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Free and Affordable Pittsburgh for 6/22: Movies, Music and Munch... for Less!

By Rachel Booth

These are truly the longest days of the year, and I'm pleased to report we have LOTS of ways to fill those days with free and affordable fun! On this week's Free & Affordable Pittsburgh segment on Pittsburgh Today Live, we're talking about a brand new "can't miss" event for local foodies, a super-popular music festival for all ages, and a great way to beat the heat with the kids this summer. We're also talking about some of the best places to get a bite to eat or a great summertime drink! Learn a bit more about each of the things mentioned on this week's show.

Free & Affordable Ice Cream Social
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Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social
Depreciation Lands Museum

4743 South Pioneer Road
Allison Park, PA 15101
(412) 486-0563

Date: Sunday, June 24
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $5/Adults, $3/Children & members

Step back in time and enjoy this affordable old fashioned Country Ice Cream Social. Years ago, these socials allowed for the opportunity to relax the social code and visit with friends and neighbors. For the cost of general admission, you can partake in free ice cream and lemonade. This year, they're featuring a "Fleece to Shawl" demonstration, where sheep fleece will be spun into yarn and then woven into a shawl, all in the space of an afternoon! All other museum fun will be going on as well, depicting life back in the 18th century.

Free & Affordable Kids at the Movies
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Summer Movie Clubhouse
Cinemark Theater in Settlers Ridge

2100 Settlers Ridge Center Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Date: Tuesdays through August 14
Hours: Shows start at 10 a.m.
Price: $1 per show

Looking for an affordable way to beat the heat with the kids this summer? Cinemark in Settlers Ridge offers their Summer Movie Clubhouse for kids. Each Tuesday morning from now through August 14, enjoy great kids movies for only $1. Movies are G or PG rated, so be sure to check what's playing before you go, just in case PG is a bit beyond your little one. With the link above, you'll also find a coupon for $1 off the purchase of a Movie Snack Pack or upgrade to any $2 candy for free with your SMC ticket (paper coupon required). Lots of fun movies in the lineup this year, including Puss in Boots, Winnie the Pooh, Despicable Me and Charlotte's Web!

Free & Affordable Music Festival
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WYEP Summer Music Festival
Schenley Plaza Forbes Avenue in Oakland

Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 381-9900

Date: Friday, June 22, 2012
Hours: Kids activities start at 4 p.m. | Music starts at 6 p.m.
Price: Free to attend

Now in its 15th year, the WYEP Summer Music Festival is practically a Pittsburgh tradition signaling the true start of summer. Spread out on the Schenley Park lawn and listen to some fabulous music! This year's lineup includes Donora at 6 p.m. (I've heard them live - so fun!), Great Lake Swimmers at 7:10 p.m., Sharon Van Etten at 8:25 p.m. and Dr. Dog at 9:45 p.m. Family fun starts at 4 p.m. with great activities for the kids, plus I Made It! Market will be on hand showcasing great local art, craft, jewelry, clothing and so much more. Oh yeah, and it's absolutely FREE to attend and enjoy!

CBS Local Offer
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CBS Local Offers has great deals everyday, anywhere from 50-90% off the retail value. This week, you'll find 50% off wings, burgers, kabobs and more at Archie's on Carson. Pay $7.50 for $15 worth of yummy eats at this fun Pittsburgh sports bar in the South Side. You'll find an unassuming crowd, great food and loads of TV's to watch the big game (you can still come if you're not a Steelers fan, haha!). They have a new menu packed with burgers, sandwiches kabobs and salads - but they're known for their mouth-watering wings, which are also a great value. The voucher is not valid towards alcohol. You can find all the details and stipulations on CBS Local Offers.

What We're Talking About In Best Of
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Maybe it's because I'm hungry as I'm writing, or maybe it's because Pittsburgh has some of the most amazing eats around (yeah, I'll go with that one), but either way, you should check out our Best Of article in Food & Drink - Best Tapas in the Pittsburgh Area. Tapas, or traditional Spanish "appetizers" have become popular across American cuisine and other ethnicities as well. They're also a great way to sample lots of different types of food in the same sitting, and is a great way to go out without spending tons of money on fabulous food. This article offers a nice variety, including traditional Spanish and Moroccan Tapas, unique American small plates, and even Thai Tapas!

Well, we certainly can't talk about all this food without something to wash it down with! In Nightlife & Music, you'll find Best Summertime Bars in Pittsburgh. This article give a nice sampling - whether it's partying with friends, a girls night out, and upscale date, the perfect beach experience (yes - even in Pittsburgh!), or hangin' at the neighborhood bar, you'll find a great place to celebrate this beautiful summer weather with good friends. From margaritas to martinis, this article has you covered!

Rachel Booth & Heather Walsh are the bargainistas behind, Pittsburgh's go-to bargain website for free, affordable & discounted events, activities, products & services. Visit Living Pittsburgh for even more great 'Burgh bargains! You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter! They are also CBS Pittsburgh's Best Of contributors and spokespersons.
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