April Amusements

Welcome to April!  Today, I am clueing you in on all the best events happening in Pittsburgh this month!  If you're anything like me, you are ready to get out and about after this long, cold winter!  So read on...and let me know what events you plan on attending.  

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1.  Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Garden

If you've been following the blog, you have heard me mention Phipps more than a few times.  That's because this place is amazing!  In fact, Phipps has so much cool stuff going on in April, that I had to give them their own space here at #1.  

Party in the Tropics, held in the Tropical Forest Conservatory, is a re-occuring party (21+) with up-coming dates of April 3rd and May 1st.  Enjoy unique cocktails, tasty treats, and dance to a live dj in one of the best venues in Pittsburgh.  

Glasshouse Happy Hours, presented in partnership with PUMP, is an awesome new on-going series of happy hour events for young professionals.  The up-coming happy hour will be held on April 9th and a ticket gets you drinks, yummy bites, access to the gardens, and the chance to make some new friends and business connections!  

Yoga Garden Pgh is one I am super excited about!  Presented by Let's Move Pittsburgh and ivivva, this will be a FREE event open to all ages and taking place on the gorgeous front yard.  And after you get your yoga on, participants receive 50% off Phipps admission for the day!  Namaste.  

2.  I L-O-V-E Brunch.

Seriously is there anything better than sleeping in on a Sunday, meeting good friends at a local restaurant, and devouring some delicious comfort food (Bloody Marys and Mimosas optional - though highly recommended).  The crazy thing is that it turns out I am not the only one in Pittsburgh that loves a good brunch.  In fact, many of the more popular spots in town have long lines, waits, and even require reservations!  Imagine my glee when I stumbled upon the eatBrunch tour hosted by eatPGH.  This decadent tour takes place April 25th and stops at Grit & GraceHabitat, and Meat & Potatoes.  As much as this city loves brunch, I would get your tickets asap!  

3.  8th Annual Brewer's Ball.

We've talked about food and breakfast cocktails, but we can't forget about beer!  The 8th Annual Brewer's Ball is a beer tasting event that benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  This year's event will be held on April 10th at the Wyndham Grand.  Enjoy beers poured by microbreweries, brewpubs, and other fine craft beers.  Guests will also get to sample cuisine from the area's hottest chefs.  Auctions and other entertainment will also be taking place throughout the evening.  You can buy tickets at the door, but I recommend getting them in advance!  

4.  Hang out with the animals.

The Pittsburgh Zoo is hosting "Fashion for the Wild" on April 9th.  The evening will be packed full of entertainment including a fashion show, trunk sale, a silent auction, and special animal presentations.  And like any great social event, there will be plenty of specialty cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.  Money raised will go to support Zoo animals, wildlife conservation, and youth education. Guests are encouraged to bring an accessory donation for the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.  Get your tickets now!

If you have kids, the "EGGstravaganza" at the National Aviary sounds like such a blast!  The event, running the weekend of April 3rd - 5th includes an Easter egg hunt, crafts, story-time with a live bird, and of course - a parade featuring the guest of honor, the Easter bunny.  On April 5th, there will also be an Easter Brunch in the heated rose garden prepared by Atria's Catering.  I have had the food before - it's amazing! 

5.  Pittsburgh Earth Day Festival.

So obviously Earth Day is not a new thing, but the Pittsburgh Earth Day Festival is in it's inaugural year.  The event, which will take place on April 22, will be held simultaneously in Market Square, Mellon Square, and Schenley Plaza.  The festival is meant to celebrate the "advancements made in sustainability, technology, and innovation where people live, work, and play."  Activities throughout the day include exhibitors, pop-up markets, speakers, music, and food.  There will also be a Sustainability Soiree and eco-fashion show at the Fairmont Hotel. Organizers are hoping the event becomes a re-occuring festival each year in Pittsburgh.   More info here!

6.  Get Artsy.

Who says Pittsburghers aren't cultured?!  There are several great art related activities going on in the city this month.  One is the Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District on April 24th and the other is Art All Night in Lawrenceville on April 25th.  In it's 18th year, Art All Night - a 24 hour event - now attracts over 850 artists and more than 8,000 attendees.  No matter what type of art you are into, this event will most certainly have something for you!  The Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District also boasts various types of art including visual art, live music, performances, film screenings, and hands-on activities.  And did I mention both events are free?!

7. Shows, shows, & more shows!

I love the Cultural District and going to plays, musicals, etc.  I actually wish I would take advantage and go a lot more often than I do.  I went last week to see Boeing Boeing at the Cabaret Theater.  For all my time in Pittsburgh, it was actually my first time there and was such a great experience!  If you arrive early, you can have dinner and drinks before the show.  Boeing Boeing has been extended through May 10th and is a comedy that's perfect for both guys and gals!  

More shows in April...

Pittsburgh Rockin' Reunion - April 4th / Dirty Dancing - April 7th - 12th - both at the Benedum Center                  Peter Pan - April 23rd - May 3rd - Byham Theater                                                                                                        Beauty & the Beast - April 1st - 5th - Heinz Hall

8. Bark Shadyside!

If you have been following the blog at all, you have probably figured out that I LOVE dogs and I love the great work done by the Animal Rescue League here in Pittsburgh.  Bark Shadyside is on April 11th and it's actually 3 fun events wrapped up in one afternoon.  There will be a large yard sale, pop-up vendors, food trucks, and of course the 1-mile pup walk.  If your pup is anything like mine, he is ready to get out there and strut his stuff after this long winter indoors!  And the best part, proceeds benefit the Animal Rescue League!  More info here.  


If after all that, you're still bored....

Pittsburgh Pirates home opener at the beautiful PNC Park against the Detroit Tigers - April 13th

Butch Walker concert at Mr. Smalls - April 27th - if you don't know his music, do yourself a favor and give it a listen....like now!

An Evening of Birthday Cheer at the Children's Museum - April 30th - this is a fundraiser for Beverly's Birthdays 

Need some training before the Pittsburgh Marathon in May?  Try the Pittsburgh Pirates 5K - April 18th

"If we had no Winter, the Spring would not be so pleasant."  - Anne Bradstreet