Calendar of Events in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Cultural District Gallery Crawl

Free (after-dark cover charges may apply).
Looking for a gallery crawl that has everything from comedy to live music to film? Join the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for the spring Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District. Scattered down Liberty Avenue, the crawl features everything from an interactive installation that disseminates information and combats mental health, to an improvised comedy based on audience suggestions at the Arcade Comedy Theater. Late options are available for night owls, including Salsa Friday (the dance, not the dip) from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The next crawl won’t be until July, so why wait? -Lauren Ortego

Cultural District Penn Ave. and Liberty Ave., from Sixth St. to 10th St., Pittsburgh Downtown (map) 412-456-6666

The Neighborhood Flea

This open air, curated flea market is the perfect place to take your mom for a casual stroll on Mother’s Day. Head down to the Neighborhood Flea and pick up a trinket and dance to some music from DJ EZ Lou, all while you drink your morning coffee. Is every restaurant completely booked? Grab some on-the-go gourmet foods from the fleet of food trucks on site, like Pie Bird and Good Chroma. Let Rebecca Bloom read her tarot cards for you for some extra insight. -Celine Roberts

Strip District Strip District, Pittsburgh Strip District (map)

Front Porch Theatricals Presents Grey Gardens

Sun., Aug. 19, 2 p.m.
$35 for adults ($40 at the door), $25 for groups and artists, $20 for students
Translating tragedy into shiny musical theater is a little tired at this point. The novelty of mismatched tones wears off if there's not much else to it, and the winking can get exhausting. The musical-theater transcription of 1975 documentary Grey Gardens is an example of just how well that approach can work if it's executed right. The film focuses on Big Edie and Little Edie, a mother-and-daughter pair living in a dilapidated mansion in East Hampton, reminiscing about their long-gone glory days as upper crust aristocrats (Jackie Onassis was their cousin/niece). On stage, the outsized Broadway-songwriting of the first half captures the glitz of the pair's golden past, whereas the closing act dryly portrays the bizarre, depressing dynamic captured in the film. It's a winning contrast at New Hazlett Theater.

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New Hazlett Theater Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh North Side (map) 888-718-4253

Rockout to Knockout Cancer

Rock ‘n’ roll made its name on not giving a damn. But every once in a while, it’s important to give a damn about some things, and curing cancer is one of them. Rockout to Knockout Cancer is an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Staged this year at Club Cafe, six musical acts will perform and show support for the ACS. This lineup features New York City-based rock singer and Rock and Roll Hall-of-Fame producer Ray Powers, rock singer-songwriter Brian Genovesi, and blues rock group Fetish Noir. Country-rock singer-songwriter Megan Pennington, goth folk singer Carrie Collins and singer Paul McGinty round out the bill.
Club Cafe 56 S. 12th St., Pittsburgh South Side (map) 412-431-4950

Renaissance Festival

You can always tell fall is around the corner when the Renaissance Festival rolls into town. And you can always tell when the festival is in town because some hibernating force awakens and says, “It’s time to gnaw on a giant turkey leg while watching fire breathers.” The festival comes every year to West Newton, complete with jousting, medieval music, and an escape artist named The Great Rondini. There will also be a marketplace with handmade artisanal goods such as art, jewelry, costumes, and weapons. Of course, cosplay is always welcome, so dust off your corsets and saddle up the donkey. Just kidding, pets aren’t allowed.
West Newton Renaissance Festival 112 Renaissance Lane, West Newton North Side (map)

Sun Fest

Free is fantastic for any festival. And the second Sun Fest promises the following freebies: admission, refreshments, and children’s activities. Also, “one of the best stage shows of the year.” Benji, Clara Kent, NVSV and Jacquea Mae are amongst the featured performers. They’ll be joined by Jordan Montgomery, Aleigsha J, and Treble NLS. Also, there will be a bounce house — so, really, what’s not to love?  And promoting love is the mission of this gathering. Founder Livefromthecity aims to bond citizens through art as viewed through hip-hop. Have a better way to spend one of summer’s last Saturdays? Didn’t think so. 
Community Forge 1256 Franklin Ave, Pittsburgh Wilkinsburg (map) 412-501-2055

Summer of Screams Tour

As Warped Tour nears its final trip around the sun and joins the black parade, it’s fitting that another angry, angsty, guitar-filled cross-country tour is starting up. The inaugural Summer of Screams Tour will take metal across the U.S. and up and down both coasts, and it starts right here in the ‘Burgh at the Rex Theater. Headlining the tour will be metal group Mushroomhead, whose avant-garde music is almost as terrifying and raucous as its on-stage masks and dramatic shows. This first show will also feature The Browning, Psychostick, Kissing Candice, UnSaid Fate, Voodoo Terror Tribe, Shrouded In Neglect, and East Koast Craziez.
Rex Theater 1602 East Carson St., Pittsburgh South Side (map) 412-381-6811

Immigrant and Refugee Artisan Showcase

Few of a Kind Bookstore & Gallery is holding an Immigrant and Refugee Artisan Showcase to give some local immigrant artists the chance to share stories through their art. Handmade goods and jewelry will be on display. The opening night will include demonstrations, a henna tattoo artist, and light refreshments. Select items will be on sale through September. The showcase is free and open to public, but a $5 donation is suggested. Money raised goes to the Muslim’s Women Association of Pittsburgh.
Few of a Kind Store 302 1/2 N. Craig Street, Pittsburgh Oakland (map) 412-204-7340

Hard Times THRIFTYthon

The truest test of a podcast, its host(s), and its producer(s) is a live recording; with no filter and no editing, there’s always the potential for a big screw-up. The folks from the podcast “THRIFTY” are hoping that doesn’t happen at Hard Times THRIFTYthon at the Mr. Roboto Project, where guests watch and listen to a live recording of the podcast while partying to raise money to replace the podcast creator's fried hard drive. Three musical acts will perform: dark, groovy “hell pop” act Bluffs, dreamy lo-fi fourpiece yrs, and the Ryan Thompson Cassette Tape Project (not even the organizers know what Thompson has planned).
The Mr. Roboto Project 5106 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh Bloomfield (map)

Apples and Honey Fall Festival

Sun., Aug. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
It may still be August, but fall is right around the corner. Celebrate with the 8th Annual Apples and Honey Festival, a family-friendly event to help transition from those hot summer days to chill autumn afternoons. There will be booths, food vendors, crafts, apples, honey, the whole shebang. New to the festival is a giant Velcro wall (pretty much what it sounds like). Raffles include a pass for a family of four to the Children’s Museum, a Bed & Breakfast package, and more.

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The Waterfront 149 W. Bridge Street, Homestead Homestead (map) 412.467.9157

Hello Neighbor Day

Sun., Aug. 19, 12 p.m.
Immigrants living in America is about as American as baseball. The U.S. is overwhelmingly occupied by people whose ancestors are from somewhere else. On Hello Neighbor Day at PNC Park, people can celebrate those two great American traditions simultaneously. Hello Neighbor, a local nonprofit that pairs refugees with native-born residents, is holding a picnic before the Pirates game. Participants can mingle with immigrants from Africa, Asia and Latin America, all while enjoying peanuts and Cracker Jacks. Discounted tickets are offered, and $5 from the purchase goes to fund Hello Neighbor. Families are encouraged to attend.
PNC Park 115 Federal st., Pittsburgh North Side (map) 412-323-5000

Ballet Under the Stars

Sun., Aug. 19, 5-9:30 p.m.
Everything's a little more magical on summer nights under the moonlight. Bring a blanket and a picnic to Ballet Under the Stars at Hartwood Acres Park and pretend you're in a fairy tale with free performances by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Have a kid who dreams of becoming a ballerina? Come early for family-friendly activities before the show, including dance activities and photo opps with costumed dancers. Don't feel like cooking? Grab a bite from a food truck. Hartwood Acres Middle Road concert area. 
Hartwood Acres Amphitheater 4000 Middle Rd., Pittsburgh Allison Park (map) 412-454-9127

Sri Lankan Food Festival

Sun., Aug. 19, 5-8 p.m.
Adults $20, children under 15 $5
Why pay hundreds of dollars for a plane ticket when you can take your palate down to the Sri Lankan Food Festival hosted by the Pittsburgh Buddhist Center? In this buffet-style fest, the food is homemade and the desserts are plentiful. Dishes include ambulthiyal, with a special Sri Lankan preparation, Dhal (a lentil curry), Deviled potatoes, Mallum (chopped greens with coconut), and so much more. Sri Lankan pastries will be available for purchase alongside hoppers and koththu roti, all freshly cooked for your enjoyment.
Pittsburgh Buddhist Center 111 Route 908, Natrona Heights Natrona Heights (map) 724-295-2525

Bayardstown Reunion

Sun., Aug. 19, 6 p.m.
Free entry and beer with old Bayardstown membership key; $5 otherwise. (
Bayardstown, an unofficial mini-neighborhood in the Strip District, was once home to a child-gang called the Bayardstown Boys, known as the "Rats." More than a century after its reign ended, a summer social club in the 3000 block of Penn Avenue paid homage to the neighborhood's history with a mural of a giant rat as a backdrop for the stage. That stage was put to good use. Weekly gatherings at Bayardstown from 2013-2016 hosted some of Pittsburgh's finest folk/country/acoustic musicians performing for club members chowing down on food-truck fare or just sitting by the campfire. One of the most frequent performers, Paul Luc, aims to recapture the magic with the Bayardstown Reunion at the Pittsburgh Food Truck Park. The details are pretty much the same as a night at Bayardstown in its heyday: music, beer, food, good times. Bonus fact: the Bayardstown Boys reportedly used to skate out onto a Allegheny River to brawl with a rival North Side gang, a story that's unconfirmed and has nothing to do with this show, but is awesome.
Pittsburgh Food Truck Park 52 River Front Dr., Pittsburgh Millvale (map)

Hasan Minhaj

Sun., Aug. 19, 7 p.m.
In April, Michelle Wolf roasted the Trump administration at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and immediately was put on Fox News’ sh*t list, alongside Colin Kaepernick and Nancy Pelosi and lots more (it's a long list). When Hasan Minhaj compared President Trump to Game of Thrones’ psychopathic Joffrey Baratheon at the previous year’s dinner, no such backlash ensued. With any luck, Minhaj’s barbs and wit will continue when his "Before the Storm" tour stops at the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall, and he won’t cause a cable-news fuss. Even if he does, who cares? He’s too smart to give a damn and too funny to stop.
Carnegie Library Of Homestead Music Hall 510 10th Avenue, Munhall Homestead (map) 412-368-5225

LaRoyce Hawkins

Sun., Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago P.D. is a TV show from famed executive producer Dick Wolf centered around a Chicago police department, following beat cops and intelligence unit detectives. LaRoyce Hawkins plays the latter as Officer Kevin Atwater, who often has to deal with racism at his job and personal life. Despite the seriousness of the role, Hawkins is also a comedian, and will bring his stand-up chops to Club Cafe. (This is not the first time an actor portraying a serious cop was also a good comedian — think Christopher Meloni wearing jorts in Wet Hot American Summer). The night will also feature local comedians John Dick Winters and Collin Chamberlin.
Club Cafe 56 S. 12th St., Pittsburgh South Side (map) 412-431-4950

Wolf Parade, Dinosoul

Tue., Aug. 21, 7 p.m.
Wolf Parade emerged as an indie-rock favorite in the early 2000s thanks the eccentric, shuddering vocal style of its singer, Spencer Krug. The Canadian-based outfit released a handful of memorable full-lengths and EPs over its 15-year career, but the heaviest hitter is Apologies To Queen Mary, the massively influential, if underappreciated, 2005 debut. Listen to tracks like "Grounds for Divorce" or "You Are A Runner and I Am My Father's Son" and it's easy to recognize the lineage of a dozen acts that followed in its wake. If the legacy of gleefully odd, slightly sloppy post-punk of the 2000s sounds good, head to Mr. Smalls and catch Wolf Parade with local opener Dinosoul.
Mr. Smalls Theater 400 Lincoln Avenue, Millvale Millvale (map) 412-821-4447

Cinema in the Park: Schenley Plaza

Sundays, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Continues through Aug. 26
Nobody puts baby in the corner! But, go ahead and put her in a stroller and take her to the park. Tonight, Cinema in the Park’s family-friendly free summer movie series kicks off in Schenley Park with Dirty Dancing. Come early for a performance by Wizdom Worldbeat Reggae Band. If you want to see the movie twice, carry a watermelon to Riverview Park this Saturday. Don’t miss free films at nine local parks, including popular hits later this year like Black Panther and films from the Spark! Series, featuring stories from diverse cultures. (P.S. "I carried a watermelon?") -Lisa Cunningham

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Schenley Plaza Forbes Ave. & Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh Oakland (map) 412-682-7275

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