Courtesy Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Theater Square Garage Roof
August 3
6 — 10 p.m.

Slack off on a weeknight at an old-school, 1980s-style party high above the city’s hustle and bustle. Free and open to all ages, the Downtown Rooftop Shindig returns for its next highly-anticipated monthly installment to celebrate John Hughes’ iconic teen comedy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off—one of the highest-grossing films of 1986.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Pairing cult favorite screen gems, outdoor fun, Pittsburgh bands, and locally crafted food and drink, the popular summer series is produced by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

Play hooky and get into trouble with the film’s charismatic protagonist Ferris Bueller (immortalized by Matthew Broderick)—along with his best buddy Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) and his girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara)—as the trio eludes parents, teachers, cops, and older siblings for a day of adventure and mishap, youthful bonding, and rambling comedic monologues.

Join in with the film’s high school econ teacher (a.k.a. Ben Stein) as he addresses a class of painfully bored teenagers using his signature deadpan delivery: “Bueller? Bueller? and “Anyone? Anyone?”

Each Shindig showcases a rotating specialty cocktail, along with craft brews and fresh bites from Meat & Potatoes, Le’s Oriental, and Burgh Bites.


Providing the night’s breezy pop soundtrack will be Pittsburgh-based indie rock trio, Brightside, which features lead vocalist and guitarist Matt Vituccio. Formed in 2010, the group’s latest album, The World Reversed, was released in 2015 and recorded at Pittsburgh’s Machine Age studios.

Helping to set the al fresco scene will be summery amenities such as colorful beach chairs, café tables and comfy inflatable furniture. Shindiggers are welcome to bring their own chairs or to purchase one at the event.

The Shindig takes place on the top level of the Theater Square Garage located at 667 Penn Avenue. Doors open at 6 p.m., the music starts at 7 p.m., and the movie will be screened at sundown. The rain date is Thursday, August 4.

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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.