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 Weekend: Sci-Fi Night, Pup Walk, and More!

Almost the weekend!

I usually have a hard time narrowing down my list of weekend events- there is just too much. This weekend was even more difficult. With Pittsburgh Craft Beer week starting the amount of noteworthy activities was almost endless. Not to worry, though, I came up with a decent solution, and there is definitely something for everyone this weekend.

Friday April 15

21+ Night: Sci-Fi

  • Where: Carnegie Science Center- North Shore
  • When: 6pm-10pm
  • Cost: $10/$9 for members
  • Check out classic Sci-Fi movies, explore technology, and have some ghoslty conversations with the Steel City Ghostbusters. You can do all of this and so much more at the next installment of the museum’s 21+ up night. Not to mention, you can make and take your own slime. If the slime alone doesn’t sound like a Friday night party–well, I’m not sure what else you want from me.

The Funhouse at Mr.Smalls & AcoustiCafe Grand Opening Party

  • Where: Mr. Smalls- Millvale
  • When: Doors at 8pm/Show at 9pm
  • Cost: NO COVER
  • The venue is celebrating the grand opening of the Funhouse and the new home of AcoustiCafe with a big old party. Some of Pittsburgh’s finest will be there to perform: The Commonheart, Wreck Loose, Morgan Erina, Liz Berlin, and Mikey DeLuca. After the performances, there will be an open stage. Get there early to sign up if you want to perform!

Saturday April 16

Shadyside Pup Walk

  • Where: Liberty School Lot- Shadyside (Corner of Ellsworth/Ivy)
  • When: 9am-2pm
  • Cost: $15 per dog in advance/$20 day of
  • Since I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of our pup (one week until he is home!), I have been on the lookout for pet friendly events. This even is the pup walk/neighborhood yard sale all rolled into one. The 1-mile walk begins at 10am, and all registered pups get a goody bag and a snazzy bandana! The vendors will stick around until 2pm, so check them out after the walk. Follow the link for sign up instructions for the walk or to be a vendor.

Art for Autism 

  • Where: James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy- Northside
  • When: 7pm
  • Cost: $15
  • James Street has been having some great events lately, and this one is no different. The tag for the event is “Good Beer, Live Music, Great Cause”–that pretty much sums it up. Josh Verbanats, Andre Costello and the Cool Minors, and more will be performing. The event benefits the Arts for Autism Foundation of Pittsburgh & Joey Travolta Film Camp.

Sunday April 17

Sunday Funday at the Summit

  • Where: The Summit- Mt. Washington
  • When: 11am-3pm
  • Cost: Cost of food/drinks
  • Brunch for a good cause again this Sunday with 50% of the sales benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The 50% includes food AND drinks so why not have and extra Bloody Mary…or 3.

Silents, Please!

  • Where: The Hollywood Theater- Dormont
  • When: 3pm
  • Cost: $8
  • The next installment of the theater’s Silents, Please! series will feature 2 Charlie Chaplin films: The Pilgrim and A Dog’s Life. The films will be accompanied by world renowned silent file accompanist Dennis James on the organ.



If any of these events don’t do it for you, head over to the Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week site to view a very extensive list of events. Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week runs April 15-24, and events are held at various locations all over Pittsburgh. The events include special craft releases, tap takeovers, collaborations between local breweries, and so much more. Find something that suits your style and support the great craft scene we have happening in Pittsburgh ! Cheers!

Whatever you end up doing this weekend- make it worth it!

Up this Weekend: Birthdays, Rambles, and Food Trucks Galore!

Hey everyone! Hope the week is treating you well so far. If you’re ready to start planning for the weekend (seriously, who isn’t?),  I have some event recommendations worth checking out!

Friday March 18

Happy Burgh-Day

  • Where: Spirit- Lawrenceville
  • When: 7:00pm
  • Cost:
  • Celebrate Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial in true Pittsburgh fashion. The party will feature events such a Whiskey Rebellion obstacle course, a reenactment of the Immaculate Reception, a visit from the Second String Pierogies, and so much more. Spirit will also transform the event space to feature iconic Pittsburgh neighborhoods. So don your birthday suit (er, maybe not) and party in honor of our favorite city!

Randy Baumann’s Ramble at the Rex

  • Where: The Rex- South Side
  • When: Doors at 8:00pm /Show at 9:00pm
  • Cost: $10 in advance
  • If you haven’t heard of Randy Baumann’s Rambles yet, you have been missing out. The night consists of a house band with Randy himself and a handful of Pittsburgh’s most talented. Various local artists take the stage to sing covers of known favorites from The Band, Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, etc. Occasionally, if you are lucky, they will also sing an original song or two. I find myself saying this so often but it is true, Pittsburgh has some great talent. Head to the Rex this Friday to see for yourself. Drop us a line if you go- Matt and I will be there!

Saturday March 19

The Fleet Awakens Food Truck Rally

  • Where: Voodoo Brewery- Homestead
  • When: 3:00pm
  • Cost: However hard you go on the food trucks and beer
  • 19- yes 19!- food trucks will line the streets around Voodoo Brewery on Saturday. This is the first of hopefully many in a series, so head down and make it a success!  PGH Crepes, Berlin Street Food, PGH Taco Truck, and Mac & Gold are just a few of the trucks you can expect to see at the event. So grab some food and a beer and enjoy the last day of winter!

Farm to Flask

  • Where: David L. Lawrence Convention Center- Downtown Pittsburgh
  • When: 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Cost: $20
  • The newest addition to Pittsburgh’s Farm to Table Conference, Farm to Flask will features samples from local distilleries and wineries. Learn how to mix up a new cocktail or two! The Farm to Table Conference is happening all weekend, so check that our while you are at it.

Sunday March 20

Best of Portugal Wine Tasting

  • Where: The Allegheny Wine Mixer, Inc- Lawrenceville
  • When: 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • Cost: $30
  • If you’re feeling adventurous on a Sunday, check out some of the best wines from Portugal at this tasting. You’ll sample around 6 different wines- snacks and a gift bag are included.

Silents, Please! 

  • Where: The Hollywood Theater- Dormont
  • When: 3:00pm
  • Cost: $8
  • In the next part of the theater’s Silent, Please! series, they will be showing Haxan: Witchcraft through the Ages. The Silents, Please! series features silent films accompanied by live music- this Sunday will be Richard Nicol of Pittsburgh Modular Synthesizers. Haxan: Witchcraft through the Ages documents how superstitions and disease epidemics led to witch hunts.


Next, I have a little bit of a plan ahead post that features events from an organization very near to my family’s heart: Jamie’s Dream Team.  Jamie’s Dream Team is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to offering hope to individuals suffering from serious medical conditions, disease, trauma and much more. It is Pittsburgh’s own wish granting organization! They do some great work- but they need our help! Consider attending the events below to help them raise money and allow them to continue to spread their awesomeness and cheer around!

Jamie’s Dream Team Presents: Dallas Marks Band

  • Where: Dave & Busters-Homestead
  • When: Saturday April 9, 2016- 8:00pm-12:00am
  • Cost: $20
  • Join Jamie’s Dream Team in their fundraising even at Dave & Busters. Your ticket includes a concert from Pittsburgh’s own Dallas Marks Band, beer, food, and a $10 playing card. Follow the link to find out more/purchase tickets and help make some dreams come true!

Walk for a Healthy Community

  • Where: Stage AE- North Side
  • When: Saturday May 14, 2016-9:00am
  • Cost: $35(13+) or $20(6-12) and $2 for your dog!
  • Register for the 5k or 1 Mile walk by heading to the website and following the links to walk for Jamie’s Dream Team. Participation directly benefits the mission of the organization- so enjoy a spring day for a good cause.

Enjoy the rest of the week- and I’ll see you back here Sunday for a weekend recap ( we have a special weekend planned!) and a few things to look forward to for the week.