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.

Jan
8
Wed
Derek Hughes @ Liberty Magic
Jan 8 – Feb 16 all-day
Derek Hughes @ Liberty Magic | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

Quintessential funny man Derek Hughes has been lauded by audiences and critics alike, with the New York Times calling him “thoroughly entertaining.” Awarded First Place in Stage Magic by the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Hughes has performed his magic on MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, and the CW’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us. Derek has joined the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” He’s a consulting producer on TRUtv’s hit magic series, The Carbonaro Effect and was a finalist on season 10 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent where he gained notoriety for his provocative materializations.

Jan
11
Sat
Downstairs @ City Theatre
Jan 11 – Feb 2 all-day
Downstairs @ City Theatre |  |  |

DOWNSTAIRS

By Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Marc Masterson

January 11 – February 2, 2020

This ominous, darkly intriguing new play – from Broadway’s most produced female playwright – confronts family secrets, regrets, and the threat of madness in the search for the good life.

Jan
18
Sat
Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: Out of This World @ Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Jan 18 @ 9:30 am – Mar 8 @ 5:00 pm
Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: Out of This World @ Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens |  |  |

Starting Sat., Jan. 18, grab your spacesuit and prepare to blast off into a galaxy of gardens at Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: Out of This World! At this all-new show, guests will enjoy hundreds of star-shaped and otherworldly orchids, plus our cosmic collection of tropical bonsai. Escape from the cold and embark on an interplanetary adventure right inside the display rooms of our Victorian glasshouse!

Jan
24
Fri
hush. Kimberly Chapman @ McDonough Museum of Art
Jan 24 – Mar 7 all-day

With a penchant for shedding light on dark topics, Kimberly’s delicate, white porcelain sculptures touch on issues including silencing woman, school shootings, domestic violence, and the refugee crises.

Red Press Collaborative | Decennial Celebration @ McDonough Museum of Art
Jan 24 – Mar 7 all-day

The Red Press Collaborative is a program designed to promote Fine Art Printmaking at Youngstown State University and within the Mahoning Valley region. A limited edition print will be created throughout the week in collaboration between our visiting artist and YSU art students. Various printmaking methods, such as Intaglio, Relief, Lithography, Screenprint, and Digital Printing will be showcased through this collaboration.

Scatter Surge @ McDonough Museum of Art
Jan 24 – Mar 7 all-day

Ken Rinaldo Will consist of two art series by Ken Rinaldo. The Seed Series, post nature portraits of phantasmagorical seeds; imagined manipulations with CrisprCas9 targeted gene splicing. The worldwide premiere of the Microbiome portrait sculptures, which look at primordial earth, pluripotent stem cells, bacteria, and our human microbiomes. The microbiome portraits will be collected and grown, for all those entering the exhibition at the McDonough Museum of Art

Something to Believe In @ McDonough Museum of Art
Jan 24 – Mar 7 all-day

Kristina Paabus In the solo exhibition, Something to Believe In, Kristina Paabus examines the systems that we use to control our surroundings – as well as the structures that try to control us. Our personal and cultural narratives are formed by tools such as language, architecture, Internet, beliefs, and government. Through abstraction and metaphor Paabus investigates the operations, fractures, and perceptions of these strategies to uncover the underlying common codes of our shared experiences.

As a first-generation Estonian-American, Paabus has been influenced by growing up in between these two cultures, histories, and places. Much of her creative work has focused on the lasting impact of Soviet occupation on both tangible and invisible spaces. Paabus creates hybrid spatial conversations that observe, interpret, and respond to experiences of attempted containment. This exhibition spans the past seven years of her multidisciplinary creative practice through drawings and sculptures. These speculative renderings translate visual remnants to question, disrupt, and abstract power structures.

Cuando el Rio Suena @ Pittsburgh Glass Center
Jan 24 @ 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.

Red Press Collaborative | Decennial Celebration [Public Reception] @ McDonough Museum of Art
Jan 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Red Press Collaborative is a program designed to promote Fine Art Printmaking at Youngstown State University and within the Mahoning Valley region. A limited edition print will be created throughout the week in collaboration between our visiting artist and YSU art students. Various printmaking methods, such as Intaglio, Relief, Lithography, Screenprint, and Digital Printing will be showcased through this collaboration.

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural Trust @ Pittsburgh's Cultural District
Jan 24 @ 5:30 pm
Gallery Crawl in the Cultural Trust @ Pittsburgh's Cultural District

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is a free, quarterly, multi-venue showcase of downtown’s dynamic art and entertainment scene. Dozens of galleries, stages, storefronts, and unique public spaces dot each installment’s 14-block map of destinations, hosting US premieres of international multimedia artists, regional visual art exhibitions, live music, theater and dance performances, film screenings, hands-on creative activities, and special crawl after dark attractions.

The Gallery Crawl is what it looks, feels, tastes, and sounds like to experience a true Cultural District, with diverse artistic offerings for a multitude of interests. Nearly 30,000 annual visitors experience this “open house” for Pittsburgh’s renowned Cultural District, free and open to the public since 2004.