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!

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

Brewgrass

  • 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.

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.