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Tuesday, April 26 through Saturday, April 30: Earth Month with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Keep your Earth Day fun going during this free outdoor event series hosted by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. There are so many ways to go green around the Burgh, including Forest Bathing, Tree Hugger Yoga, Plant Walks, City Nature Challenges and more. View a schedule.
Tuesday, April 26: Riverdance at the Benedum Center
Experience the spectacle that broke box office records during its 1995 world première in Dublin. Decades later, producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely revamped the thrilling show with innovative lighting, projections, stage sets and costume designs. Fusing Irish and international dance, the electrifying production is set to a Grammy-winning score by composer Bill Whelan. Buy tickets.
Wednesday, April 27: Society of Architectural Historians International Conference
Pittsburgh’s skyline boasts landmarks built by famed architects such as H.H. Richardson, Frederick Osterling, I.A. Pei, Daniel Burnham and Philip Johnson — so it’s no wonder that the Society of Architectural Historians selected our city for its 75th annual international conference. The great news is that leading experts will present 27 tours around Pittsburgh and all are are open to the public — from one-hour walking tours to all-day bus tours.
Thursday, April 28: Solar Soiree at the Energy Innovation Center
Harness the power of the sun at this inaugural celebration hosted by the Pennsylvania Solar Center. The luminous evening will feature live music, a silent auction, dinner and drinks, and talks by solar industry professionals and advocates. Don your brightest cocktail attire and sun-themed accessories and help support clean energy across the Keystone state. Buy tickets.
Thursday, April 28: JFilm Festival at the AMC Waterfront Theater and online
Cinephiles will gather in person again to experience 18 thought-provoking premieres — while also enjoying screenings from home — when JFilm returns. A program of Film Pittsburgh, the 12-day fest is presenting three in-person events and 15 virtual screenings that deepen an understanding of Jewish culture, tolerance and common humanity. There’s already a waiting list for tonight’s kickoff, where Pittsburghers will be the first to see Sundance winner “Cha Cha Real Smooth” before it premieres on June 17. Going beyond the screen with filmmaker Q&As and Film Schmooze chats. View a schedule and buy tickets.
Friday, April 29: Second Chance Prom on the Gateway Clipper
Whether you want to relive or totally redo your high school memories, hop aboard for a throwback river cruise with the best views in town. Dust off that prom gown, wedding dress, dapper tux or wildest threads to join 100.7 Star personalities and TJ the DJ for a floating dance party you won’t regret. Buy tickets.
Friday, April 29: Blue at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center
You’ve got two more chances to catch Pittsburgh Opera’s gripping production about a young Black couple raising their son. Featuring a libretto by NAACP Theatre Award recipient Tazewell Thompson and music by Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori, “Blue” merges modern opera with the harsh realities of 21st-century America. Directed by Thompson, the powerful opera explores race, violence, identity, loss, family and reconciliation. Buy tickets.
Friday, April 29: History Uncorked Black & Gold Bash at the Heinz History Center
Pop some bubbly when Pittsburgh’s premier young professionals party returns to the Strip. Get uncorked with signature cocktails, a photo booth and an irresistible Pittsburgh cookie table. Make an entrance in your black and gold best to strike a pose in front of party scene backdrops, get competitive during a scavenger hunt and get your groove on at a dance party with DJ Bamboo. Buy tickets.
Friday, April 29: “Last Podcast On The Left” at the Benedum Center
Spend your Friday night with “cults, killers and cryptid encounters.” Horror fans can’t miss this eerie evening with “Last Podcast On The Left” hosts Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski. From spooky subjects spanning werewolves, demons, serial killers, slashers and more, the show will delve into horrors both imagined and real. Buy tickets.
Saturday, April 30: Youth Climate Action Summit at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Youth climate activists are enacting change all around the globe. Locally, teens ages 13-18 will gather at this summit hosted by Communitopia. Attendees will learn the basics of climate science and organizing from other youth via engaging speakers and collaborative conservations. Exploring the intersection of social justice and climate change, the summit includes a keynote talk by Mayor Ed Gainey, interactive breakout sessions, a guided action plan, networking and free lunch. Register for free.
Saturday, April 30: Handmade Arcade Spring Market at Construction Junction
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Setting up shop within Construction Junction’s sprawling warehouse, this pop-up market will showcase 30 local makers. From home décor and ceramics to funky accessories and eclectic jewelry — it’s a great spot to find one-of-a-kind gifts for mom and dad — or a just-because treat for yourself. The free market will also feature blacksmithing demos, collaborative poetry writing and food vendors.
Saturday, April 30: Squirrel Hill by the Numbers with Doors Open Pittsburgh
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Discover the hidden world of Pittsburgh’s Jewish numbers syndicate within one of the city’s most unique neighborhoods. During this tour led by historian and folklorist David Rotenstein, you’ll step into fashionable homes and popular clubs where numbers barons lived, socialized and plied their trade and visit sites raided by federal law enforcement between the 1930s and 1960s. Buy tickets.
Saturday, April 30: Romare Bearden: Artist as Activist and Visionary at The Frick Pittsburgh
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
A world-renowned artist with strong Pittsburgh roots is showcased in this major exhibition. Examining significant synergies between creative practice and social change, Artist as Activist and Visionary features the work of the African-American artist, author and songwriter. One of the 20th century’s most prolific artists, Bearden lived from 1911 to 1988 and worked in a wide range of media. As a teen, he lived with his grandparents in East Liberty, graduating from Peabody High School. The exhibition features a diverse collection of collages, watercolors, prints, reproductions, and rare archival materials, including the artist’s magazine covers and editorial cartoons.
Saturday, April 30: Bark & Brunch at Hazelwood Green
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Our city’s furriest friends and their hoomans are invited to kick off the season of outdoor fun at Hazelwood Green. Shop for pup treats and gear at the vendor market, get your dog camera ready at the mobile grooming spa, support local rescues (and maybe take home one of your own!) and jam to music by DJ Femi. The free event will also feature canine caricatures, training demos, an agility course, a costume contest and more. Register for free.