Here are the events you need to know about this weekend in Pittsburgh: September 11-13. Know of an interesting event? Email us here.
Friday, September 11: Ukrainian Food Festival at St. Peter and St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church
11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Head to quaint Carnegie to savor authentic, homemade Ukrainian food and pastries during this two-day festival. For its ninth annual celebration, the Ukrainian Food Festival is offering limited outdoor dining, takeout and phone ordering.
Friday, September 11: La La Land at South Park’s Date Night Drive-In
Forget Netflix — your new date night is a drive-in movie theater. Damien Chazelle’s musical rom-com starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone will heat up your love life and have you and your date singing along to “City of Stars” under the stars. All movies are free and first come, first served.
Friday, September 11: Drinking Partners at the Drive-In Community Arts Festival
Equal parts art festival and drive-in movie theater, the hippest thing to hit Hazelwood Green is showcasing an epic night of comedy. Next up to take the outdoor stage at the new Drive-In Community Arts Festival is Drinking Partners duo Ed Bailey and Day Bracey, who will host some of Pittsburgh’s hottest new comedians. Buy tickets.
Saturday, September 12: Yorkshire Travelogue with the Britsburgh Festival
Pour a pint and take a virtual trip to Yorkshire with travel writers Vaughn and Debbie Gilbert. Marvel at heather-covered moors, sun-bathed green dales and the dramatic North Sea coastline, explore English villages, landmarks and pub fare, and learn about current tourism updates. The free virtual event is part of the weeklong Britsburgh Festival.
Friday, September 11: LightPLAY at the Carrie Blast Furnaces
Typically dark and silent, the towering Carrie Blast Furnaces are now illuminated by one-of-a-kind light and sound installations, digital videos and glowing sculptures. Showcasing 11 immersive installations created by local artists and engineers, LightPlay is on view at the National Historic Landmark through October 1. Buy timed tickets.
Let’s Move (Online) Family Fun Day with The Frick Pittsburgh
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wake up, go digital and get moving. This family-friendly event features online art-making and movement activities presented by The Frick Pittsburgh and UPMC Health Plan. Register for free here.
Saturday, September 12: Small group activities at Pittsburgh Glass Center
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The flames are fired up again at Pittsburgh Glass Center. Family groups and “friend pods” can now book limited-capacity activities and educational experiences. Take a behind-the-scenes tour, watch glassblowing demonstrations or join a hands-on workshop.
Saturday, September 12: Trevor Paglen: Opposing Geometries at Carnegie Museum of Art
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The newest exhibition at Carnegie Museum of Art explores photography, surveillance and artificial intelligence. Part of the Hillman Photography Initiative, the artwork by Trevor Paglen includes a new site-specific commission, sculpture that doubles as a WiFi hotspot and images demonstrating the inner workings of AI. Buy timed tickets now.
Saturday, September 12: I’m Lichen the Mosses Hikin’ at Latodami Nature Center
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Dust off your magnifying glass and take a close look at living things growing all around us. Guided by Meg Scanlon, you’ll examine the minuscule, fascinating — and often overlooked — world of lichens and mosses. Register for free here.
Saturday, September 12: Play Shopopoly Downtown
Go directly Downtown — do not pass go, do not collect $200. Help support local businesses — and vie for the chance to win $5,000 worth of prizes and giveaways — during Shopopoly, a unique safe shopping experience hosted by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.
Saturday, September 12: Hola, Amigo! online show
Gather round for this bilingual family storytelling event featuring the Latin Grammy-winning duo 123 Andrés. Christina and Andrés will inspire your family to sing their catchy tunes together in both Spanish and English, and will lead a charismatic reading of their new book, “Hola, Amigo.” Register for free here.
Saturday, September 12: Great Backyard Campout with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Make the most of your weekend while splashing in a swimming hole, playing disc golf, pitching a tent under the stars, taking an urban hike and more. The region’s first-ever Great Backyard Campout continues with thematic outdoor activities designed by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pennsylvania Master Naturalists, Pittsburgh Park Rangers and Venture Outdoors.
Saturday, September 12: The Goonies at Hartwood Acres Drive-In
What happens when a band of kids in Oregon attempt to save their homes from foreclosure? A drive-in movie setting is the perfect way to enjoy this classic 1980s adventure that involves a treasure map, a 17th-century pirate, deadly booby traps and more. All movies are free and first come, first served.
Saturday, September 12: 1Hood Media at the Drive-In Community Arts Festival
The Drive-In Community Arts Festival at tech hub Hazelwood Green continues tonight with a lineup curated by 1Hood Media. The collective of socially conscious artists and activists will present an original production featuring art, hip hop and film. Buy tickets.
Sunday, September 13: Komen Pittsburgh Virtual Race for the Cure
Hit the ground running to support vital research and honor those who have been impacted by breast cancer during the 28th annual Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure. Throughout the two-week race, there will be daily contests, giveaways, educational Mission Moments and survivor stories. Participants can run and walk where they feel most comfortable, sharing photos, videos and stories along the way. Register here.
Sunday, September 13: Decomposers: Guided Hike in Boyce Park
Ever wonder what happens when plants and animal die in the wilderness? Discover the job of the hard-working organisms that decompose organic material during this two-mile hike led by an Allegheny County Park Ranger. Register for free here.
Sunday, September 13: An Evening of Dance and Classical Music at the Drive-In Community Arts Festival
The first weekend of the Drive-In Community Arts Festival wraps up with an eclectic night of dance. The production will include original works from Texture Contemporary Ballet, a classical music ensemble presented by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and a collection of Pittsburgh Cultural Trust video dance performances featuring James Gilmer, Pearlann Porter and slowdanger. Buy tickets.