Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

April 2
8 – 10 p.m.

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is not just for kids anymore. Yelp Pittsburgh is calling one and all to join them for a spring soirée under the big top.

Setting up shop at the Northside-based museum, the festive evening for the 21 and up set will feature aerial acts, carnival games, face painting activities, live entertainment and local bites and beverages. Headlining Yelp’s Under the Big Top is Lucky the Painproof Man—aka the world’s greatest sideshow performer—who will transfix spectators at 8:30 p.m.

Helping to create the carnivalesque environs will be entertainment and activities led by yo-yo world champion Mark Hayward, ABC Balloon Twisting, Debo the Clown, DJD PGH, Metamorphosis Organic Salon, Pittsburgh Dance Center, TechShop and Shutterbooth. Marching through the big top will be Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band, who are sure to energize the crowds with their merrymaking.

Party-goers can also pop into the MAKEshop to fashion their own circus threads and crafts. Take your turn in the big top by dressing the part, using props and experimenting with a green screen to be a virtual ringmaster. Head to the Art Studio to create your own surreal mask and design and silkscreen posters and canvas bags.

Arrive hungry because the extensive lineup of local food purveyors includes Alla Famiglia, Pub Chip Shop, Girasole, The Porch and many more. Providing seasonal libations and refreshing beverages will be Maggie’s Farm Rum, Penn Brewery, Roundabout Brewery, Wigle Whiskey and Red Star Kombucha, among others.

Yelp’s biggest bash to date—some 800 people are expected to attend—Under the Big Top follows up on the success of its previous parties held at the Pittsburgh Public Market and TechShop.

The event is free to attend but an RSVP is required. Yelp encourages attendees to contribute $5 at the door which will benefit the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. A $20 donation will get you an exclusive swag bag filled with goodies from the museum and Yelp.

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.