Up This Weekend: Free Music, Creepy Dolls, and More!

Hey everyone! Halfway through the week- now is the time to start planning what you’ll do with your freedom!

I’m more excited than normal for this weekend because it is time for my favorite Pittsburgh music festival. Seriously, we anticipate this event all year. Its written on the calendar as soon as the dates are announced, and anyone that has asked us about this weekend has gotten a “sorry, we are busy” for months. This is the event that got Matt and I hooked on the Pittsburgh music scene. Yeah, it is that good.

Read on to find out which festival I am talking about !

Friday July 14

Deutschtown Music Festival

  • Where: North Side– Various Venues
  • When: Friday and Saturday!
  • Cost: FREE
  • 200 local bands, 20+ stages, food trucks, beer garden- what more could you ask for? Whatever your flavor, I guarantee you will find something your ears like. ALL FREE. Many of the stages/venues are family friendly, and some are even pup friendly! Head to the website to check out the extensive schedule and map of venue locations. They have a free shuttle, too,  so no worries about trying to lug the whole family from the Park Stage to the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse. Seriously, do yourself a favor and just check it out.

Crafts & Drafts: Kreepy Dolls

  • Where: Contemporary Craft– Strip District
  • When: 6pm-9pm
  • Cost: $35 (21+ only)
  • Create your own Kreepy Doll at this happy hour workshop. Local artist Daniel Baxter will help you combine patterns to sew your own doll to take home. Two drinks are included with your ticket- So come unwind from the week and create something with your own imagination!

Sustainable Sipping

  • Where: Frick Environmental Center  – Squirrel Hill
  • When: 6:30pm-9pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Sipping on some cocktails while learning about air quality and making a terrarium? Sign me up. The Frick Environmental Center hosts these happy hours the second Friday of every month, each with a different theme. This month focuses on health. Red Star Kombucha will serve up the cocktails and Buffalo Rose will supply the tunes.

Saturday July 15

Pittsburgh Zoo- Learn to Dive

  • Where: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium – Highland Park
  • When: 10am-4pm (also on Friday and Sunday)
  • Cost: Included with zoo admission
  • Go Dive Now is bringing their traveling scuba pool to the zoo! Located in the PNC Pavillion (near the aquarium), participants 10 years and older (and minimum 54in tall) can try out scuba diving. All you need is a bathing suit and towel, Go Dive Now provides the rest!


  • Where: Hollywood Theater– Dormont
  • When: Doors at 3:30pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Sometimes you just want to sit in the AC and enjoy a movie, I get it. If that is what you’re feeling this Saturday, head to the Hollywood Theater for a free showing of Gremlins. Seating is first come first served, so get there sooner rather than later. Before or after the show, walk around Dormont for their Christmas in July event.

Welcome to the New Wave: 90’s & Early 2000’s Dance Party

  • Where: Spirit – Lawrenceville
  • When: 10pm-2am
  • Cost: Ladies no cover until 11pm- Men $10
  • Don your best 90’s or Early 2000’s attire -yikes- and get ready to party like you’re at your middle school dance. Awkward dance moves encouraged. There will be an open bar from 10-11 (while supplies last) and a cash prize for the best throwback outfit. This event sold out last year so show up early!

Sunday July 16

Yoga in the Garden

  • Where: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden– Oakdale
  • When: 10am-11am
  • Cost: $7 for members $17 for nonmembers (includes class and access to the gardens)
  • This all levels class will be held by the Lotus Pond (it is beautiful). Make sure to give yourself enough time to park, pay, and walk to the pond before class starts. No need to preregister, but you do need to BYO mat and water! Don’t forget to leave some time afterwards to explore the trails and learn more about the gardens. It is always expanding, and they have some amazing surprises there.

Polish Hill Arts Festival

  • Where: Polish Hill
  • When: 12pm-9pm
  • Cost: Free
  • This 10th annual event features 30+ artist, food trucks, hands-on art demos, and more! Head out and support community artists while picking up some hand-made treasures. Family friendly!

Small Shop National Ice Cream Competition

  • Where: Klavon’s Ice Cream Parlor– Strip District
  • When: 1pm-7pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Head to Klavon’s to see small ice cream shops battle it out for bragging rights and to be crowned ‘Best Ice Cream in America’. There’s also a bounce house (hard to pass up, right?) and live music/entertainment. Klavon’s is right over the Hill from Polish Hill, so make a day of it!


So  you’ve seen by now that Pittsburgh offers such a wide variety of events. I try to pull in as many different types of events as possible so there is something that hopefully appeals to everyone

Whatever you decide to do-I hope its enjoyable! Check out our social media accounts for pictures/videos from all the events we head to this weekend!

If you are a part of an organization, company, volunteer group, etc. that has an event you want me to highlight- send it on over! I would love to help spread the word about whatever likely awesome event you are hosting.



Up This Week: Car Shows, Opera, and More!

Hey Everyone ! Hope you all had a great weekend. We enjoyed having the rare weekend with nothing we HAD to do. Summer always seems to pack our calendar with obligations and other fun, so it was nice to just decide on a whim what we wanted to do- which for us usually means hiking and beers from our absolute favorite, Hitchhiker Brewing . Seriously, I don’t think it gets any better than them.

If you’re looking for some more fun, I think you’ll like the featured events this week. They are a good mix of chill and fun- perfect for a weekday evening!

Monday July 10

PVGP Walnut Street Invitational Car Show

  • Where:Walnut Street- Shadyside
  • When: 5pm-9pm
  • Cost: Free !
  • Head down to Shadyside to check out this invitation only vintage car show. Spend the evening checking out cars and all of the great spots on Walnut Street. I am admittedly not very interested in cars in general, but even I always enjoy walking around a car show- always neat things to see! Walnut Street also has a ton of restaurants, cafes, and shops, so there is something for the whole family.

Tuesday July 11

Opera In the Bar

  • Where: Wallace’s Whiskey Room + Kitchen (in the Hotel Indigo)- East Liberty
  • When: 5pm-7pm
  • Cost: No Cover!
  • So we’ve all have probably heard some happy hour jams at a bar before. But, have you ever heard opera in a bar? Me either. Change that by heading to Wallace’s Tap room for their happy hour event. No cover, happy hour specials, and $6 valet parking. Tuesday is usually pretty awful, but this could make it a little better.

Wednesday July 12

Flight Night with Bahn Mi

  • Where: Bierport- Lawrenceville
  • When: Seatings at 6:30pm and 8pm
  • Cost: $20
  • Bierport is pairing with Bahn Mi & Tito bring you an evening of beer flights and delicious Bahn Mi sliders. Each seating will feature 4 beers paired with 4 specially selected sliders. Bierport also has a vast selection of beers to mix and match to take home. They really have something for everyone so make sure to pick up some for later- you know, for pregaming whatever cool event I tell you about for Friday.

Thursday July 13

Cooking from the Garden

  • Where: Soergel Orchard’s Garden Center- Wexford
  • When: 7pm
  • Cost: $5
  • Did you plant some veggies/herbs this year and have literally no idea what to do with them? Maybe you took part in a CSA and don’t know what to do with all your produce. Or, maybe you just want to pick up some cooking tips and recipes using seasonal produce because you are a responsible consumer like that. Whatever your reasoning, head to Soergel Orchard for their demo on how to cook from the garden. You’ll get tips and recipes to bring into your own home to impress your friends, significant other, or cat, and (BONUS) Arsenal Cider has a satellite location at the orchard so you can sample some amazing hard cider before your class. Win win!

Hope you found something on the list you are considering checking out! I’ll see you back here in the middle of the week to get a jump-start on planning the weekend. I am really excited to bring you this weekend’s posts because I get to share one of my absolute favorite local events with you. You’ll have to check back and see what it is this week! Cheers!


Up This Weekend: Music, Yoga, and More!

Hope everyone had a fun 4th and a quick work week! Shorter work weeks always seem to drag for me for some reason- UGH.

If you’re still looking for some things to do this weekend, check out the list below for some options! Enjoy!


Remember to click on the links for more event information and directions!

Friday July 7

I Made It! Market

  • Where: Southside Works Shopping District
  • When: All Weekend! Friday 5pm-10pm, Saturday 12pm-10pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Head to the Southside Works for some music, crafts, food, and fun! All weekend long, local vendors will line the streets of Southside Works with their work. There will be a food truck roundup, as well as live entertainment and adult beverages for purchase! Supporting local artitsts while listening to music and enjoying some beverages–sounds like my kind of weekend.

First Friday

  • Where: Clearview Common- Mount Lebanon
  • When: 7pm-10pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • All through the summer, on the First Friday of each month, Mount Lebanon hosts family friendly concerts in the Clearview Common square. This month they are featuring The Red Beans & Rice Combo.  Head out to hear some New Orleans style jazz and relax to end your week and start the weekend. It doesn’t mention it, but the times that I have gone, there has been beer/snacks to purchase.

    Saturday July 8

Imbibe Northside

  • Where: Mattress Factory Museum- North Side
  • When: 7pm-10pm
  • Cost: $25 or $50 for VIP (early entry)
  • Check out this event hosted by the Mattress Factory for an evening of food, drinks, and installation style exhibits. If you’ve never been to the Mattress Factory, it is definitely  worth the trip. Local wineries, distilleries, and breweries will be on hand to provide your libations while you peruse the the exhibits. Best part? Your ticket gets you FREE DRINKS all night, that is a small price to pay for great drinks and interesting art.

Omnimax Movie Marathon

  • Where: Carnegie Science Center- North Shore
  • When: Saturday 10am-Sunday 5pm
  • Cost: $10 for nonmembers $5 for members
  • Guys, did you know they are getting rid of the Omnimax? Sad. To go out with a bang, Carnegie Science Center is hosting a 31 hour movie marathon event. Starting at 10am on Saturday until 5pm on Sunday, the museum will be OPEN and showing movies in the theater. Your entry is good for the entire time. Want to see the movie they are showing at 10am, go to the casino, then come back for a movie at 5pm? Cool. Want to stop in at 5am to catch the show? Great…but also, why are you awake? On top of the movies, the floors of the museum PLUS Highmark Sportsworks, live food demos, and the planetarium will be open for the duration of the marathon. There will also be food and a cash bar. It will be like your elementary school field trip–but way better. Check out the museum’s page for a full listing of movies, times, and other events happening throughout the day.

Sunday July 9

Yoga at the Ranch

  • Where: Cadillac Ranch- Robinson
  • When: 8am-11:30am
  • Cost: $30
  • So, you want to be healthy on a Sunday morning, but you also kind of want some cocktails and french toast(story of my life)? Great. Cadillac Ranch has you covered. Your ticket to the event includes a 75 minute all levels flow class on their patio from the ladies at Pure Power Yoga. After the class, enjoy your brunch and a cocktail of your choice (included with the price). Don’t forget your mat!

Bach Beethoven & Brunch

  • Where: Mellon Park- Shadyside
  • When: 10:30am -12pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Bring your blanket to sit on, some brunch to snack on, and relax on the grass while listening to some classical music in the park. The Bagel Factory will be on site with food, but you are also encouraged to bring your own picnic basket -just no alcohol or glass please! This Sunday features classical music from the Pine Creek Community Band.

It doesn’t matter if you want free, family friendly, or everything in between- there is something for everyone in Pittsburgh!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend. I’ll see you back here Sunday night to plan for the week! I’m also working on the first Local Business Spotlight post, so keep an eye out for that next week- Cheers!