A pinball machine at the Pacific Pinball Museum.
It’s Mario time.
Replay FX, a festival dedicated to arcade, console and tabletop games makes Pittsburgh its home for the weekend.
The festival hosts the largest pinball tournament in history, Pinburgh. Over the three day event, 840 competitors will pinball on over 300 machines.
64 women will compete for a $5000 prize in the first ever women’s pinball competition. Catch the final on July 29 at 2:30pm.
Nostalgic? Replay FX has the classic, 1980 bad-graphic games. Beat your middle school high scores on games like Pac-Man, Tetris and Mario Bros. Bring back your skills from 4th grade with The Oregon Trail Challenge. Live out your NFL dreams on an Xbox 360.
This arcade and gaming extravaganza neglects nothing. Entire rooms of the festival are dedicated to tabletop games.
Take a trip through the Candyland forests or strategize over The Resistance.
Listen to seminars by pinball designers.
Dress your best to compete in the cosplay competition.
Hear some of your favorite theme songs reimagined through rock with Replay’s live music lineup.
Replay FX has it all, no tokens needed.
Mr. Smalls turns religion into rock, rap and more in a de-sanctified Catholic church.
A cigar and scotch bar, outside seating, a full restaurant AND live music? Is there anything that Jergel's doesn't have?
The Rex Theater has taken its Vaudeville roots and become a fixture of everything theater in the Southside.
Tucked into Lawrenceville, Cattivo offers a live music that caters to every taste.
Howlers will make you a part of their family at your first show. The Bloomfield dive bar features local and touring artists.
Come for the roller-skating, stay for the live music.
Two rooms! Multiple levels!
Are you a new artist who needs a stage? Look to Black Forge, where new talent is always welcome.
Tessaro's sticks to the basics. Their burgers are no-frills, no-nonsense, fully delicious.
You're definitely going to need two hands for this.
No vowels needed, too busy devouring a melt-in-your-mouth burger.
Feeling fancy? They'll stamp your burger. It's like a gold star, but better.
Want a half mushroom, half beef burger? Done. Chicken? Of course. The IMPOSSIBLE Burger? They have it. Who says one restaurant can't do it all AND brew their own beer?
Create the burger of your dreams.
Biker, burgers, beer.
This burger is worth a loooooong lunch.
All streets lead to Bier's burgers.
The Tamburtizans are triple threats of international folk dance. The group often includes over 100 musical instruments in each show!
Based on classic ballet, Texture twists textbook basics into contemporary movement.
Possibly Pittsburgh's most well-known company, PBT has been a staple in the city for almost 50 years. The theater presents classics such as The Nutcracker, and also hosts a ballet school.
Bodiography aims to promote love for the human body, through their poised, athletic choreography.
Love glitter? Then you'll love The Velvet Hearts, Pittsburgh's premiere Burlesque troop.
No Fourth of July would be complete without representing the good ol' stars and stripes. You'll notice many Pittsburghers have flags up year-round, but July 4th is definitely the day to go full on with the Red, White and Blue decor.
Americans love their beef, and Pittsburgh is no exception. Burgers have become a symbol of the American diner, and hotdogs bring to mind good times at the local ballpark or strolls through Kennywood.
On July 4th, we are not about that fine china life. Check your fancy table etiquette at the door. Just don't be an absolute pig—especially if you're at someone else's house. The last thing you need to worry about on July 4th is a bunch of messy dishes. Embrace the casual vibes.
Bless the person that decided to call heaping portions of pasta and potato mixed with mayo a salad. Treat yourself this July 4th. We're not here to worry about carbs or calories. Embrace the excess afforded to you in this pretty awesome country and loosen that belt a notch!
It wouldn't be July 4th without a touch of danger. We all have that one relative (the one that gets a little too excited around matches and gasoline) that comes equipped with fireworks straight from Nowheresville, Ohio. Our national anthem does reference bombs bursting in air. We're just really committed to recreating that on our backyard patio.
What game works best with a bunch of tipsy friends loading up on carbs? Cornhole is that Twilight Zone anomaly where being buzzed is an advantage. There's no sharp objects or rigorous physical activity involved, so it's friendly for young and old.
Achieve that hipster, Instagram-worthy ａｅｓｔｈｅｔｉｃ by throwing up some lights in your backyard. It may be the easiest way to transform your patio into a TJ Maxx commercial. Be the envy of your neighborhood by lighting it up. The electric bill will suffer, but your social life won't. Bonus points for Red, White and Blue lights to show your country pride. #murica
It wouldn't be a Pittsburgh party without a table dedicated to the cookie. Be extra and show your patriotism by throwing a little Red, White, and Blue into your sugar cookie mix. Elegantly place your confections on a platter, and now you're basically Martha Stewart 2.0.
Freeze pops taste like the summers of childhood. I'm talking about the frozen sticks of corn syrup and dye placed in unusually heavy-duty plastic wrapping. (I can still feel the frustration of trying to rip one of these bad boys open.) Hand some out to the kiddies and have one for yourself. Cause you should ride that wave of nostalgia on July 4th. We are lucky to have grown up in a country that gave us pretty amazing childhood memories.
Would it be a July 4th in Pittsburgh if it wasn't ridiculously hot? If you're not near a pool, grab some water balloons and Super Soakers to cool everyone down. The kids will love it, but who says adults can take part in the fun either? It's 2018 and being young-at-heart is completely acceptable. Leave your office-space decorum at the door.
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