Here are some great ways to stay connected and explore Pittsburgh from home. Know of an interesting virtual event taking place in May? Email us here.

Friday, May 1: Phipps’ Virtual May Market

Various times

Phipps’ beloved May Market is now blooming virtually so you can stock up from home on unique plants, gardening accessories, lawn decor and much more. Boasting more than 40 online vendors you can find everything from pollinator plants, natural skincare products and mosaic planters, to flowering annuals and hot peppers. There’s even certified bird-friendly coffee, locally made goat cheese and essential oils. Make it your one-stop springtime shop — and visit often.

Friday, May 1: Taxes for Artists & Preparing for a Downturn

12-1 p.m.

Tax day has been moved to July 15 but are you still left with more questions than answers? Tax expert Hannah Cole is here to help. Founder of Sunlight Tax, Cole specializes in working with creative businesses and artists. She’ll discuss the self-employment tax, estimated quarterly taxes, audit concerns and issues relevant to artists and makers. Hosted by Bridgeway Capital’s Creative Business Accelerator, the workshop includes a Q&A.

Friday, May 1: Raise The Bar Virtual Happy Hour with Pittsburgh Bottleshop

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Miss happy hour? You’re not alone. Stay connected through this virtual happy hour series featuring local breweries, wineries and distilleries. Ever wondered how many grapes are needed to make a bottle of wine? Or how to pair a cocktail with dinner? Curious about the next big drink trends? Made In PGH and Pittsburgh Bottleshop are teaming up to answer your questions with conversation, trivia and special offers. Your armchair barstool is calling.

Friday, May 1: Virtual Unblurred Penn Ave Art Crawl

5-11 p.m.

Take a streaming stroll along the Penn Avenue arts district to experience what’s new in Bloomfield and Garfield. Take classes with Yoga Hive and Level Up Studios, explore online exhibitions with Pittsburgh Glass Center and Silver Eye Center for Photography, participate in maker activities with Assemble, and much more. There are also film screenings, cartooning classes and programs for kids.


Photos courtesy of Phipps.

Friday, May 1: Freshworks Artist Talk with Sue Abramson & Mita Ghosal

5 p.m.

It’s always art o’clock somewhere. Fine art photographer Sue Abramson and cross-disciplinary choreographer Mita Ghosal will discuss their artistic works, why they were inspired to collaborate and what we can look forward to from them in the future. Hosted by Kelly-Strayhorn Theater Senior Producer Ben Pryor, the event is part of the venue’s “pay what makes you happy” series.

Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3: Pittsburgh Virtual Fringe

5:45-11:45 p.m.

Kicking off tonight, the first-ever Pittsburgh Virtual Fringe will showcase intimate and cutting-edge performances by local and international performers and visual artists. The freeform fest also includes poetry performances, watch parties, art exhibits, contemporary dance and more. True to its experimental origins, performers are embracing these unprecedented times to test new platforms and approaches. Don’t miss NYC-based Fringe legend Peter Michael Marino, who will perform his award-winning solo show, “Desperately Seeking the Exit.” Additional events will be added later in May, so check the schedule on the festival’s website. Proceeds from ticket sales and donations will go right to the artists.

Friday, May 1: Live Stream Irish Music Series

6 p.m.

Fill your home with the soulful music of Ireland’s breathtaking Connemara region. Michael Coult and Seamus O Flatharta of HighTime are next to take the mic for the Pittsburgh Irish Festival’s virtual music series. The Galway natives combine Irish music with modern folk influences, intricate vocal harmonies, rhythmic step dancing and energetic performances.

Friday, May 1: Romeo & Juliet with Pittsburgh Public Theater (Part 2)

7 p.m.

In 2021, Pittsburgh Public Theater Artistic Director Marya Sea Kaminski will create a bold new adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet,” staging site-specific scenes from the powerful play in Heinz Hall to accompany the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Prokofiev’s ballet. Tonight, Pittsburgh audiences will have a rare, behind-the-scenes opportunity as Kaminksi hosts the 10-member cast for a virtual PlayTime reading.

Friday, May 1: Poetry reading with Jeffrey McDaniel, Lauren Shapiro and Cameron Barnett

7 p.m.

White Whale Bookstore is welcoming Pitt Poetry Series writer Jeffrey McDaniel, whose new collection, “Holiday in the Islands of Grief: Poems,” explores loss, aging and innocence. McDaniel will read alongside award-winning writer Lauren Shapiro and Pittsburgh Poetry Journal editor Cameron Barnett. Head to White Whale’s website to order their books and check out the shop’s curated reading lists.

Chris Capehart

Chris Capehart. Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.