From a live mural by noted muralist Berry Breene to a festive party at Wigle Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden, NEXT 3 Days is a celebration of all things Troy Hill running from Friday night, October 2nd through Sunday afternoon, October 4th.

(Note: Parking will be available in the Mt. Troy Volunteer Fire Department parking lot at 33 Lonsdale Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Free shuttle will run continuously from noon to 4 from here to the corner of Lowrie Street and Claim Street, where the N3D Saturday Festival will be taking place. )

Next 3 Days is an innovative event series created by the URA, the Office of the Mayor of Pittsburgh and NEXTpittsburgh to shine a light on the many under-the-radar Pittsburgh neighborhoods that are overlooked in favor of better known places.  Affordable, walkable Troy Hill will kick it off with 3 fun-filled days of food, art, music and community, showcasing the affordable housing along with rich history (Pig Hill!) and business opportunities. Troy Hill Citizens, Inc. has helped to create the weekend of festivities, from the Tour de Troy bike ride to the Self-ie Tour to the Open House, and welcomes you to be part of it.

Look for more in the continuing series of NEXT 3 Days and get the inside track to better know your city.

The panoramic view from Troy Hill. TC photo.
The panoramic view from Troy Hill. TC photo.

Here’s the lineup with more coming soon.

Friday, October 2: Mix It Up with Troy Hill — 6 to 9 pm

Start your weekend right @ Wigle Whiskey’s Barrelhouse. Everyone is invited to enjoy a fun evening to kick off N3D in style.

Tickets are just $25 and include 2 free drinks–including a signature drink from Wigle Whiskey–along with delicious food from Troy Hill spots such as the upcoming Scratch and Pear & the Pickle Café and Market and outstanding music from Troy Hill’s own Brewer’s Row. (just as they’re about to release their second album). And of course craft beer from local favorite Penn Brewery.

Travel through time with neighborhood projections from Troy Hill’s own Spaces Corners, a cutting-edge space focused on trends in photography, and go retro as you play Barrelhouse Bingo, an homage to the Churches and ladies’ auxiliary clubs.

Buy tickets here!

Troy Hill houses with a view. TC photo
Troy Hill houses with a view. TC photo

Day 2: Troy Hill N3D Community Festival

Explore. Tour. Celebrate! From tours of St. Anthony’s Chapel, which has the largest collection of relics outside of the Vatican, to the quirky and fabulous La Hütte Royal (open by appointment only), the one-mile square neighborhood of Troy Hill has a lot to offer. Don’t miss Spaces Corners, an artist-run photobook gallery and project space focused on trends in photography, which will be part of the tour this day. It’s the only place of its kind in Pittsburgh. And of course there’s the famed Rialto St., one of the steepest in Pittsburgh where annually bicyclists test their mettle during the Dirty Dozen.

The mural in the heart of Troy Hill. Photo by TC
The mural in the heart of Troy Hill. Photo by TC

Walk the very steep steps (or bike if you dare) to the heart of Troy Hill, perched high on a plateau with a stunning view of Pittsburgh. Don’t miss the Troy Hill mural on the way. There will be great food, including a bakeoff judged by Rick Sebak and Leah Lizarondo, arts, and lively music and, of course, a very welcoming group of neighbors.

The historic and handsome Penn Brewery anchors Troy Hill. Photo by TC
The historic and handsome Penn Brewery anchors Troy Hill. Photo by TC

Here’s the lineup for Saturday which runs from noon to 4 pm. (See more details below)

  • Live local music, including Big Gypsy, David Bowens (gospel singer) and Grooveshifter  and local choirs
  • An open street festival with local food and drink from Penn Brewery, Scratch, Pear and the Pickle Café and Market, and other local eateries & churches
  • Tour de Troy bike ride through the neighborhood by BikePGH.
  • Most Holy Name’s Oktoberfest featuring traditional German music, food, & merriment
  • Troy Hill Bake-Off! with none other than Rick Sebak and Leah Lizarondo judging.
  • Sidewalk sale and book launch at Spaces Corners with a special pop up coffee shop with fresh baked goods from Pear and the Pickle Café and Market
  • Interactive tours and activities with the organizations making Troy Hill shine
  • Self(ie) Guided Tour & Guide to Troy Hill Businesses
  • Tours of the famed St. Anthony Chapel, a destination for visitors from around the world
  • Live Storytelling booth for visitors and residents
  • Historical photography exhibits from Troy Hill Stories
  • Open air flea markets at the Troy Hill VFW and Most Holy Name
  • Kids crafts, facepainting, activities and more with Assemble!

Day 3: Be Our N3D Neighbor: Home & Real Estate Tour

Discover the range of Troy Hill’s residential and commercial real estate opportunities on Sunday with an Open House featuring properties for sale and more. Check out the homebuyer workshop at 1:00 at Most Holy Name Church which will include short presentations from URA, NeighborWorks and WesBanco, sponsor of the events on Sunday. Maps will be available of all homes for sale (and open houses) in Troy Hill, Spring Garden and Spring Hill. From 2 – 4 pm realtors will hold open houses in Troy Hill, Spring Garden and Spring Hill.

Read more about Troy Hill here and see the complete lineup, including participants, for Saturday below:

Lineup for Saturday, October 3 (from the folks at Troy Hill!)

Artists & Makers

Berry Breene — Local artist Berry Breene will be painting a neighborhood mural in the main Festival area during Saturday’s Festival. Come by and say hi!

Spaces Corners with the Pear and the Pickle Café and Market

Venture via a FREE Green Gears Pedicab or short walk from the Festival area to visit Spaces Corners (1721 Lowrie St.) Saturday, October 3rd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Spaces Corners – an artist-run bookshop and project space dedicated to contemporary photography books – will be hosting their first ever store sale and launching their fall releases: April Flowers, Falling Asleep, and Hells Hollow Fallen Monarch. Stop by on Saturday for some art book browsing and grab a freshly baked treat to compliment a Stumptown coffee brought to you by the dynamic duo behind the much-anticipated Pear and the Pickle Café and Market.

Animoon Workshop

 Animoon Workshop handcrafts eco-inspired jewelry and one-of-a-kind collaged gifts and artwork to inspire you to live wilder. Whether a creation starts with a raw crystal, shed antler, salvaged jewelry part, or vintage field guide, the unique histories of their materials guide the design of pieces made to adorn yourself, your loves, and your habitat. Founded in 2013 after a decade of friendship and collaborative art projects, Animoon Workshop’s co-creators are now based in both Denver’s Front Range and Pittsburgh’s three rivers.

TAInspirations: Inspirations with Intentions

Here you’ll find handcrafted creations inspired with an esoteric flare. Everything in this shop has been created with conscious intentions, whether it is clothing, jewelry or knitting / crocheting patterns. Offering both original natural stone jewelry pieces and crochet items.

Radiant Buzz, LLC

Wares: Beeswax Candles & Balms

Description: Created by hand in Pittsburgh, Radiant Buzz offers pure beeswax candles and beeswax-based moisturizing balms made with local beeswax from environmentally responsible, family-run apiaries in southwestern Pennsylvania. Available for retail, wholesale and special orders. Radiant Buzz is located in Spring Garden (the valley/neighborhood between Troy Hill & Spring Hill).

Assemble: Postcards of Troy Hill Children’s Art Project

Join Assemble as they make postcards of Troy Hill. Design your own and keep as a momento of your time at N3d Troy Hill or send along to someone to tell them about your adventure overlooking the city!

Assemble connects artists, technologists, and makers with curious adults and kids of all ages through interactive gallery shows, community talk backs, learning parties, and workshops focused on teaching STEAM principles (science, technology, engineering, art, and math). Assemble hosts these activities at their space in Garfield’s Penn Avenue arts district and at events throughout the Pittsburgh area.

Face Painting, Balloon Twisters & Caricatures Artists

 Free Face Painting, Balloon Twisters and Caricature Artists will be available for Festival guests to enjoy throughout the Festival!

Neighborhood Memories

 Say Troy Hill! Photo Booth with Provident Charter School

 In the main Festival area near Troy Hill Citizens Park, Troy Hill’s newest neighbors, Provident Charter School, will be hosting a free photo booth. Snap a photo in the free photo booth and write a few words to include in your picture to describe your time today in Troy Hill!

N3D Video Story Booth

 Share your experience as a resident or visitor in our official N3D Story Booth. Your story will be compiled into a living record of the day in addition to Troy Hill’s past, present, and future.


Explore (the amazing) St. Anthonys Chapel

Saint Anthony Chapel is home to the largest collection of publicly venerable Christian relics – 5,000 in total – in the world outside of the Vatican. Tours will be available throughout the Festival. Simply register in advance by emailing or gather at the Chapel during the Festival for these tour times:

12:00 Noon

1:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m.

Visit the gift shop where you can browse and shop the new and unique items that come directly from Padua and Vatican City, Rome, including candles, pictures, Pope items, third class relics, metals, and more. Donations are accepted and appreciated!

Tour de Troy with Bike Pittsburgh

 A scenic bicycle tour of Troy Hill with Bike Pittsburgh, Grab a Tour de Troy map and bike through the community to see the sights or sign up for an organized ride happening mid-Festival. All riders who sign up for the organized ride receive a free drink ticket (21+)! Sign up at the Bike Pittsburgh tent, where you can also park your bike securely at the free Bike Parking Station.

Self(ie) Guided Tour

 Pick up your very own Self-Guided Tour booklet at the N3D Tent at the Festival, and start your journey through one of Pittsburgh’s hidden gem neighborhoods! While you explore, you will come across labeled areas for the perfect Troy Hill Photo Opps! Stop and take a selfie (or a photo with friends), then upload to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and use the hashtag #N3DTroyHIll. Participants will win everything from free drink tickets that day to a spot on the Festival’s celebrity Bake-Off panel, to the grand prize of a feature in a future edition of NEXTpittsburgh!

Travel through Troy Hill with a Green Gears Pedicab Tour

 Hop into a FREE Green Gears Pedicab! Travel through Troy Hill with various stops along the way visiting our many neighbors and activities taking place throughout the community.

Troy Hill Traditions

 Grace Lutheran Church Pancake Breakfast

 Get an early start to the day’s celebration at the Grace Lutheran Church Pancake Breakfast, starting at 8 a.m. Indulge in pancakes with Bavarian cream toppings, plus, sausage, fruit and fresh juices for just $5.

Grace Lutheran Church Red Door Thrift Shop

Located at 1701 Hatteras Street, the Red Door will be opened for business from 9 a.m. to noon for a Fill a Bag Sale. Small bags are $1 and larger bags are $3. Fill your bags with children’s clothing galore, women’s clothing, men’s clothing, books, shoes, toys, bedding, skate boards, snow boards, household items, and much more. Come see what they have to offer!

Hidden Treasures Rummage Sale at Most Holy Name

Get a jump on some neighborhood finds by starting the day at the Most Holy Name Rummage Sale. The Most Holy Name Hidden Treasures Rummage House has sales monthly throughout the year. Generally, the sales are on the second Saturday of each month from March through December. The hours are from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Rummage House is the former convent located at 1626 Hatteras Street (Troy Hill).

Oktoberfest at Most Holy Name

Most Holy Name will be hosting their Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 3rd, and we’re tagging along. Follow the Festival down Hatteras Street and let the celebration begin. Join in the fun with authentic German foods, live entertainment, activities, and more!

Most Holy Name is located at 1700 Harpster St.

Willkommen! (Welcome)

 All Day: German Soup Sale and German cookie Sale

Noon – 4 p.m.

  • German Cuisine
  • Children’s Activities:
    • Dime pitch
    • Photo in German costume
    • German children’s games, etc.
  • Adult Activities:
    • German sing-a-long
    • Enjoy German Dancers (in costume) strolling
    • Button Box player
    • Basket raffles
    • Bake off contest
    • Das Boot
  • Discover Most Holy Name:
    • Parish activities spiritual, social, charitable and educational (From its beginnings to today) Docents will be on grounds to speak to anyone interested.

4 p.m. – ? Oktoberfest Dinner: German Dinner

6-7 p.m. Mass – St. Anthony’s Chapel

  • Some Scripture Readings in German & English
  • Some Songs in German & English

8 p.m. Big Raffle Drawing

Entertainment, Community & Contests

Bake Off featuring Rick Sebak


Think your cakes and bakes can persuade and influence the sweet tooth of Rick Sebak, Leah Lizarondo of The Brazen Kitchen and other celebrity judges?

Check-in and register from Noon-12:45 p.m. at the Bake-Off Registration tent near Troy Hill Citizens Park on Saturday, October 3rd.

You must provide 24 pieces of the dish you are entering.

The judging will take place in Troy Hill Citizens Park at 1 p.m.

*You must be a Troy Hill resident or have ties to Troy Hill to enter.

Musical Acts

 Catch some local musicians perform at the N3D Festival!

  • Grooveshifter
  • David Bowers
  • Big Gypsy

GTech’s Lawn Games

Join local organization, GTech, for some fun and lawn games.  GTech has worked in Troy Hill activating vacant lots and is passionate for the neighborhood and its people. Growth Through Energy and Community Health (GTECH) cultivates the unrealized potential of people and places to improve the economic, social, and environmental health of our communities.


 Join comedian Missy Moreno (of WTAE’s 4 to the 1 to the 2) as she takes to the streets of Troy Hill for the first ever #THTweets. The Pittsburgh community, Troy Hill residents and guests of the Festival will tweet questions about Troy Hill and N3D Festival, then Missy will ask guests to read aloud and respond on camera- and on Twitter- throughout the day!

Troy Hill Citizens Tent

Get to know this Troy Hill proud organization. They  will be selling water and soft drinks to thirsty guests to raise money for Troy Hill Community Projects. Troy Hill Citizens is a non-profit community development organization that was established to foster programs of a civic and social nature and to improve the quality of life for its residents. The organization strives to find creative and sustainable ways to enhance and revitalize the neighborhood.


Wes Banco, our sponsor, will be hosting a tent with giveaways, games and prizes! Be sure to stop by and learn about the Mortgage Seminar, happening as a part of N3D programming, on Sunday, October 4th!

Food & Drink


This new eatery, which is currently renovating the site of Troy Hill’s legendary “Billy’s”, is already becoming known for it’s award-winning fare! Scratch will be serving up cold Penn Brewery beers, cocktails, and halushki to happy bellies at the N3D Festival. Coming in October, Scratch Food & Beverage is a community-driven kitchen and bar. Come as you are and enjoy a meal well served with friends well met.

Pear and the Pickle Café and Market

Grab a freshly baked treat to complement a Stumptown coffee from the dynamic duo behind Pear and the Pickle Café and Market when you visit Spaces Corners during the Festival.

Pear and the Pickle is a modern neighborhood store with a selection of fresh produce, canned and dry goods, sundries, dairy products, and bakery items that allows neighborhood shoppers to experience the nostalgia of a vintage corner grocery while adding a few modern upgrades including gourmet coffee, seasonal prepared foods, and a weekly Saturday supper.

Most Holy Name Parish Oktoberfest Menu

From bratwurst to potato pancakes, there’s a lot of great food on their menu with dishes priced at $3.50 and under.

Parking in Troy Hill for N3D

Parking will be available in the Mt. Troy Hill Fire Department parking lot in Reserve Township. Bus Shuttles will circulate between this parking lot and the Festival from Noon-4 p.m.

  • Limited parking will also be available in the North Catholic parking lot.

N3D Info Tent

Visit the N3D Info tent for:

  • Self(ie) Guided Tour materials
  • Prizes
  • Information about homes for sale in the area
  • General N3D event information

After Hours
After the Festival concludes at 4 p.m., stick around for some neighborhood fun!

Penn Brewery’s GUTS Pumpkin Carving Event

Starting at 3:30 p.m. and benefitting Make-A-Wish.

Put your pumpkin carving skills to the test at GUTS, a friendly, live pumpkin carving competition sponsored by AIGA Pittsburgh, which will benefit Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Registration is $50. This event also includes a silent auction of carved pumpkins, beer tasting and raffles. All proceeds will go towards the wish-granting expenses for children living with life-threatening medical conditions.

GTech’s Wethoptober at Wigle Barrelhouse

Enjoy fresh-hopped libations, good conversation, autumnal treats and great music at the Wethoptober Fundraiser. 6-9 p.m.

In 2013, GTECH set out to grow hops on an unused, vacant portion of Garfield Community Farm to see whether it could be a creative (and delicious) way to reuse some of the 4,500 acres of vacant land in the city. With the help of Noah of the Hop Project and the fine farmers of Garfield Farm, we planted to grow a few varieties of hops for East End Brewery and — guess what — it worked! Inspired by the Hops on Lots project, GTECH throws the annual Wethoptober Fundraiser to celebrate and support our projects that creatively reuse vacant lots. This year we’re partnering with Wigle Whiskey and East End Brewery to offer an evening of wet-hopped brews and hopped whiskey, tasty food and great conversation at Wigle Whiskey Barrel House located in the Northside neighborhood of Spring Garden.

Most Holy Name Oktoberfest Dinner (choice of roasted pork or sauerbraten) 

Dinner 4p.m.-8p.m. at Most Holy Name Parish

Church Service 6 p.m.


Interested in buying in Troy Hill or nearby? Don’t miss the homebuyer workshop at Most Holy Name meeting room from 1 to 2 pm on Sunday with information from the URA, WesBanco and NeighborWorks.  Maps will be available of all homes for sale (and open houses) in Troy Hill, Spring Garden and Spring Hill. Snacks, too!

2 – 4 pm: Realtors will be holding open houses in Troy Hill, Spring Garden and Spring Hill.

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