For the remainder of this time of social distancing, we’re focusing on ways you can explore Pittsburgh and participate in local happenings from home and virtually.

We’re updating our virtual event guide every week, so please keep reading and sharing. Know about an interesting virtual event taking place in April? Email us here.

Wednesday, April 1: Sing along with Weekend At Blarney’s
7 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Irish Festival is here to lift our collective spirits with the power of music. Next up to take the mic for their new Live Stream Irish Music Series is acoustic duo Weekend At Blarney’s. Turn your living room into an Irish pub as you sing along with Brad Wagner and Pat Reilly, who will perform traditional and contemporary tunes from The Emerald Isle.

Wednesday, April 1: Stream the YaJagoff LIVE! Show
7:30 p.m.
If you love their Burgh-centric blog, podcast and videos, you can’t miss their new live streaming show. YaJagoff producers John Chamberlin and Rachael Rennebeck are hosting comedians and musicians for live stream performances hosted produced by Sorgatron Media. Tonight’s show features Samantha Bentley and Jess Klein.

Wednesday, April 1: Virtual Launch Party: A Celebration to Remember
8-9 p.m.
The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh is teaming up with the #TogetherWeRemember coalition to honor National Genocide Awareness Month. Join the founders and architects behind the movement to celebrate the official launch event for this monthlong national campaign and virtual event series. Come together to get inspired, informed and involved in the fight against hate.

Wednesday, April 1: Watch a Brazilian sci-fi thriller with Row House Cinema
Thanks to Lawrenceville movie house Row House Cinema, you can still get your fill of first-run movies via the theater’s innovative streaming portal. Tickets are available through April 2 for the new Brazilian film, “Bacurau,” starring Sônia Braga. Audiences will be transported to a fictional remote town in the Brazilian sertão (read: backcountry), which is suddenly experiencing strange happenings  following the death of its 94-year-old matriarch.

Thursday, April 2: Happy Hour Live! with Pittsburgh Whiskey Friends & Pittsburgh Craft Beer Society
5 p.m.
Raise and a glass — and lift your spirits — with fellow whiskey and craft beer aficionados. This collective of libations lovers is here to rescue you from the isolation of social distancing with their online happy hours series — where it’s literally always 5 o’clock. We’re all missing the city’s awesome breweries, bars and distilleries, so join this crew for some much-needed socializing and imbibing — you supply the drinks and they’ll spark the conversations. Tonight’s gathering will feature Christian Kahle, owner of Lucky Sign Spirits. To support our local service industry, contribute to this virtual tip jar.

Photo courtesy of STAYCEE PEARL dance project.

Thursday, April 2: Have No More Bad Days with Inner Rutz
6-7:30 p.m.
We all face overwhelming challenges in life — it’s how we experience them that can make all the difference. Dubbed Have No More Bad Days, this five-week virtual course led by Mount Lebanon-based shop Inner Rutz will provide you with tools eliminating stress and anxiety and learn to use emotions to reach your goals, with new topics to focus on each Thursday.

Thursday, April 2: Enjoy PlayTime with Pittsburgh Public Theater
7 p.m.
Every Thursday night, make a standing date with Pittsburgh Public Theater Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski, who will bring iconic plays right to your living room during live readings that showcase and the work of extraordinary writers.

Through April 5: Cry It Out with City Theatre Company
If you missed the chance to see Molly Smith Metzler’s play, “Cry It Out” before it ended its run early due to COVID-19, then don’t miss the virtual performance available through April 5. Directed by Kim Weild, the new play chronicles Metzler’s real-life experiences with maternity leave. Thanks to the theater’s organization’s Pick Your Price initiative, virtual tickets start at just $10.

Through April 10: Submit your original movie to Steeltown’s Lights! Camera! Quarantine! Contest
Some days it seems like the Covid-19 crisis is something straight out of a movie. If you could make a film about a global pandemic, what would it be like? Steeltown is calling all budding directors to flex their creative muscles, pick up that camera or phone and compete for cash prizes. Read the rules and guidelines here, and start rolling.

Through May 15: Bid on a cool chair with VisitPITTSBURGH
Pull up a chair with VisitPITTSBURGH and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) and bid on a one-of-a-kind work of art. Using everyday chairs as their canvas, Pittsburgh artists created 90-plus pieces of fab furniture that incorporate everything from paint and fur, to plant and sculpture. Bids begin at $100, and proceeds from the CHAIR-ity auction will support GPAC’s new Teaching Artist Initiative. There’s even more time to bid now, because VisitPITTSBURGH has just extended the auction through May 15.

Send a note to City of Asylum’s exiled writers
While City of Asylum‘s event space, bookstore and restaurant are temporarily closed, you can still support the organization in meaningful ways. All writers in the nonprofit’s exiled writer sanctuary program are safe, however, it is a very difficult time for them to be both exiled and now also socially distanced. Send a message to any of the writers via email here.

Submit your photography to Silver Eye’s Works From Home Exhibition
Taking and sharing photos is a simple yet powerful act that that can nurture creativity, teach us to appreciate our surroundings and connect us all during this time of social distancing. Submit your images to Silver Eye Center for Photography’s new online exhibit, Works from Home , and they might get featured on the nonprofit’s website and social media. To submit, share your photo to Instagram using #labworksfromhome and @silvereyelab. You can also email your photo to or upload your photos online.

For more virtual events in Pittsburgh, go here. Know about an interesting virtual event taking place in April? Email us here.

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Jennifer Baron

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...