Here’s How to Take Part in the Holiday Cheer this December

As temperatures begin to fall into the 20s and snow makes its arrival here in Pittsburgh, we know it’s officially time for the holidays. With joy and merriment in the air, we gathered a list of our favorite holiday events near Shadyside.

Here are some events you’ll want to mark down on your calendar for this month.

Shadyside Nursery Trees and Charity Wreaths

If you’re still in the market for a holiday tree, head over to the Shadyside Nursery! With a wide range of different types and sizes, you’ll definitely be able to find a tree you like. This year, the Shadyside Nursery is also selling locally made ornaments and holiday lawn decor too.

When you purchase a handmade Charity Wreath you’ll be supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. Over one hundred have been sold so far!

photo from Shadyside Nursery website

Phipps Conservatory’s “Let it Glow!” Show

When you ask any Pittsburgh local what the best thing to do during the holidays, we would bet Phipps Conservatory is one of their suggestions. Phipps winter garden show is both breathtaking and mesmerizing!

The theme is “Let It Glow,” and they certainly pulled out all the stops. With a ton of new features, you’ll experience dazzling holiday tree displays, winter ice towers, color-changing architectural lights, and an array of gorgeous flowers. On select nights, Phipps will host a variety of musical entertainment. Check out the schedule here.

photo from Phipps Conservatory Instagram 

This weekend is the Gifts and Greens Market too! It’s a free event hosted by Phipps and welcomes guest vendors. Shop for fresh greens, garland, poinsettias, holiday decorations, and so much more.

If you haven’t yet been out to Phipps during the holidays, you definitely need to put it on your calendar this year.

East End Brewing: Holiday Crafts & Drafts

On Saturday, December 15, East End Brewing will host Crafts and Drafts! Local artists and vendors will be present with arts, crafts, and gifts to help with your last minute shopping. Great food will also be available from La Palapa Mexican Kitchen and Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Clayton Holiday Tour at The Frick Pittsburgh

Holiday tours at the Clayton Mansion are a must-see Pittsburgh tradition. The beautifully decorated Frick Family home will allow you to reimagine the events of 1908. This Saturday, December 8th, the Frick is also hosting a free event of holiday art-making and interactive tours. Check out their site for more events and ticket information.

Holiday’s at The Carnegie Museum of Art

There’s nothing more festive than towering evergreen trees dressed in lights and decorative ornaments! As you make your way to the Hall of Architecture, you’ll experience the Carnegie Trees and Neapolitan Presepio.  

This year, CMOA collaborated with Carnegie International artist, Karen Kilimnik, to bring the five trees to life. Each one decorated with handcrafted ornaments. Displayed next to the trees is a lifelike and colorfully detailed 18th-century Neapolitan Presepio Nativity Scene. CMOA notes the scene was crafted by hand between 1700 and 1830.

CMOA’s holiday display will be up until January 7th. This one is a Pittsburgh tradition you’ll want to see for yourself.

photo from the Carnegie Museum of Art Instagram

Holiday Events at Ace Hotel

If you want to do something unique during the holidays, you can always count on the Ace Hotel. They’re hosting several events this month. The first is Yappy Holidays: A No-Flea Market for Humane Animal Rescue and it’s this Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. It’s a holiday pet market with plenty of pet-related vendors and bloody marys for you. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Animal Rescue.

On Sunday, December 16th, the Ace Hotel is hosting the Anemoia Vintage’s Made + Found Holiday Market. It will feature over 50 of the regions vintage and handmade vendors! Admission is free and light drinks and brunch will be available for purchase.

Wanting more of a holiday dinner experience? Get yourself a ticket to Sharing Knives – Apteka’s Eastern European Christmas Dinner with Kate Lasky and Tomasz Skowronski. This vegan style dinner is based around traditional Eastern European holiday meals. Buy your ticket and make your reservation soon because this event is taking place on Wednesday, December 19th.

Here are a few more holiday events hosted by Ace Hotel:

New Years Eve Fiesta at Steel Cactus

If you’re looking for New Years Eve plans, check out the Fiesta at Steel Cactus. Make dinner reservations before 8 pm and get your new year celebration on with a DJ and dancing starting at 9 pm.


That’s a wrap on our list of holiday events, and yes, we checked it twice! Don’t forget to follow us on social media for more updates on events in Shadyside and so much more during December.

 

Get into the Holiday Spirit at The Frick Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is home to many winter traditions. One local favorite and our must-do winter tradition is visiting The Frick Pittsburgh. From the historic home of the Frick family and the 5 plus acres of gorgeous gardens to the truly awe-worthy art exhibitions, The Frick is absolutely Pittsburgh’s hidden gem!

The Frick’s Clayton Holiday tours are such a site to see! The Clayton Mansion is lavishly decorated with holiday splendor that is reminiscent of the 1900s. General admission is only $15 and the celebrations last up until January 6th.

Plus, every Friday evening, The Frick hosts Holiday Harmonies! A trio of carolers strolls through the Frick grounds singing traditional holiday songs up until the last Friday of the month. The wonderful carols paired with brilliantly decorated lights, it’s a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit!

Click here for The Frick’s calendar of events and to purchase tickets!

While you’re enjoying the Clayton Home, The Frick is also showcasing the amazing Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper during the winter season. You haven’t seen paper like this before.

Borchgrave’s breathtaking work reflects Renaissance Italian gowns and modernist costumes of the Ballet Russes. Her life-size, works of art is completely made of painted and manipulated paper. That’s right, simple paper.

Watch a quick video and hear from the artist herself!

On Fridays starting at 2 pm The Frick hosts Gallery Talks. Join art admirers in a conversation on Borchgrave’s work. This week, the conversation will focus on Succès de Scandale: Picasso, Satie, and the Ballets Russes.

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper exhibit is open to the public from now until January 6th. If you have a love for fashion or art, we can’t recommend this exhibit enough. Want to learn more about Isabelle de Borchgrave’s process? You can find a short excerpt about her and her amazing art here.  


*All photos were found on The Frick’s Facebook page.

Beers of the Burgh: One of Pittsburgh’s Favorite Festivals

Want to expand your love for a good brew? Are you new to the Burgh and looking for something to do? Beers of the Burgh is returning. This year, the best fest is happening at Hunt Armory in Shadyside!

Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or someone who’s up for a good time, Beers of the Burgh never disappoints. This event will feature more than 30 diverse breweries, all local to Western Pennsylvania, including Grist House Craft Brewery, Hitchhiker Brewing, East End Brewing Company, Eleventh Hour Brewing, and a ton more. See the full list on the official site.

General admission costs $45 for Beers of the Burgh with the doors opening at 5 pm. The three-hour event offers a keepsake tasting glass, live music, and entertainment. But maybe you and your friends are the kinds of people who love an exclusive pass. Early admission is starting at $59 per person and you get access to all the tasty brews an hour before general admission. That sounds pretty good to us!

Safety is a top priority during Beers of the Burgh. After 3 or 4 hours of drinking, no one should even think about driving home. So for all those designated drivers out there, your ticket is only $20.

This awesome ‘Burgh event is sponsored through Variety. This charity’s mission is to help children with disabilities live a full life! All proceeds will benefit Variety and their mission.

We can’t forget to mention that Beers of the Burgh also strives to help keep Pittsburgh Green! The Beers of the Burgh team pledges to keep the event sustainable and environmentally friendly by reducing the events carbon footprint. Beers of the Burgh has partnered with Pennsylvania Resources Council and Zero Fossil Energy Outfitters.

So what’s better than enjoying an evening of good people and delicious brews? We couldn’t think of anything else. Get your ticket here and we’ll see you at Hunt Armory on Saturday, November 3rd!

Both photos used in this blog were originally published on Beers of the Burgh’s Facebook page.

12 Fun & Spooky Activities for the Family to Enjoy

October is chalk full of awesome things to do in Shadyside! From fitness to local parties, and, of course, all things Halloween themed. We’re making sure you have all the dates and times you need to know about.

Friday, October 5th

Steel City Improv Theatre Mixer

Does the thought of improv scare you? Steel City Improv Theater doesn’t want you to be. In fact, they host mixers so you can meet the teachers and people who’ve done it before. It’s the ultimate baby step. It’s absolutely free and begins at 9:30 pm! 

Just remember, if Michael Scott can do it, so can you. Click here for more details!

Saturday, October 6th

Run Shadyside

Supporting the Boys and Girls club, the Run Shadyside 5k is this weekend! The quiet streets of Shadyside will turn into a cheering squad as runners take their mark. The race begins at 8 am on the intersection of Walnut and Ivy street.

Register before it’s too late! Click here for details.

photo cred: @latebloominglotus via Instagram!

Radical Days at the Frick

In case you’re new to the area RADical day events are the coolest. This Saturday the Frick Pittsburgh has free family activities. That’s right completely free. Activities include getting creative with paint, entertaining outdoor games, and the History Mystery game! Plus, you and your family will be able to tour the Clayton Mansion at your own pace.

This event is definitely one you won’t want to miss! Click here for details and for more events happening this month.

Mac Miller Tribute at Amazing Yoga

Are you a Mac Miller fan? Amazing Yoga is hosting a special one hour class to honor the late rapper. All of the proceeds from this class will go to the Make a Wish Foundation of Pittsburgh! Sean Conley will begin the class at 6 pm at the Shadyside location. Make sure you sign up.

Sunday, October 7th

Anemoia Vintage’s Made & Found Fall Market

We can’t think of anything better than a little local shopping. The Made and Found Fall Market is back with over 25 handmade, vintage vendors from around our region. This fun event begins at 10 am. But make sure you make all your purchases before it closes up at 4 pm! Click here for the list of vendors.

photo cred: @theprinterscabinet via Ace Hotel Pittsburgh’s Instagram

Saturday, October 13th

Celebration & Blessing of Animals

If you believe in celebrating your pets, this is an event for you! Humane Animal Rescue, Journey’s of Life, Petagogy, and Think Shadyside are hosting the annual Celebration and Blessing of Animals. Here your beloved pets can receive interfaith blessings, enjoy many vendors, and even get animal psychic readings.

This event will take place at Journey of Life on Bellefonte Street from 11 am to 4 pm. Visit their Facebook page for more details.

Thursday, October 18th

Fright This Way

Love to paint? Paint night is coming to the Hyatt House on Baum Boulevard. Make it a friends night out or a wonderful date night! Starting at 6 pm, you’ll be able to grab a drink and put your creative skills to the test. Get the details you need here.

Saturday, October 20th

Super Science Saturday: Boo-seum Trick-or-Treat

It’s time for the more spooktacular events. First up is Boo-seum Super Science Saturday at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History! From 12 pm to 4 pm, enjoy Super Science events with friends and family with museum admission. Experience live animals up close and participate in Halloween activities.

Kids will also be able to go trick or treating throughout the museum so make sure they’re dressed up! Get the details here.

Wednesday, October 24th

Ghostly Gallery at the Carnage Museum of Art

Now, The Carnegie Museum can’t let History have all the fun. Carnegie Museum of Art is hosting a Ghostly Gallery on Wednesday. The three-hour event starts at 7 pm. Walk through the haunted halls of CMOA, take in the beautiful artwork, and of course, there are snacks involved.

You can’t show up to a party without your costume, but there are a few restrictions for everyone’s safety. CMOA is also kindly asking for donations to enter, which will benefit the museum. Find out what you need to know.

Friday, Oct. 26

Halloween Happenings at Phipps

For some family-friendly Halloween fun, Phipps Conservatory is the place to be. Come out to the Conservatory, in a costume of course, for Halloween activities like pumpkin carving and kid-friendly entertainment. Click here for more details.

photo cred: Phipps Conservatory via Instagram

October 19, 20, 26, & 27th

Bump In The Night

During October, spooky things go bump in the night. The Frick hosts a special Halloween themed event for kids between the ages of 3 and 9. Starting at 6:30 families will be able to learn about nocturnal animals, enjoy a campfire, carve pumpkins, and go on a night walk!

Before you head home though, stick around for the musical performance! Get tickets here.

Saturday, Oct. 27

10th Annual Halloween Mayhem

Next Pittsburgh calls Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s 10th Annual Halloween Mayhem, “a Halloween event that fits the whole family.” From noon to 3 pm this East Liberty tradition involves spooky activities, hands-on crafts, and youth-led performances. Get your tickets here!

 

To finish this list of October events, we have to mention Trick or Treating day! Pittsburgh neighborhoods can run amok from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Halloween Day.

 

Happy Halloween!

Mark Your Calendars for These 5 Shadyside Events

The beginning of the fall season welcomes live performances and some of Pittsburgh’s most unique events. Shadyside, in fact, has a little something for everyone. Want to enjoy a chill night with your significant other? Head over to Mansions on Fifth. Are you an adventurous spirit willing to try anything new? You have to check out MakerDate.

We rounded up the dates you need to know to keep your calendar full of fun. Here are some events you won’t want to miss during September.

Events at Mansions on Fifth

1. On September 13th, Mansions on Fifth hosts Performance Thursday with guitarist and singer Meredith Holiday! You’ll surely enjoy her acoustic take on classic rock and roll. Starting at 5:30, the two-hour long musical session will have complimentary cheese and charcuterie as well as cocktail specials.

The following Thursday, September 20th, look forward to Donna O!

MakerDate

2. Calgon Carbon is presenting this year’s annual MakerDate! The one-of-a-kind event on Friday, September 14 from 6 to 10 pm at Ace Hotel Pittsburgh. MakerDate pairs skilled creators with people who want to learn something new.

Come out for the live maker auction, music, and hands-on activities! All funds raised at the event go toward Assemble’s educational Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) programs.

Jam on Walnut

3. This outdoor concert will block off Walnut Street once again for the city’s biggest block party! Jam on Walnut is a benefit concert that raises funds for the Humane Animal Rescue.

Pencil in Jam on Walnut for September 22nd at 7 pm. Do some early shopping, visit the local bars and restaurants, and stay to listen to the Good Guys Acoustic Duo & Band, plus No Bad JuJu!

Performances At Kelly-Strayhorn Theater

4. The sixth annual Thrival Festival at Kelly-Strayhorn welcomes inspiring speakers and an open format discussion. The three-hour session on Wednesday, September 19th will explore the transformation of society through the lens of business and culture.

Come to see a live excerpt of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Marjorie Prime.

5. On Saturday, September 22nd at 4 pm, Kelly Strayhorn Theater along with Philippine-American Performing Arts presents Halo Halo. This program will host more than 40 dancers, musicians, and singers on a variety of performances that preserve folk traditions while mixing in a new light.

It will be an evening filled with music and dance in celebration of Filipino arts.

 

See, we told you there’s something for everyone! Look us up on Instagram for updates on local events.