Neapolitan presepio
Photo by Bryan Conley.

Here are the events you need to know about this weekend in Pittsburgh: December 4-6. Know of an interesting event? Email us here.

Friday, December 4: WTAE-TV’s Project Bundle-Up Telethon
5 a.m-8 p.m.
This holiday season, you can make a big difference in the lives of children and senior citizens in need. Viewers can make donations by by phone, text or via WTAE’s website and mobile app. Led by meteorologist Mike Harvey, the telethon will be broadcast during newscasts and breaks throughout the day.

Friday, December 4: Free Drive-Up Diaper Distribution at Parkway Center Office Complex
11 a.m-1 p.m.
Families and caregivers of young children who are experiencing financial hardship can drive up to receive two cases of diapers, as well as two packages of wipes, at this free event in Green Tree co-hosted by Global Links.

Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 6: Black Market Holiday Edition Downtown
11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Support Black entrepreneurs at this pop-up market at 623 Smithfield St. More than 29 Black vendors and artisans will be selling handmade products — from jewelry, fashions and natural body care products to gourmet foods and hand-poured candles.

Saturday, December 5: Penguins on Parade at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Various times
That chill in the air means it’s time to celebrate everyone’s aquatic flightless birds. Flock to the aquarium’s outdoor patio to parade past the resident penguins as they frolic in the winter weather. Buy tickets.

Nicole Czapinski
Nicole Czapinski, Extra Fiber. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Saturday, December 5: Extra Fiber at the CDCP Project Space
11 a.m.-6 p.m.
This new exhibition co-curated by Casey Droege and David William is showcasing the work of Nicole Czapinski and Alex Ebstein. See how Czapinski and Ebstein transform everyday materials such as From pipe cleaners to yoga mats into readymade objects that explore the meaning of form, function, value and more. Reserve a time slot for the opening reception.

Saturday, December 5: Holiday Kidsplay in the Heinz Hall Courtyard
11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Strike a pose in front of colorful backdrops and standees of cherished characters from Fred Rogers Productions’ children’s shows. The free drop-in experience has been reconfigured to provide safe outdoor fun with a holiday selfie garden.

Saturday, December 5: Peoples Gas Holiday Market and Santa Zoom Downtown
11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Downtown’s annual Market Square attraction has been reconfigured layout for safe outdoor shopping. Artisans from around the globe are selling one-of-a-kind handmade gifts in charming chalets, while local musicians are performing nearby. Meanwhile, children can visit Santa during a real-time video and broadcast activity.

Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Saturday, December 5: AWCommunity Day: Home-Sweet-Home Together
2 p.m.
Celebrate Kwanzaa, watch a cookie decorating demonstrations and enjoy an afternoon of festive activities during this virtual holiday community day. Families can also pick up a kit to participate in a friendly gingerbread house making competition.

Saturday, December 5: Three Sisters Haudenosaunee Science and Culture
3-4 p.m.
Join the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden and Carnegie Museum of Natural History for a virtual event exploring Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) people and their relationship with the natural world. Examine tools and hand-crafted objects and learn about the customs of the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk and Tuscarora nations. Register here.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.

Saturday, December 5: Night Hike at the Latodami Nature Center
6-8 p.m.
Discover what comes out at night, learn about how nocturnal animals engage their senses to navigate through the darkness and gaze up at the constellations during this guided 1.5-mile hike through the forest. Register for free.

Saturday, December 5: Heart & Home Holiday Party with The Joe Beretta Foundation
7 p.m.
Help make the holidays brighter for end-stage heart failure patients. Hosted by St. Nick himself, the virtual fundraiser will include entertainment, music, prizes, online silent auction and testimonials from patients and their families. Register for free.

Saturday, December 5: City Theatre’s Claws Out Holiday Drag Musical
Various times
Shake up your favorite cocktail — and the holidays — with this world premiere show. Set in the icy North Pole and packed with pop-culture references, the drag musical depicts an epic showdown between Mrs. Rachel Claus and rookie Roberta. Created by Monteze Freeland and Shua Potter, who star in the show, the production also includes virtual activities, crafts and games. Buy tickets.

Saturday, December 5: Women of Broadway with Vanessa Williams
8 p.m.
Fans of Vanessa Williams won’t want to miss this chance to see the award-winning Broadway, TV and silver screen star perform a mix of Broadway show tunes and pop songs. During the virtual cabaret show — which will be streamed live from NYC’s Shubert Virtual Studios — Williams will also share personal life stories. Buy tickets.

Sunday, December 6: December Community Day with The Westmoreland Museum of American Art
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Make Sunday a fun day with activities from the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse and artist Amy Roadman, story times led by local libraries and a Clay Creature Capers Holiday Special performed by Dave English. Register for free.

Sunday, December 6: Brunch in the Garden at the National Aviary
12-1 p.m.
Enjoy a much-needed change of scenery with a delicious brunch in the Aviary’s brand-new, light-filled, festively-decorated event space. With the Rose Garden as your backdrop, you’ll sip mimosas and savor seasonal culinary creations. After brunch pay a visit to the 500 birds and animals that call the Aviary home. Buy tickets.

Sunday, December 6: Online Family Drawing Workshop with Carnegie Museum of Art
4-5 p.m.
Always wanted to learn to draw but nervous to pick up a pencil? Artist Joke Slagle will lead this inviting family-friendly drawing workshop highlighting the museums’ breathtaking Neapolitan presepio. Participants will recreate the poses of the intricate figures using their own bodies, and will translate the movements into sketches. Register here.

GoodTaste! Pittsburgh
Photo courtesy of GoodTaste! Pittsburgh.

Sunday, December 6: Wine & Cheese – The Perfect Pairing
6 p.m.
Every holiday needs a wine and cheese spread. Presented by GoodTaste! Pittsburgh, the festive holiday event will include a tasting kit for two with local gourmet eats, along with lively demonstrations, mouth-watering pairings and festive artisan cheese boards. Buy tickets.

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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.