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.

Dec
2
Mon
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
11
Wed
Oils of the Bible @ Aspect Life Coaching & Serenity Center
Dec 11 all-day

OILS OF THE BIBLE Make and Take class
$35 (includes four 10 ml rollerballs of your choosing)
Additional Rollerballs can be purchased for $10 each.
The Bible mentions essential oils for healing, perfumes, trade, and sacred ceremonies. This class explores the modern essential oils with bible stories & principles.
Participants will create Bible Inspired rollerballs with Essential oils mentioned in traditionally loved Bible stories along with some Modern Essential oils; creating “Bible-inspired” rollerballs
Story/Recipes to choose from:
Noah’s Ark, Samson, The Red Sea, The Lion’s Den, Sea of Galilee, Wise Men, Fiery Furnace, The Garden, Crucifixion & Burial and Resurrection
Give these rollerballs as gifts or keep them for your time of reflection or meditation.
Check out our webpage at www.AspectLifeCoaching.com or call us at 724-299-3621 for more information.

Dec
12
Thu
The Carols @ Carnegie Stage
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Carols @ Carnegie Stage | Carnegie | Pennsylvania | United States

This new original musical comedy, first staged in 2017, is back by popular demand and tells the story of an oddball friendship between a trio of singing sisters, an out-of-work Catskills comic, a limping piano player, and their grumpy Scrooge-like landlady. The Carols is a heartfelt, laugh-out-loud and hopeful musical that looks at making something right with all the wrong people.

Book and lyrics by Jennifer Child
Music by Monica Stephenson

Directed by Erika Cuenca & Robyne Parrish
Music Director: Douglas Levine
With: Elizabeth Boyke*, Beth Johnstone Bush*
Marc Moritz*, Moira Quigley* Mandie Russak

Admission Details:
$ 5.00 students, $ 25.00 seniors 60 and over & young adults up to 29,
$ 35.00 general admission

Dec
13
Fri
Winter In The Woods @ Gateway Lodge
Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm – Dec 15 @ 12:00 pm

Snuggle up to two nights in a Fireside Jacuzzi Suite with breakfasts both mornings. Indulge in a Holiday Five-Course Dinner on Saturday evening with live musical entertainment. Add on a Winter Riverside Carriage Ride to your Stay! Let yourself be carried away this winter at the Gateway Lodge. Take a ride on a beautiful horse-drawn carriage in the heart of Cook Forest on each Saturday of the Winter in the Woods Weekends. As you go dashing through the snow along River Road, snuggle close to that someone special and take in the breathtaking scenery. Space is very limited and is open to lodging or dinner guests only, so reserve your spot today. $60 per couple. Contact us for available times. Only interested in dining with us? The Winter in the Woods Tasting Events are on Saturday, December 7th and 14th. Tickets are $120 per couple + $25 per person for wine pairings. *Non-refundable tickets go on sale on 11.16.19. Tax and gratuity are added to ticket sale. Seatings available at 5:30pm and 8pm. Call ahead to reserve at (814) 744-8017.
Sponsor: Gateway Lodge

The Carols @ Carnegie Stage
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Carols @ Carnegie Stage | Carnegie | Pennsylvania | United States

This new original musical comedy, first staged in 2017, is back by popular demand and tells the story of an oddball friendship between a trio of singing sisters, an out-of-work Catskills comic, a limping piano player, and their grumpy Scrooge-like landlady. The Carols is a heartfelt, laugh-out-loud and hopeful musical that looks at making something right with all the wrong people.

Book and lyrics by Jennifer Child
Music by Monica Stephenson

Directed by Erika Cuenca & Robyne Parrish
Music Director: Douglas Levine
With: Elizabeth Boyke*, Beth Johnstone Bush*
Marc Moritz*, Moira Quigley* Mandie Russak

Admission Details:
$ 5.00 students, $ 25.00 seniors 60 and over & young adults up to 29,
$ 35.00 general admission

Dec
14
Sat
16th Annual Holiday Cookie Walk @ St Peter & St Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Dec 14 all-day
16th Annual Holiday Cookie Walk @ St Peter & St Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church | Carnegie | Pennsylvania | United States

PRESS RELEASE

16TH Anniversary Holiday Cookie Walk

The St. Matrona Sisterhood of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian
Orthodox Church announces its 16th Annual “COOKIE WALK” to
be held Saturday, December 14th, from 10 AM – 2 PM. Cookies and specialty pastries will fill the church hall located on Mansfield Boulevard in Carnegie. ( just off the 79 exit at Carnegie)

Some of our featured cookies will include nut crescents, fruit filled kolache, Ukrainian truffles, Italian rum balls, almond cookies, Hamentaschen and Russian tea cakes along with hundreds of beautifully decorated holiday favorites. Nut rolls, lady locks, biscotti, pizzelles and gluten free cookies will also be available. The assortment will amaze you!! Cookies will be sold by the pound.

Proceeds from the “COOKIE WALK” enable the Sisterhood to continue its maintenance and beautification projects of the church, a Pittsburgh National Landmark Building, as well as support our many community outreach programs.

Please mark your calendars Saturday, December 14th and join the hundreds of Pittsburghers who have already made this event a holiday family tradition.

Contact: Alexis Sawchuk 724 348 7326 or email sawchuk22@aol.com

2019 Jingle Bell Run – Pittsburgh @ Stage AE
Dec 14 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
2019 Jingle Bell Run - Pittsburgh @ Stage AE | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

2019 Jingle Bell Run – Pittsburgh

Jingle all the way to a cure for the #1 cause of disability: arthritis. Join us at Stage AE and jolly for a reason.

Event Highlights: Certified 5K & 1-Mile Holiday Themed Race, Coffee/Hot Chocolate Bar, Free Snacks, Photo Opp with Santa, Kids Zone, Holiday Village Market, Arthritis Warrior Zone, Health & Wellness Expo, Pre-Race Warmup, Indoor Venue for Pre-event Festivities, Participant Costume Contest, Wag Zone, Doggie Costume Contest.

Questions? Contact Linda Glace at 412.219.7988 or lglace@arthritis.org.

Register at http://jbr.org/pittsburgh

I Made It! for the Holidays: North Hills @ The Block Northway
Dec 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
I Made It! for the Holidays:  North Hills @ The Block Northway | Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania | United States

I Made It! for the Holidays will once again return for its 13th season with unique finds that are one of a kind.  More than 100 new and returning artists will set up shop at the Block Northway on Saturday, December 14 from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. selling gift options ranging from art and decor to home goods and apparel. With a boutique feel, the holiday market’s festive atmospheres will be complemented with decorative accents, tasty treats and hot beverages for purchase, and music. All ages are welcome and admission is free as always. For more information, to meet our artists, and to see a full list of our events visit imadeitmarket.com.

Joshua Hogan: Spiraling as Luminous They Climb Oblivion @ BoxHeart Gallery
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

From December 10th, 2019 through January 17, 2020, BoxHeart Gallery is proud to present Joshua Hogan: Spiraling as Luminous They Climb Oblivion on exhibit in our main gallery. With a reality most akin to the Surrealists, Hogan’s painted shapes are a complex web of random exchanges that lie in the unconscious and its disruptive disconnection of signified relations.

In today’s world, sense-of-self is perceived and measured by how presence (your story) is presented, viewed, and shared in an invisible world. Presence and connectivity are visible and invisible now, and both are real. The internet of everything (IoE) will continue to affect, form, and reshape all of us. With advances like 5G technology, the visible and invisible worlds reflect and refract. Our forms of presence and connectivity are altered again. Though there are many ways that presence and connectivity in an invisible world has made it easier to be an artist, these projected selves can leave the selves in the visible world isolated – even in all the connectivity.

Hogan’s paintings are an allegory for the interactions he experiences and the relationships between people in his own personal story. The act of painting requires the letting go of perceived memory in exchange for the opportunity to see something new. Painting is how he interprets the stories running through his mind that affect, form, and reshape his own sense-of-self. Some paintings begin with a personal feeling of disappointment but find resolution as the interaction of shapes find a sense of purpose. In other paintings, Hogan’s shapes can’t find resolution. Patterns interfere and cause delay in the ability to get attention or gain acceptance. The atmospheric shifts of color in his paintings introduce a new spectrum to the visible world and describe what it might look like to see through this world. Hogan embraces the fact that interactions between us are now also defined by the meeting of our projected selves. Although, it is often a troubling experience, he attempts to imagine and capture what it just might look like in this internet of things (IoT), all-at-once luminous space and data-space.

In 2001, Hogan opened BoxHeart Gallery in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood and began exhibiting fellow emerging and mid-career artists whose artwork exemplifies the diversity and originality of contemporary art. Since then, he has exhibited hundreds of regional, national, and international artists while maintaining his own art studio. Through IATSE 489 Studio Mechanics Union, he also worked as a scenic artist and paint charge on productions such as Marvel’s, The Avengers (Feature Film). Hogan’s paintings have shown nationally including exhibitions in the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Westmoreland Museum of Art, and Fallingwater’s Huntington Museum as well as internationally in the Love Art Fair in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His paintings have appeared in several film productions including Bloodlines (TV Series), The Perks of Being a Wall Flower (Feature Film), and Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl (Feature Film). Paintings from his series “33” are on exhibit at The Haen Gallery in Brevard/Asheville North Carolina and paintings from “Bold as Love” and “Memories From the Future” are on exhibit at The Vault Gallery in Cambria California. His paintings were recently exhibited at The 2018 Affordable Art Fair in New York City, the 2018 Aqua Art Miami Beach, and the 2019 LA Art Show.

Joshua Hogan: Spiraling as Luminous They Climb Oblivion will be on exhibit from December 10th, 2019 through January 17, 2020 in BoxHeart’s main gallery. The exhibition coincides with our upstairs gallery exhibit John Eastman: Signal. The reception with the artists will be held Saturday, December 14th, from 5 – 8 pm. It is free and open to the public.

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show @ Omni William Penn
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show @ Omni William Penn

America's Largest Interactive Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner Show! Solve a hilarious crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The killer is hiding somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect! The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show performs weekly. We also offer private events & shows that are customized to your group with roles for your group members to play. Join us for a one-of-a-kind public or private event that your guests will talk about for months!

Sponsor: The Dinner Detective