Events Calendar

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In Bed By Ten Dance Party: November Edition @ Spirit
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
In Bed By Ten Dance Party: November Edition @ Spirit | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

We don’t know about you, but we’re THANKFUL FOR DANCING! Meet us at Spirit Friday, November 17th at 6pm to dance out your pre-holiday season feelings and help raise money for Book’Em (Pittsburgh’s Books To Prisoners). Your $5 cover will go towards reading and educational materials that will be sent to prisoners across the state to turn time served into a period of growth and education. As always, plan on showing up early to grab a few slices and a few drinks before sliding out onto the dance floor!

Kenia at Backstage Bar at Theater Square @ Backstage Bar at Theater Square
Dec 5 @ 5:00 pm

Kenia has been characterized by many as one of the most excitingly unique performers you can hear today. Born in the exotic city of Rio de Janeiro, she reflects the pulse and intensity of her native Brazil through diversified style. Her deep tone and excellent choice of repertoire have been cited by Dana Black, of the Daily News, New York, as a “sure sign of expertise”. Jazztimes magazine has described her as “a wonderfully expressive vocal instrument that throbs with sultry intensity, it’s low key, yet ultra bright”. Kenia will be featured during the month of April, National Jazz Appreciation Month, singing the songs of great Brazilian composers, Jobim, Gil and many others



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Krampusnacht in Market Square @ Market Square
Dec 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Krampusnacht in Market Square @ Market Square | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Krampus in Pittsburgh invites all to celebrate this ancient European holiday! Enjoy the restaurants, performers, and holiday shops with the whole family on this night of old world festivities and magical surprises.

Be at the main stage at 7:00 sharp to see Krampus. Get your picture taken on his lap.

Live music – Krampus band “Sleigher” at 7:30

Krampus Krawl bar crawl sponsored by Straub Beer after Sleigher

What is Krampusnacht?

The Feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated in parts of Europe on 6 December.On the preceding evening of December 5, Krampus Night or Krampusnacht, the Krampus appears on the streets. Sometimes accompanying St. Nicholas and sometimes on his own, Krampus visits homes and businesses.The Saint usually appears in the Eastern Rite vestments of a bishop, and he carries a golden ceremonial staff. Unlike North American versions of Santa Claus, in these celebrations Saint Nicholas concerns himself only with the good children, while Krampus is responsible for the bad. Nicholas dispenses gifts, while Krampus supplies coal and the ruten bundles.
In German-speaking Alpine folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure. According to traditional narratives around the figure, Krampus punishes children during the Christmas season who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts.

Dec 7 @ 9:30 pm

The Pittsburgh Improv Jam is a weekly comedy show hosted by City Paper “Best Local Comedy Troupe” 2017 honorees Well Known Strangers.

What is an Improv Jam? Experienced improvisers, eager beginners, and brave first-timers are placed on teams together to create improvised comedic scenes based on audience suggestions. You never know who’s going to come play at Pittsburgh Improv Jam; previous guest performers include TLC’s Paige Davis and the Second City Tour Company. Every Pittsburgh Improv Jam begins with a featured performance by Well Known Strangers or other local and touring comedy acts.

Don’t want to perform? Don’t sweat it! Audience tickets are only $3 cash the door or free with a downtown ticket stub from earlier that evening. The Backstage Bar serves drinks for improvisers and audience all night (Happy Hour til 11pm) and the show starts at 10pm.

Want to play? Welcome! Sign-ups begin at 9:30 in Backstage Bar, and the Jam is free for performers.


Late Night Cabaret Details

Tickets may be purchased at the host desk prior to the event.  We’re sorry, but advance purchase is not available for late night presentations.  Theater doors for Late Night shows open at 10PM, but you may arrive earlier and enjoy happy hour in the Backstage Bar.  Our online menu is available here.  If you have any questions, please call our host desk at 412-325-6769.

We offer free Late Night admission to ticket holders of any earlier Cultural District show – simply show your ticket stub from an earlier show to enjoy Late Night at no charge (same date only / select shows / based on seating availability).

21+ only admitted.

Carnegie Mellon University School of Art OPEN STUDIOS @ Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts - School of Art (3rd & 4th Floor)
Dec 8 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Carnegie Mellon University School of Art OPEN STUDIOS @ Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts - School of Art (3rd & 4th Floor) | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

The School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University is hosting OPEN STUDIOS on December 8th from 5-9pm. Please join us on the 3 & 4 floors of the College of Fine Arts building. This event will feature current work by Juniors and Seniors in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation, print media, animation and video, to be on display for the public for one night only.


We’ll have free food and drinks, music courtesy of WRCT, dancing, and vital conversations with our resident artists. Student work will be on sale too!

Show and Tell: This Time It’s Personal @ College of Fine Arts
Dec 9 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Show and Tell: This Time It’s Personal @ College of Fine Arts | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Come and join the School of Art Class of 2021+, as we celebrate the most personal of all foundation courses – Concept Studio I: The Self and The Human Being.

Over the course of the semester, students have poured their hopes, their fears, their blubbering tears and (probably very little) blood into an array of projects ranging from video diaries to zines. All centered around one question: what is the self, really? And on December 9th, they will unveil their best answers to that question through works in a variety of media including collaborative performance, video, virtual reality, video games, 2D media, sculpture, and more. Their exhibition will run in the Frame Gallery, and be available to view starting at an opening reception on December 9th from 5pm-8pm.

Breakfast in Bed: Naughty or Nice at the Mattress Factory @ Mattress Factory
Dec 10 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Breakfast in Bed: Naughty or Nice at the Mattress Factory @ Mattress Factory | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

The Mattress Factory’s unique brunch series continues this December with “Breakfast in Bed: Naughty or Nice.”

Featuring an aphrodisiac bar and entertainers from the North “Pole,” this isn’t your grandmother’s Sunday brunch. [Or maybe it is!]

Tickets include breakfast bites + 2 drinks and access to the museum’s galleries. MF Members can email members@mattress.org for $10 off. Ho, ho, ho!

Food by Black Radish Kitchen

Drinks by Salúd Juicery + Penn Brewery

Entertainment by Steel City Kitty Burlesque and Variety Show

Parking is available at 1300 Brighton Road or on the streets surrounding the museum. Handicap accessible parking is available at 505 Jacksonia Street.

PEMF Winter Carnivale @ Ace Hotel Pittsburgh
Jan 12 all-day
PEMF Winter Carnivale @ Ace Hotel Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

One magical night of play to benefit the Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation.

The Gym at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh transforms for one night only into a winter playground for gown ups. Carnival games galore, special appearances, winter spectacles, and whimsical performances are just the beginning. Warm your bellies playful takes on winter treats and carnival fare from the Whitfield and hot spiked cocktails.

Our medical professionals and EMT workers help each and every one of us year round. Kick off 2018 by supporting these innovative and courageous men and women in Emergency Medicine at the PEMF Winter Carnivale.

*Dress for the ski lodge with a twist. Think cozy sweaters, fuzzy boots and hats, or cocktail attire paired with your best ski goggles. Anything goes at the Winter Carnivale.