Setting sail for its fourth Beer Barge and sixth boat boarded in three years, CWP will bring together tasty libations from 10 local breweries, including GRIST House, East End, Hop Farm, The Brew Gentlemen and more. Providing the night’s soundtrack—for what is always a jubilant party vibe—will be Philly power pop band Restorations, local punk rockers Worlds Scariest Police Chases River Rescue and DJMB. Carrying attendees down all three rivers will be the 212-foot-long Empress, which has been sailing in Pittsburgh since 1966. (Little known fact: the craft is actually a barge that is pushed by a towboat.)

Started by Dan Rugh in his South Side basement in 2002, CWP offers design and screenprinting services, runs a retail shop at 1931 E. Carson St., hosts classes and sells its own line of Pittsburgh-centric merchandise.


Courtesy of Pittsburgh Magazine.

5. EverPower Earth Day Festival: April 22

April is a time of renewal, and the best place to recharge your mind and body is at the inaugural EverPower Earth Day Festival. Animating Market Square from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., this free all-ages festival will showcase the city’s greener side, with hands-on activities, entertainment and displays focusing on the themes of air, earth and water. Pittsburgh is turning over a new leaf, with new bike lanes, the CityFit wellness project, healthier school lunch programs, yoga on bridges and expanded riverfront trails. Now you can spend an entire day celebrating the many environmentally conscious organizations and independent businesses that are helping to make the Burgh more livable and sustainable for residents. Festival sponsor EverPower, a developer and operator of utility scale wind projects, moved their HQ from NYC to Pittsburgh in 2012

Want to help protect the planet? Learn about composting, recycling and rain barrels with Pennsylvania Resources Council, get gardening tips and seedlings from Western PA Conservancy and balance your chakras with Pittsburgh Yoga Collective. Hear inspiring words from environmental advocate Robert Swan—the first man to walk unassisted to the North & South Poles, watch Baron Batch create live murals and visit four designated landmarks along the Riverlife’s Riverwalk Lunchtime Loop.

Also leading activities will be Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, Tree Pittsburgh, Bike PGH, Green Building Alliance, Grow Pittsburgh and Zero Fossil. Providing upbeat live music will be Donora, Nameless in August, DJ Detour and members of The Clarks. Don’t miss Sustainable Social in the Square, a happy hour with Women & Young Professionals in Energy.

Looking for more ways to celebrate Earth Day? Check out Pittsburgh Earth Day activities in Mellon Square Park and Schenley Plaza, and don’t miss the Sustainability Soiree and eco-fashion show at the Fairmont Hotel.


Lou Christie, Porky Chedwick, Donnie Iris

6. Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards at Hard Rock Café, April 23

Porky Chedwick, Donnie Iris, Lou Christie. Iconic names in the rock music canon, and not just because they hail from Pittsburgh. Come April 23, the forces behind phrases like “The Daddio of the Raddio,” Lightning is striking again” and “Ah! Leah!” will converge as three local music pioneers are inducted into the 2015 Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards. Rock out for a cause at the awards event, which benefits the Pittsburgh-based Cancer Caring Center.

Winning a spot in the non-performer/music professional category is one-and-only Pittsburgh radio guru Porky Chedwick, who passed away on March 2, 2104. A trailblazer who was the first white DJ to present racially diverse music, including spinning R&B, gospel and obscure local sounds, in a major city, the beloved “Platter Pushin’ Pappa’s” pioneering radio career spanned 1948 to 2011. Nabbing the Legacy Legends spot is million-selling singer-songwriter and Crescent Township native Lou Christie, known for his distinctive falsetto pipes and hit singles such as “Lightnin’ Strikes” and “Two Faces Have I.” The Modern Era Legend winner is gold record-winning artist Donnie Iris, who was born in New Castle. A member of Jaggerz, Wild Cherry and Donnie Iris and the Cruisers, the singer-guitarist is celebrated worldwide for his classic rock anthems such as “Ah Leah” and “Love is Like a Rock.”

Featured performers include Iris, Joe Grushecky, Billy Price, Johnny Angel, Hermie Granati, Art Nardini and Joffo Simmons. Attendees will receive a commemorative Hard Rock Cafe pin and can bid on auction items such as tickets, gift certificates and autographed items from music and sports legends like Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Tony Bennett, Rod Stewart and Mario Lemieux. Inductees were selected via a new and extensive nominations and voting process led by the Legends Nominating Committee, which includes local music industry experts, 1,000-plus members the public and the Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards Academy of Voters.