Multiple venues
October 6, 7, 8
Various times

Immerse yourself in innovative sounds, sights, dialogue and dance parties at the VIA Weekender.

Back with an abbreviated — but by no means less mighty — format spanning three days, Pittsburgh’s one-of-a-kind music and new media festival features free and ticketed events for all ages. For its eighth edition, VIA is showcasing talents from Berlin to NYC to right here in the Burgh.

The Weekender kicks off Friday with a free lecture at Carnegie Mellon by the California-based, Aymara-American electronic musician and poet, Elysia Crampton, who will discuss her creative practice, Latinx culture and queer identity.

Friday night at Ace Hotel, Crampton will perform on an eclectic bill featuring everything from experimental club music to rap to performance art. Featured artists include Embaci, Haleek Maul, D0uze and Anna Azizzy. Head to Hot Mass for the after-party featuring Russian-born DJ, Dr. Rubenstein.

Make your own noise at Saturday’s free DJ demos, recording workshops and “instrument petting zoo” at the Ace. At midnight, hit the dance floor at Hot Mass with the Berlin-based queer femme collective, Room 4 Resistance.

For its last dance, VIA winds down Sunday at Brewer’s with music by ChadKid and Mx. Silkman.

View a schedule and buy tickets.

Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

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.