Here are the events you need to know about this weekend in Pittsburgh: September 4-6. Know of an interesting event? Email us here.
Friday, September 4: The Mind-Body Problem
4 & 8 p.m.
The New Hazlett Theater’s Community Supported Art Performance Series continues online with Gil Teixeira’s “The Mind-Body Problem.” Blending storytelling and music, the solo show explores high-tech instruments, physical space and sound. A native of Portugal, Teixeira is founder of the post-rock band, La La La Ressonance. To complement the event, the theater has posted Portuguese recipes so that audiences can make an Equilibrio cocktail and tapas at home. Register for free here.
Friday, September 4: PAWS Up Rodeo Dog Class at the South Park Ice Rink
Looking for new skills to teach Fido? Try Rodeo Dog, an emerging sport that’s like barrel racing for horses, but with canines. During the outdoor class, dogs and their companions will bond while navigating obstacles during clover and straight line games. Buy tickets here.
Friday, September 4: Dan Bubien in Market Square
The sound of music is flowing once again through 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 Dan Bubien.
Friday, September 4: Allegheny County Parks Unplugged
Unplug from the daily grind with some sunshine pop from the Pittsburgh-based trio, Donora. Broadcast via the County’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, the free online concert series features acoustic performances by local musicians in regional parks.
Friday, September 4: Cymbeline with Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks
Travel to ancient Britain to experience legends of the Celtic British King Cunobeline. Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks opens its newest season with tonight’s free YouTube Live production of “Cymbeline,” followed by a talkback with the company (have a cocktail ready). Directed by Jeffrey Chips, the production features costumes, sets and puppetry created by Lisa Liebering.
Friday, September 4 and Saturday, September 5: Tipsy History: The Spirited Age of Suffrage
Forget Drunk History, Tipsy History is here. Spirited women meet local spirits during this live virtual event co-hosted by Heinz History Center and Wigle Whiskey. Learn to make the mysterious “suffragette cocktail,” join a rousing suffrage singalong and honor the passage of the 19th Amendment. The event, which offers two sessions, will also celebrate the release of Wigle’s Suffragette Rye. Buy tickets.
Saturday, September 5: Great Race Virtual Challenge
Pittsburgh’s beloved Great Race is underway with its new One GREAT virtual challenge. Runners can choose from the modified traditional course, North Shore/Downtown course and Schenley Park/Oakland course, and will use Strava to track and submit their times. Participants challenging themselves to run both the 5K and 10K distances will earn three medals and two t-shirts. Register here.
Saturday, September 5: Free admission at Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Plan a day trip to the oldest site of human habitation in North America, because all month, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village is free to kids aged 17 and under. The kiddos can use a prehistoric spear-thrower and an 18th-century tomahawk, step into 16th-century Monongahela Indian Village and explore the natural wonders of this shelter used by humans 19,000 years ago.
Saturday, September 5: Archery Discovery Course at the North Park
Channel your inner Robin Hood — and pick up a new hobby during the pandemic — at this archery workshop hosted by L.L. Bean. You’ll learn how to correctly hold a recurve bow, release an arrow for optimal accuracy and precision, and in no time, how to safely hit targets. Buy tickets here.
Saturday, September 5: Andrew Bicsey at Refucilo Winery
5-6:30 & 7-8:30 p.m.
Looking for a cozy outdoor place to unwind? Head to Refucilo Winery for live music by songwriter Andrew Bicsey paired with Argentinian vino and tapas. Two patio seatings are available and reservations are required by calling 724-396-3973 or 412-251-0231.
Saturday, September 5: Stair Stepping & Cider Sipping on the North Side
Climb some of Pittsburgh’s most impressive stairs and then cool down with locally-made cider. Mis.Steps founder Laura Zurowski will lead this socially distanced hike through steep and scenic Spring Garden and Troy Hill. The event begins and ends at Threadbare Cider House, where steppers will celebrate with refreshing libations. Buy tickets.
Saturday, September 5: Film Pittsburgh September Spotlight
Every month, Film Pittsburgh’s Spotlight Series is featuring a critically acclaimed, fan favorite or socially relevant film. September’s feature is the comedic hit, “Are We Good Parents?,” the second film by Nigerian-American director Bola Ogun, who’s a rising star on the cinematic scene. After the movie, watch an interview with Ogun hosted by Film Pittsburgh Executive Director Kathryn Spitz Cohan.
Sunday, September 6: Virtual Class: Creme Puffs
Satisfy your sweet tooth and up your dessert game during this online class led by Gaynor’s School of Cooking. Your mouth will water as the Gaynor pros teach you how to make Choux pastry dough, creme puffs, eclairs and chocolate glaze. Buy tickets.
Sunday, September 6: Virtual Community Day with Westmoreland Museum of American Art
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fire up that device and spend the day with the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Make butterfly art using objects from your home, paint with salt and watercolors and enjoy live music by fig. Packed with free fun, the event also includes yoga workshops, artful food presentations by Blanket & Board and story times with the Greensburg-Hempfield Library.
Sunday, September 6: Hollywood East Movie Tour
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Discover why Pittsburgh is dubbed Hollywood East during this cool event hosted by Walk the Burgh Tours. Visit actual locations where blockbusters and independent flicks were filmed, explore local landmarks seen on the big screen and learn the history of Downtown theaters. Buy tickets.
Sunday, September 6 : Guided hike at Hartwood Acres
Head into nature to experience a crown jewel of Allegheny County’s 12,000-acre, nine-park system. Led by an Allegheny County Park Ranger, you’ll explore the past, present and future of Hartwood Acres during a 1.5-mile hike traversing easy terrain. Register for free here.
Sunday, September 6: Allegheny County Summer Concert Series on Pittsburgh’s CW
Slay the Sunday scaries with live world music from Uprooted, the latest project helmed by Michael Glabicki. The free Allegheny County Summer Concert Series is broadcast on Pittsburgh’s CW television channel as well as via Facebook and YouTube.
Sunday, September 6: Rent John Lewis: Good Trouble from from the Harris Theater @ Home
The world lost a hero like no other on July 17, when U.S. Rep. John Lewis passed away. Get into some good trouble with the civil rights icon by renting Dawn Porter’s new documentary chronicling Lewis’ remarkable life and legacy. The rental includes exclusive access to a pre-recorded discussion between Congressman Lewis and Oprah Winfrey, and a panel discussion with the director. Rent the film online here.