Here are the events you need to know about this weekend in Pittsburgh: September 18-20. Know of an interesting event? Email us here.
Friday, September 18: Dolly Days at Una Biologicals
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Shop for a cause during Una Biologicals‘ community engagement give back campaign in Lawrenceville. Donating proceeds to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library — which provides free books to children in underserved neighborhoods — the weekend-long event will include new product launches and collaborations with local women-owned businesses.
Friday, September 18: RADical Days @ Silver Eye Center for Photography
11 a.m.- 6 p.m.
The RADical Days celebration is underway with free cool stuff to do at regional destinations through November. One cultural stop not to miss is Silver Eye Center for Photography, which is offering in-person tours by appointment for its newest exhibition. Art lovers will experience the work of Fellowship Award winner, Rory Doyle, whose new series, Delta Hill Riders, explores the subculture of African American cowboys and cowgirls in rural Mississippi. Schedule a tour.
Friday, September 18: Like the Shape of Clouds on Water at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center
A new exhibition opening today showcases the work of New Haven-based artist Dominic Chambers. Visitors to the free exhibition will see Chambers’ large-scale, color field paintings which explore Black talent, creativity, mysticism and more.
Friday, September 18 through Sunday September 20: Mr. Smalls Café Street Series
One of Pittsburgh’s live music meccas is moving the rock outdoors. Setting up shop outside of Mr. Smalls Theatre along Butler Street in Millvale, the three-day mini-fest will feature performances by The Redlines, Wild Blue Yonder, Liz Berlin, Andre Costello and others. Attendees can also try the new menu from Mr. Smalls Café; seating is first-come, first-served.
Friday, September 18: Dine Out with Live Music Downtown
The music is flowing again throughout Market Square. Support your favorite Downtown restaurant by ordering takeout and enjoying dinner at socially-distanced outdoor tables while being treated to live music by artists from Driving While Black Records.
Friday, September 18: Yoga and Live Music at Settler’s Cabin Park
September is an idyllic time for this free outdoor class blending yoga and live acoustic music. Taught by Jen Stratakis and accompanied by classical guitarist Ben Meyer, the class will include a standing mediation, nature-inspired poses and time for relaxation. Register for free.
Friday, September 18: Mars Jackson at the Drive-In Arts Festival at Hazelwood Green
One of the Burgh’s most original rhymers will heat up the Drive-In Arts Festival at Hazelwood Green. Presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center and City Theatre, hip hop artist Mars Jackson blends Midwest and West Coast influences with a passion for production and songwriting. Buy tickets.
Saturday, September 19: Pittsburgh Recovery Walk
Walk the walk and talk the talk to support people in recovery. For this year’s semi-virtual Pittsburgh Recovery Walk, you can choose your own path or one of the event’s routes. Celebrating recovery from addiction, the event aims to inspire others, fight destructive stigma and nurture organizations committed to health, harm reduction and support services. Share your journey using the hashtag #MyRoadPGH and then join the livestream event at 7 p.m. featuring stories of hope, photos, music and the Recovery Award winners. NEXTpittsburgh is a proud media sponsor. Register for free.
Saturday, September 19: Summer Youth Writers Camp
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Calling all budding young writers. Hosted by Cameron Barnett and the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, the online camp will use a writing curriculum to address social justice issues and highlight the legacy of the famed playwright and Pittsburgh native. Participants will create poetic monologues inspired by Wilson’s style and themes and will engage in discussions, readings and writing activities. Register for free.
Saturday, September 19: CoronaCrafted Closing: A Socially Distant Street Ungathering on Potomac Avenue
A “socially distant street ungathering” will take place Saturday afternoon along Dormont’s Potomac Avenue commercial corridor. Celebrate the closing of the CoronaCrafted storefront exhibition, while enjoying art making activities and live music. Attendees are also invited to meet local artists and sing along one more time with the Dormont CoronaChoir.
Saturday, September 19: Drive-in Movies at Hartwood Acres
Park the car at sylvan Hartwood Acres to catch the fourth installment of Pixar’s computer-animated adventure, “Toy Story 4,” on the drive-in movie screen. The event is free and first-come, first-served, and movie-goers can order snacks online from Ekernally Yours Popcorn.
Saturday, September 19: INEZ at the Drive-In Arts Festival at Hazelwood Green
Homewood resident INEZ (née Danielle Walker) will fill Hazelwood Green with her multi-dimensional sound. Joined by the HomewoodSoundMachine, INEZ will perform songs from her debut album, “Voicemails and Conversations,” during this showcase presented by WYEP and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Buy tickets.
Sunday, September 20: Welcome Fall Hike in North Park
Welcome the autumnal equinox during this brisk hike through North Park which will provide plenty of colorful photo opps along the way. Register for free.
Sunday, September 20: Yoga in Market Square
For its next Sunday brunch edition, Kayla Hersperger of Urban Elements & Cycology will lead a socially distant yoga practice with a variety of routines and styles. Register now to secure your spot in the BYOM (bring your own mat) outdoor class.
Sunday, September 20: Real Pittsburgh Stories: Arcade at the Trust Oasis
Calling all yinz “geeks, jocks, cheerleaders and burnouts.” At Arcade Comedy Theater’s outdoor venue, you’ll squirm and LOL as comedians Paige Polesnak and Joey Purse share hilarious, shocking and cringe-worthy stories from high school, n’at. Buy tickets.
Sunday, September 20: Live Steam Irish Music Series
While we can’t gather IRL for this month’s Irish festival, we can enjoy authentic music from the Emerald Isle from the comfort of home. Pittsburgh’s premier Celtic rockers, The Low Kings, will have you tapping your feet into Monday. The free concert will be streamed via Facebook.
Sunday, September 20: Lee Terbosic at the Drive-In Arts Festival at Hazelwood Green
One of the magic industry’s top performers — who also happens to be a Steel City boy — will dazzle drive-in-goers at Hazelwood Green. A nationally touring magician, comedian, actor and entertainer, Lee Terbosic will revive his show, “In Plain Sleight,” for the outdoor arts festival. Buy tickets.