Here are the events you need to know about this weekend in Pittsburgh. Know about an interesting event taking place in July? Email us here.
Friday, July 17: Allegheny County Parks Unplugged
Unplug from the stress of the week with music by seasoned jazz bassist Paul Thompson. Broadcast via the Allegheny County Parks’ Facebook page and YouTube channel, this free new series features virtual acoustic performances by local artists in pastoral park environments.
Friday, July 17: Princess Bouton, An Introduction
Experience the multimedia work of Portland-based Black Transfeminine filmmaker and performance artist, Princess Bouton. Presented by KST Global Stream, Bouton’s online show will explore topics such as intersectionality, self love, body positivity, social change and black trans liberation.
Friday, July 17: Tull Family Theater’s Virtual Screening Room
Whip up a big batch of popcorn and settle in for a double feature with The Tull Family Theater‘s latest Virtual Screening Room. There’s “Waiting for the Barbarians” — starring Sir Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp and Robert Pattinson in an epic adaption of J.M. Coetzee’s bestseller, and also “Denise Ho: Becoming the Song,” which profiles Hong Kong’s first openly gay singer and her journey to become a human rights activist.
Saturday, July 18: Summer Flower Show: Back in Bloom at Phipps
9 a.m.-8 p.m.
There’s even more time to immerse yourself in summer’s bounty at Phipps, which has extended the hours for its new flower show. Buy a timed ticket, slip on your mask and head to Oakland to stroll amidst vibrant begonias, color-drenched celosia plumes, other-worldly flamingo flowers, creeping gloxinia and much more.
Saturday, July 18: MCG Jazz: Inside the Local Jazz Scene with Doors Open Pittsburgh
For 33 years, MCG Jazz has presented world-class jazz superstars like Nancy Wilson, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis and many others on the North Side. Join Doors Open Pittsburgh for a virtual visit to the MCG Jazz concert hall and studios, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild and Bidwell Training Center.
Saturday, July 18: Virtual Violet Rippy 5k Run
Hit the ground running to help find a cure for the fatal lung disease pulmonary fibrosis. Hear online presentations by local advocate Tami Rippy and others, and share your stories by submitting videos or photos about why you’re running. Proceeds support the Dorothy P. & Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease.
Saturday, July 18 & Sunday July 19: H2Oh! River Weekend at Carnegie Science Center
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Calling all budding citizen scientists: Find out why water really is life during this free weekend-long event. Collect data about the unique animals and plants living in our rivers, make a cloud in a bottle and walk through our a real rain garden. Families can also play a River Bingo game, learn how Earth’s water is studied from space and watch immersive experience of live shows.
Saturday, July 18: Kayak Pittsburgh Opening at Aspinwall Riverfront Park
If you’re craving an outdoor excursion that also promotes social distancing, pick up a paddle and glide. Kayak Pittsburgh is celebrating the opening of is Aspinwall Riverfront Park location. Kayak Pittsburgh is also offering new customized rental services for rental, including the private use of its facilities for special events.
Saturday, July 18: AWCommunity Day: Summer Edition
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The August Wilson African American Cultural Center is hosting this online festival packed with free fun. Make a summer salad with Casa Brasil chef Keyla Cook and check out performances by the Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble and PearlArts Studios and DJ Big Phill. You can also create zines with Assemble, explore an artisan market and join a discussion about mental health, racial justice and COVID-19.
Saturday, July 18: Photographs, Memories and Stories with Geeta Kothari
Looking for something cool to do with all of the old photos you’ve organized during quarantine? During this online workshop hosted by author Geeta Kothari and White Whale Bookstore, you’ll use a photograph to launch an original essay. Select a photograph from your personal collection, discover how writers use photographs to find “the inner story of an essay” and participate in guided writing and reading activities.
Saturday, July 18: Whiskey Walking Tour starting at 1049 Penn Ave.
Walk your way to some delicious whiskey. Discover how the libation has ignited political, labor and social movements in our region as you learn about the Whiskey Rebellion, Prohibition, storied speakeasies and the revival of craft spirits. Sample the oldest and longest continuously produced whiskey in America along with new locally-produced concoctions from Wigle.
Saturday, July 18: John Romualdi Exhibition Opening at Christine Frechard Gallery
If you love the Grateful Dead and contemporary art, take a trip to this Butler Street gallery. This first solo exhibition for artist John Romualdi — who has been exhibiting work in Los Angeles for 20 years — coincides with the publication of his book inspired by years of attending Grateful Dead concerts.
Sunday, July 19: TogetherApartPGH Virtual 5K
The race must go on. Five of Pittsburgh’s beloved community footraces are joining forces for this first of its kind virtual event. Through August 15, runners can explore scenic parks and diverse neighborhoods in Brookline, Greenfield, Hill District, Regent Square and Riverview. Run one of the five traditional courses — or try a new one — then report your time and receive a souvenir race shirt.
Sunday, July 19: Yoga Hike starting at Pie Traynor Field in North Park
Combine your love of yoga and nature during this free hike hosted by L.L. Bean. Explore the tranquil trails of North Park and stop along the way to practice yoga poses and connect to your natural surroundings.
Sunday, July 19: Eco-tour at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus
Did you know that Pittsburgh’s first ecovillage — named in honor of pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson — is underway at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus? Take a guided eco-tour of the site, explore the area’s woods and meadows and learn about plans for the sustainable intentional community during this free event, which starts at the water tower parking lot.
Sunday, July 19: Pit Crew: Singer-Free Sundays
We’ve all heard their outstanding talents from our seats, but how often do we actually get to see the orchestra pit musicians who help make opera so magnificent? Conducted by Walter Morales, the online PianOpera concert will feature Sky Lee, Rob Frankenberry and Ruiran Xun.
Sunday, July 19: Self-Care Sunday with Carnegie Museum of Art
Meditate on the beauty of art as you prepare for the week ahead. Head to Carnegie Museum of Art’s online events page to participate in a guided sun salutation meditation paired with Georges Rouault’s 1922 artwork, Chantez Matines, le jour renaît. (Sing Matins, a New Day is Born). You just might discover a new weekly ritual.
Sunday, July 19: Watch the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series on Pittsburgh’s CW
The Allegheny County Summer Concert Series has moved the music from South Park and Hartwood Acres to Pittsburgh’s CW channel. Don’t miss this Night of Jazz concert featuring the Mark Strickland Trio, Dwayne Dolphin Trio and Lynn Speakman Quintet. Follow the music all summer long via the Allegheny County Parks Facebook page and YouTube channel.