The NEXTpittsburgh event guide is underwritten in part by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.

What’s going on this week in Pittsburgh, Sept. 19-25? Find out here. Visit each organization’s website and social media for Covid protocols. Know of a cool event? Email us.

Monday, Sept. 19: Support Your Local Artist Tour at Spirit
6:30 p.m.
High-energy physical art will fill Spirit when LA-based Secret Walls brings its first-ever North America Tour to the Burgh. Equipped with markers, paint brushes, spray paint and paint rollers, local artists Jeremy Raymer, Brian Gonnella, DENIAL and Lizzee Solomon will battle it out during the world’s premier live paint and pixel platform as you cheer them on! Buy tickets.

Secret Walls

Photo courtesy of Secret Walls and Chris House.

Monday, Sept. 19: Stephen Schwartz & Friends at the O’Reilly Theater
7:30 p.m.
He’s amassed three Oscars, four Grammys and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and now CMU graduate Stephen Schwartz is kicking off the Trust Cabaret Series’ 10th anniversary season. Experience his legendary songbook from hit musicals like “Wicked,” “Godspell” and “Pippin” in an intimate theater setting. Buy tickets.

Monday, Sept. 19-Wednesday, Sept. 21: Eradicate Hate Global Summit at David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Various times
Did you know that the planet’s most comprehensive anti-hate conference starts today Downtown? For three days, international experts and leaders will put their heads together to eradicate violence and implement solutions to drive collective change. Plenary sessions and keynote talks cover a range of topics, including public education, community preparedness, young adults, governmental response and legal strategies. View a schedule and buy tickets.

Monday, Sept. 19-Wednesday, Sept. 21: Pittsburgh International Literary Festival at Alphabet City
7 p.m.
City of Asylum’s 10-day LitFest wraps up this week with cross-cultural programs exploring identity, marginalization and literature in translation. This week’s lineup features a first-of-its-kind event with the Cities of Asylum in Pittsburgh, Detroit and Ithaca and a collaboration with Slovo House Kharkiv featuring displaced Ukrainian theater artists. Don’t miss Wednesday’s culmination featuring Grammy-nominated Imani Winds. View a schedule and register for free.

Photo courtesy of the Breathe Project.

Tuesday, Sept. 20-Friday, Sept. 23: Clean Energy Justice Convergence during the Clean Energy Ministerial
Various times
If you’re looking for ways to fight the climate crisis, the best place to start is at this global gathering. More than 45 local, national and international organizations will stand in solidarity to advance clean energy justice, break from fossil fuels and address the needs of impacted communities. Highlights include steel, gas and petrochemical tours, a student youth strike and art installations. Don’t miss the Lummi Nation Totem Pole Welcome in Schenley Plaza, the Climate Reality Project kayak trip and the Clean Energy Justice roundtable at Phipps. View a schedule and buy tickets.

Photo courtesy of Lizania Cruz and Alma Lewis.

Thursday, Sept. 22: Lizania Cruz: Performing Inquiry at Alma Lewis
6-8 p.m.
Dominican artist and designer Lizania Cruz presents a new exhibition and gallery talk tonight at the Lynn Way cultural space. Using mixed media, photography, video and installation art, Cruz investigates the complex histories of the Caribbean, West Africa and the U.S. along with topics like Afro-religious practices, slavery, migration, colonialism and nationhood. Register for free.

Thursday, Sept. 22: Men of Excellence Awards at Station Square
6-9 p.m.
Join the New Pittsburgh Courier at this gala honoring 40 young African American men who have made significant contributions to the community and business world. Buy tickets.

Friday, Sept. 23-Sunday, Sept. 25: Oktoberfest at Penn Brewery
5-11:30 p.m.
If you missed the kickoff weekend, make a beeline for Pittsburgh’s oldest and largest brewery to ring in everybody’s favorite beer celebration. Pair award-winning German-style craft beers with Bavarian staples like wurst, potato salad, pretzels, pierogies and strudel. There will be plenty of outdoor patio seating and live bands all weekend. Buy tickets.

Pittsburgh Art Bus. Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Friday, Sept. 23: Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District
5:30 p.m.-12 a.m.
With 15 exciting stops, there’s so much to love about the Fall Crawl — even a pop-up exhibit curated by Pittsburgh’s First Lady Michelle Gainey. Highlights include Randall Coleman’s photography show, Bringing History to Life: African American Colorized Gallery. Walk under the colorful Umbrella Sky Project and catch the Pittsburgh Art Bus at The Backyard. End your night dancing outdoors at the Crawl After Dark Silent Disco.

Animal Friends

Photo courtesy of Animal Friends.

Friday, Sept. 23: 18+ Night: Black and Gold Science at Carnegie Science Center
6 p.m.
The start of Steelers season is the perfect time to share your Pittsburgh pride at that other North Shore attraction. With no kids in sight, you can chat with sports writers Chris Carter and Josh Yohe and watch comedians compete in a Bracket Night ranking Pittsburgh sports and cuisine. Party-goers will also enjoy after-hour access to GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World. Buy tickets.

Friday, Sept. 23 & Saturday, Sept. 24: Super Monster-Rama at Riverside Drive-in
7 p.m.
Drive-in movie season extends was beyond summer in Western PA. Pull up the vehicle — or pitch a tent — to get spooked by an entire weekend of chills and thrills (and movie snacks) dedicated to horror film legend Christopher Lee, who would have turned 100 years young this year. The English actor’s prolific craft will shine through at the Vandergrift haunt, in such cult classics as “House of the Long Shadows,” “To The Devil A Daughter” — and my all-time favorite — “The Wicker Man.” Buy tickets.

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Photo courtesy of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

Friday, Sept. 23: PROPHET: The Order of the Lyricist at Kelly Strayhorn Theater
8 p.m.
Don’t miss the premiere of this four-year multi-genre storytelling project created by Marjani Forté-Saunders and Everett Saunders that explores an artist’s quest for self-realization. Based in California and New York as 7NMS, the award-winning creative duo examines the “distinctive practices, systems, philosophies and political ideologies that have shaped hip-hop’s emcees.” In addition to the live performance, PROPHET also includes an ethnographic memoir, experimental film and album. Buy tickets.

Saturday, Sept. 24: Carnegie International at Carnegie Museum of Art
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
It only comes around once every three or four years, so make plans to experience one of the planet’s most significant and longest-running presentations of contemporary art. The highly anticipated art happening returns with work by 100-plus artists and collectives. Curated by Sohrab Mohebbi, Ryan Inouye and Talia Heiman, the exhibition titled Is it morning for you yet? “traces the geopolitical imprint of the U.S. since 1945 to situate the international within a local context.” Read NEXT’s in-depth coverage and don’t miss the party of the century when CMOA teams up with NEXT to host a discotheque preview on Sept. 23 (NEXT readers get a discount!).

Kennywood

Photo courtesy of Kennywood.

Saturday, Sept. 24: Phantom Fall Fest at Kennywood
Noon-11 p.m.
Halloween at Kennywood is about to get bigger, be better, bigger and spookier. The cherished spooky tradition opens today for its 20th year and the park’s longest Halloween series to date. Take in all the frights and delights with seven haunted attractions, four scare zones, seasonal foods and 35 screaming rides. New this year — if you dare — is an indoor maze dubbed Alice in Wonderland where a choose-your-own-adventure will lead you through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole. Buy tickets.

BikePGH

Photo courtesy of BikePGH.

Saturday, Sept. 24: BikePGH 20th Anniversary Party at the Bitz Opera Factory
6-10 p.m.
BikeFest rolls again with a rocking party at the opera’s chic Strip District HQ. On tap will be bike-powered carnival games, music and dancing with DJ Mary Mack, a photo booth, raffles and more. Forget stuffy fundraiser fare, this bike bash boasts Oliver’s Donuts, Row House Cinema popcorn, Goodlander cocktails and an anniversary beer release. Buy tickets.

Saturday, Sept. 24: Black Tie & Tails at Animal Friends
6:30-10 p.m.
Mingle with the real party animals — and help save their lives — at Pittsburgh’s most playful fundraiser. Dress down or up for an unforgettable evening when the nonprofit’s 75-acre campus is transformed into a dazzling display highlighted by the animals who depend upon your generosity. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind culinary experience with interactive food and drink stations and a compassionate vegetarian feast, bid on cool auction items and of course, cuddle with resident dogs, cats and rabbits. Buy tickets.

Saturday, Sept. 24: Johnny Cash Day at the Elk’s Lodge
7 p.m.
Pittsburgh takes Johnny Cash Day very seriously, so if you’re a Man in Black devotee, there’s no other place you want to be. The bourbon and the baritone ballads will flow at Elks Lodge #339, nestled within stately Victorian row houses in Deutschtown. You likely love the Lodge for its Pittsburgh Banjo Club nights, but for the past 19 years it’s also hosted one of Pittsburgh’s most unique musical celebrations. Raise many glasses to the icon who left this realm on Sept. 12, 2003, with endearing covers by local bands, plus comfort food and lively raffles. Buy tickets at the Elks Lodge before they sell out soon.

Saturday, Sept. 24: Body Music: A Celebration of ’80s NY Club Culture at The Warhol Museum
8-10 p.m.
Forget 15 minutes of fame, what would the King of Pop Art think of a world obsessed with 15-second TikTok videos? Long before society was inundated with digital content, Warhol was producing a magazine dedicated to interviews with celebrities and creatives. For the first time, visitors will see materials from the museum’s collection that have never been shown together before — including 205 issues of Interview magazine from 1969 to 1987. The new exhibit, Andy Warhol’s Social Network, opens tonight with a free public party featuring DJ collective Axel F. and music and videos spanning NYC’s famed club scenes.

Tour the Montour

Photo courtesy of the Montour Trail Council.

Saturday, Sept. 24: Tour the Montour
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hop on two wheels to celebrate 20 years of this rail-trail success story. Starting at mile marker 4.8 on the Montour Trail, the non-competitive out-and-back bike ride includes rest stops with snacks, on-trail rider support, a hot lunch and raffle prizes. Pick your distance: Choose to ride 2, 6, 24, 44 miles or 62 miles (a metric century) — or custom-design your own distance. Register here.

Sunday, Sept. 25: The Great Race in Pittsburgh
9:30 a.m.
If it’s late September, it’s time for this beloved Burgh tradition to usher in the fall running season. What was established by Mayor Richard Caliguiri in 1977 as a community fun run is now one of the country’s largest 10K races. The 10K kicks off in Frick Park at Beechwood Boulevard, and the 5K starts at Fifth Avenue and Atwood Street at 8 a.m. You’ll be psyched to join the Point State Park festivities when you cross the finish line Downtown. Register now.

Darkhouse Lighthouse. Photo courtesy of Lenka Clayton and Phillip Andrew Lewis.

Sunday, Sept. 25: Darkhouse Lighthouse in Troy Hill
Various times
You probably never thought you’d see a lighthouse in a city that’s “879 feet above and 382 miles away from the nearest ocean,” but thanks to this ambitious four-year project by Pittsburgh artists Lenka Clayton and Phillip Andrew Lewis, you can. Swinging open its doors in historic Troy Hill, it’s the third house in the neighborhood transformed into a permanent art commission. Visitors can ascend a spiral staircase, observe weather events through tiny arched windows, check out the lighthouse keepers’ cozy quarters and wander through a blue grass garden. Schedule a free guided tour.

Sunday, Sept. 25: Bitchcraft Fair at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
12-6 p.m.
What better way to celebrate the autumnal equinox than with this bizarre bazaar? Get your spooky season underway early at the Magickal Makers & Mystics Marketplace featuring 300 creatives and curators peddling rare oddities, metaphysical supplies and esoteric gifts you won’t find elsewhere. Shop for prints, pottery and candles, sit for tarot readings and sip witchy spirits. Go glam or ghoulish in the costume photo booth and explore magickal topics with mediums and mavens.

For more things to do, check out our Weekly Event Guides and 13 Pittsburgh events you can’t miss in September, from the Carnegie International to Rocktoberfest. For live music, check out 22 best concerts in Pittsburgh this September from Elton John to Snail Mail