Lance Welliver, Director
Butler County Parks and Recreation
184 Alameda Park Road
Butler, PA 16001
Alameda Park: 724-284-5383
Alameda Pool: 724-284-5384 (June - August)




Free Events in Alameda Park


Alameda Storytime Adventures


Join us every Thursday at lunch time (11:30am-12:00pm) starting June 15th, through August 10th. No registration required, it is entirely FREE. Located at the Rotary Shelter near the entrance to Purple Park. 



Monday's Movies in the Park


Join Butler County Parks and Recreation as we offer FREE movies in the park. Located at the Masonic Shelter, this area will be sure to keep you dry for any bad weather. We offer free popcorn and a movie on the BIG SCREEN! All movies are family based. 


Monday June 26th @ 8:30pm “Storks”

Monday July 10th@ 8:30pm "Good Dinosaur"

Monday July 24th@ 8:30pm “Finding Dory”

Monday August 7th@ 8:30pm “Angry Birds”



Free Family Concert Series


The Butler County Parks and Recreation Department invites you to our FREE Family Summer Concert Series at Alameda Park.  Our concerts will begin at 6:30 pm and will take place in the Odd Fellow Gazebo.  



Washboard Tony & Son                                                  Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer Concert Series with the return of a butler favorite Washboard Tony. This time he is with his son Nick together as a duo. Good singing and good playing. Unplugged and seated concert with folk music with a twist, as well as originals. Special guest appearance of Tony, a cancer survivor playing with the message of hope. Don't miss out on this event for a fun night out. 


Washboard Tony presents "Friends with God"          Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Washboard Tony presents his friends from Butler, PA "Friends with God". Join the us for the evening and enjoy the contemparty christian band. 


Muddy Creek                                                                    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

“Muddy Creek” a four-piece acoustic band that takes you from the 70's on up to today. Slow and bluesy one minute, folk and bluegrass the next, with a sprinkling of Rock ‘N’ Roll for good measure. Guaranteed to be a great time! 


Greater Cranberry Mens Chorus                                    Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Greater Cranberry Chapter Bogmeisters Chorus is a part of the Barbershop Harmony Society which is the world’s largest male a cappella singing organization with approximately 26,000 members in the US and Canada plus affiliates in nine other countries. We sing barbershop style music for recreation, performance and in competitions.  The goal of the Bogmeisters Chorus is to preserve the original American artform of barbershop harmony and we work very hard at trying to perfect the wonderful close harmony that is uniquely its own. 


This, That & The other Thing                                                 Tuesday, July 11, 2017

We're a family band, which makes things fun. All three of us sing lead and we have strong three part harmony. Michelle plays bass, Tony plays guitar, and the Vince plays drums! The two young ones have been playing professionally for 5 years, the old guy has been playing for 35 years. We play classic rock, mostly 60's and 70's. Check out our extensive song list. There is a picture of our list in our photo album.(Titled "Song List") There are also some videos and audio recordings so that you can see and hear us in action.


The DooWop Shoppe                                                             Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Join The DooWop Shoppe for "An Evening of Golden Memories".  This concert features The DooWop Shoppe who will pay tribute to the lead singers and groups of the past who brought us a   "Lifetime of Golden Memories".

Kittanning Fireman's Band                                              Tuesday, July 25, 2017
We are a volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the traditions of the classic Amercian marching band and its music. Our band has celebrated many Pennsylvania State Championships and is always working to uphold the excellence and repeat in years to come. We also have had the honor of performing numerous times at Heinz Field as guests of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Eugene & the Nightcrawlers                                          Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Eugene and the Nightcrawlers is a good ole bluesy band that will be belting out a Chicago/delta style blues sound that will be sure to get you moving and tapping to the beat.  This popular local group is certain to leave you wanting more.  Make plans to be here and enjoy their great sound!   
Kittanning Community Band                                            Tuesday, August 8, 2017
The Kittanning Community Band is a volunteer concert band directed by Mr. Jason Venesky. The band, formed in 2016 with over sixty playing members, has a diverse and entertaining repertoire from Sousa marches to modern pop, movie soundtracks, show tunes and more. The KCB is based at Armstrong High School in Kittanning and welcomes new members ages 15 and up. 


North Star Kids                                                            Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The award winning North Star Kids, ranging in age from 8 to 14 years old, have performance selections suitable for all occasions and for groups of any size. The NSK have been featured on the live stage as well as on television, in recordings, and in commercials.  Including performances with Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Barry Manilow, the New York Broadway Touring Company, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and many others.


Free Outdoor Discovery



The Butler County Parks and Recreation Department would like to invite you to our FREE Thursday night programs at Alameda Park.  The majority of our programs will begin at 6:30pm and will take place in the Carousel Shelter, unless otherwise noted. Please refer below for details, exact times and locations.




History of Butler's Movie Theaters          Thursday, June 15, 2017
Join Bill May as he brings back the glory days of Butler's theaters from opera houses to movie theaters including the Comique, Majestic, Capital, Penn and our grand movie palace "The Butler". Rare photos, video clips and stories will make the theater marquees shine once more. The talk will also highlight famous Hollywood stars who claimed Butler as their home town.


Mad Science of Pittsburgh                                       Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mad Science of Pittsburgh will be joining Butler County Parks and Recreation this summer! This program is a wonderful exploration of the phases of matter, from liquid to gas, solid to liquid and even solid to gas.  Scissors will unexpectedly sizzle and carbon dioxide bubbles willl pop as the chilling properties of dry ice are revealed. The boiling temperatures of various matter is explored. Bubbles and fog abound in this fast-paced program. 


Playthings Etc.                                                            Thursday, June 29, 2017

Playthings Etc. is the World's Coolest Toy Store! Inside this spaceship shaped building there are awesome toys for the entire family! It is the coolest toy store experience you will ever have. While inside you can play with toys and see cool demonstrations. Come see why so many families make Playthings Etc. the most anticipated part of every visit to Butler County. Join Playthings Etc. with some cool toy demonstrations for your children to see. 


Animal Tracks                                                                  Thursday, July 6, 2017

Join our educational, interactive and entertaining experience. Everyone will get the opportunity at the end of the show to touch one of these animals. I will also take random volunteers to come up and participate in the show by touching or holding one or two of these amazing animals. All the kids will get to meet 2-3 live animals and touch at least one of them. I also provide 4 biofacts (see definition below) for the kids to touch and even hold.


AL-Mazing Magic                                                            Thursday, July 13, 2017

A magician from Pittsburgh, PA that specializes in entertaining kids and family audiences, come and join the mysterious fun! Stage Show will entertain a crowd big or small. Al's show is self contained, awared winning, clean humor, with audience interaction and FUN for everyone!


Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!                                                       Thursday, July 20, 2017

Discover the fascinating and mysterious world of bugs through a discussion and craft. Craft will be limited quantities. We will unlock some of the mysterious of fireflies along with a craft. We will also explore the world of spiders, bees and mosquitoes. Did you know the female mosquito bites? Find out why and much more!


Let there Be Slime Animals                                         Thursday, July 27, 2017

"Let There Be Slime!"  Join Naturalist April Claus as she introduces you to things that creep and slither.  This hands-on interactive environmental program introduces you to the reptiles and amphibians of Pennsylvania.  Learn how to identify frogs and toads by their call, examine touchable models and learn how to identify the poisonous snakes that live in our state. Meet and touch some LIVE snakes, toads, turtles, and salamanders that are native to Western Pennsylvania. You will be amazed at the important roles these animals play in our ecosystem. 


Animal Architecture                                                      Thursday, August 3, 2017

Nests, webs, burrows – What do they all have in common?  These are all architectural creations of animals.  One of the driving forces behind animal architecture is the use of available materials and their great building skills which aid them in achieving their intended purpose.  We will discuss a variety of architecture from many different animals and observe the materials they use, the purpose of the architecture and its similarity to man’s. We will also be bringing an ant farm to demonstrate animal building skills.
Venemous Snakes of PA                                                 Thursday, August 10, 2017 

Join the Moraine state park naturalist to learn about all the snakes we have in Pennsylvania.  Don’t let their scales and appearance fool you…snakes play an important role in the environment.   Find out what’s real and what’s not, from the venomous to the perfectly harmless and much, much, more.  Live snakes will be on hand, so don’t miss out on this grand opportunity. 


The Biddle Boys - Escape and Death of Butler County’s Most Notorious Outlaws            Thursday, August 17, 2017

Butler County’s most famous outlaw’s--“The Biddle Boys”—comes to life in this exciting program by master storyteller Mr. Bill May. Ed and Jack Biddle had killed a grocer and a police detective in Pittsburgh in 1901 and were sentenced to hang in the Allegheny County Jail. After a daring escape their journey north would eventually bring them through the streets of the City of Butler and a terrifying shootout with police on the road between Mt. Chestnut and Prospect. Don’t miss this incredible true story with rare photos and newly discovered details. Bill May has mesmerized audiences with his “Butler Ghost Walk” held each October in downtown Butler and with his “History of Alameda Park—Butler Disneyland” presented each June as part of Alameda Park’s Outdoor Discovery program.  Join us in the Carousel Shelter at 6:30 p.m.


If you have a suggestion for a future program, or can be an instructor for a program or class, please send your resume, course synopsis, and your fee to the Butler County Parks and Recreation Department.