9 Local Spa’s to Freshen-Up and Relax

The holidays have come to a close. Valentine’s Day is in the rearview mirror and now we wait for spring, which we all know how long that can take in Pittsburgh. Give yourself something to look forward to. Treat yourself to a salon or spa appointment right in your Franklin West neighborhood.

Invite a friend, a parent or even enjoy some alone time. Shadyside offers an array of salons and spas with services like hair styling, manicures and pedicures, massages, facials, and so much more. Here are ten establishments you can explore next time you need some self-care.

Evolve Wellness Spa Shadyside

Evolve has a passion for making people look and feel their best. Whether you desire freedom from skin concerns, relief from pain or just an increase in your level of happiness, Evolve can help. Some of their treatments include acupuncture, facials, massage therapy, self-improvement counseling, and even yoga!

Where to find them: 228 S Highland Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Centre Ave Massage & Spa

The team at Center Ave Massage & Spa is highly trained to address muscular imbalances and postural problems, chronic pain, stress management, inflexibility, and the enhancement of athletic performance. Their specialists can help with providing a little relaxation or even specialized treatment to help with pain and discomfort. Don’t forget to check their website for current specials!

Where to find them: 5701 Centre Ave / Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Anna Skin Care

No matter what your skin type is, Anna Skin Care can meet your facial needs. Begin with a deep cleansing facial followed by a customized skincare treatment. Looking for extractions or a hot stone massage? Look no further than this lovely salon right on Walnut Street.

Where to find them: 5541 Walnut Street Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Pittsburgh Float

Find balance and release tension with this trend-setting treatment located right in Shadyside. Sensory deprivation tanks contain a warm, shallow pool of highly dense saltwater. The tank is light and sound-proof, and the water is maintained at a constant skin temperature. Experience the benefits of this treatment that has been around since 1970.

Where to find them: 5850 Ellsworth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Capristo Salon & Wellness Spa

Experience a day of pampering at this family-owned salon located in the East End of Shadyside. As the official salon of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins, your stylist certainly won’t disappoint you. They also offer services like laser hair removal, massages and facials. Book a day dedicated just to you!

Where to find them: 5850 Ellsworth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Whitehouse Salon

For a fashion-forward, boutique salon, look no further than this hidden gem. This bright, sun-filled salon (at least on those sunny Pittsburgh days) is the perfect place to unwind after a long day or slip away on a Saturday for that haircut you have been dying to have.

Where to find them: 731 Filbert Street, Pittsburgh,15232

Brush Nail Studio

Looking for a fresh manicure and pedicure? Stop by Brush Nail Studio and enjoy a little bit of luxury in your day. We recommend making an appointment, but feel free to pop in and see if they have time to fit you in. Yelp users give this great little spot 4 stars, which should definitely seal the deal on your decision to try it out.

Where to find them: 731 Filbert Street Pittsburgh, PA 15232

AEY Nail Bar

AEY sets a standard for nail salons in the area. Owner, AEY, has been a consultant across the country but finally decided to settle down and open her own salon to make clients feel relaxed and pampered. They also offer pedicures in reclining chairs for an elevated level of comfort.

Where to find them: Address: 5501 Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

GLAM-Nail Salon

The next day you need a little time for yourself head over to Glam-Nail Salon on S. Aiken Ave. Looking for the perfect pedicure or a manicure that can make your day? Schedule both at this adorable Shadyside salon. They also offer haircuts, extensions, makeup, and skincare. Afterward, head over to Walnut Street for some shopping.

Where to find them: 816 S Aiken Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232

 

Feeling good doesn’t come just from pampering yourself, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle too. Check out these healthy eateries and fitness studios too!

Up Your Valentine’s Day Game at these Local Shops & Eateries

It is hard to believe February is right around the corner. Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day yet? Today, Valentine’s Day is more than just spending it with one special person. You can spend it with friends, family or even your favorite neighbors from our Franklin West community. 

Here are a few places to help organize the perfect plans for your Valentine’s Day, no matter who you spend it with. 

Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s on Penn Ave is a great place to pick up your weekly produce, but they also have an affordable selection of flowers and cards for anyone you might want to make feel extra special this year. Not interested in dining out? Pick up items for the perfect meal and enjoy a night in. 

BRGR

This burger joint on Centre Ave is great for date night or a group outing. Enjoy the variety of apps they have to offer or try customizing your own burger. Who doesn’t love a sweet treat on Valentine’s day? Finish off your meal with one of their deliciously crafted milkshakes. 

Prantl’s Bakery

Cupcakes, cookies, pies – oh my! Prantl’s Bakery over on Walnut Street has nothing short of every sweet you would desire. Treat someone else (or yourself) to a delicious dessert like their famous Burnt Almond Torte or a decorated cupcake. 

Casbah

Nothing says love like sharing a few plates of pasta. With sunset hues and tables gathered close together, Casbah’s interior exudes warmth and coziness perfect to share with close friends or a special someone. Plus, it’s a short walk over to S Highland Ave.

Phipps Conservatory

This Valentine’s Day enjoy hundreds of orchids, plus their cosmic collection of tropical bonsai at the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: Out of This World! Finish the visit with something special from the gift shop or a visit to Phipps Cafe. 

Noodlehead

This neighborhood hotspot on S. Highland Ave always seems to have a line out the door but it is worth the wait. Bring a bottle of wine and enjoy a dish of Pad Thai or one of their other specialties. In addition to a menu with a ton of delicious options, it is also extremely affordable and a BYOB establishment. 

Millies Homemade Icecream

Tempted to splurge on some dessert after dinner or maybe even second dessert? Stop by Millies on S Highland Ave. Whether you grab a bite at Noodlehead, Casbah, or BRGR, make sure to save room for the most delicious ice cream!

Enjoy these delicious places with someone (or a few people) you love.

4 Family-Friendly Things To-Do during Thanksgiving Weekend

Go ahead. Dream of that roasted Turkey and sweet pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving is a short week away and that traditional dinner is the only thing getting us through the day. 

This gratitude inspired holiday also means spending time with family and friends. Plan a wonderful weekend with the fun activities and events happening in our community from holiday shopping to enjoying museum festivities. 

We gathered local events happening that you can enjoy with your favorite people during the rest of November. 

Phipps Magical Holiday Show

Here in Pittsburgh, the holidays don’t truly begin until Phipps opens its doors to their Holiday Magic Winter Flower and Light show! This indoor and outdoor exhibit opens the day after Thanksgiving but tickets are on sale now. 

As a family event, Phipps pulls out all the stops! Your eyes will gaze among millions of twinkle lights and gorgeous flowers. Phipps will also have Santa visits, family fun evenings, and musical entertainment on select dates. 

Photo Credit: Phipps Conservatory via Instagram

Sloane Street Truck Show

You won’t have to wait very long to enjoy the shopping season. Henne Jewelers on Walnut Street is introducing a new collection, Sloane Street Trunk Show, on Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd. 

If you’re looking to get something incredibly special as a gift, visit one of Pittsburgh’s oldest and best jewelers. You can’t go wrong with their selection. 

Pittsburgh Pickers Vintage Market

Get your shopping on! After all, it is the shopping season for big deals and discounts. Instead of taking the fun out of the holidays and using Amazon, Ace Hotel is hosting one awesome holiday event called Pittsburgh Pickers Vintage Market.

Pittsburgh Pickers is an event series that highlights the local vintage community. The event is totally free with over 20 different vendors. Visit the Facebook Event page to see specific vendors and other details. 

Clayton Tour at Your Own Pace

The Frick Pittsburgh is another locals tradition during the holiday season. See a grand Victorian home decorated for the season as almost all items and furniture are original.

You’ll also discover local history and hear stories about one of Pittsburgh’s wealthiest families. Holidays at the Frick begins on November 21st. Visit the official site to learn more about ticket details. 

Photo credit: The Frick Pittsburgh via Instagram

Of course, Small Business Saturday is on November 30th this year, and many of our favorite local shops on Walnut Street are set to participate in all the fun! Shop local, give thanks, and enjoy the best time of the year. 

50th Annual A Fair in the Park Celebration at Mellon Park

Rain or shine, A Fair in the Park never disappoints! Thousands of visitors flock to this free, fine arts and crafts festival every year to enjoy the natural splendor of Mellon Park, the creative talent, musical entertainment, and some tasty bites.

Hosted by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh, A Fair in the Park will take place during the first weekend of September.  Times vary based on the day, see below. 

Friday, Sept. 6th: 1 – 7 pm

Saturday, Sept. 7th: 10 am – 7 pm

Sunday, Sept 8th: 10 am – 5 pm 

Come hang out with more than 100 regional and national artists and crafters that specialize in unique work like clay, fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, metal, mixed media, and two-dimensional art. The talent at this Mellon Park event is an absolute must-attend weekend.

Photo credit to local artist, Stevo Sadvary, featured by A Fair in the Park Instagram

Arts and crafts aren’t the only media taking charge at this festival. You’ll be excited to hear all the talented bands and musicians scheduled to play during the weekend-long event. See the 2019 music schedule here.

Not to worry about getting your grub on. There will be plenty of food options at A Fair in the Park with diverse menus and some local favorites like Mac & Gold Truck, PitaLand, Randita’s, South Side BBQ Company, Wood Fired Flatbreads, Zeke’s Coffee Pittsburgh and in the lower section, grilled cheese with the Fermented Chef and Rita’s Italian Ice. Get the details on each of these fabulous vendors here.

One of our favorite parts about A Fair in the Park is its family-friendly activities for the kiddos. The event sponsors are happy to encourage teaching young kids the power of art and music by presenting several hands-on activities. Check out the Blick Art booth, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Media booth, Calliope and many more!

This event is absolutely one you won’t want to miss! A Fair in the Park is a celebration of culture, talent, and one the whole family will enjoy.

Photo credit to local artist, Katie Koenig, featured by A Fair in the Park Instagram

 

 

*Header photo credit to A Fair in the Park homepage.

Shadyside’s Biggest Art Festival is this Weekend!

Once a simple street fair has now evolved into one of Pennsylvania’s most beloved and impressive art shows. The Shadyside Art Festival on Walnut will return for its 23rd year! 

Walking through this annual festival, you’ll experience around 150 beautifully skilled artists showcasing a variety of mediums from painters to jewelry makers, and sculpturists to wood-workers. 

An absolute must-see event, this year the Art Festival on Walnut falls on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th of August. It is a day time event. Both days will open at 10 am while Saturday will close at 7 pm and Sunday will wrap up a bit earlier at 5 pm. 

It’s an opportunity to meet the people behind all the wonderful art and maybe add a few pieces to your home. If you’re interested in checking out some of the exhibitors beforehand, visit the official website for the Shadyside Art Festival here

photo credit: Howard Alan Events Instagram

Here are a few unique artists you’ll see at the festival this weekend!

🎨Tony Landolina is a Pittsburgh artist that specializes in an ancient technique of encaustic painting. What does this really mean? Landolina’s paintings are created with beeswax, a propane torch, and razor blades. Talk about unique! Check out his work on Instagram and make sure to stop by his tent this weekend. 

🎨Another PA native, Julie Hill is a furniture maker that will have a booth at the Art Show. Hill mainly focuses on rustic-style, wood pieces where she offers custom pieces and refinishing work. She has said, “All of my work is made from scratch and finished to perfection – although the occasional imperfection is exactly what makes each of these pieces special.” She has debuted some artwork on Instagram that she plans to showcase at the Shadyside art show, check it out here

🎨Brining whimsey back, acrylic artist Alexandra Hall plays with tons of color bringing wonderful life to mundane things. She says, “It is my hope that I force my audience to exercise their imagination, that my works inspire conversation and that they evoke joy.” Hall has public and private collection for sale across the US and is a must-visit during this weekend’s event.

🎨Last but not least, Justin Noelke specializes in bronze and wood abstract sculptures. Noelke best selling piece of work is custom, hand-carved coolers made from local KY materials called Copperbox Cooler. Yes, this artist makes coolers out of antique crates, insulated, and lined with hand-bent copper. Check out his site for more details!

There will be over a hundred more unique vendors at this weekend’s art show. If any of the ones we mentioned interest you then head over to Shadyside, you won’t be disappointed by what you see.

How To Spend Summer Days At 4 Breathtaking Pittsburgh Parks!

The City of Pittsburgh goes by many names. Some call it the Steel City, the City of Three Rivers, or even the City of Champions. All these names have been appropriately given by the people who call Pittsburgh home.

One other name that we think should be added to that list is “Park City.” A lesser-known facet of Pittsburgh is its many historic, forested parks. Once rooted in the steel industry, our city has strived to restore its other roots, its many gorgeous natural estates, and vast woodlands.

Whether you want to enjoy a Friday night at an outdoor concert, meet up with friends for a pick-up frisbee match, or a morning walk with your pup, there’s always a park close by. Mellon Park, Frick Park, Highland Park, and Schenley Park are all wonderful opportunities to be outdoors this summer and they’re all around 10-minutes from Franklin West apartments. Let’s take a sneak peek into Pittsburgh’s best-kept secret.

Mellon Park

When you need a little green and gorgeous gardens, Mellon Park has you covered. This park is rich in history. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy reports the original estate belonged to Richard Beatty Mellon and was once known as the largest house in Pittsburgh with 60-rooms. 

Unfortunately, that home is gone now, but the biggest park attraction, the Walled Garden, is still standing. It’s been the center of countless photo opportunities and a perfect place to watch the stars like Ann Katharine Seamans, who now has a famous memorial at the Walled Garden. 

Read more about Ann’s Memorial and more Mellon Park experience here

Mellon Park has plenty of features like vast fields, playgrounds for the kiddos, a spray park, tennis, and basketball courts as well as a pavilion with several picnic tables perfect for a family outing. It’s also known to hold several events during the summer months like Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch.

Photo credit to Jeremy Marshall from Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Mellon Park page

Frick Park

Much like Mellon Park, the Frick Park is an estate that once belonged to wealthy Pittsburgh native, Henry Clay Frick. Stretching from northern parts of Point Breeze all the way down to the Monongahela River, the Frick Park has around 106 acres of land. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy reports the Frick Park opening as a park in 1927 after it required more land. 

The Frick has a wonderful spread of outdoor and indoor activities, truly having something for everyone. If you want to go on a long hike, this park is the perfect getaway with extensive woodland trails. The park also features the famous Blue Slide Playground, red clay tennis courts, baseball fields, and much more. 

We can’t forget to mention the Clayton Mansion and Museum. Take a tour through the very home the Clayton family once lived in and become mesmerized by the architectural and designs from the 20th century. You can also visit the art museum! 

Today, the art museum is hosting a fabulous exhibition called A Sporting Vision. Click here for The Frick’s $5 off A Sporting Vision special offer ticket 

Photo from The Frick Pittsburgh Facebook page

Schenley Park & Plaza

Schenley Park is one of Pittsburgh’s most extensive and beautiful parks. The park’s 456 acres was donated land from Mary Schenley and now contain trails, woods, and many attractions. 

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and Eat’n Park Hospitality Group teamed up in 2001 to restore the Schenley Park Cafe and Visitor Center and in 2005 the City of Pittsburgh rehabilitated Phipps Run Stream. If you love a good hike, Phipps Run Stream doesn’t disappoint.

You could spend a few hours every day at Schenley Park experiencing something new. There’s the Bob O’Conner Golf course for any golf enthusiast. The Schenley Oval Sportsplex where you will find ice skating in the winter, summer sports during warm months, and take a dip in the pool when the summer sun gets too hot. 

Plus, Schenley Park hosts big annual events like the famous Vintage Grand Prix and the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure! The amazing Phipps Conservatory is also near Schenley Park, which we don’t believe we have to sell you on. The gorgeous garden at Phipps is one all Pittsburghers know about!

Photo credit to Joe Serkoch from Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Schenley Park page

Highland Park

A sanctuary reminiscent of the Victorian era, Highland Park is the quintessential an urban oasis. This reservoir has provided drinking water to Pittsburgh since 1879 according to Pittsburgh Park Conservancy. It’s open space and beauty makes it a popular location for picnics and joggers for the iconic Reservoir Loop or Entry Garden. 

Highland Park features Victorian-style gardens with fountains and benches, a bike track, swimming pool, and sand volleyball courts. If you are looking for a fun-filled Saturday with the kids, consider fishing in Carnegie Lake and exploring The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, one of only six zoo and aquarium combinations in the country as reported by Next Pittsburgh

If you’re up for an awesome Friday night out after a long work week, don’t miss out on the Pittsburgh Zoo’s “Summer Safari” special fundraising party. Learn more about the event here.

Photo credit to Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Highland Park page

Whatever your plans are this summer, be sure to get out to one of these spectacular woodland areas! Go out on an impromptu hike with nature or visit the park’s website if you’re looking to plan out your visit! Summer is almost over, don’t spend it indoors.

Get the Details for This Year’s Shadyside SideWalk Sale

Strolling through the streets of Shadyside next week will be far from ordinary. Once a year, local businesses throw up signs and take their products to the streets to offer their best sales! Business owners get the chance to meet and engage with the community, while visitors get to enjoy a day full of discount shopping.

When, Where, and Everything in Between.

You get five days to explore Shadyside’s finest treasures from 10 am on Wednesday, July 24th to 7 pm on Sunday, July 28th. The Shadyside Chamber of Commerce will open up the streets for discount shopping during this year’s Annual Shadyside Sidewalk Sale! 

You’ll be able to spend a day or two walking along Walnut street, many of the side streets, and the Shadyside shopping district during regular business hours in search for deals. 

If you’re driving into Shadyside to join in on the shopping spree, look for the free 2-hour parking on residential streets off of Walnut, Ellsworth, and South Highland. If you’re still unsure, green permit signs will give you the information you need when parking. 

Keep an Eye Out for These Local Shops

The Annual Shadyside Sidewalk Sale is known for local shops to put up their best deals. We’re talking up to 80% off! 

It’s not a bad time to do some early holiday shopping if you ask us since over 40 local businesses are participating this year. You’ll find deals on the latest fashion, a pair of shoes, gorgeous jewelry, and everything in between. You’re bound to find a few gifts for the people you care about. Maybe even one or two for yourself too.

Here are a few local shops on Walnut Street that you should keep an eye out for. 

Dina Ellen

Awesome women’s clothing boutique! Kicking off the party, last year, Dina Ellen started the sales a day early with up to 70%, deal baskets, and more surprises. Fingers crossed she does it again this year.

Image credit: Dina Ellen via Instagram

Glassworks and Cheeks

This gift shop specializes in amazing tabletop items and sleepwear. Last year, Glassworks made sure new items were out and about every day during the Sidewalk Sale and boasted plenty of once-a-year deals!

Image Credit: Glassworks Pgh via Instagram

Picket Fence

Last year, this wonderful women and children’s clothing boutique went with 50% off clothing, and up to 75% off on past season items. Not too bad if you ask us. Hopefully, we’ll see some of those same deals this year.

Image credit: Picket Fence via Instagram

ToadFlax

What can we say about this gorgeous flower shop? You’ll absolutely find summer treasures in here! Rain or shine, ToadFlax was very active in offering the best for Sidewalk Sale shoppers.

Image Credit: ToadFlax via Instagram

FourWinds Gallery

This local gallery features stunning Native American jewelry and art. FourWinds took “bargain” to a new level. Your eyes will be drawn toward the gorgeous items here.

Image Credit: ToadFlax via Instagram

Happy Shopping!🛍️

9 Fantastic Events in Shadyside You Won’t Want to Miss

One thing Shadyside does well is catering to its neighborhood with plenty of things to do during summer. From cozy outdoor concerts to big art festivals, Shadyside doesn’t disappoint. While those living in other parts of the City have to travel to experience Shadyside… for Franklin West residents, all of these exciting events are virtually at your doorstep!

Here are the biggest summer events happening in Shadyside!

Shadyside Farmers Market | June through September

It’s Farmers Market season! As one of Pittsburgh’s favorite walkable suburban areas, Shadyside hosts a summer market with an assortment of vendors at the Liberty School parking lot every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. The Liberty School, located at the corner of Ellsworth Avenue and Filbert Street in Shadyside, is only a short walk from many Franklin West properties. Nothing sounds better than a Sunday morning stroll to get fresh fruits, veggies, meat, poultry, fish, dairy, and even bread vendors from local farmers.

Visit Think Shadyside for information on how to get involved this summer!

Photo from Think Shadyside Facebook page.

Summer Fridays at The Frick | Now – August 23

Summer Fridays at The Frick is a variety of free, outdoor performances. This 10-week event series is sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, and yes, it’s absolutely free! Spend the day at the Frick touring the beautiful Clayton home or the latest exhibit. You can also grab something to eat before the Summer Friday performance begins at The Frick Cafe.

This Friday, The Frick welcomes The Pittsburgh Concert Chorale. Some lucky audience members will even get to play “Name That Tune!” Don’t forget your blanket and picnic basket!

For the full schedule of Summer Fridays performances, visit The Frick website here.  

Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch | Now – August 11

This Sunday is a double whammy at Mellon Park! Join WQED-FM in hosting the world-renowned Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for a free event.

Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch will be held every Sunday morning from now until August at Mellon Park featuring a variety of wonderful musicians. Get your picnic basket, mix up some mimosas and, between music and the arts, experience all that makes Shadyside so special.

If you are so inclined, consider joining WQED, the home of Fred Rogers, as a member. We are so lucky to have these incredible opportunities!

Learn more about this event through WQED.

11th Annual yART Sale | June 30

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts presents the 11th annual yArt Sale on Sunday, June 30th. Open from 10 am to 4 pm, spend the day outdoors at PCA’s gorgeous tree-lined campus in Mellon Park, at the corner of Fifth and Shady Avenues exploring the work of local artists. Plus, it’s free!

What’s a yART sale? PCA describes it as “a creative spin on the traditional yard sale!” This yART Sale features about 70 local artists with a variety of specialties like ceramic, photographs, jewelry, art books, fabric, prints, glass, and even art supplies. 

See the full vendor list through Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ website

Weather Permitting | July 14

Outdoor concerts, food trucks, and fantastic brews…now that’s a pretty good Sunday night. Weather Permitting is hosting a concert for everyone on Sunday, July, 14th at the Shadyside Nursery on 510 Maryland Ave. The night starts at 5 pm and you don’t have to go home at 9 pm but you do have to leave the Weather Permitting concert.

Your ears will be delighted with the featured bands: Joe Keyes & The Late Bloomer Band, and Zach Schmidt. To read more about the musical artists, visit the Weather Permitting Facebook event page here

Photo from Weather Permitting Facebook event page.

Potterfest After Dark | July 19

Any Potterheads roaming the streets of Pittsburgh? If so, PotterFest After Dark at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is absolutely for you!

On Friday, July 19th from 6 pm to 10 pm dress up in your favorite house robes for a night of Harry Potter worthy adventure. Learn about the science that inspires the potions, show off at Potter trivia, and meet awesome animals in the Care of Magical Creatures.

Visit the PotterFest After Dark Facebook event page for admission tickets and other details.

Save the Date!

This year the Annual Shadyside Sidewalk Sale will be held from Wednesday, July 24th through Sunday, July 28th. More details to come! 

Courtyard Cinema | August 1

Courtyard Cinema is putting a little spin on movie night. The Carnegie Museum of Art is hosting an outdoor movie event in their courtyard on Thursday, August, 1st from 7 pm to 10 pm.

Here’s the twist, CMOA wants you to choose the movie. Vote for one of these three movies for the Thursday night showing: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,” John Waters’ “Hairspray,” and Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.

Put your vote in for your favorite movie pick here.  

Back to School Block Party | August 11

It’s a block party! Pittsburgh Trap Yoga will host a Back to School Block Party on Sunday, August 11th from 1 pm to 5 pm. Join your neighbors near the shopping and business district of Ellsworth Ave for a final summer celebration before the kiddos get ready to get back to school. 

Visit Pittsburgh Trap Yoga Facebook event page for details.

Shadyside Art Festival on Walnut Street | August 24 – 25

To close out the summer, Shadyside will put on one of the best fine art festivals and neighborhood street fairs in Pittsburgh. During one weekend in August, come out to Bellefonte Street between 10 am to 5 pm for the 23rd Annual Shadyside Art Festival. Yes, it’s a free admission event.

With over 140 artists, you’ll experience a variety of original, handmade work from vendors like painters, potters, jewelers, photographers, and so much more. 

Get all the information you need from city details to hotel rates and how to become a contributor on the official event website.

 

Get these dates marked on your calendar! Whether you’re having a movie night out with the whole family, planning a date to explore Pittsburgh’s latest art scene, or enjoying an outdoor concert with a group of friends, summer in Shadyside has an event with your name on it.  

Enjoy Spring in Shadyside with these 6 Awesome Events

Heads up, there are a ton of awesome events happening this month in Shadyside. Spring is here and has started to warm us up around the Burgh.

You’ll absolutely want to celebrate by seeing some gorgeous and unique flowers at Phipps Conservatory’s spring show or grab your bike for the Pale Ale Keg Ride.

Plus, the Great Shadyside Yard Sale is at the end of this month too!

Like we said, there are plenty of events to mark down on your calendar this month so let’s get started!

Gardens of the Rainbow | Phipps Conservatory | Happening Now!

First on our list is Phipps of course! The Garden Spring show is happening now but will end on April 21. There really isn’t a better way to greet Spring.

Here are some of the items in the show that will definitely have you buying a ticket asap…

  • There’s a giant 9-foot-tall topiary peacock (need we say more?)
  • Become dazzled by the winding rainbow road of spring floral favorites
  • Make water jump and dance among captivating prism sculptures through a giant interactive fountain in the Victoria Room
  • Have fun with the interactive kaleidoscope of blooms
  • You’ll be mesmerized at the Himalayan blue poppies when they bloom

Get tickets to the Gardens of the Rainbow show here.

Photo credit to Phipps Conservatory

Latin America & Caribbean Festival | Pitt University | 4/13/2019

Pittsburgh’s University Center for International Studies are the hosts of this year’s Latin American and Caribbean Fest.

Immerse yourself with Latin American and Caribbean foods, arts, crafts, music and dance, plus information on local and regional organizations. Many vendors will also be there with amazing, handmade goodies!

Head out to the Galleria and Patio of the Wesley W. Posvar Hall from noon to 8 pm for one amazing experience!

Get the event details from it’s Facebook event page here.

Plant 101 | Shadyside Nursery | 4/16/2019

Whether you own a home with a back yard or rent an apartment, the biggest trend this year is fully embracing nature. If you’re someone who wants to add more plants in your home this event is a must attend!

The Shadyside Nursery wants to make it easy for you to grow your green thumb by teaching Planting 101: How Not to Kill Your Plants. You’ll walk away from this class with tons of knowledge with planting and become a better plant parent.

You won’t go home empty handed either. The projects you learn in class, you’ll take home with you.

Class starts at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 16th so don’t be late!

Read about the instructor here.

Photo credit to Shadyside Nursery Facebook page

Fiesta Flamenca | Kelly Strayhorn Theater | 4/16/2019

You can bring the whole family out to this event! Kelly Strayhorn Theater is hosting the annual Fiesta Flamenca on Tuesday, April 16th. The doors open at 7 pm and the show will begin an hour later.

Fiesta Flamenca is a community celebration of music, dance, and friendship. The show will feature a flamenco performance from Alba Flamenca and the students at Flamenco Pittsburgh.

Get tickets and more event details here.

Made & Found Spring Market | Ace Hotel | 4/21/2019

The Ace Hotel on Whitfield Street is hosting this month’s Made and Found Spring Market. You’ll discover over 25 of the region’s best vintage shops, makers, and artists!

Did we mention admission is free? Yep, this kid and dog-friendly market is completely free to enjoy, which means you don’t have to feel shy about buying more beautiful items from vendors. While you’re enjoying the vendors, coffee, brunch, and cocktails will also be available for purchase.

See the full list of vendors here.

Photo credit to Made & Found Spring Market Facebook page

Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride | East End Brewing | 4/27/2019

How does a bike ride through Pittsburgh with a ton of fresh, local beer in tow sound? It sounds pretty awesome to us!

On its fifteenth year, the Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride is happening on Saturday, April 27. You will pedal along with an awesome group of people and stay refreshed with some delicious beer. Once the crew reaches the mystery destination, East End Brewing will reveal this year’s Pedal Pale Ale!

It’s not all riding and drinking though. This keg ride is also one of the biggest charity events of the year and raises money for the Auberle Foster Care Foundation!

Get the details and your tickets here!

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Celebrate Mardi Gras at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Are you on the lookout for something fun to do this weekend? Are you ready for second winter to wrap up? Us too. But we also have more good news. One of the biggest happenings within Shadyside is the celebration of Mardi Gras!

What better way to spend a truly amazing night out with friends than at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens? On Friday, March 1, the Party in the Tropics event will have a Mardi Gras theme and we’re very excited.

photo from Phipps Conservatory

This event will surround you with the beautiful greenery and rushing waterfalls inside of Phipps. You’ll also have the chance to try sweet and savory morsels, indulge in unique cocktails and enjoy seasonal beer selections. Plus, you’ll be able to dance the night away with the live DJ.

Sounds like an awesome way to de-stress after a long week of work.

Curious about how Mardi Gras became the great celebration it’s known for today? Looks like great minds think alike. We were curious, too.

Many communities and cities are known to host great, fabulous parades in celebration of Mardi Gras. But, did you know the first American Mardi Gras took place in New Orleans in 1699?

The annual festival occurs the day before the Christian celebration of Lent. Mardi Gras is also known as Fat Tuesday or the last opportunity to eat rich foods before the fast of Lent begins.

Another fun fact that’s tied to Mardi Gras is this famous saying, “laissez les bon temps rouler” (pronounced lay-say le bon tom roo-lay). It means, “let the good times roll.”

It’s a very traditional thing to say during Mardi Gras so there’s a good chance you’ll hear it many times during your night out at Phipps

Now that you’re armed with some Mardi Gras trivia, we’ll give you the finer details of the Phipps event.  

The 4-hour party starts at 7 pm and is for anyone 21 years or older. Keep in mind the Party in the Tropics event is free with Phipps admission, but space is limited.  

Don’t forget to come with a mask and beads!