Troy Hill

October 2, 3 & 4
Various times

You might know it for its incredibly steep hills, famed collection of relics and stunning city views. This fall, the best way to get to know Troy Hill is during the first-of-its-kind Next 3 Days (N3D) event from Friday night, October 2nd through Sunday afternoon, October 4th. Join residents, business owners and community leaders from Troy Hill as they open up their vibrant community to the city for three days packed with fun for all.

Residents of Troy Hill, including the very active Troy Hill Citizens group, helped create the festivities that make this inaugural iteration of Next 3 Days authentically Troy Hill. From the Tour de Troy Hill (yes, on bike!) to a bake-off judged by Rick Sebak, it’s an event you won’t want to miss.

The panoramic view from Troy Hill. TC photo.
The panoramic view from Troy Hill. TC photo.

Next 3 Days is an innovative event series created by the URA, the Office of the Mayor of Pittsburgh and NEXTpittsburgh to shine a light on the many under-the-radar Pittsburgh neighborhoods that are overlooked. Affordable, walkable Troy Hill will kick it off with three fun-filled days of food, art, music and community, showcasing the still-a-bargain housing along with the rich history (think: Pig Hill) and business opportunities. Troy Hill Citizens, Inc. has helped to create the weekend of festivities, from the Self-ie Guided Tour to the Open House, and welcomes you to be part of it!

Here’s what’s on tap:

Day 1: Mix It Up with Troy Hill, Friday, October 2nd, 6 p.m.

Kick off N3D, welcome Autumn and jumpstart your weekend at the scenic Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse and Garden during the festival’s Mixer to Mingle happening.

Travel through time via neighborhood projections from by Troy Hill-based photo bookstore Spaces Corners, and try your luck at Barrelhouse Bingo—sure to be a lively homage to the age-old pastime of churches and ladies’ auxiliary clubs.

The mural in the heart of Troy Hill. Photo by TC
The mural in the heart of Troy Hill. Photo by TC

Minglers will enjoy all things local—including craft cocktails by Wigle Whiskey, brews from Penn Brewery and delicious bites by Troy Hill eateries such as Scratch Food & Beverage and Pear and the Pickle Café and Market. Providing the night’s soundtrack will be Troy Hill band, Brewer’s Row, who are getting set to unveil their second album.

Locally famous comedians (seen at Arcade Comedy) Missy Moreno & Connor McCanlus–known as babyGRAND Comedy Duo– are going to host a rousing and fun Bingo. That alone is worth the ticket — but there’s more!

Don’t forget to tweet your Troy Hill memories using #THT during the event’s live broadcast of Twitter feeds from the nabe. Purchase tickets now ($25).

Day 2: Troy Hill N3D Community Festival, Saturday, October 3rd, noon to 4 pm.

NOTE: Parking is available at Mt. Troy Volunteer Fire Department at 33 Lonsdale St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. A free shuttle will run continuously from noon to 4:00pm from the parking lot here to the corner of Lowrie Street and Claim Street, where the N3D Saturday Festival will be taking place.  

Spend a festive afternoon exploring Troy Hill with local food, art, music and a very welcoming group of neighbors–from tours of St. Anthony Chapel, which houses the world’s largest collection of relics outside of the Vatican and draws visitors worldwide, to activities for kids.

Penn Brewery, a landmark in Troy Hill. Photo by TC.
Penn Brewery, a landmark in Troy Hill. Photo by TC.

Big Gypsy and other live local acts will perform at the street festival, which will include Oktoberfest traditions, a neighborhood bake-off judged by Rick Sebak and Leah Lizarondo, interactive tours and activities (don’t miss the Self-ie Guided tour!), a live storytelling booth, historical photography exhibitions, children’s arts and crafts with Assemble, live tweet interviews by local comedienne Missy Moreno, lawn games at the GTech booth, food and drink from Scratch, beer from Penn Brewery, mural painting on plywood with artist Berry Breene and more.

Visit Spaces Corners, a one-of-a-kind artist-run photobook gallery and project space focused on current trends in photography, which will host a sidewalk sale and book launch and be part of the tour. Traverse legendary Rialto St. (aka Pig’s Hill), one of the steepest roads in Pittsburgh, where brave bicyclists annually test their mettle during the Dirty Dozen.

Walk the very steep steps—or bike if you dare—to the heart of Troy Hill, perched high on a plateau to enjoy a breathtaking view of Pittsburgh. Don’t miss the colorful Troy Hill mural along the way or the special pop-up coffee shop with fresh baked goods from Pear and the Pickle Café and Market.

The free festival kicks off with a special pancake breakfast at Grace Lutheran Church. 

Day 3: Be Our N3D Neighbor: Home & Real Estate Tour, Sunday, October 4th

Troy Hill houses. Photo by TC.
Troy Hill houses. Photo by TC.

Looking for property in Troy Hill? You’re not alone. With its super convenient location, houses go fast here. Find out about the area’s residential and commercial real estate opportunities during a welcoming Open House that will feature properties currently for sale. A special homebuyer workshop at 1 p.m. at Most Holy Name Church will include presentations by the URA, NeighborWorks and WesBanco.

Be sure to pick up a map of all homes for sale, and open houses taking place, in Troy Hill, Spring Garden and Spring Hill. From 2 to 4 p.m., realtors will hold open houses in the three Northside neighborhoods.

Look for more in the continuing series of NEXT 3 Days. Get on the inside track to better know your city!

Have an idea to tie into N3D or want to get involved? We welcome Troy Hill artists, residents or people with ties to Troy Hill to share this weblink.

Read more about Troy Hill here.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

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.