6. Pittsburgh Libations Week Kick-off Party at Industry Public House: July 11, 6:30–9 p.m.
Pittsburgh topped Redfin’s 2016 list of “15 Best Cities for Beer Lovers,” Saveur calls our city a “beer and spirits destination,” and Pennsylvania’s first local craft spirits store just opened in the Strip, so it’s safe to say the Burgh has a love affair with libations. But how to take it all in? A new initiative launched by Breaking Brews will serve as a one-stop shop for the local libations scene. Don’t miss the official launch of Pittsburgh Libations Week where you can learn all about the exciting events planned for the next 16 months and its inaugural showcase next fall. Sample KingView Mead and Wigle Whiskey, enjoy an all-you-can-eat appetizer buffet, shop for beer-themed candles and participate in Pop Craft activities. The year-round initiative will work to bolster the region’s thriving libations industry, promote education and collaboration, raise awareness about locally-crafted beverages and more. A portion of event proceeds will benefit Lending Hearts, which serves children and young adults with cancer.
7. Polish Hill Arts Festival: July 16, Noon–9 p.m.
From the moment you turn the corner and are greeted by the cheery “Witamy Do” (Polish for “welcome to”) sign as you ascend Gold Way, there’s a feeling of neighborhood pride in steep and scenic Polish Hill. The best place to share your community spirit—whether you’re a third-generation resident, new to town or popping in for the day—is the Polish Hill Arts Festival. For those looking to avoid the throngs at the city’s large summer festivals, this funky and welcoming arts scene is for you. Transforming the intersection of Brereton and Dobson into an open-air showcase, the event takes place one day after the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Festival. Make a weekend of it to experience a melding of old world charm and eclectic culture. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the fest will rock with live music by Gotobeds, Truth and Rites and Jayke Orvis, and cool hands-on activities for kids. Thirty vendors will line the streets selling locally made jewelry, pottery, clothing, artwork and crafts. The culinary offerings are always a hit, and this year you’ll find delights from Driftwood Oven, Onion Maiden, Blacksheep Barbecue and Lili Cafe.
8. Summer Break at Carnegie Museum of Art: July 22, 3–9 p.m.
Take a break from spray parks, camping trips and baseball games to help Carnegie Museum of Art launch its new Summer Break series. Spanning six hours, the family-friendly celebration is packed with engaging ways to explore creativity and contemporary art inside and outside. Get your dance on in the modern Sculpture Court during performances by 1Hood Media and DJ Big Phil, join interactive tours, and beat the heat with treats from the Sugar & Spice, Happy Camper Cupcakes and Pittsburgh Tortas food trucks. Become part of the art with Edith Abeyta, whose community project, Nasothek: pick it, paint it, put it on, explores body parts and identity. Visit Abeyta’s “carnival counter” to check out the hundreds of cast noses she has made with community members, and then choose one to paint, try on and wear in the museum! Summer Breakers will be the first to see a compelling and timely new exhibition co-presented in partnership with The Studio Museum in Harlem. Featuring 40 renowned artists—from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Kara Walker—the show encourages us to examine the power and role of art “during times of social and political transformation.” Buy tickets.
9. PulpFest at the Doubletree Hilton in Cranberry: July 27–30
Pittsburgh is about to get hardboiled. After holding its annual conference in Columbus, OH since 2009, PulpFest is moving its HQ to nearby Cranberry. Collectors, creators and enthusiasts will converge for this comprehensive showcase of vintage popular fiction and related materials. Via a wide range of engaging and entertaining programming, veterans and rookies alike can discover how pulp fiction and art have inspired countless creatives over the decades—from directors like David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino and beloved comic book superheroes, to writers, artists, software developers and game designers. Pulp fans can shop for rare wares in dealer rooms, attend readings and talks, peruse auctions, connect during meetups, and more. Intriguing sessions include “The Dangerous Dames of Maxwell Grant,” “A Few Psychos: The Villains of The Shadow Magazine” and much more. The festival also features audio plays, a presentation of the 2017 Munsey Awards and programs exploring pulp trailblazers and emerging voices. This year’s special guest is graphic artist and Pittsburgh native Gloria Stoll Karn, whose work is featured in museums across the U.S. Register now.
10. Picklesburgh on the Roberto Clemente Bridge: July 28 & 29
The pickled and fermented food craze is taking dinner tables, picnic baskets and dining establishments by storm, and Pittsburgh is no exception. Make that Picklesburgh. For an epic celebration of all thing briny, don’t miss this highly-anticipated return of this free, one-of-a-kind food festival. For two super savory days, you won’t see cars on the Roberto Clemente Bridge—you’ll see a sea of pickles. Hundreds of thousands of them in all their gherkin glory—from dill and sour to candied and jalapeno. Sample international dishes and regional recipes featuring house-cured pickled vegetables and attend demos led by chefs, home picklers, fermenters, and DIY canners. Shop for pickle-themed merchandise, enjoy live music and discover how to bring the farm-to-table movement into your own kitchen. Be sure to snap a selfie with the giant Heinz pickle balloon, custom-built by the renowned team that works on the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The city’s littlest pickle fans will love the “Li’l Gherkins” activity area. View a schedule.
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