The proposed building site has been used for events at Bakery Square. Photo courtesy Walnut Capital.

Bakery Square Living
August 19
4 — 9 p.m.

Bakery Square has attracted high-profile companies such as Google, UPMC and Autodesk and trendy retailers like Anthropologie and West Elm. And it just unveiled its second luxury apartment complex.

Courtesy Walnut Capital Management.
Courtesy Walnut Capital Management.

Now, the $130 million development of a former Nabisco baking factory in the East End is bringing the beach to the Burgh for one of Pittsburgh’s newest summer parties. If you have yet to join the many revelers who flocked to the series kick-off, you have two more chances to bask in the outdoor sun and fun before the end of the summer party season.

Setting up shop on the expansive grassy lawn at Bakery Living—which is located across Penn Avenue from the main Bakery Square complex—the 2016 BKSQ Summer Series continues with free events on July 22 and August 19.

The perfect place to spend Friday happy hour—and kick off your weekend festivities—the urban beach-themed July edition will feature a 65-by-35-foot sand pit, live music by Walk of Shame, and plenty of social lawn games such as cornhole, giant versions of Jenga and Connect Four, and inflatable bowling.

A roundup of Pittsburgh’s favorite food trucks will be on-site, featuring fare for sale from Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream, BRGR, Driftwood Oven, La Palapa Mexican Gourmet Kitchen, Pgh Crepes, Oakmont Barbecue Company, Berlin Street Food, and many others.

For $15, attendees can enjoy all-you-can-drink summery craft brews, such as Shipyard’s Island Time IPA, Morgantown Brewing Company’s Beach Blonde, and Jacob Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy.

Families will enjoy the special area stocked with massive beach balls, sand toys, and refreshing kiddie pools. The event will also feature a pet station with treats and water bowls operated by Kiva’s Canine Cookies, as well as swag, information tables and activities hosted by SHAPE Training, LA Fitness, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Green Mountain Energy, Pinot’s Pallet, Massage Heights, and Netflix.

Courtesy Walnut Capital Management.
Courtesy Walnut Capital Management.

Stick around for the official after-party, which will take place across the street at Social at Bakery Square (show your wristband for special discounts!).

Head back to Bakery Square on August 19 for a party with food trucks, craft beer from Franktuary, and live music from Lava Game.

For a sneak peek, check out this video.

Looking for more events? Read our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in JulyEverything you need to know about Pittsburgh concerts in Julyand our Top 10 things for families to do in July in Pittsburgh feature articles.

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 of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.