6. Anthony Bourdain Tribute Dinner at Pirata: July 9, 6 – 8 p.m.
When NEXTpittsburgh spoke with Anthony Bourdain in September 2017 after he filmed “Parts Unknown,” he spoke openly about our city: “I’ve been to Pittsburgh a number of times and have fallen in love with how it looks. The architecture, to me, the countryside, just the feel of the city — I always felt it resonated with me.” Less than one year after his Pittsburgh episode aired, the world learned the news about Bourdain’s suicide in France. Fans and friends of the chef, author, documentarian and TV host will gather at Pirata to honor him over Caribbean cuisine and support suicide prevention awareness. On the five-course menu will be Gratinee Des Halles, Frisee Aux Lardons and Moulet Mariniere. RSVP: 412-232-3000.
7. Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest at Stage AE: July 13 & 14
Whether you prefer a hazy IPA, chocolate porter or coriander gose — you’ll have a hard time choosing at summer’s largest craft beer fest. Repping top beer-making talents from the Left Coast to Brooklyn to the heartland, this is where beer lovers unite to taste the latest greatness to flow from a tap. The staggering lineup of 120+ breweries includes everyone from Anderson Valley, Evil Genius and Rusty Rail, to East End and Oskar Blues. The event is raising funds for Animal Rescue Partners and Biggies Bullies and features live music by The Lava Game and a fuel-filled food truck roundup. Buy tickets.
8. Night in the Tropics at the National Aviary: July 21, 7 p.m.
Take a scene from 1963 teen flick “Beach Party,” toss in an island sunset and bring on winged wonders from Mother Nature, and you’ve got summer’s hottest ticket. This tropical throwback is turning up the volume to benefit the Aviary‘s programs. Experience its lush habitats — including the immersive butterfly garden and new Tropical Rainforest — after dark. Creating a beach bonfire vibe will be hula dancing, surf music and flame-filled performances by Tuika’s Polynesian Island Magic, plus Latin beats from DJ Mike MC. Get friendly with macaws, parrots and owls, snap selfies with penguins and feed delicate butterflies. Dishing out the flavors of summer will be 30 local restaurants and bakeries. Buy tickets.
9. Picklesburgh on the Roberto Clemente Bridge: July 20, 21 & 22
It’s fitting that the birthplace of H. J. Heinz’s iconic pickle pin — one of the most successful advertisements in history with some 100 million produced — is now home to Picklesburgh. Two days wasn’t enough for this gherkin gathering, so Picklesburgh is now bursting with even more juicy goodness. Follow the massive 35-foot green balloon to the Clemente Bridge to sample pickle-inspired dishes such as pickle Italian ice, eggrolls and cookies. Sip artisan cocktails showcasing pickled ingredients and learn the latest canning and pickling techniques from local chefs and food personalities. New this year is a marketplace along Fort Duquesne Blvd. with children’s activities, a petting zoo, live music and a farmer’s market.
10. Pogopalooza at Community Forge, July 21 & 22, 1 – 6 p.m.
Yes, there really is a Pogo World Championships, and yes, it’s taking place in Pittsburgh. The adrenaline-pumping event is taking over Xpogo’s new HQ in Wilkinsburg. Top pogo-ers from Idaho to Russia — some as young as 15 — will compete in four gravity-defying categories. Contenders will bounce across obstacles, push the limits of balance and pull the craziest tricks they can muster. Be there when these daredevils attempt to break the high-jump world record. The free Pogopalooza will also feature food vendors and community groups. Bounce over to the free jump area to try out pogo sticks of all shapes and sizes.