock the outdoor stage.

Friday July 8: “The Cherry Orchard” at OneValley
8 p.m.
Classic Chekhov staged in a stylish startup space? If anyone can do it, Quantum Theater can. Company founder Karla Boos stars as Madame Ranevskaya in Libby Appel’s acclaimed adaptation of Chekhov’s greatest and final play. Directed by Katie Brook, Boos is joined by the entire Lehane/Klatscher theatrical family — in a Pittsburgh premiere. In a setting built on the banks of the Mon, the public will discover what happens when Ranevskaya “goes away the train from Paris for a return trip to its precious cherry orchard. To buy tickets.


Saturday July 9: Inside Out at the Carnegie Museum of Art
12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Fill your Saturday with free creative experiences in the sculpture courtyard of the CMOA. Museum visitors can dance to Cuban jazz by Hugo Cruz and Caminos and dance on the dance floor with DJ Mary Mack. Carnegie International artist Rafael Domenech will lead hands-on activities, and attendees can grab lunch or dinner at local food trucks.

Saturday July 9: Kinky Boots at the Benedum Center
2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
You have two more nights to witness “the uplifting true story of a struggling shoe factory that will lift your spirits.” Winner of six Tonys, the show features a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein. Both hilarious and heartfelt, the musical is packed with elaborate costumes, soaring choreography, and a powerful story. You won’t be able to resist dancing in the aisles. To buy tickets.

Saturday July 9: Headspace at Zynka Gallery
5pm-8pm
Head to Sharpsburg to find Headspace. Don’t miss tonight free opening of this must-see exhibition pairing Guyana-born Pittsburgh artist Gavin Benjamin and Dutch-born artist Hans Neleman – “who were once a mentor and protege in New York.” Benjamin’s exhibition program includes three solo exhibitions this fall. One of New York’s leading photographers, Neleman is also acclaimed for his publicity work and videos for bands like The Psychedelic Furs and Toad The Wet Sprocket.

Saturday July 9: Drag ‘N Dance at Moulin 19
6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Drag, dancing and bingo will converge at Hazelwood’s Mill 19 eco-tech center. Play drag queen bingo then dance the night away while enjoying entertainment from Shana Simmons Dance, drag queen Alora Chateaux and DJ Deesus. Proceeds from the outdoor benefit evening will support Shana Simmons’ upcoming dance performance “HYBRID”. To buy tickets.

Saturday, July 9: Marcia Belsky at Bottlerocket Social Hall
7pm-11pm
Pittsburgh’s newest comedy club is actually a retro social hall in Allentown. A highlight of July’s list is comedian and musician Marcia Belsky. Bottlerocket says, “Her song ‘100 Tampons’ about Sally Ride’s journey through space has gone viral during quarantine – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg of her talents.” Belsky has sold out shows in New York and Los Angeles, so don’t miss her in town. To buy tickets.

Sunday, July 10: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Kick-Off Rally at Dual Devils Garage
10am-5pm
One of the region’s most distinctive summer events is starting engines in Houston, Pennsylvania. Imagine cool cars, country roads and a treasure hunt all rolled into one. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday and kick off this year’s expanded Grand Prix. The casual event includes a cooking dinner, Rallye rewards, Helltown beers and a car show tour. To buy tickets.

Sunday July 10: Visit of the gardens on the south side
11am-4pm
The South Siders have very green thumbs as evidenced by this tour presented by the South Side Community Council. Stroll through 11 enchanted spaces – from large gardens with water features to tiny pockets of blooming wonders. Pick up your business card at 18th and Carson streets. To buy tickets.

For more things to do, read 13 things to do in Pittsburgh in July, from the Furries to Picklesburgh. For live music, check out Pittsburgh Concerts in July: Our Guide to the 16 Must-See Shows. For family events, check out 10 Fun Pittsburgh Events for Kids in July.


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