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Here are the events you need to know about this weekend in Pittsburgh: October 2-4. Know of an interesting event? Email us here.

Friday, October 2: United Way Week of Caring
Various times
Paint a wall. Clean a community center. Deliver food donations. There are so many ways you can help people in need, with 75 in-person and virtual projects, during this first-ever regional event spanning 10 days and five counties.

Photo courtesy of United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Friday, October 2: Grease at the Hartwood Acres Drive-in
6 p.m.
Danny may have been stranded at the drive-in but you’ll have a hydromatic date-night with your sweetie or bestie under the stars as you sing as you sing along with the Pink Ladies and the senior class of Rydell High. The event is free and first come, first served.

Friday, October 2: The United at Pittsburgh Glass Center
6 p.m.
This new glass exhibition examining the complexities of immigration couldn’t be more timely. Don’t miss the free virtual opening celebration including a hot glass demonstration with Priscilla Kar Yee Lo and a behind-the-scenes gallery tour with the 12 artists.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Glass Center.

Friday, October 2: Full Moon Hike in North Park
7-8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox under a glowing Harvest Moon during this hike along the picturesque North Park trails led by L.L. Bean instructors. Register for free.

Friday, October 2: Crossing the Line to Celebrate Free Expression
7 p.m.
Celebrate Banned Books Week when City of Asylum hosts Nicaraguan artist Pedro X. Molina and nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers. During the virtual program, the duo will discuss their experiences using humor and art as vehicles of creative expression, compare their cartoons and answer audience questions. Register for free.

Friday, October 2: Pittsburgh Humanities Festival @ Home
7 p.m.
Join the conversation — from wherever you are — when the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Humanities Center at CMU team up to present this series of live-streamed interviews with artists, academics and innovators exploring a range of topics — from healthcare and policy, to technology and social justice. To kick off the festival’s new virtual format, Robert Wideman will present the talk, “Life Sentences: The Amazing Journey of Walking Out of an American Prison.”

Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3: Row House Cinema Drive-In at The Terminal
8 p.m.
Rescuing us from cabin fever, the retro drive-in movie experience comes to the Strip, kicking off this weekend in the parking lot at 21st & Smallman with a sweet pairing of “Neverending Story” and “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” Row House will be on hand slinging classic movie concessions, beer and cider. Buy tickets.

Saturday, October 3: Doors Open Pittsburgh
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The doors remain open to iconic Pittsburgh landmarks thanks to this cool annual event. There are 22 stops on this self-guided tour from a 1930s Art Deco bank vault to a posh penthouse rooftop. Explore Downtown’s former diamond district, see a hotel pool that was once a shooting range and visit Pittsburgh’s oldest church. You’ll even peek into a speakeasy and step off land to explore the River Rescue and Explorer boats. View a map and buy tickets.

Town Place. Photo courtesy of Doors Open Pittsburgh.

Saturday, October 3: Community Day at the Jasmine Nyree Campus in Sheraden
12-5 p.m.
Get a first look at the 108,000-square-foot community center that former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter and his wife Christy have created inside a former West End church. The free event includes a walk with neighbors, an overview of programs and services, live DJ music, refreshments and games.

Saturday, October 3: Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival
12 p.m.
From Mississippi and New Zealand, acclaimed artists will perform right in their own homes for the free, online Highmark Blues & Heritage Festival. Streaming live via YouTube and Facebook, the impressive lineup includes vocalist Rhiannon Giddens, composer Toshi Reagon and go-go band Rare Essence. Blues fans can check out sets by New Breed Brass Band, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and others.

Saturday, October 3: Strangeways Autumn Hang at Inner Groove Brewing
5-10 p.m.
Missing the dance floor? Join DJs Jen Núñez, Outlaw Josey and the Comeback Kid in cozy Verona for a festive fall evening filled with frothy libations, tasty food truck bites and catchy pop tunes. Buy tickets.

Saturday, October 3: Exhibition Opening at Zynka Gallery
6-9 p.m.
Head to the new Sharpsburg art gallery for a free reception showcasing new work by painter Linda Price-Sneddon and sculptor Luke Desmone.

Saturday, October 3: West End Canopy Public Opening
7:30 p.m.
The city’s newest outdoor performance venue will open with lots of laughs when Pittsburgh Musical Theater welcomes magician comedian Michael Misko to christen its open-air canopy on Main St. Buy tickets.

Saturday, October 3: Park After Dark: Campfire with Park Rangers at North Park
8-9 p.m.
Gather round a crackling fire to hear campfire stories and enjoy a crisp October night in the woods as Allegheny County Park Rangers share stories about the area’s nature and history. Register for free.

Photo courtesy of Maria DeSimone Prascak.

Saturday, October 3: Brushes & Birds with Maria DeSimone Prascak
11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
During this online workshop hosted by the National Aviary, artist Maria DeSimone Prascak will teach you how to paint a vibrant portrait of a Red-billed Hornbill while sharing background about this species found in sub-Saharan Africa.
Buy tickets.

Saturday, October 3: Listen Locally Outside at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall
6-7:30 p.m.
The music will flow in Carnegie when vocalist Jessica Lee and guitarist Mark Strickland perform outside the library’s grand entrance. Attendees can bring their own dinner and drinks to enjoy at socially distanced tables, and will get early access to Lee’s new album. Buy tickets.

Photo courtesy of Quantum Theatre.

Sunday, October 4: Quantum Theatre’s OK Odysseus in Schenley Park
Various times
Let yourself get lost through two miles of trails during this interactive audio piece featuring selections from Homer’s original text and a classic translation by Robert Fagles. The work is a precursor to Quantum’s staging of the classic epic next summer at the Schenley Park Ice Rink. Learn more.

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Jennifer Baron

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...