Every Friday from June 23 through September 8, 2017, the Frick will offer an exciting and diverse lineup of entertaining performances, family-friendly activities, wine bars and varied dining options, including dinner at The Café at the Frick, casual food from local food trucks, and the opportunity to picnic on the lush Frick grounds. The 12-week, outdoor-focused series features a variety of musical performances, activities for children and families, and other entertainment appealing to all ages and tastes. In addition, this summer on Summer Fridays evenings, the first floor of Clayton, the restored Frick family home, will be open to the public with free admission from 5:00–8:00 p.m. Admission-free performances are held on the North Lawn on the Frick grounds each week beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Support for the series is generously provided by KeyBank.

Performances begin at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The entire Frick site is open until 9:00 PM every Friday. In the case of inclement weather, outdoor performances and activities may be cancelled or delayed. Please visit us on Facebook for the most up-to-date event information.

Season highlights include a range of Pittsburgh-based performers as well as selected artists from outside the region, such as folk rock group The Coteries, The British Invasion Experience, singer-songwriter JD Eicher, singer Elle Casazza, and Pittsburgh own Nied’s Hotel Band, and more. (Complete schedule follows below.)

On each Summer Friday evening, Frick visitors will be able to:

Enjoy free performances and family-friendly activities.

View the exhibition, Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty at The Frick Art Museum.

Tour the first floor of Clayton, the historic Frick family home, free of charge

Dine at The Café at the Frick from 5:30–8:00 p.m. Reservations welcomed, and are available to members and non-members.

Mingle at the wine bar on the terrace of The Frick Art Museum (cash bar).

Enjoy walk-up service at the new Café Wine Bar, adjacent to The Café at the Frick.

Enjoy fare from a diverse selection of local food trucks.

Picnic on the Frick grounds—visitors may bring their own basket, blanket and beverages! The Café offers bottled wine sales.

Shop at the Frick Museum Store inside the Grable Visitor Center.


Admission to the Frick grounds for everyone—FREE
All admissions and tours for Frick members—FREE
Admission to Clayton on Summer Fridays evenings—FREE
Admission to the exhibition, Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty—$10 general admission; $8 senior/student; $6 children ages 6–16; Free for children ages 5 and under and active-duty military and their immediate families.


All performances will be held on the North Lawn, between Clayton and Lexington House, unless otherwise noted.

June 23:
IMPORTANT UPDATE: We regret to announce that due to inclement weather all outdoor performances, activities, and food vendors scheduled for Friday, June 23 are cancelled. Free tours of the first floor of Clayton will be available until 8:00 p.m. The Frick Art Museum, Car and Carriage Museum, Grable Visitor Center, Greenhouse and Café are open until 9:00 p.m.

Mac & Gold, Proper Brick Oven, SS BBQ, and Sugar & Spice Ice Cream food trucks
The Coteries are a female-fronted folk rock trio whose music is steeped in steeped in their travels and the back roads of the American countryside. They have performed alongside the likes of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Blondie, Cold War Kids, and The Fray at major festivals, including Divide and Harmonium Music Fest.

June 30: The British Invasion Experience
BRGR, PGH PoBoy, and Stickler’s Ice Pop Co. food trucks
From the Fab Four to Pink Floyd, The British Invasion Experience delivers a high-energy acoustic performance that pays tribute to the Beatles and includes dynamic renditions of well-known hits from the likes of The Kinks, The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones, Cream, and Led Zeppelin.

July 7: JD Eicher
PGH PoBoy, Stickler’s Ice Pop Co. and Wood Fired Flatbreads food trucks
Youngstown, Ohio native JD Eicher’s soaring and graceful pop-rock songcraft has garnered favorable comparisons to Coldplay, The Killers, and Death Cab for Cutie. He has shared the stage with such artists as the Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Pete Yorn, Bryan Adams, and Kelly Clarkson.

July 14: Family Night—Center for Young Musicians (north lawn) and The Emotions (Community Courtyard)
Bull Dawgs, Las Chicas, and Sugar & Spice Ice Cream food trucks
Join us for family night! Express yourself with The Emotions (characters from Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out) as they play games, tell stories, and end the evening with a colorful dance party! From Center for Young Musicians, a student group composed of young musicians aged 5–18 years playing violin, cello, and guitar will also perform this evening.

July 21: King Fez
Bull Dawgs, PGH Sandwich Society, Proper Brick Oven, and Stickler’s Ice Pop Co. food trucks
Pittsburgh-based King Fez is a six-piece belly dance rock band. They perform a blend of original and traditional music that bridges the gap between eastern and western cultures.

July 28: Elle Casazza
Burgh Bites, SS BBQ, and Sugar & Spice Ice Cream food trucks
Singer Elle Casazza’s music evokes a bygone era, when jazz and soul reigned supreme. She has performed extensively in the Chicago area since 2011, as a solo artist as well as with her five-piece band. Her performance at the Frick will feature the full backing group.

Aug. 4: In Bed By Ten dance party (North Lawn) and Frick Staff Art Sale (Community Room)
Franktuary, Mac & Gold, Waffler, and Stickler’s Ice Pop Co. food trucks
Since starting in May 2015, In Bed by Ten has taken Pittsburgh by storm with jam-packed dance parties that start and end early. If you don’t have time to stay out until 2 AM to get down, this is the dance party for you! Organized by Kelly Beall of Design Crush and Matthew Buchholz of Alternate Histories, we’ll have you up on your feet right after dinner, and home in bed by ten. Special family-friendly edition!

Aug. 11: Tuika’s Polynesian Island Magic
BRGR, PGH Sandwich Society, and Sugar & Spice Ice Cream food trucks
Directed by Samoan native Tuika and Cindy Faumuina, Tuika’s Polynesian Island Magic delights audiences with engaging performances that feature dancing, drumming, and singing. Prepare for an evening of island-themed fun for all ages!

Aug. 18: The Mixus Brothers
Franktuary, Proper Brick Oven Pizz, Nakama, and Stickler’s Ice Pop Co. food trucks
The Mixus Brothers have been performing their unique brand of foot-stomping Americana since meeting in 2011.Typically a duo, The Mixus Brothers will be joined at the Frick by fellow musicians and family members Jed “Sonny Mixus” Dixon on lead guitar, Stephen “Doc Mixus” Weiss on fiddle, and Keith “Cletus Mixus” Reed on Bass.

Aug. 25: The Optimists
Las Chicas, Wood Fired Flatbreads, BRGR, and Sugar & Spice Ice Cream food trucks
Consisting of four veterans of Pittsburgh’s rock scene, The Optimists is a roots pop band whose members have perfomed in such groups as The Aviation Blondes as well as local legends Hector in Paris, Affordable Floors, and The SPUDS, among others.

Sept. 1: The Pitt Pendulums (North Lawn) and Emily French (The Frick Art Museum terrace)
Mac & Gold, Pgh PoBoy, Vagabond Taco Truck, and Stickler’s Ice Pop Co. food trucks
University of Pittsburgh-based co-ed acapella group The Pitt Pendulums performs music from variety of genres, such as pop, rock, jazz, and hip hop—including material by Chance the Rapper and Adele. Singer Emily French performs cover versions with a folky twist. At the Frick, she will be accompanied by Thomas Nicholson on guitar.

Sept. 8: The Nied’s Hotel Band
Burgh Bites, Onion Maiden and Sugar & Spice Ice Cream food trucks
The Nied’s Hotel Band delivers the hardworking, blue collar, muscle that has made Pittsburgh a legendary rock and roll city. A recent review by The Pittsburgh City Paper proclaimed, “The Nied’s Hotel Band could be called The E-Street Band of Pittsburgh.”

Click here to read the news release.