Friday, August 29, 2014

Heinz Field Kickoff and Rib Festival

The Steelers and Heinz Field are inviting fans to celebrate the start of the 2014 football season at the annual Kickoff and Rib Festival August 28 – September 1 at Heinz Field. Football, food and fun will highlight the weekend that will feature world-renowned rib vendors, free concerts by national music artists, rides, games, and much more.

Admission is free to the public and there is free bike parking on Reedsdale Street every day of the event except Monday.
There is an additional cost associated with food & beverages and select games & activities on the grounds.

Find out more about the event - band schedules, etc.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bike Pittsburgh


Pittsburgh can seem like a daunting place to ride a bicycle for a new cyclist or a newcomer to the city, but it shouldn’t be. Bike Pittsburgh provides helpful print and online Maps that will be interesting whether you're an experienced local biker or new to the city.  Click here for more info

The city’s beauty, in many ways, stems from a lack of a traditional street grid, rivers, and many hills — three elements that also make riding in the city challenging at times, especially since these geographic components provide most of our neighborhood connections. Maps are designed with the commuter and urban explorer in mind, in hope that folks can learn the easiest and safest routes to traverse our landscape, as well as explore some new territory.


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Allegheny Observatory Night Tours

Tours of this working research facility begin with a short slide or film presentation and continue with a walking tour that ends at the 13″ Fitz-Clark refractor telescope.  If it’s a clear night, you’ll see whatever celestial objects are within the telescope’s range. 

The last Thursday night tour is tomorrow; Friday night tours will be held thru November 1st. A short slide or film presentation is shown followed by a walking tour of the building finally ending up at the 13" Fitz-Clark refractor.  If it's a clear night you would be shown whatever celestial objects are within range of the telescope that night.

Location: Allegheny Observatory, 159 Riverview Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15214
When: Thursday night, this week; Friday nights, thru Nov 1st; 8-10pm

Cost: FREE but reservations are required.  Call 412-321-2400 between 1:00 and 5:00 Monday through Friday to reserve your spot.  Tours are more adult oriented, however children aged 7 and older may attend.  For more information, click here
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Moth Mainstage - Aug 27

The Moth returns to Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Presents with “Don’t Look Back: The Moth in Pittsburgh” on Wednesday August 27, at the Byham Theater.

Called “New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” by the Wall Street Journal, The Moth is an acclaimed nonprofit dedicated to the art of storytelling. The Moth has presented more than 10,000 stories by people of all walks of life via stage shows, weekly podcasts, and a Peabody Award-winning radio special, The Moth Radio Hour (broadcast locally on 90.5 WESA). Consistently a sell-out, each Moth Mainstage show features five storytellers, a musician to act as timekeeper, and a charismatic host. Moth Mainstage presents a mix of local and traveling storytellers along with a popular local musician. This year Vanessa German is the local storyteller in the cast. Vanessa is an artist, actress, playwright, sculptor, performer, educator, who lives in Pittsburgh’s historic Homewood.

Tickets are $35 First Floor or  $20 Mezzanine or Gallery  Buy tickets.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Phipps Annual Festival - Aug 24

This year the festival honors both tomatoes and garlic. Attendees can sample assorted offerings and see the results of a tomato-judging contest.

Come with a bag of fresh produce to donate to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, or purchase some fresh fruit and veggies onsite, and receive free admission to the festival and to the Summer Flower Show and Buterfly Forest during event hours. Don’t miss this great event for a great cause! Find out more at Phipps

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


It took thousands of years for the stream to cut a channel in the sandstone bottom of Meadow Run. But the resulting 100-foot-long water slide is an incredibly fun miracle of nature. Slide down the twisty route and plunge into the swimming hole at the bottom. This all-natural, cost-free attraction is accessible from the Meadow Run Trail hiking route and was recently named one of the country’s top three water-slide hikes by Backpacker magazine.
Pro tips: Wear jean shorts and shoes, and call ahead to check water levels in addition to safe sliding conditions. Park in lots off Route 381 or Dinnerbell Road.
Info: 724/329-8591 or click here
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Something for grown-ups and older kids!


Come Early to enjoy mid-week musical performances before the movie begins (Robert Redfors's All is Lost is the movie). Ferla-Marcinizyn Guitar Duo perform ons Flagstaff Hill Wednesday from approximately 7-8p.m.

 Click here for info about the movie to determine whether or not it's appropriate for your children; and, to see the movie/musical schedule for the rest of the summer.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lawrenceville's 3rd All-Night Rock Tour

Lots and Lots of performers; lots and lots of music for all ages! 110 Bands! Daytime event are usually family friendly.

Check out the Lawrenceville Rant Link so you can make your plans.

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UPMC Summer Kids' Zoofari Aug 16 - 29  

Summer fun is never done at Summer Kids' Zoofari!             Kids receive free carousel rides! Kids receive free carousel rides every day and can jump in our tiger bounce house on the weekends.
Watch neat animal enrichment activities, ask an animal expert questions about your favorite animal, or touch a stingray in the PPG Aquarium. Activities are included with general admission.

Current Rates Adult - $15
Seniors (60+ years of age) - $14
Children (ages 2-13) - $13
Children under 24 months - Free
Parking - Free

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cinema in the Park
Enjoy a mid-week movie before school starts. The Smurfs will be playing Sunday, August 17 at Flagstaff Hill in Schenley Park. The movie starts at dusk. Come early and have a picnic. Go to the Citiparks website   for schedule info for other city parks as well as film ratings for each film.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

23 Rooms with a View--Working with Clayton


Join Emilia Boehm, curator of Clayton & the Car and Carriage Museum, for coffee and pastries and a behind the scenes look at Clayton. She’ll discuss the challenges and rewards of working with a 23-room, well-appointed, historic Victorian mansion. From the curious-finicky cabinets to the challenging painting installations and surprising finds in library books. Working with the collection at Clayton is often an adventure!

Email: or phone 412-371-0600 to make a reservation

The coffee starts at 10 am on Thursday, 14 August and tickets are $8 for members; $10 for non-members.
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Designed to help children and parents facilitate a healthy transition to kindergarten, children entering kindergarten this fall and their caregivers are invited to take part in the 10th Annual Kindergarten…here I come!  Activities will include: Meet Mr. McFeely, Storytellers, performers and activities, Board a real school bus, Meet a crossing guard and Free books, t-shirts and more for kindergartners while supplies last. Find out more
Location: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh,
When: Saturday, August 9, 2014; 9am until 1pm

Cost: Free for all children entering kindergarten and one parent

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014


With only two wheels, all of Pittsburgh is open to you.  It’s time for BikeFest in the city and this Friday, August 8th, is the 10th annual Kick Off parties!  BikeFest features 17 days of biking activities ranging from rookies to expert.  You can even rent a bike if you don't have one. Check here to find out more.
Kick Off night provides a a whole night of fun for anyone interested:
VIP Party:  6:00PM to 8:00PM, VIP guests will enjoy small plates by some of Pittsburgh’s best chefs including Justin Severino (Cure), Chad Townsend (formerly of Salt of the Earth), Kevin Sousa (Superior Motors), and Jamilka Borges (Bar Marco). Or grab a pie from Pizza Boat’s mobile wood-fired oven. Sip wine, local beer, and cocktails by Maggie’s Farm Rum. Fernando Martì on the 1s and 2s.”

Main Event Party:  8:00PM to 12:00AM, DJs Selecta, Edgar Um, MB, and Mary Mack will keep guest dancing all night long. The main party will also feature silent auction with dozens of desirable items like bikes, art, and much more. And of course, keep an eye out for Thick Bikes’ annual BikeFest Surprise. Three drink tickets are included in ticket price.”
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ghosbusters Showing at Squaw Valley Park

Looking for a fun, nostalgic summer activity that you can share with everyone?  Tonight, for Movies in Squaw Valley Park, there will be a showing of “Ghostbusters.”  Bring the family!  Teach your millennial kids a lesson in film history while having fun.  Bring your date for a  movie under the stars!  Or just go in a big group and add a memory to this year’s Pittsburgh summer.

Place:  Squaw Valley Park in O’Hara
Time:  Starts at dusk

Movie:  Ghostbusters (PG)

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Monday, August 4, 2014

National Night Out, Pittsburgh 2014 Safer Together Tuesday, August 5, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

From ice cream socials and dessert parties to hot dogs and deejays neighbors across the City of Pittsburgh will host block parties and neighborhood festivals bringing residents together in safety and friendship.

 Find out about events in your neighborhood.
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Household Chemical Disposal - Today


ACCEPTABLE ITEMS INCLUDE: aerosol cans, automotive fluids, motor oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, brake fluid, batteries, chemistry sets, compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), gasoline and kerosene, household cleaners, ammonia, drain openers, acid cleaners and oven cleaners.
Boyce Park, Ski Lodge parking lot
9am- 1pm

FEE: $2/gallon – Cash Only
Go to the event website for a complete list of acceptable/not-acceptable items and plan for the next collection on September 13.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Washington Wine, Jazz & Pops! Festival

Purchase of a ticket gets you access for two days that includes wine tasting from eight different wineries from Northwest, Southwest and Central PA (see our website for a complete list). Enjoy food vendors, specialty vendors, and an outstanding array of musical talent.  

Saturday, Aug 2 12:00p to 7:00p 
Sunday, Aug 3 12:00p to 5:00p

All proceeds of this two-day event will go to the Mental Health Association of Washington County. Located at the North Strabane Municipal Park.

 Price $20 in advance for both days; $25 at the gate for both days. Find out more
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