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After spending all winter cheering on the Steelers, it’s time to put away the sweats, get off the couch, and go play some sports yourself. Nah, just kidding. It’s Pittsburgh, which means it’s just time to go watch other people play different sports while stuffing your face with hotdogs and Crackerjacks. There are lots of local teams playing in spring, like the Steel City Roller Derby (facebook.com/steelcityrollerderby), whose season just kicked off last week; Pittsburgh Passion (pittsburghpassion.com), the city’s women’s football team, has its home opener on Sat., April 6; and we can’t miss mentioning the Pittsburgh Penguins’ (nhl.com/penguins) whose regular season wraps up the first week of April. (Fingers crossed they make it to the playoffs.)

Two teams in town offer amazing views of the Downtown skyline while taking in a live game. The Pittsburgh Pirates (mlb.com/pirates) home opener kicks off at 1:05 p.m. on Mon., April 1 with breathtaking views from inside PNC Park, right by the Allegheny River on the North Side. Want a different view of Downtown? Check out the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (riverhounds.com) across the river at Highmark Stadium in Station Square, for its home opener on Sat., April 13. There’s nothing quite like seeing a soccer ball soaring through the air in front of the skyline on a beautiful spring day.

— Lisa Cunningham

Drinking Spring

Pull your walking shoes out of their winter hiding spots because it’s time to revisit a beloved warm-weather activity: bar crawls.

In Bloomfield, start at Tina’s and Brillobox, then head down Liberty Avenue to enjoy some open-air seating at Lot 17. Down Western Avenue on the North Side, hit Allegheny City Brewing before moving onto Siempre Algo, Max’s Allegheny Tavern, and ending in Federal Galley’s beer garden. 

Discover city brews on The Great Pittsburgh Beer Thru Hike, a Google Maps trail that marks local breweries, divided into legs of varying lengths. Not into beer? Hold out for the Pittsburgh Wine Festival (pittsburghwinefestival.com), a global tasting of over 500 wines on Wed., May 1 at Heinz Field. 

But spring crawls aren’t limited to bars. Pop in and out of Sewickley stores during the neighborhood’s annual Soup Crawl (exploresewickley.com) on Sat., April 6. Flavors of Lawrenceville come together on Sun., April 14 during Taste of Lawrenceville (search Facebook for “Taste of Lawrenceville”), with restaurants and breweries joining together, and featuring a Game of Thrones pop-up bar to honor the show’s final season.

— Maggie Weaver

Art Crawls

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Larimer Stories by John Pena

Start spring on a therapeutic note at XOXO: An Exhibit about Love & Forgiveness (pittsburghparks.org). Presented by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Frick Environmental Center, the all-ages exhibit invites Frick Park visitors to work together and create art through interactive experiences designed to provide insight into various expressions of love and forgiveness. There are crafts to be made, soft sculptures to hug, and fun, collaborative activities, all of which encourage kids and adults to connect with their feelings in meaningful ways. For those who prefer a guided tour, sign up for Nature XOXO, a free event on Sun., March 31. Visitors will embark on a guided hike through the park, then write a love letter to the trees and trails.

For the outdoorsy art lover, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council hosts a variety of public art tours throughout the city. On Fri., March 29, go on a Downtown Public Art Walking Tour starting in Market Square. On Fri. April 12, go for two-wheels with the Larimer Bike Tour. Or, if you don’t want to spend the money (both tours cost $8), take a self-guided walking tour with the Pittsburgh Art in Public Places guidebook, which features tours of Downtown neighborhoods and the North Side (guidebooks are available for free at 810 Penn Ave., Downtown, at the Visit Pittsburgh Welcome Center at 120 Fifth Ave., Downtown, or online at pittsburghartscouncil.org/tourbooks). Each tour takes 80-120 minutes.

Also, don’t forget the city’s reoccurring nightly art crawls throughout the year: Downtown Gallery Crawl (trustarts.org) in the Cultural District is on Fri., April 26, and the next Unblurred: First Friday Art Crawl (pennavenue.org) on Penn Avenue in Bloomfield-Garfield is on Fri., April 5. Galleries open their doors for free during both gallery crawls.

— Amanda Waltz

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