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: Living History, Vintage Finds, Brunch Around, and More!

Is this April weather real life? We recently moved and I put all of my winter clothes, boots, and jackets in the basement, so you’re welcome for the crap weather. Even though its colder than usual, there are plenty of events worth throwing a jacket on and checking out!

Friday April 8

History Happy Hour

  • Where: Wigle Whiskey- Strip District
  • When: 5pm-8pm
  • Cost: FREE
  • Join Professor Buzzkill as he celebrates his one year anniversary by delivering some Pittsburgh history with a side of whiskey. Pittsburgh Smokehouse will be at the event providing food for purchase, and there will be a raffle for some sweet ‘burgh related books. Wigle whiskey provides the cash bar- there will be a signature drink and a portion of the sales from that drink will be kicked back to fund future Buzzkill events.

Museum Comes Alive: Cocktails and Camaraderie

  • Where: Soldiers and Sailors Hall- Oakland
  • When: 6pm-8pm
  • Cost: $5 at the door
  • This night basically combines my two favorite things into one: American history and alcohol. Experience vintage cocktails, listen to music from the Civil War era, and take a peak at artifacts from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, etc. that are not typically on display. You can do all of this at this adults only night! Your admission includes complimentary appetizers and there will be a cash bar featuring beers from Veteran owned ShuBrew and more.


Saturday April 9

Vintage Pittsburgh

  • Where: Heinz History Center- Strip District
  • When: 10am-3pm
  • Cost: $10 (museum members are free)
  • At the fourth annual Vintage Pittsburgh event, you’ll be able to browse vendors selling vintage clothing, accessories, collectibles, decor, and more. Maybe you want to try your hand at giant Jenga or chess, play vintage video games, and snag some nostalgic candy. After you’ve had your fill of the market, check out the rest of the museum!

Big Bad Wolf

  • Where: Byham Theater- Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District
  • When: Shows at 11am and 2pm
  • Cost: $10.50 in advance/$12 day of
  • This family friendly show is a little twist on the Big Bad Wolf type stories we all know. A little girl befriends the wolf, forming an unlikely friendship, but of course, there will be some obstacles to overcome! Seems like this show will be something everyone could learn a thing or two from!

Sunday April 10

Brunch Around

  • Where: Various Pittsburgh Restaurants
  • When: Sunday morning/early afternoon
  • Cost: Varies
  • Brunch for a cause this Sunday morning. Head to the site to check out which local restaurants will donate a porition of your brunch proceeds to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh. Everyone loves brunch and you need to eat- so why not benefit a worthy cause in the process?

Live Music Yoga

  • Where: James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy- North Side
  • When: 11:30am
  • Cost: Free- donations to cover event cost appreciated
  • A little twist on your regular yoga class. During this vinyasa flow class, you will be treated to live ambient/ atmospheric music. This is the first installment of this monthly series, so if it sounds like something you are interested in, make sure you go and show support! Afterwards, stick around for brunch, Bloody Mary, and Mimosa specials!



Up this Weekend: Bluegrass, a Film Festival, Yoga and more!

Hey everyone! Sorry for the lag- things have been crazy with some end of the winter colds and moving. All of that is almost out of the way now, so we are ready to roll.


Friday  April 1


  • Where: James Street Gastropub & Speakeasy- North Side
  • When:Doors at 7:30pm / Music at 8:00pm
  • Cost: $20 in advance/ $25 at the door
  • Help welcome War Streets Brewery to the ‘Burgh. They will be giving samples of their beers all night while you listen to live Bluegrass featuring Lone Pine String Band and Haygood Paisleys.

J.Roddy Walston & The Business

  • Where: Mr. Smalls Theater- Millvale
  • When: Doors at 7:00pm/Music at 8:00pm
  • Cost: $17.50
  • If Bluegrass isn’t quite your speed, head to Mr. Smalls for a guaranteed good time with this band. I’ve been hooked on them ever since I head their song Heavy Bells (it is also apparently cat approved…Boots loves it).

Saturday April 2

BANFF Mountain Film Festival

  • Where: Carengie of Homestead Music Hall- Homestead
  • When: April 2 at 7:00pm/ April 3 at 5:00pm
  • Cost: Ticket prices vary- ranging from $15- $100 depending on the day and package you want
  • If you are into all things outdoors, or like great adventure films, this festival is for you. They will be showing a collection of various outdoor recreation films throughout the 2 day festival. Films include topics like river surfing in Montana and kayaking over Niagara Falls…you know, casual stuff.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show

  • Where: Spirit- Lawrenceville
  • When: 8:00pm
  • Cost: $5 cover at the door
  • Check out some new Pittsburgh artists while enjoying all you can eat pancakes? Perfect Saturday night. There will also be live music and body painting at the event.

Sunday April 3

Coors Light Opening Day Tailgate

  • Where: State AE- North Shore
  • When: 10:00am
  • Cost: FREE
  • Opening day for the Pirates is the event that really gets me thinking about warmer weather and summer–even though I am usually working and the weather is crap. Well, the weather still won’t be great, but at least it is on the weekend. If you have tickets- or even if you weren’t able to get any (like me)- head to Stage AE beforehand for a free tailgate to celebrate opening day. Bill Crawford from DVE Morning Show will be hosting, and Dunkin Donuts is providing some coffee and donuts. LET’S GO BUCS!

Voodoo Yoga

  • Where: Voodoo Brewery – Homestead
  • When: 11:00am
  • Cost: $12 cash at the door
  • Yoga and beer on a Sunday morning- a pretty good combination. No yoga experience is necessary to enjoy this event, but you are required to bring your own mat. After the class, you’ll enjoy a complimentary glass of beer.