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.


Workin’ for the Weekend

Hey All! It’s that time again- time to start day dreaming about your weekend plans. If you still have no idea what to do, or you are looking for something new/unique, read on to find out what’s going on this weekend!

Friday February 19, 2016

Sport, Travel & Outdoor Show

  • Where: Monroeville Convention Center- Monroeville
  • When: Friday 12:00pm-9:00pm/Saturday 10:00am-9:00pm/Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Cost: $12 for adults or $9 with a Subway coupon/Children 12 and under FREE *tickets are cash only
  • Head to the convention center to take care of all your travel and outdoor needs. There is literally something for everyone: live animal shows, boat/kayak sales, fishing seminars, vacation planning, etc. Come see all this convention has to offer!

Good Fridays

  • Where: The Warhol- North Shore
  • When: 5:00pm-10:00pm ( Occurs every Friday)
  • Cost: $10
  • Enjoy half-price admission and a more social atmosphere every Friday at The Warhol. The museum will stay open until 10pm, and guests can enjoy a cash bar in the lobby.

Outback Bash

  • Where: The National Aviary- Northside
  • When: 6:00pm-10:00pm
  • Cost: $20
  •  I have two words for you: BABY SLOTH! The aviary is hosting an Austrailian Outback themed celebration complete with a DJ, cash bar, and dinner on the barbie. You can meet the newest addition to the aviary, the baby sloth- ah!, feed the Rainbow Lorikeets, craft toys for the birds, and much more. This is a 21+ event. Make sure to check the website if you have little ones wanting to visit the sloth and the rest of the feathered friends !

History Uncorked:Toys

  • Where: Heinz History Center- Strip District
  • When: 7:00pm-11:00pm
  • Cost: $75 for General Admission/ $125 for VIP
  • Celebrate the history center’s upcoming Toys of the ’50s 60’s and 70s exhibition with a 21+ party. Your ticket gets you admission to the museum, 2 drink tickets, food/beverage samples from local restaurants, dancing and more. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite old school toy (Barbie, Mr Potato Head, a Slinky?) or in cocktail attire. Make up your mind quickly- ticket sales close February 18 at 11:45pm!

Saturday February 20, 2016

Cherry Pie Hike

  • Where: Jennings Environmental Center- Slippery Rock
  • When: 8:45am-2:00pm
  • Cost: FREE- but reservations are requested for hikes/nature walks
  • Participate in a little history, celebrate George Washington’s Birthday, and EAT PIE. This is a little bit of a drive, but it is definitely worth it for this family friendly activity. You can hike along the North County Trail, visit a reenactors’ camp, and learn about why a musket shot from 1753 is so important.

Tropical Forest Congo Festival

  • Where: Phipps Conservatory- Oakland
  • When:  11:00am-4:00pm
  • Cost: Free with Admission
  • Enjoy family fun as you explore and celebrate the plants/culture of the Congo. You can pot plants to take home, sample African- inspired food, and learn a little about medicinal plants found in the rainforest.

Ghost Hunting 101

  • Where: Andrew Carnegie Free Library- Carnegie
  • When: 5:00pm
  • Cost: $37.92
  • Interested in the paranormal? Then join Brett and TJ from Ghosts n’at in a ghost hunting class. Topics include investigation techniques, ghost hunting history, evidence review, etc. After the class you will have a chance to use what you learned and some tools of the trade to investigate the library. Spooky!

Showcase Noir

  • Where: August Wilson Center- Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District
  • When: 11:00am-8:00pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Shop the Showcase Noir Artist and Designer exhibit/sale. The events features a diverse collection of art, jewelry, photography, and pottery. There will also be live music and artist demos. Check it out to support artists and their work!

Sunday February 21, 2016

Beer Belly Yoga

  • Where: East End Brewing Company- East Liberty
  • When: Doors at 10:00am/Class at 10:30am
  • Cost: $25
  • Enjoy a 45 minute yoga session with a side of beer. Your entry fee includes class, a 13oz glass filled with your choice of beer, and a token for a free class at I am Yoga in  Squirrel Hill. The class is suitable for all levels, and they will have yoga mats if you don’t have one of your own!

Bunny Book Signing

  • Where: Animal Friends- 562 Camp Horne Road, Pittsburgh (North Hills area)
  • When: 3:00pm-5:00pm
  • Cost: Free- but you must register
  • Head to the Animal Friends shelter for a book reading and signing alongside some adoptable rabbits! Dede Rittman, author of Grady Gets Glasses, will read her book about a bunny needing new specs. A perfect way to end the weekend!

Lunar New Year Parade

  • Where: Squirrel Hill – Murray Ave.
  • When: 11:00am-11:45am
  • Cost: FREE
  • Check out this parade that is the finale in Squirrel Hill’s Lunar New Year Festival! The parade will feature local dance groups and various Chinese culture clubs.



I’m still deciding what to do this weekend- there is so much to pick from! We’ve been pretty busy, so I considered just relaxing this weekend, but I REALLY want to see a baby sloth so…relaxing is not on the agenda.

Whatever you do- Enjoy!

As always, if you have any suggestions on places to visit or events you would like highlighted, just let me know- I’d love to hear from you!




Done Hibernating?

According to a ground hog, it is time to celebrate! The best way to celebrate? Leaving the house!

Come out of your Pittsburgh winter hibernation and check out what the city has to offer this weekend. In case you want to make it a family affair, there are a handful of family friendly ideas on the list this weekend, too.

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