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!

 

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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!

 

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!

Gremlins

  • 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.

Cheers!