Top 10 Things to Do in January in Pittsburgh

This month's best bets in the 'Burgh.

photo by david bachman photography for pittsburgh opera

Jan. 6/ Pack a lunch, bring a friend and head to the Pittsburgh Opera on Jan. 6 for its monthly free Brown Bag Concert, held monthly during the opera's season from October-April. An informal reception will follow the performance, where the audience can meet the resident artists. 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District; 412/281-0912,

photo courtesy heinz history center

Jan. 27/ The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Heinz History Center teams up with Dick’s Sporting Goods, the Pittsburgh Steelers and NFL Play 60 for its sixth annual NFL Play 60 Training Camp. Activities on all five floors of the museum will be free to kids 17 and under, who will have the chance to participate in drills, healthy cooking demos, a touchdown dance contest and other football-related fun. (Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St., Strip District; 412/454-6000,‚Äč

Jan. 21/ Shake off the post-holiday drearies with a little health and wellness. The 7th Annual Pittsburgh Yoga Expo at the Pittsburgh Opera is billed as “a day to celebrate wellness and mindfulness in Pittsburgh” and gives attendees the chance to participate in yoga workshops, watch yoga demonstrations and win special deals from local studios. A morning session, afternoon session and all-day session are available, and each participant receives three raffle tickets and a goodie bag. For those looking to do a little less moving and a little more relaxing, the Expo will also offer chair massages. (2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District;


Jan. 5 & 26/ The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust hosts Salsa Fridays at the Cabaret at Theater Square a few Fridays of every month. Ticketholders from any Cultural District event on the same day get in free; the late-night session costs $5 otherwise. A happy hour precedes the dancing, which goes from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. with food and beverage service available. (655 Penn Ave., Downtown; 412/325-6769,

Jan. 5/ Marta Mazzoni is throwing a bash with other Pittsburgh personalities to celebrate the 100th episode of her podcast, “Marta on the Move.” Join Marta, Rick Sebak, Kellee Maize and more for Marta Match, a take on the classic show “The Match Game.” Attendees have the chance to become a contestant and win prizes worth more than $400; free beer samples by Helicon Brewing Co., magic by Lee Terbosic and music by Deep Violet are consolation prizes for those not chosen to be contestants. You’ll also be doing good — a portion of ticket sales and proceeds from a prize raffle will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. (City Theatre, 1300 Bingham St., South Side;

Jan. 20/ Red Star Kombucha, a Pittsburgh-based kombucha brewing company, and Tupelo Honey Teas host Make Your Own Kombucha. Bring your own gallon jar to this free event that aims to teach you how to make the fermented teas. (211 Grant Ave., Millvale; 412/821-0832,

Jan. 27/ The weather in January usually has you choosing between staying in your pajamas or going to the bar — but the Boozin’ In Your Onesie Bar Crawl lets you have the best of both worlds. Break out your warmest, comfiest and most absurd pair of onesie pajamas and head to the South Side to visit up to eight different locations. Crawlers receive drink and food specials, an LED bracelet that indicates when it’s time to head to the next venue and more. Cash prizes will be offered for the best onesie in a variety of categories. (various locations;

Jan. 6/ Dean Martin’s legacy lives on through Drew Anthony and his “Dean Lives” show at The Palace Theatre. The Vegas performer tells the story of Martin’s life from his Jerry Lewis days to his time in The Rat Pack and sings his greatest hits backed by a 12-piece orchestra. (21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg; 724/836-8000,


Jan. 23/ Ohio-based rock band Walk the Moon comes to Stage AE on their Press Restart tour. After a cancelled summer tour in 2016, the band is now promoting its new album, “What If Nothing.” (400 North Shore Drive, North Shore; 412/229-5483,

Jan. 13 & 14/ Head to The Wheel Mill for a chance to ride your bike in January, learn new skills and grab a swag bag and T-shirt. Ride Like a Girl Winter Weekend 2018 is open to women ages 8 and up of all bike styles and skill levels. (6815 Hamilton Ave., Homewood; 412/362-3693,

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