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Here are the events you need to know about this weekend in Pittsburgh as Allegheny County moves into the green phase.

Friday, June 5: From Bowties to Face Masks: How a Local Business is Responding to COVID-19
8:30 a.m.
Join Knotzland founder and CEO Nisha Blackwell to learn about how her locally-owned business transforms discarded textiles into stylish and sustainably bow ties and how she has been making face masks for the community in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Hosted by World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, the event is part of the new Building Back Better virtual event series.

Friday, June 5: Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
It may be Pittsburgh’s first-ever virtual TRAF, but the art is definitely real. The virtual festival grounds open Friday at noon, with 500 artists and community partners participating. Explore maps created by visual, literary and performing artists in the Compass Roses exhibition and shop from 350 makers selling handmade works of all kinds in the Artist Market. The digital main stage kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with WQED producer Rick Sebak, musician Josh Verbanets and Pittsburgh band The Buckle Downs — who will play a live game show featuring famous Burgh-related music.

Nisha Blackwell of Knotzland. Photo by Alex Corrie.

Friday, June 5: 412 Food Rescue Farmers to Families Food Distribution
1-3 p.m.
412 Food Rescue wis setting up shop at Highlands High School in Natrona Heights to distribute boxes filled with fresh produce and dairy items from Chelan Fresh and Schneider’s Dairy. All are welcome at this drive-up or walk-up vent.
Sign up to volunteer here.

Friday, June 5: Fresh Farmer’s Market at The Block Northway
3-6 p.m.
Kicking off in The Block Northway‘s two-level south atrium near DSW and Land’s End, this indoor/outdoor market will feature local produce, meats and cheeses, canned goods, honey, spirits, flowers, unique handmade gifts, and  more. New this year is the addition of food trucks.

Friday, June 5: Virtual Unblurred Art Crawl
5-11 p.m.
Take a virtual stroll along the Penn Avenue arts district to experience what’s new throughout Bloomfield and Garfield. Take classes with Level Up Studios, pick up craft kits from Workshop PGH, explore online art galleries and much more. There are also film screenings and virtual after-school programs for kids.

Friday, June 5: The Citizen Revolution Virtual Stand Up Comedy Show
9-11 p.m.
Think you could pass a U.S. citizenship test? In his new online show, comedian Krish Mohan will put a lucky audience member to the test. Incorporating illustrations, news clips and videos, Mohan’s show examines religion, race, tourism and more. Mohan — who emigrated to Pittsburgh from India when he was 8 and became a U.S. citizen in December — is donating all ticket proceeds to the Minnesota Freedom Fund.

Saturday, June 6: Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
Various times
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has reinvented every aspect of the city’s beloved Three Rivers Arts Festival, so don’t miss these 10 days teeming with music, visual art and creative activities. At 7:30 p.m., check out the digital main stage, where WYEP will host performances by Buffalo Rose and Inez. Missing your favorite festival snacks? TRAF has you covered with ordering, pickup and takeout options.

Saturday, June 6: Finding Solitude: George Westinghouse Tour with Doors Open Pittsburgh
10 a.m.
The doors are not closing on this cool Pittsburgh event. Launching its new virtual tour series this weekend, Doors Open Pittsburgh will take audiences into George Westinghouse’s mansion Solitude. Peek inside underground tunnels, discover what happened to the home of one of the world’s greatest inventors and experience the explosion on the front lawn that “led to one of Westinghouse’s greatest inventions.”

Saturday, June 6: Best of the Burgh Tour
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
June weather is ideal for exploring Downtown on foot. Stroll by, and into, historic landmarks and cultural amenities — from beautiful plazas to thought-provoking public art to unseen alleyways — during this walking tour highlighting iconic treasures and hidden gems. All tours are practicing social distancing and participants should wear face masks.

Saturday, June 6: Explore Allegheny County Parks with the Trails App
Various times
Outdoor adventuring is easy with this handy GPS-enabled app that guides you through our county’s nine breathtaking parks. Choose the perfect trail based on length, difficulty and elevation, track your location and get weather alerts. Nature lovers can also view topographic maps, customize printable PDFs and learn about their surroundings.

Saturday, June 6: Sushi Making Class
6-7:30 p.m.
In awe of the art form but eternally daunted by the thought of making your own sushi? The culinary pros at Gaynor School of Cooking will show you how to make California Rolls, Inside Out Rolls and Tuna Sashimi. Along the way, you’ll learn to cook sushi rice, select the perfect fish, use a bamboo mat and more.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Sunday, Jun 7: Virtual BioBlitz Family Fun Festival
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Celebrate the great outdoors during this free Phipps festival. Meet up online with scientists, naturalists and educators to discover our region’s unique plants, birds, trees, fish and mammals. Check out the biodiversity in your own backyard, watch cool nature videos and participate in family activities all day long.

Sunday, June 7: Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
Various times
Make a family art date with TRAF on Sunday. Don’t miss Transverse, this year’s online Juried Visual Art Exhibition, which will showcase 51 works by 40 artists. The kiddos will love the Giant Eagle Creativity Zone where they can participate in hands-on activities and watch artist demonstrations. At 7:30 p.m., the digital main stage will feature performances by Dance Battle 5 and DJ Inception.

Sunday, June 7: Cartographers Family Game Day
12:30 p.m.
For the culmination of its social distancing porch party series, the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition is teaming up with
Games Unlimited to host a grand finale game day. Players can sign up via Eventbrite to participate in a fun, fast-paced game where contestants make maps and draw rivers, cities and fields.

Sunday, June 6: Ghostbusters at the Dependable Drive-In
8:35 p.m.
This summer, the Dependable is who you’re gonna call. The 1984 hit comedy starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis as a zany trio of parapsychologists is just what you need to make your summer dreams — and social distancing goals — come true. The classic drive-in is alive and well in Moon Township.

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Jennifer Baron

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...