A Good week starts with—Tequila.

Hey all! We are going to keep this short and sweet since I’m technically still on an unplugged weekend- Shhh.

Let’s get started !


 

Monday July 24

National Tequila Day

  • Where: Take your Pick!
  • When: All day!
  • Cost: Damage done is up to you!
  • Okay, so this is a little different than usual. Since it is National Tequila Day, I’m just going to encourage you to head out and support one of your local watering holes. Some of my favorites for margaritas -El Campesino, Mad Mex, Round Corner Cantina, etc. Cheers!

Tuesday July 25

Whiskey Pairing w. Smallman Galley Chefs

  • Where: Smallman Galley– Strip District
  • When: 8pm-9:30pm
  • Cost: $35
  • Smallman Galley is celebrating their new batch of chefs with a whiskey pairing evening. Each chef will prepare a small bite to be paired with a specific whiskey. Click the link for the menu! If you want to make a night of it, get there early to have dinner from one of the chef options and enjoy happy hour from 5-7 with half off drinks. Smallman Galley is a unique restaurant option helping chefs break into the industry on a smaller scale and hopefully accelerate their career after their time there. Each chef in the class has their own concept “restaurant” within the galley, and you can try something from each whenever you go –I really encourage you to go support what they are doing there!

Wednesday July 26

Aged to Perfection

  • Where: Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse & Whiskey Garden– North Side
  • When: 6pm-9pm
  • Cost: $10 donation at the door
  • KidsVoice Young Professionals is hosting a Speakeasy themed event to help raise money for the Bootstrap Project. The project’s mission is to help foster system youth as they age out of the system and begin to live independently –essentially giving them help and support in a time where they need it most. There will be live blues and country music at the event, as well as games, prizes, and spirits for sale. Wigle Whiskey is donating 12% of all drink and merchandise purchases to the organization…drink up for a good cause!

Thursday July 27

Furniture Chalk Painting

  • Where: Vintage Reborn– Beaver Falls
  • When: 6:30-9pm
  • Cost: $35
  • Always wanted to upcycle a piece of furniture? Envious of the beautifully painted dressers, mirrors, etc all over Pinterest but have no clue how to start? This class is for you. Vintage Reborn will teach you step by step how to rehab your own piece of furniture. Bring you own small piece to work on, or they have pieces to purchase ($5-$25). Your fee includes all materials to transform your piece. BYOB welcome! Follow the link to reserve your spot!

 

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Keep your eye out for the weekend post and a special separate “pup friendly events” post highlighting some remaining summer events where you can bring your pal along! You can also check Instagram throughout the week to preview some photos I took for an upcoming “Trip Report” post. Cheers!

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Need More Pups, Yoga, and Sloths? This Weekend Has it All!

So, I don’t know about you, but planning my weekend way before it hits (as in at work on a Monday morning) makes the week go faster. I like having something to look forward to – along with ample time set aside for naps with the pup.

If you’re still looking for something to fill in the spaces between your naps, check out some of the events happening this weekend!


Friday July 21

Resounding Sound- Texture Contemporary Ballet

  • Where: New Hazlett Theater– North Side
  • When: Various times throughout the weekend with  a special children’s performance at 4pm Saturday
  • Cost: $25 in advance/$30 at the Box Office/$20 for Senior/Student
  • Texture Contemporary Ballet is ushering in 7th season with their new show featuring two live bands, one being Pittsburgh’s own Meeting of Important People! They will play part of their new album Troika, to accompany the new choreography. Support the local arts all around by catching one of the performances.  Check out the promo video for the ballet before you go, and also give Troika a listen- All Rode Off Together is my personal fav!

The Hambone’s Hoedown

  • Where: Hambone’s– Lawrenceville
  • When: 8pm-1am
  • Cost: $5 Cover
  • If you aren’t interested in a theater performance (C’mon, expand your horizons) no fear- Hambone’s is giving you another way to support local art this Friday. Peep some art- check. Dance along to some bluegrass tunes-check. Have a great Friday night- check.

Billy Price w. Clinton Clegg

  • Where: Moondogs Pub– Blawnox
  • When: 8:30pm-11pm
  • Cost: $13
  • It literally never fails. Whenever we have plans, one of our favorite local musicians is like “Surprise, doing a show in town”. Case in point for this show. Both of these musicians on their own are nothing short of amazing. Now you have them paired together? Forget it, one of the best acts you’ll see for sure. This is the pregame to the Pittsburgh Blues & Roots festival that we’ll get to later. Side note- Blawnox might be the most Pittsburgh sounding town. Thoughts?

Saturday July 22

One WHIRL Yoga Fest

  • Where: Point State Park– Downtown Pittsburgh
  • When: 6am-4pm
  • Cost: $35 or $40 at the door
  • Back again is this free all day yoga event. Try out different types of yoga, practice your mediation, sample some Pilates- you can do it all on Saturday all included with your ticket purchase! There will also be a vendor village to browse between your classes. Click the link to check out the schedule and purchase your tickets. Don’t forget your mat and water!

Pittsburgh Blues & Roots Festival

  • Where: Syria Shrine Center– Cheswick
  • When: Gates at 12:30pm, Music at 2pm Saturday AND Sunday
  • Cost: $20
  • Head out for a great day of music benefiting the Autism Society of Pittsburgh. The inaugural year of this festival will feature music, food, and drinks- all family friendly. Proceeds from the event will fund post high school training for Pittsburgh kids! There is seating, but you may want to BYOchair just in case. Check on the line up by clicking the link!

Sunday July 23

Brunch with Valentino

  • Where: National Aviary– North Side
  • When: Seating 1 at 10:30am/Seating 2 at 12:30pm
  • Cost: Adults $37/Children $19.50/Children 3 & Under Free
  • Add this to the list of events I’m super bummed to be missing out on. We did this last year and it was a blast. The brunch was delicious (Catered by Atria’s), and Valentino, the resident Aviary Sloth, and I became best friends*. The brunch is held outside in their beautiful garden area, and your tickets include all you can eat, meet and greet with Valentino, and admission to the Aviary for the day. Bring some cash because they do have a bar with Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas, but it is cash only. If you can’t attend this, there is another one scheduled for later this summer! *Check out Instagram for photographic proof of friendship.

Pups & Pints Yappy Hour

  • Where: Grist House– Millvale
  • When: 2pm-7pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Grab your pup and head to Grist House for their 3rd annual “Yappy Hour”! There will be microchipping, a photo booth, and puppy pools- plus great beer and food from Pittsburgh Sandwich Society. Everything you need to a day of fun with the pup. Pittsburgh Sandwich Society even has a pup menu! Everyone wins!

Christmas in July

  • Where: Il Tetto– Downtown Pittsburgh
  • When: 4pm-12am
  • Cost: Free
  • I always have a few questions about ‘Christmas in July’. For instance, why? Also, and most importantly, WHY ISN’T IT IN JUNE??! Regardless, there always seem to be some fun themed events for the occasion, some even occur outside of a campground. Il Teto’s Christmas party is one. They will have Christmas beers on tap, Christmas cookies, and the halls will be decked. So head out and enjoy a little Christmas cheer in July…I still don’t understand, but hey, if there’s beer…

 

While I try to find a mix of free/paid events for each post, I mostly focus on how awesome an event sounds. But as a reminder I don’t ever write about something that I wouldn’t go to myself or suggest to a friend (I have very eclectic interests, so this doesn’t limit what you’ll see!) I also won’t include a paid event that I wouldn’t personally spend the money on- we all work hard for it! This doesn’t mean that other events aren’t worth attending. If they catch your eye and you think it’s a fair price – absolutely try it out. There is also a matter of time/post length- don’t want to throw too much info at ya! Just wanted to give you that little caveat in case you wondered how/why I write about certain events and not others.

Most importantly: We live in an amazing city that offers us so much, it is definitely worth exploring more and finding new places- what I offer here doesn’t even BEGIN to scratch the surface of what is out there!

Hope you have a fantastic rest of the week and enjoy your weekend! I have a belated birthday adventure weekend planned – so check out Instagram for some snapshots of the festivities (but not until Sunday because it is an ‘unplugged’ weekend!) Cheers!

 

Up this Week: Doggie Bow Ties, Terrariums, and More!

Hey everyone! Hope you had an awesome weekend- ours was busy but great. We made it to Deutschtown Music Festival on Saturday, and it was a blast as per usual. We saw bands at a variety of different venues, my favorite being a new coffee spot in Deutschtown called Kaffehaus. They had Caramel Pretzel Nitro Cold Brew, and now my life will never be the same.

Today we took advantage of having no solid plans. I did a morning stretch class at Bend The Bridge yoga studio in Bridgeville, and it was the perfect way to start my day. I’m currently taking a 6 week beginner’s course there and it comes with unlimited classes for the month- so I’m trying to try as many as possible. I plan on doing a spotlight on the studio once I finish up the course, but you should definitely check them out beforehand!

Then, we spent the afternoon at Mingo Creek Park in Washington County. We are trying to get Luther (our lazy pup) used to going on longer walks so he can camp and hike with us. It was a little hot, but we had a great time and Lu had fun playing in the creek.

Check us out on Instagram for some photos highlighting the weekend!

Now, let’s get into the detail for the week (so we all have time to get ready for Game of Thrones). I must have been feeling a little crafty when I was picking out events for this week, and you’ll see why-Cheers!


Monday July 17

Terrarium Workshop

  • Where: Hough’s– Greenfield
  • When: 7pm-9pm
  • Cost: $42
  • Shake off the 9-5 Monday blues by flexing your creativity! Pop Craft is sponsoring a build your own terrarium workshop at Hough’s. They provide everything you need to build and customize your terrarium: glass containers, succulents, soil, decorations, etc. Hough’s will have beer/food specials during the event.

Tuesday July 18

Dog Bow Ties

  • Where: East End Brewing Company– East Liberty
  • When: 6pm-8pm
  • Cost: $34
  • So, I warned you that I was feeling crafty this week. But seriously DIY Doggie bow ties? Yes, please. Pop Craft will be your hosts again, along with Tori Mistick of Wear Wag Repeat. You’ll pick out the fabric and leather your want for your creation, and use templates provided to create a masterpiece for your fashionable pup. Before you head there, make sure to check out the tap list for East End Brewing Company!
    If you are interested in both craft nights- Pop Craft also offers 3 class for $99, so if you check out their schedule and more classes jump out at you- it might be worth the package!

Wednesday July 19

Yoga in Market Square

  • Where: Market Square– Downtown Pittsburgh
  • When: 5:30pm-6:30pm
  • Cost: FREE!
  • Get your mind right mid-week with some yoga after work. Whirl Magazine is sponsoring an all levels class in the square every Wednesday!. So skip the happy hour (or well, maybe just go after yoga) and spend an hour focusing on yourself. Don’t forget your mat, water, and maybe some sunblock!

Thursday July 20

Local 913 Live

  • Where: WYEP Studios– South Side
  • When: Doors at 6:30- Show at 7
  • Cost: Free!
  • 91.3 WYEP- our cities own independent radio station- hosts free concerts featuring local bands in their studios. Free+local = my favorite combination. This Thursday, Chrome Moses will be playing in the studios. Complimentary beverages from Terrapin Beer Company will be available for the 21+ crowd. Also, if you haven’t listened to WYEP yet, you are seriously missing out.

 

That does is it for this week. Hope it flies by for everyone, and I’ll see you back here on Wednesday to give you some weekend ideas!