What are you doing this weekend, from the Carrie Carpool Cinema to the Candy Jazz Collection?
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Friday, May 21: Bike Anywhere Day
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Go into the weekend on the last day of this cycling celebration. Head to the event’s commuter cafes on Sally’s Path in Bakery Square and the BikePGH office for free refreshments and resources. Don’t have a bike? No problem: Healthy Ride offers free rides.
Friday May 21: Quest and the girl in the yellow jacket
11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
You’ve heard hip hop, you’ve seen an opera, but have you ever experienced hip hop? Next up for the New Hazlett Theater’s Community Supported Art Performance Series is this virtual premiere of Pittsburgh hip-hop artist Dr. Hollyhood and Jon Quest on the program, which records a complex love story. Buy tickets.
Friday May 21: Josh Gibson Mural Celebration at Voodoo Brewery
Be one of the first to check out the new mural honoring the National Baseball Hall of Famer and Homestead Gray’s catcher Josh Gibson at Voodoo’s Homestead Headquarters. Happy hour includes a mural unveiling, special guest speakers, and voodoo libations. Buy tickets.
Friday, May 21st to Sunday, May 23rd: Open Air in Schenley Park
Pittsburgh’s newest festival takes place on Flagstaff Hill, where 20 performing arts organizations fill the stage of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater with music, theater and dance. Highlights of this weekend include productions from the Pittsburgh Public Theater, the STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, the Sidra Bell Dance New York and many others. Free grass pitches and seats with tickets are available. Show schedule.
Friday, May 21: LitFest: Forrest Gander & Coral Bracho
Pittsburgh’s first international literary festival culminates in a bilingual reading and discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator Forrest Gander and Mexican poet Coral Bracho. The virtual event will examine the couple’s latest publication, which combines poetry and memoir. Register for free.
Friday May 21: Sweet Jazz Series at Bell Acres
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Grab a lounge chair and blanket and head to the Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley to kick off its outdoor music series. Soak up the sounds of the Cadillac Club and enjoy dinner at Little Nicky’s Ristorante Di Strada Food Truck. Buy tickets.
Friday May 21 and Saturday May 22: Samurai Street Art at the Carrie Carpool Cinema
Experience a night of exciting samurai culture on the big screen with the silhouette of the Carrie Furnaces as a backdrop. The Friday feature is Jim Jarmusch’s “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” and the Saturday film is Jet Li’s “Fearless”. Arrive early for live graffiti painting, DJ sets, treats from the Fudge Farm Food Truck, and site visits. Buy tickets.
Friday, May 21: Barebone productions present tragedy: a tragedy
After a year-long hiatus, barebones are back with their first digital production. True to the company’s bold vision, it’s one for the ages as Will Eno’s play follows an “intrepid news team covering both real and imaginary events on an existential news program.” Buy tickets.
Saturday May 22nd: Sunrise Paddle for everyone at North Park Lake
Glide along the calm water as the sun rises and the songbirds begin their “enchanting morning choir”. Led by Kayak Pittsburgh, the session is for beginners and only solo kayaks are offered. Buy tickets.
Saturday May 22nd: Allegheny Commons Public Art Tour at 810 Arch St.
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join Doors Open Pittsburgh on this walking tour led by Morton Brown, who served as the city’s public art manager from 2009 to 2015. Discover the history, public art and amenities of Allegheny Commons, hear firsthand stories about the restoration of the Lady Fame Monument overlooking Lake Elizabeth, and head to the Allegheny Center for sculptures by Syl See Damianos and Ned Kahn. Buy tickets.
Saturday May 22nd: Shadyside Art Festival
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Art will once again fill bustling Walnut Street during this two-day festival. Shop with 100 local and national artists selling artwork, jewelry, decor, gifts, and more. Plus, Pfizer will be offering the festival goers behind the William Penn Tavern the Covid vaccine (where you can get a free beer after the sting).
Saturday, May 22nd: Spring market at Threadbare Cider
Threadbare’s terrace turns into a mini market where vendors sell everything from plants and flowers to organic body products, jewelry and paper goods to fresh food, sweet cider and much more. Register for free.
Saturday, May 22nd: 3 Rivers Comicon at the waterfront
Comicon will fill the homestead shopping mecca with cosplay karaoke competitions, games, role-playing experiences, art shows, vendor markets, panel discussions and much more. Attracting fans and creators alike, the two-day event will bring together 100 experts from all over the world and the industry to nurture the comic culture. Buy tickets.
Saturday May 22nd: Oakland Open along Oakland Avenue
12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
You have two days left to play a round of mini golf on the street. Gather a crew of players for this one-of-a-kind Oakland Open experience before the course relocates to a new location this summer. Register for free.
Saturday May 22nd: Pop-up Happy Hour at The Highline
2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sly Fox Brewing and the Roll Up Food Truck are showing up at this new South Side destination for a happy hour of outdoor games together. Children and pets are welcome, and there is a free two-hour garage at 339 McKean St.
Saturday May 22nd: Minding My Business (I Said What I Said) at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center
The center opens its galleries with a group exhibition with five women of color who deal with self-responsibility, emancipation, community, ritual and much more through photography, video and works on paper. The opening day includes performances, lectures and a reception.
Sunday May 23: Meadow Meditation at Hartwood Acres
7 a.m. – 8 a.m.
Start the day with mindful exercise and meditation in a peaceful meadow full of wildflowers. The session includes gentle yoga poses, stretching, and breathing techniques to help relax the mind and body. Buy tickets.
Sunday, May 23rd: Eastern European genealogy workshop at the Heinz History Center
10 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
In this unique workshop, participants will learn how to get tips for researching ancestors who lived in what is now the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia. Genealogy experts will lead Q&A sessions and interactive network activities while sharing best practices. Buy tickets.
Sunday, May 23rd: Neighborhood fleas at 3 intersections
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Mother’s Day was a washout, so the neighborhood flea is repeating its May event with a bonus market. Achieve fabulous finds from local vendors, manufacturers and stores based on 26th Street and Railroad Street in the Strip District. There will also be food trucks and parking at the hub is only $ 3.
Sunday, May 23rd: Arcade in the oasis: Camp Loose Leaf
The summer camp officially takes place in the open-air area of the Arcade Comedy Theater in the cultural district. Set in a legendary summer camp, this characterful, impromptu sitcom will leave you craving for summer nights. Buy tickets.
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