Looking for what to do in Pittsburgh? Find the best shows, events, festivals, concerts, things to do with kids, and activities happening in Pittsburgh, starting with this curated list from Associate Editor Sean Collier.

Looking for more ideas for the weekend and beyond? Check out our Events Calendar below.

Nov
22
Fri
MFA FIRST YEAR AND COLLABORATIVE PROJECT EXHIBITION @ McDonough Museum of Art
Nov 22 – Dec 14 all-day

Exhibition features individual and collaborative works by first and second year students in the Department of Art’s MFA Interdisciplinary Visual Arts program.

Nov
26
Tue
Hortus Hibernus @ Sewickley Public Library
Nov 26 2019 – Jan 4 2020 all-day
Hortus Hibernus @ Sewickley Public Library | Princeton | West Virginia | United States

The Sewickley Library display cases will present Hortus Hibernus, a group show centered on botanical themes, on November 26, the show will run through January 4th. Like a conservatory, the artwork will provide a winter garden through artist’s interpretations of the natural world in the form of paintings, prints and ceramics. Artists featured: Vanessa Adams, Ali Karsh, Vanessa Kettering, Soren Lundi, Cicely Murray, Joseph Noderer, Jack Taylor,Mark Vander Heide.

Dec
2
Mon
A Journey through Newman’s Advent Sermons @ National Institute for Newman Studies
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm
A Journey through Newman's Advent Sermons @ National Institute for Newman Studies | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Join the National Institute for Newman Studies on Monday evenings in December for a series of reflections on John Henry Newman’s advent sermons, led by Dr. Bud Marr and Dr. Elizabeth Huddleston.

Event Dates:
December 2 | 7:00-8:00 p.m.
December 9 | 7:00-8:00 p.m.
December 16 | 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden @ Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Dec 2 2019 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 12 2020 @ 11:00 pm
Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden @ Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens |  |  |

Make plans to experience one of the best holiday attractions and treasured family traditions in Pittsburgh at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden's Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden. There’s more to explore at Phipps, with both indoor and outdoor holiday displays encompassing 15 acres. New holiday displays are filled with festive trees, capturing the magic, beauty and splendor of the holidays. Indoors, you'll explore the colorful Forest of Trees, captivating carousel, delightful topiary animals and a visit to the North Pole amidst classic poinsettias and festive flora. Stroll outside to be surrounded by millions of captivating holiday lights! Walk through the mesmerizing Tunnel of Lights, explore all of the incredible holiday tree displays and see the spectacular new Rainbow Glow Tree, exclusively at Phipps. Additional family-friendly activities include new Garden Railroad display, Santa Visits, interactive Find the Snowflakes treasure hunt, kids Discovery activities, crafts and games, Holiday Music Nights and more! Plus, there are picture-perfect #selfie photo opportunities throughout the conservatory, providing the perfect photo backdrop at one of the most Instagrammable places in Pittsburgh. Holiday Huts are open to enjoy hot cocoa, wine and spirits plus enjoy delicious treats, in addition to award-winning Café Phipps for lunch or dinner. Phipps is open til 11pm nightly during the holiday season – visit phipps.conservatory.org for operating hours and event updates. All proceeds support Phipps' programs and activities, a 126-year-old non-profit organization, to benefit the community.

Dec
5
Thu
Yinzer Scrooged: A Pittsburgh Christmas Carol @ Bricolage Production Company
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm – Dec 21 @ 8:00 pm
Yinzer Scrooged: A Pittsburgh Christmas Carol @ Bricolage Production Company | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Set in present-day Pittsburgh, this comedy is an uproarious parody of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story, A Christmas Carol. In this radio-style rendition, classic characters like the notorious curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge, and the mischievous Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future are not so subtly re-imagined as local Pittsburgh legends and celebrities! Whether you’re a Pittsburgh native or new to the area, you’ll feel right at home.

A longtime fan favorite, our Midnight Radio series takes the form of a classic 1940s radio broadcast. In this show YOU are cast as the live studio audience, so play your part and don’t miss your cue when the applause sign flashes! Always memorable and never at midnight or on the radio, this series brings you back to a simpler time. Plus! Don’t miss our free Happy Half-hour 30 minutes before every show with free drinks and interactive holiday-themed activities! Enjoy a fun night out in our cozy downtown Pittsburgh theater.

Dec
8
Sun
Cuando el Rio Suena @ Pittsburgh Glass Center
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cuando el Rio Suena @ Pittsburgh Glass Center | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Cuando el rio suena, es porqué agua lleva. “When the river sounds, it is because it carries water.”  A new exhibition by Jaime Guerrero that explores themes of identity and struggle as they relate to the current global refugee crisis in his work. As the son of immigrant parents who grew up in a Latino neighborhood in LA, he is keenly aware of the struggles and hardships that immigrants face. Given the current global refugee crisis, and especially the influx of refugees in Pittsburgh, Guerrero feels strongly that shedding light on the immigrant experience is important now more than ever and seeks to use his work to bridge gaps and connect people through shared human experiences.

Chatham Baroque: Capriccio Stravagante – Imaginative String Music from the 16th and 17th Centuries @ Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham University
Dec 8 @ 2:30 pm
Chatham Baroque: Capriccio Stravagante - Imaginative String Music from the 16th and 17th Centuries @ Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham University | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Celebrate the season with Chatham Baroque and indulge in Arcadian sonic delights with a rollicking, pastoral program including Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, Carlo Farina’s illustrative and faunal Capriccio Stravagante, and 16th-century dance music of Anthony Holborne and Michael Praetorius.

North Hills Chorale Christmas Concert @ Kearns Spirituality Center
Dec 8 @ 3:00 pm
North Hills Chorale Christmas Concert @ Kearns Spirituality Center | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

The North Hills Chorale will present a Christmas concert entitled “Let Your Heart Be Light” on Saturday, December 7th at 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 8th at 3 p.m., in the Visitation Chapel at Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Allison Park, 15101 (McCandless Township). Free-will offerings accepted. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation for the North Hills Community Outreach Food Pantry. More information is available at https://www.nhchorale.com/

Handel’s Messiah Concert Series @ Calvary United Methodist Church
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm
Handel's Messiah Concert Series @ Calvary United Methodist Church | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Hallelujah! Bask in Handel’s inspiring Messiah, surrounded by candlelight and Calvary’s magnificent Tiffany stained-glass masterpieces.

This will be our ninth year bringing this Calvary tradition to the Pittsburgh area. Each year we like to do something different than the year prior. This year we are welcoming as our special guest The Chancel Choir (Director, Tim Coles) from First United Methodist Church in Shadyside, Pittsburgh. In addition, we have increased the number of musicians in the Chamber Orchestra as well as added bassoon and oboe.

Two years ago, our Festival Choir caught the attention of DCINY (Distinguished Concerts International New York) and was invited to sing the Messiah at Carnegie Hall in New York City over Thanksgiving weekend 2018. It was a tremendous honor to be invited to sing. It was also well-deserved recognition for our choir members’ accomplishments since the concert began in 2011, and it was a dream come true – something many of us never thought possible. Come join us as we continue our amazing journey!

We will be performing the “Christmas” portion of Messiah. Calvary’s Music Director Brian Burns conducts the event which includes popular regional soloists, a chamber orchestra comprised of some of the area’s most accomplished instrumentalists, and the Festival Choir. David Bridge, a past conductor and organist, is at the parlor organ and Calvary’s restored 1895 Farrand & Votey organ.

The concert is followed by a cookie reception in the Victorian Chapel.The concert is family-friendly – each child 12 and under will receive an activity pack. This concert is also a sing-along. As an audience member you are not required to sing, but you are certainly invited to sing along on each of the choruses sung by the Festival Choir.

We also offer this concert in support of outreach ministries on Pittsburgh’s Northside. This year, as in years past, we ask audience members to bring non-perishable food items and extra shopping tote bags for Northside Common Ministries Food Pantry. Also, tickets are given to neighborhood schools, smaller churches, and groups such as Tickets for Kids.

It’s a fantastic way to kick off the holiday season, and we invite everyone to join in and sing for the joy of it!

St. Bernard and Our Lady of Grace Concert Series @ St. Bernard Church - Mt Lebanon
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm
St. Bernard and Our Lady of Grace Concert Series @ St. Bernard Church - Mt Lebanon | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

The celebration of prayer and music continues at St. Bernard Church, Mt. Lebanon on Sunday December 8 at 4:00 PM. The combined voices of the St. Bernard and Our Lady of Grace Choir along with the Chancel Choir of Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church will proclaim the scripture and anthems in the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was first celebrated at King’s College, Cambridge on Christmas Eve, 1918. It was an adaptation of a similar service that had been written for the Cathedral at Truro in 1880. The lessons were reordered in 1919, and have been used in that manner for the last 100 years. Traditionally, the nine lessons are taken from Genesis, Isaiah, and from the Gospels of Luke, Matthew and John.

At St. Bernard Church, the lessons and music provide a spiritual journey from the season of Advent into Christmastide. Congregations of many faiths have adopted this memorable tradition as a way to prepare their hearts for the Christmas Season.

All are welcome to attend the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Admission is free, and donations will be most gratefully accepted.