A giraffe and two zebras at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium
Summer Safari at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium. Photo by Paul A. Selvaggio.

What’s going on in Pittsburgh this weekend, June 20-23? Find out here. Know of a cool event? Email us.

If you're attending outdoor events this weekend, be sure to check the event's website and social media for weather updates related to the heat wave, wear a hat and sunscreen, and take plenty of water with you.

Thursday, June 20: World Refugee Day at Schenley Plaza
4-8 p.m.

Join Hello Neighbor to celebrate World Refugee Day and Immigrant Heritage Month. The family-friendly event features cultural performances, uplifting speakers, dancing and live music. Taste cuisine from refugee- and immigrant-owned eateries and shop for handmade artisan products. While having fun, attendees will learn about service organizations supporting our refugee and immigrant communities. Information.

Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23: Pogopalooza in Market Square and Wilkinsburg
Various times

Pittsburgh is a football town, but it’s also a pogo town. That’s why the Pogo Sticking World Championships are returning to Pittsburgh for the 10th time. Things get wild at Friday's High Jump Competition in Market Square as extreme athletes attempt to smash the Guinness World Record. On Saturday, head to Wilkinsburg for Xpogo's Tech Competition and Freestyle Qualifiers. Watch in awe as courageous competitors ride high-tech pogo sticks while maneuvering tricks 10 feet in the air and bouncing across obstacle courses. Sunday’s Freestyle Final features the top 10 qualifiers going for gold. Attendees can try pogo sticks and receive coaching in the free jump area. Register.

Photo by benjamin lehman courtesy of Unsplash.

Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23: Pittsburgh TattooMania at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Various times

Whether you're ready to get inked for the first time or are a veteran tattoo artist, you don't want to miss this mania. Downtown becomes a tattooing mecca when 200 artists from around the world convene for three days of ink, art and merch. Attendees can get tattooed by traveling and local artists alike in one convenient setting. Enter your tattoos into competitions and watch talented ink artists practice their craft. Not ready to alter your skin? No worries because the event offers plenty of entertainment, vendors and “tattoo of the day” events. Tickets. Note: Admission is free on Sunday.

Friday, June 21: Summer Safari at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium
7-11 p.m.

What's black and white and ready for summer? Kick off the outdoor party season at one of Pittsburgh's most anticipated 21+ events. Where else can you “make like a zebra and sport your best basic black and white?” during an evening of food, drinks, music AND animals? The culmination of the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium's 125th anniversary, the safari-themed soiree features libations and bites, friendly animal encounters, live music and photo booth fun. Tickets.

Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23: Let's Groove Tonight: Motown & The Philly Sound at Heinz Hall
Various times

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Motor City and the Philly Sound will blend on stage to create this exuberant concert experience. Led by Broadway superstar Chester Gregory and vocal powerhouses Ashley Jayy and Brik Liam, the evening is full of iconic music by The Spinners, The Stylistics, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls, Diana Ross, Gamble & Huff and Percy Sledge. Philly tunes such as “Ain't No Stopping Us Now” and “Love Train” will share the limelight with magical Motown moments, including “What's Going On” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” Tickets.

Saturday, June 22: Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community at Stage AE
7:45 a.m.

Lace up and get active while helping communities in need. Join walkers across the Keystone State for this effort that has the collective potential to raise more than $18 million for hundreds of health and human service organizations. After registration at 7:45 a.m., the 5K walk will begin at 9 a.m. while the 1-Mile Fun Walk will start at 9:15 a.m. The walk takes place at Acrisure Stadium starting at the Stage AE parking lot. Register.


Photo courtesy of Doors Open Pittsburgh.

Saturday, June 22 & Sunday, June 23: Doors Open Pittsburgh Downtown
10 a.m.-4 p.m.

If you've ever wanted to walk through the closed doors of Pittsburgh landmarks, this is your rare chance to do so. Doors Open is back with a new tour season and you're invited to get nebby inside an impressive collection of Downtown buildings. Highlights include the Romanesque Revival courthouse designed by H. H. Richardson, the 152-year-old Trinity Cathedral and the ornate Dollar Bank Building. New this year is a stop at the National Flag Foundation HQ inside the Koppers Building. Be dazzled by the views from the convention center's roof, step onto the illustrious Heinz Hall stage and sneak into the Omni William Penn Hotel's speakeasy. The open-house format allows you to decide which buildings to visit and when. Tickets.

Photo courtesy of Carnegie Science Center.

Saturday, June 22: Summer Splash & SkyWatch at Carnegie Science Center
10 a.m.-4 p.m. & 9-11 p.m.

Welcome summer with a day of river science followed by an evening under the stars. Start Saturday with a splash as you meet fish, amphibians and reptiles native to our waterways. Cool off as you build a snowman, explore an eco-friendly rain garden and learn about ALCOSAN’s Clean Water Plan. Tour the USS Requin, snap selfies with Frankie the Fish and rock out to live music by Tech25. Night owls will gather after-hours to experience a planetarium performance, head out to the observation deck to check out night sky views in breathtaking telescopic detail and enjoy indoor astronomical activities. Tickets.

Photo courtesy of Vallozzi’s.

Saturday, June 22: Festa di Limoncello at Vallozzi’s Downtown
1-4 p.m.

We might not have the Amalfi Coast but we do have the Festa di Limoncello. Anyone who's been craving the irresistible Italian lemon liqueur — the perfect summer libation — will rejoice to know that after a five-year hiatus, Vallozzi’s limoncello festival Pittsburgh is returning to transform the restaurant’s open-air lounge, sidewalk patio and McMaster’s Way space into a breezy scene. Along Fifth Avenue, festivalgoers will welcome summer in style while being treated to house-made tastings, hand-crafted cocktails, street food and citrus-inspired décor. Tickets.

Image courtesy of Pittsburgh Plant Party.

Sunday, June 23: Pittsburgh Plant Party at Spirit
12:30-5 p.m.

There are so many benefits to filling our living spaces and gardens with plants. Whether you're in the market for a cute collection of succulents, need something green for that DIY macramé planter you just made or are sprucing up your patio, stoop or deck, Pittsburgh's biggest plant event is here to help. The thoughtfully curated market showcases the area's leading vendors, plant shops, collectors, propagators and artisans. Tickets.

And even more to do this weekend …

Keep your Pride celebrations going on Sunday, June 22, at Pride Millvale, the riverfront borough's signature event running from noon to 8 p.m. Read more about Pride Millvale and other events happening all month long in our ultimate Pride guide.

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and SLB Radio Productions. She is co-author of the award-winning book, "Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania." For 15-plus years, she was co-coordinator and marketing director with Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh's first and largest independent craft fair. She makes music as The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.