Photo by Paul g. Wiegman
Photo by Paul g. Wiegman
Photo by Phil Johnson ll courtesy of Phipps.

7. Spring Flower Show: Sunshine and Rainbows at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: March 19

Spring arrives in Pittsburgh one day early thanks to Phipps. Put a spring in your step with tens of thousands of bright blooms — from lilies, amaryllis, petunias and daffodils, to tulips, hyacinths, nemesia and muscari. With more vibrance than ever, the signature show will burst with color to blast away the gloomy Pittsburgh winter. Delight at a flower rainbow and bask in the glasshouse warmth. Encounter eye-popping props like a glowing sun, oversized tulips and cascades of fuchsia blooms — and be calmed by trickling rain showers and floating planters forming a color wheel. Rise and shine: You only have four weeks to catch these stunners, so buy tickets soon.

8. Food Summit 2.0 at The Salon Pittsburgh: March 19

Whether you want to help end hunger, find out where your food comes from or network with progressive women working on the front lines of food justice, this is the place for you. Running from 1 to 6 p.m., it’s is a fantastic chance to learn firsthand from the women who are tending local farms, ending waste, solving food insecurity, protecting the environment, making art, and fighting systemic inequities. Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the Contemporary Craft exhibit, Food Justice: Growing a Healthier Community through Art, then take a front-row seat for 10 tiny talks by local leaders working in the food space. You’ll end the day with actionable ways to make a difference at home and in your community. Buy tickets.

Sh!t-faced Shakespeare. Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Sh!t-faced Shakespeare. Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

9. Pittsburgh Humanities Festival: March 21-27

It’s a vast question: What does it mean to be human? Back for its seventh installment, this one-of-kind festival will mine the many dimensions of this eternal topic via a thoughtfully curated — and thought-provoking — lineup of in-person events at multiple Downtown venues. For seven days, renowned artists, performers, community leaders, scholars, and change-makers from around the planet and Pittsburgh will join intimate, multi-format conversations. Highlights include a performance by Ali Stroker, who made history as the first actress who uses a wheelchair to appear on Broadway and win a Tony. Don’t miss Sh!t-faced Shakespeare, rising comedy star Dulcé Sloan and Pittsburgh’s First Lady of Drag. Grab a Core Conversations Pass to delve into a host of topics, including Pittsburgh’s hidden history, climate action, graffiti, racial inequities, Argentine Sobremesa and Andy Warhol. View a schedule and buy tickets.

Immersive Frida Kahlo. Photo by Kyle Flubacker.

10. Immersive Frida Kahlo at Lighthouse ArtSpace: March 26

Whether you were entranced by it, baffled by it or thought it was better than “Cats,” one thing can’t be denied: Pittsburgh showed up — to the tune of 130,000 visitors — to the eye-popping Immersive Van Gogh exhibition. In February, news began to circulate via social media that the Lighthouse Immersive team would be turning its lens to the visionary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (was that a collective gasp?). Using a converted warehouse as a massive architectural canvas, the experiential installation will draw visitors into Kahlo’s radiant work, remarkable life and inspiring persona. Woven throughout will be photographs, drawings and iconography. With digital projections by Massimiliano Siccardi and sound by Luca Longobardi, the 360-degree experience will highlight Kahlo’s inimitable blend of folk art, surrealism, magic realism, symbolism, and authentic depictions of life. Buy tickets.

For more events, check out What to do this week, from Women’s History Month to Mardi Gras.

For live music, read 20 best concerts in Pittsburgh this March, from Ministry to Mitski.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...