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Check here regularly for constantly-updated events all around Pittsburgh

Dec
24
Sun
Christmas Eve Hike @ Frick Environmental Center
Dec 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Before filling up on roast beast and figgy pudding, get some fresh air in the outdoors during our annual Christmas Eve Hike. Join Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Naturalist Educator Mike Cornell for this leisurely hike in Frick Park.

Registration for this event is required. Sturdy shoes with good tread are recommended.

Dec
25
Mon
The Nutcracker – 2017 @ Benedum Center
Dec 25 all-day
The Nutcracker – 2017 @ Benedum Center | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Pittsburgh’s Favorite Holiday Tradition

Complete with flurrying snow, a colossal Christmas tree and magic tricks galore, this holiday spectacular features over 100 dancers, 150 costumes and Tchaikovsky’s exultant score. Since its 1892 premiere, The Nutcracker has held a special place in holiday traditions all over the world. PBT adds its own spin on the time and place with a turn-of-the-century setting incorporating Pittsburgh’s own landmarks, historical figures and personality. Each performance features a unique casting combination, giving regulars the chance to see a variety of dancers perform iconic roles like Marie, the Nephew, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

Subscribers save 20% over single ticket prices and get first pick of prime seats. Build your own three, four or five ballet package todayPurchase single tickets here

Choreography & Staging: Terrence S. Orr
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Costumes & Scenic Design: Zack Brown
Lighting Design: Julie Duro 

*Visit the above link for more details on showtimes.

Dec
26
Tue
The Nutcracker – 2017 @ Benedum Center
Dec 26 all-day
The Nutcracker – 2017 @ Benedum Center | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Pittsburgh’s Favorite Holiday Tradition

Complete with flurrying snow, a colossal Christmas tree and magic tricks galore, this holiday spectacular features over 100 dancers, 150 costumes and Tchaikovsky’s exultant score. Since its 1892 premiere, The Nutcracker has held a special place in holiday traditions all over the world. PBT adds its own spin on the time and place with a turn-of-the-century setting incorporating Pittsburgh’s own landmarks, historical figures and personality. Each performance features a unique casting combination, giving regulars the chance to see a variety of dancers perform iconic roles like Marie, the Nephew, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

Subscribers save 20% over single ticket prices and get first pick of prime seats. Build your own three, four or five ballet package todayPurchase single tickets here

Choreography & Staging: Terrence S. Orr
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Costumes & Scenic Design: Zack Brown
Lighting Design: Julie Duro 

*Visit the above link for more details on showtimes.

Kennywood Holiday Lights @ Kennywood Park
Dec 26 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Kennywood Holiday Lights @ Kennywood Park | West Mifflin | Pennsylvania | United States

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Kennywood!

America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with nearly 2 million twinkling lights, the tallest Christmas tree in Pennsylvania, and a selection of fun family rides rethemed for the holiday season. Holiday Lights at Kennywood is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 24 – December 23, plus December 26 – 30, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Along with viewing the dazzling displays of lights and choreographed shows, you can ride traditional favorites like the Kangaroo, Merry Go Round, Auto Race, and take a train ride through a life-size gingerbread village on the Gingerbread Express. Plus, take pictures with Santa and Kenny Kangaroo on the platform of the historic Racer roller coaster, visit our petting zoo and model train displays, and grab some great seasonal snacks, from cookie decorating to peppermint funnel cakes. And, don’t forget those world-famous Potato Patch fries! The traditional Kennywood snack tastes just as good during the holidays. Visit on Opening Night for a magnificent fireworks display from Zambelli Fireworks!

Whether you go just for the lights or try to ride every ride, Holiday Lights is Pittsburgh’s premier Christmastime tradition!

Dec
27
Wed
The Nutcracker – 2017 @ Benedum Center
Dec 27 all-day
The Nutcracker – 2017 @ Benedum Center | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Pittsburgh’s Favorite Holiday Tradition

Complete with flurrying snow, a colossal Christmas tree and magic tricks galore, this holiday spectacular features over 100 dancers, 150 costumes and Tchaikovsky’s exultant score. Since its 1892 premiere, The Nutcracker has held a special place in holiday traditions all over the world. PBT adds its own spin on the time and place with a turn-of-the-century setting incorporating Pittsburgh’s own landmarks, historical figures and personality. Each performance features a unique casting combination, giving regulars the chance to see a variety of dancers perform iconic roles like Marie, the Nephew, the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier.

Subscribers save 20% over single ticket prices and get first pick of prime seats. Build your own three, four or five ballet package todayPurchase single tickets here

Choreography & Staging: Terrence S. Orr
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Costumes & Scenic Design: Zack Brown
Lighting Design: Julie Duro 

*Visit the above link for more details on showtimes.

Kennywood Holiday Lights @ Kennywood Park
Dec 27 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Kennywood Holiday Lights @ Kennywood Park | West Mifflin | Pennsylvania | United States

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Kennywood!

America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with nearly 2 million twinkling lights, the tallest Christmas tree in Pennsylvania, and a selection of fun family rides rethemed for the holiday season. Holiday Lights at Kennywood is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 24 – December 23, plus December 26 – 30, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Along with viewing the dazzling displays of lights and choreographed shows, you can ride traditional favorites like the Kangaroo, Merry Go Round, Auto Race, and take a train ride through a life-size gingerbread village on the Gingerbread Express. Plus, take pictures with Santa and Kenny Kangaroo on the platform of the historic Racer roller coaster, visit our petting zoo and model train displays, and grab some great seasonal snacks, from cookie decorating to peppermint funnel cakes. And, don’t forget those world-famous Potato Patch fries! The traditional Kennywood snack tastes just as good during the holidays. Visit on Opening Night for a magnificent fireworks display from Zambelli Fireworks!

Whether you go just for the lights or try to ride every ride, Holiday Lights is Pittsburgh’s premier Christmastime tradition!

Dec
28
Thu
History at Play: Toy and Workshop Design Workshop @ Heinz History Center
Dec 28 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Kids ages 8 – 11 are invited to join us for a fun exploration of historic toys and games in the History Center’s new A Very Merry Pittsburgh exhibition. After experiencing the steps of innovation in the new Discovery Place exhibition, be inspired to design your own game!

Photo Courtesy of Heinz History Center

REGISTRATION

Advance registration is required for all History at Play workshops.

Please register online and include the name and ages of the participants. History Center members, please contact Nate Rodda at nrrodda@heinzhistorycenter.org for the member discount code.

Kennywood Holiday Lights @ Kennywood Park
Dec 28 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Kennywood Holiday Lights @ Kennywood Park | West Mifflin | Pennsylvania | United States

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Kennywood!

America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with nearly 2 million twinkling lights, the tallest Christmas tree in Pennsylvania, and a selection of fun family rides rethemed for the holiday season. Holiday Lights at Kennywood is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 24 – December 23, plus December 26 – 30, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Along with viewing the dazzling displays of lights and choreographed shows, you can ride traditional favorites like the Kangaroo, Merry Go Round, Auto Race, and take a train ride through a life-size gingerbread village on the Gingerbread Express. Plus, take pictures with Santa and Kenny Kangaroo on the platform of the historic Racer roller coaster, visit our petting zoo and model train displays, and grab some great seasonal snacks, from cookie decorating to peppermint funnel cakes. And, don’t forget those world-famous Potato Patch fries! The traditional Kennywood snack tastes just as good during the holidays. Visit on Opening Night for a magnificent fireworks display from Zambelli Fireworks!

Whether you go just for the lights or try to ride every ride, Holiday Lights is Pittsburgh’s premier Christmastime tradition!

Dec
29
Fri
Kennywood Holiday Lights @ Kennywood Park
Dec 29 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Kennywood Holiday Lights @ Kennywood Park | West Mifflin | Pennsylvania | United States

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Kennywood!

America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with nearly 2 million twinkling lights, the tallest Christmas tree in Pennsylvania, and a selection of fun family rides rethemed for the holiday season. Holiday Lights at Kennywood is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 24 – December 23, plus December 26 – 30, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Along with viewing the dazzling displays of lights and choreographed shows, you can ride traditional favorites like the Kangaroo, Merry Go Round, Auto Race, and take a train ride through a life-size gingerbread village on the Gingerbread Express. Plus, take pictures with Santa and Kenny Kangaroo on the platform of the historic Racer roller coaster, visit our petting zoo and model train displays, and grab some great seasonal snacks, from cookie decorating to peppermint funnel cakes. And, don’t forget those world-famous Potato Patch fries! The traditional Kennywood snack tastes just as good during the holidays. Visit on Opening Night for a magnificent fireworks display from Zambelli Fireworks!

Whether you go just for the lights or try to ride every ride, Holiday Lights is Pittsburgh’s premier Christmastime tradition!

Dec
30
Sat
Kennywood Holiday Lights @ Kennywood Park
Dec 30 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Kennywood Holiday Lights @ Kennywood Park | West Mifflin | Pennsylvania | United States

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Kennywood!

America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with nearly 2 million twinkling lights, the tallest Christmas tree in Pennsylvania, and a selection of fun family rides rethemed for the holiday season. Holiday Lights at Kennywood is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 24 – December 23, plus December 26 – 30, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Along with viewing the dazzling displays of lights and choreographed shows, you can ride traditional favorites like the Kangaroo, Merry Go Round, Auto Race, and take a train ride through a life-size gingerbread village on the Gingerbread Express. Plus, take pictures with Santa and Kenny Kangaroo on the platform of the historic Racer roller coaster, visit our petting zoo and model train displays, and grab some great seasonal snacks, from cookie decorating to peppermint funnel cakes. And, don’t forget those world-famous Potato Patch fries! The traditional Kennywood snack tastes just as good during the holidays. Visit on Opening Night for a magnificent fireworks display from Zambelli Fireworks!

Whether you go just for the lights or try to ride every ride, Holiday Lights is Pittsburgh’s premier Christmastime tradition!

Jan
11
Thu
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation
Jan 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

There are many ways to tell stories that are true.

In this lively five-workshop series, examples and writing prompts will help writers practice innovative ways of breaking through traditional essay structure and thinking about how form can complement content in creative nonfiction.

Activities and prompts include writing a short food memoir in the form of a recipe card, a flash nonfiction piece about a transformative moment that leaps in time, a six-word memoir, an encyclopedia entry, and a sensory map. Participants and peers will examine how the fine art of perhaps-ing, or the speculative, can broaden the reach of storytelling. Between sessions, writers will revise their work to share with the instructor and their peers at the next meeting, and for the final workshop, they will choose one piece to revise for possible publication. Writers will also learn more about magazines that publish experimental and traditional forms.

Visit the above website link for week-by-week descriptions.

Jan
12
Fri
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.

Jan
13
Sat
Black Bodies and the Justice of God-Community Conversation on Race and Faith @ Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Jan 13 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Black Bodies and the Justice of God-Community Conversation on Race and Faith @ Pittsburgh Theological Seminary | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Hear the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, a scholar and social justice activist, as the 2018 Kelso Endowed Lecturer. Her lecture will be the centerpiece of a day-long event designed to equip and empower individuals to form on-going relationships that cross traditional boundaries to work for justice, especially racial justice. This event is free to participants and targeted toward students, community members, and members and leaders in faith-based organizations.

Jan
16
Tue
Mad Mex Benefit Dinner for Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra @ Mad Mex Robinson
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Mad Mex Benefit Dinner for Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra @ Mad Mex Robinson | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

MAD MEX is teaming up with the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra to hold a benefit dinner, with 100% of the proceeds going towards PYPO!

Join us on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. Your $35 ticket includes dinner from a fantastic all-you-can eat Buffet-Style Fajita Party including chips, salsa and guacamole, salad, chicken wings and all the fix-ins to make delicious fajitas, including vegetarian options. Also included are soft drinks and unlimited trips to Mad Mex’s special dessert table!

 

Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra

Organizer of Mad Mex Benefit Dinner for PYPO

Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (PYPO) fosters a life-long love of music through its programs in instrumental music.  We instruct and inspire string, woodwind, brass and percussion students ages 6-18 through three levels of orchestras, chamber music, concert tours and summer camps.

Jan
18
Thu
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation
Jan 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

There are many ways to tell stories that are true.

In this lively five-workshop series, examples and writing prompts will help writers practice innovative ways of breaking through traditional essay structure and thinking about how form can complement content in creative nonfiction.

Activities and prompts include writing a short food memoir in the form of a recipe card, a flash nonfiction piece about a transformative moment that leaps in time, a six-word memoir, an encyclopedia entry, and a sensory map. Participants and peers will examine how the fine art of perhaps-ing, or the speculative, can broaden the reach of storytelling. Between sessions, writers will revise their work to share with the instructor and their peers at the next meeting, and for the final workshop, they will choose one piece to revise for possible publication. Writers will also learn more about magazines that publish experimental and traditional forms.

Visit the above website link for week-by-week descriptions.

Jan
25
Thu
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation
Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

There are many ways to tell stories that are true.

In this lively five-workshop series, examples and writing prompts will help writers practice innovative ways of breaking through traditional essay structure and thinking about how form can complement content in creative nonfiction.

Activities and prompts include writing a short food memoir in the form of a recipe card, a flash nonfiction piece about a transformative moment that leaps in time, a six-word memoir, an encyclopedia entry, and a sensory map. Participants and peers will examine how the fine art of perhaps-ing, or the speculative, can broaden the reach of storytelling. Between sessions, writers will revise their work to share with the instructor and their peers at the next meeting, and for the final workshop, they will choose one piece to revise for possible publication. Writers will also learn more about magazines that publish experimental and traditional forms.

Visit the above website link for week-by-week descriptions.

Feb
1
Thu
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation
Feb 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

There are many ways to tell stories that are true.

In this lively five-workshop series, examples and writing prompts will help writers practice innovative ways of breaking through traditional essay structure and thinking about how form can complement content in creative nonfiction.

Activities and prompts include writing a short food memoir in the form of a recipe card, a flash nonfiction piece about a transformative moment that leaps in time, a six-word memoir, an encyclopedia entry, and a sensory map. Participants and peers will examine how the fine art of perhaps-ing, or the speculative, can broaden the reach of storytelling. Between sessions, writers will revise their work to share with the instructor and their peers at the next meeting, and for the final workshop, they will choose one piece to revise for possible publication. Writers will also learn more about magazines that publish experimental and traditional forms.

Visit the above website link for week-by-week descriptions.

Feb
3
Sat
Holy Curiosity! Science, Wonder, and the Desire to Know @ Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Feb 3 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Holy Curiosity! Science, Wonder, and the Desire to Know @ Pittsburgh Theological Seminary | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Einstein once said, “Never lose a holy curiosity.” Join renowned scientists who are “passionately curious!” Learn about the origins of the science/faith schism. Explore the universe through the eye of the Hubble Space Telescope with Ted B. Davis, Professor, Messiah College and Jennifer Wiseman, Sr. Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Youth leaders are encouraged to bring groups.

Feb
8
Thu
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation
Feb 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Writing Outside the Lines: Experimental Forms and Process in Creative Nonfiction @ Creative Nonfiction Foundation | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

There are many ways to tell stories that are true.

In this lively five-workshop series, examples and writing prompts will help writers practice innovative ways of breaking through traditional essay structure and thinking about how form can complement content in creative nonfiction.

Activities and prompts include writing a short food memoir in the form of a recipe card, a flash nonfiction piece about a transformative moment that leaps in time, a six-word memoir, an encyclopedia entry, and a sensory map. Participants and peers will examine how the fine art of perhaps-ing, or the speculative, can broaden the reach of storytelling. Between sessions, writers will revise their work to share with the instructor and their peers at the next meeting, and for the final workshop, they will choose one piece to revise for possible publication. Writers will also learn more about magazines that publish experimental and traditional forms.

Visit the above website link for week-by-week descriptions.

Feb
16
Fri
Swan Lake with the PBT Orchestra @ Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
Feb 16 @ 8:00 pm – Feb 25 @ 8:00 pm
Swan Lake with the PBT Orchestra @ Benedum Center for the Performing Arts  | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

An evil enchantment and a mysterious love story give wings to a ballet that has captured the public imagination since 1895. Together with the live PBT Orchestra, PBT returns to Swan Lake for two weekends around Valentine’s Day. Swan Lake exemplifies classical technique – from the ballet en blanc swan scenes to the Black Swan’s famous 32 fouettés. But it’s the undulating port de bras of the swans – a movement quality unique to Swan Lake – that lends its own mystique to the classical vocabulary. Set to the stirring themes of Tchaikovsky’s score, the split personalities of Odette and Odile mirror the age-old battle between good and evil. S