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Monday, May 30: Memorial Day Parade in Lawrenceville
There are countless towns hosting Memorial Day parades, but this one is particularly poignant. The procession ends at the Soldier’s Memorial in historic Allegheny Cemetery with a tribute service where more than 15,000 veterans are buried. The parade featuring 65 groups, marching bands and veterans organizations kicks off at 36th and Butler.
Monday, May 30: Memorial Day Ceremony & Celebration at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Honoring those who have served our country, this free celebration starts with a tribute to fallen PA service members from post-911 conflicts. The day continues with performances by Camp Chase Fifes and Drums, contests and food vendors. Watch historical re-enactments, sit for a caricature and be the first to see the bronze “America’s Defenders” memorial statue.
Tuesday, May 31: “Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr.” at the Harris Theater
If you are of a certain age (or you adore fuzzed-out guitar bliss) you surely have spent hours listening to seminal 1980s albums like “You’re Living All Over Me” and “Bug.” Directed by Philipp Virus, this new doc is a must-see for any music freaks — especially fans of guitarist J. Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph — who formed the highly influential trio in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1984. Spanning several decades, the film provides a rare glimpse into the band’s everyday life and inner workings. Buy tickets.
Wednesday, June 1: FAB 40 Awards Dinner at Sheraton Station Square
Join The New Pittsburgh Courier to honor the vision, achievements and community service of 40 young African American men and women from around the region who are making significant contributions to and having a positive impact on the greater Pittsburgh region and beyond. Buy tickets.
Wednesday, June 1: “Two Trains Running” at the O’Reilly Theater
Catch the next train (or two!) with Pittsburgh Public Theater. Justin Emeka directs an all-star cast of Pittsburgh favorites in the sixth story of August Wilson’s 10-part series, “The Pittsburgh Cycle.” Audiences will be transported to the Hill District in 1969 — where restaurant owner Memphis battles to save his business from urban renewal. Buy tickets.
Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 5: Pittsburgh Pride Revolution at Multiple Locations
Co-organized by the Pittsburgh Pride Group and Trans YOUniting, Pittsburgh Pride Revolution kicks off June 2 with Too Hot for July, an outdoor street party at KLVN Coffee Lab. On June 3, make a beeline for the Ball on the Warhol Bridge, followed by Pride on the Shore at Stage AE. On June 4, join the Stand Up, Fight Back March Downtown, then bounce over to the North Side Festival in Allegheny West Park. Keep the revelry going at Trace Brewing’s Bloomfield Festival on June 5. View a schedule. Read the NEXT Pride guide here.
Thursday, June 2: Future Vision: Women of Visions at Carnegie Museum of Art
Don’t miss this free opening reception celebrating the 40th anniversary of Women of Visions — the oldest organization of its kind in the country. Organized by members of Women of Visions, the showcase features new work and perspectives from the collective’s next generation of makers.
Thursday, June 2: Chelsea Handler: Vaccinated and Horny Tour at the Byham Theater
She became the only female late-night talk show host on-air with With “Chelsea Lately,” she launched a documentary series, Netflix show and podcast, and she’s written five New York Times bestselling books. Does she ever sleep? Don’t miss pop culture comedian Chelsea Handler when she brings her nationally-touring standup set to the Burgh. Buy tickets.
Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5: Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival in the Cultural District
So much is new and on the move for TRAF. Presenting one of the most diverse lineups in its 63-year history, the festival is encompassing a new layout linking key attractions, parking and transportation and local businesses within the Cultural District. Don’t miss Streb Extreme Action’s gravity-defying show “Time Machine” at the new Backyard Stage. The esteemed Juried Visual Art Exhibition is moving to SPACE and the beloved Artist Market will house 200 makers in five open-air booths. From its new 9th Street HQ, the Dollar Bank Main Stage will rock the block with headlining concerts this weekend by Grammy winner Cory Henry and mandolin maven Sierra Hull.
Friday, June 3: Theatre Festival in Black & White at the Trust Arts Education Center
3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
The challenges of being a Black Muslim woman in America. An adorable kitten who becomes a YouTube sensation. Two musicians meet by chance in a Pittsburgh bar. These are just some of the stories that will come to life on stage when Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Co. returns with its festival featuring six one-act plays that bring together playwrights and directors from varied backgrounds.
Friday, June 3: Fiberart International at Brew House Association and Contemporary Craft
You’ve heard of the prestigious Carnegie International, but did you know that one of the world’s leading textile art exhibitions also takes place in Pittsburgh? Be the first to see this exceptional show when it opens tonight with free opening receptions and awards ceremonies in the South Side and Lawrenceville. Representing the world’s best fiber art, the prolific presentation of 45 multimedia works will be augmented by a weekend-long Fiber Forum. You’ll be amazed at how artists combine weaving, crocheting, quilting and felting, with video, photography, drawing, comics, painting and sculpture to create transformative textile works.
Friday, June 3: Get Down For Gardens Benefit Concert at Brew Gentleman
Get down and groove — and help Mon Valley families access critical sustainability, education and gardening programs. Enjoy performances by Collin and the Crows and Sweet Potato and the Hot Damn Yam Band and a vegan dinner as you support ReImagine Turtle Creek Watershed & Airshed Communities Plus. Buy tickets.
Friday, June 3: History Makers Award Dinner at the Westin Pittsburgh
A marquee Heinz History Center event, this 29th annual dinner honors local individuals whose accomplishments “transcend geographic boundaries” in the fields of business and community, innovation and technology, law, leadership and athletics. The 2022 honorees are the Broadhurst Family, Luis von Ahn, Martha Richards Conley, Rocky Bleier and Brianne McLaughlin-Bittle. Buy tickets.
Saturday, June 4: GirlGov in Action: Implementing Feminist Futures at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center
9 a.m.-7 p.m.
The next generation of change-makers is invited to join the Women and Girls Foundation for this empowerment summit for high schoolers. Participants will learn about local politics, civic leadership and how to drive systemic change through community organizing. Speakers include disability rights advocate Alisha Grishman, Pittsburgh City Councilperson Erika Strassburger and community organizer Nia Arrington. Register for free.
Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5: 3 Rivers Comicon at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Where can you attend panels on Nerd Podcasting and Jedi Training, shop for movie props and participate in a cartoon-themed karaoke cosplay contests all under one roof? Drawing fans and creators alike, the eclectic convention event will convene 100 experts from all corners of the globe and the industry to cultivate comic culture with gaming, art shows, vendor markets, discussions and more. Don’t miss the beer release party for Shubrew’s Maple Imperial Stout sporting a label designed by legendary comic artist Howard Chaykin. Buy tickets.
Saturday, June 4: Inside Out at Carnegie Museum of Art
Clear your Saturday afternoons. After debuting last summer, CMOA’s free outdoor series returns to engage visitors with Pittsburgh’s rich cultural landscape. As a prelude to the 58th Carnegie International, artist Rafael Domenech will transform the Sculpture Court into a site-specific pavilion. Visitors and families alike will enjoy pop-up performances by Hill Dance Academy Theater, art-making activities and music by DJ Shoe and pvkvsv.
Saturday, June 4: TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party at Spirit
9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Dance your way into summer at one of Pittsburgh’s most beloved DJ nights. Get sweaty to everything from Motown and disco, to Latin boogaloo and Northern Soul — all culled from the DJs’ impressive collections of hand-picked vinyl 45s spanning regional scenes and different eras.
Sunday, June 5: Bioblitz Family Fun Festival at Phipps
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Explore the awe-inspiring biodiversity of Schenley Park during Nature Tours investigating everything from birds, lichens, spiders and streams, to mushrooms, skeletons, wildflowers and critters! Share your findings at the Bioblitz research base, meet local scientists, create botanical art and more.
Sunday, June 5: People’s Pride PGH in Swissvale
10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Show your support at the first Pride event ever held in Swissvale. It’s a fitting new location for the People’s Pride march and festival, as the borough is home to SisTers PGH, the nonprofit producing the event. Uplifting Swissvale’s Black and brown TLGBQIA community, spreading a message of inclusivity and honoring Pride history, the march kicks off at Frick Park’s Forbes and Braddock Playground and ends at Dickson Elementary School, where the festivities continue with headliner Shea Diamond.
Sunday, June 5: Artillery and Chocolate at the Fort Pitt Museum
Take a sweet step back in time to explore the combo of chocolate and artillery during this free outdoor event. Learn about how chocolate was made in the 18th century, watch a blacksmith forge red-hot iron and sample colonial chocolate. The event will go off with a bang as you witness the firing of a British six-pounder cannon.
Sunday, June 5: Pittsburgh Poetess Rachel Ann Bovier at Club Cafe
You’ve likely seen her inspiring billboards around town or read her poetry in local newspapers. Now, Rachel Ann Bovier turns her talents to a cabaret revue blending comedy, poetry and rock ‘n roll. Bovier’s all-star band includes KDKA’s Paul Martino, indie artist Dave Molter, Australian guitarist Dennis James, and members of the Houserockers. Buy tickets.