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Best of the 'Burgh 2018: Fitness and Outdoor

From a way to be shady to a (literal) tailgate to letting the moon be your guide –– discover what our editors chose for the Best of the 'Burgh in fitness and the outdoors.

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For its fourth year, OpenStreets is going in a new direction: the East End. Since its inception, the event, which closes streets to cars and opens them to bikers, runners and pedestrians, has carved routes all across the city. Their July 28th event brings a circuit that includes Shadyside, Point Breeze, Homewood, Larimer and East Liberty for the first time. The route includes a number of city parks, and along the way you’ll find dozens of community partners and businesses, as well as food, entertainment and free workout classes. Another new addition: the event, which usually happens on Sundays, will take place on a Saturday. (openstreetspgh.org) —CG

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If the clamor of city life is leaving you aching to connect to your inner wildness, why not howl at the moon during one of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s full moon hikes. The monthly guided walk will allow you to see a new side of Frick Park, and perhaps even a new side of yourself. The parks also play host to fitness classes, wildflower and bird walks, Ecosteward events and even adult beverage evenings. (pittsburghparks.org) —CG

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Members of Friends of North Park share their passion with the world through thousands of pictures of turkeys, ospreys, deer, ducks and other wildlife on their Facebook page. The effort fits nicely with the group’s stated mission of promoting volunteerism and providing a forum for park users. “Gary Rigdon, who has headed this group for 10 years, started this page as a positive place to appreciate the beauty of the park and encourage visitors,” says page moderator Nancy Furbee, who, along with Rigdon, is an Allegheny County Council-appointed member of The Council of Friends of North Park. “It’s amazing the number of people it has brought together.” (facebook.com/groups/friendsofnorthpark) —RC

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The Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Cooperative (B.U.G.S.), an organization dedicated to empowering the city’s African-American community to be active participants in their own food security, this year began work building a farm on two previously abandoned 31,000-square-foot lots in Homewood. The community raised the first hoop hose — a 30 by 48 foot building with an innovative composting technique that provides fertilizer and heat — in June, and a second will be built this fall. There also are a dozen raised beds for community members, chickens for eggs and deeper plans in the works. The Homewood farm grows minds as well as food — look for a continuing educational speaker series where intersectionality takes center stage. (facebook.com/blackurbangardeners) —HBK


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It started in 1927 with a simple stand offering chicken-salad sandwiches and angel food cake. Today, the vision of founder James Stoughton, whose family still owns and runs the complex, includes the romantic Green Gables Restaurant, set along scenic Beaverdam Creek, and the nearby Mountain Playhouse, a professional, nonprofit theater in a restored 1805 grist mill on the shores of Stoughton Lake. It’s Pennsylvania’s oldest professional stock theater and among the oldest in the country, bringing quality shows to the Laurel Highlands from late spring through early fall. (Green Gables Restaurant, 7712 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown, 814/629-9201, greengablespa.com; Mountain Playhouse, Route 985, Jennerstown, 814/629-9220, mountainplayhouse.org) —MM
Celebrate with many of the winners at the annual Best of the 'Burgh Party on July 19 at Stage AE. Learn more here.

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2018 Best of the 'Burgh

Best of the 'Burgh 2018: Readers' Choice Poll Results

Diners, food trucks, dive bars and more. Here's the most popular stuff in town.

Best of the 'Burgh 2018: Food and Drink

From a goat rodeo farm and dairy to a Spanish revival to a secret lunch –– discover what our editors chose for the Best of the 'Burgh in food and drink.

Best of the 'Burgh 2018: Fitness and Outdoor

From a way to be shady to a (literal) tailgate to letting the moon be your guide –– discover what our editors chose for the Best of the 'Burgh in fitness and the outdoors.

Best of the 'Burgh 2018: Arts & Entertainment

From waking the dead to a jazz conspiracy to an act of grand larceny –– discover what our editors chose for the Best of the 'Burgh in arts and entertainment.

Best of the 'Burgh 2018: Cultural Attractions

From a tiny history lesson to a secret garden to a hidden shrine –– discover what our editors chose for the Best of the 'Burgh in cultural attractions.

Best of the 'Burgh 2018: Business and Education

From a pierogi you can't eat to a hidden toy chest to the rehab of a dying mall –– discover what our editors chose for the Best of the 'Burgh in business and education.
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