Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Chef Jamilka Borges. Photo by Peter Leeman.

7. 412 Food Rescue Sunday Supper in Munhall: November 11, 6 p.m.

Take a seat at the table alongside one of Pittsburgh’s most innovative and socially impactful nonprofit startups. Pull up a chair and let rock star chefs from around the U.S. cook for you and 300 of your new friends. Led by Pittsburgh’s own award-winning chef Jamilka Borges, the five-course supper will showcase culinary wizards from Chicago, San Francisco, Louisville, Charleston and St. Croix, and will benefit 412 Food Rescue‘s mission to end food insecurity and waste. Watch as rescued surplus food is transformed into an exquisite culinary experience inside the stunning interiors of a former church. The most exclusive meal in town will begin with crafted cocktails and small bites, while the denouement will feature decadent desserts from Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream. Buy tickets.

Agua Viva, Alexa Lim Haas, 2018.

8. Pittsburgh Shorts Film Festival at Kelly Strayhorn Theater: November 14 – 18

Big things often come in small packages. At the region’s only festival of its kind, that means powerful stories on the big screen that take place in 40 minutes or less. So if you’re someone who gets fidgety in your seat at the movies, this event is for you. Exploring innovative independent cinema and contemporary social issues, the fun-sized fest will showcase the leading 93 narrative, documentary and animated films from 24 countries. Ten have a local connection and 42 percent were directed by women. Screenings consist of 90-minute blocks, and will be augmented by after-parties and Q&As with visiting filmmakers. From gut-busting comedies to sardonic horror to award-winners, there’s a flick for you. Buy tickets.

Photo by Buzzy Torek.

9. Comcast Light Up Night Downtown: November 16, noon – 10 p.m.

Here in the Burgh, people don’t take this event, well, lightly. It’s not the holidays until Downtown is set aglow with massive tree lightings, festive fireworks and enough yuletide spirit to turn any grouchy Grinch into a jolly Gingerbread Man. The Golden Triangle will be even more luminous with five stages showcasing 15 bands, 30 food trucks and citywide family activities — from holiday-themed crafts and dazzling ice carving to visits with St. Nick. And it’s all free. Lace up to glide along the iconic PPG ice skating rink and make a dent in your shopping at the highly anticipated Peoples Gas Holiday Market. If it’s the Friday before Thanksgiving, there’s no other place to be. Watch this space for new details coming November 1.

Dirty Dozen.

11. Dirty Dozen Bicycle Ride: November 24

Because who wouldn’t want to bike up Pittsburgh’s steepest hills? Even just watching this brutal test of endurance might be a butterfly-inducing spectator sport for some. Tempting righteous riders along 13 precipitous roads and 50 miles — from Aspinwall to Mt. Washington to Hazelwood — the Herculean happening will support the recovery of Dirty Dozen founder Danny Chew, who was paralyzed in a 2016 accident. And it wouldn’t be “dirty” without the world’s steepest public street — Beechview’s Canton Ave. with its staggering 37 percent gradient — where Audi filmed this heart-pounding commercial. The Washington Post declared that this race “enhances Pittsburgh’s rep as a quirky city,” and we’d have to agree. Register now, if you dare.

Courtesy Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

11. Holiday Magic: Let It Glow! at Phipps: Through  January 6

The best place to soak up much-needed light therapy and bask in holiday magic is Phipps. This must-see experience will be brighter than ever, with a record number of lights (80,000 to be exact), festive surprises around every corner and the sensory centerpiece — the magnificent and newly renovated Palm Court, where 5,000 new panes of glass have been meticulously installed using a century-old technique. In 1937, Phipps’ crown jewel ogee was shattered in a storm and never repaired — until now. Wander beneath pulsing LED lights, an illuminated roof and immersive worlds of color that evoke tropical Cuba, where 250 feet of pink globe orbs, 15 beaming palm trees and radiant pendant lights await. Outside, you’ll encounter the dazzling, 62,000-square-foot Winter Light Garden with frosted ice towers and glowing prisms. Buy tickets.

Find more events every week in NEXTpittsburgh including:

Midnight Radio’s Frankenstein at Bricolage: November 1-10
Día de los Muertos celebration at Hotel Monaco: November 2
EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler: November 4
Nikki Giovanni at the August Wilson Center: November 8
The Glow Up at Ace Hotel: November 9
The Chelsea Girls at The Warhol: November 9
Carnegie Trees Opening Celebration: November 28
Group A: Celebrating 75 Years opening event at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts: November 30

Check out 10 family-friendly Pittsburgh events you shouldn’t miss this November.

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...