Honestly, I cannot believe that it's already time for a May post. April flew by! I feel like things always start to pick up this time of year - the weather starts to break, social calendars start to get a little fuller, and people are ready to get outside! As I was researching what's going on in Pittsburgh this month, I started to see some trends - lots of activities for the kids, a ton of outdoor adventures, and as always some unique eating and dining options. So read on for my top picks this month - and as always, let me know how you'll be spending the month!
For the Kiddos!
As I was researching things going on this month, I noticed a large number of really cool kids activities, so I decided to share some of my faves!
1. Disney Fantasia - Heinz Hall - May 8th - 10th: Film and music come together at Heinz Hall this May. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will treat audience members to a live performance while scenes from both the original and 2000 Fantasia play on screen. What a fun way to get kids familiar with the music of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Debussy - to name a few! more info
2. Touch-a-Truck - Strip District - May 16th: I absolutely love this one (though I will probably say that about each kid's event). In it's 8th year, Touch-a-Truck, which raises funds for the Junior League of Pittsburgh, brings kids up close and personal with fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, and even excavators! Kids can sit behind the wheel, honk the horns, and meet the men and women who drive the trucks. Even better - event tickets are under $5 in advance. more info
3. Half-Pint Prints - The Andy Warhol Museum - first Saturday of every month: This is a drop-in studio program where families with children from 1 to 4 years old can participate in a silkscreen printing activity. more info
4. EQT Children's Theater Festival - Cultural District - May 14th - 17th: There is so much going on at this festival that I recommend heading over to the website and spending some time there! Expect over 40 free hands-on exhibits, gallery installations, public and interactive art, and an outdoor community stage. more info
5. Kennywood Opens - May 2nd for select days & then May 15th for daily operations. If you're from Pittsburgh - I don't need to tell you about Kennywood, but I would check out the website for some exciting new events this summer! more info
For our Furry Friends!
For those of us that currently have fur babies rather than human babies, fear not! There is a ton going on for our four-legged best friends as well.
1. Sewickley Unleashed - May 16th: This day long festival raises money for the Western PA Humane Society and includes a 5K Walk / Run, Pet Parade, and numerous vendor booths. To the left, you can see Manny representing the Pens in his jersey a couple of years ago at the Parade (obviously he did not want to look at the camera). This is a really fun family event and benefits a great organization. I might even attempt the 5K this year...don't make fun of me all you marathoners! more info
2. Food for Fido Photography Event with Nicole Begley Photography - Wexford - May 23rd: This is an annual pet portrait event with 100% of the session fee going to the Western PA Humane Society. Your pet will get a 15 minute session to strut his stuff for the camera and you will have the opportunity to order any of the prints you like. more info
3. Animal Friends Lawrenceville Cat Crawl - May 16th: Meet some wonderful four-legged felines looking for forever homes as you stroll through Lawreneceville. Purchase a $10 shopping pass and receive discounts and specials at participating restaurants and shops. Kitties will be visiting the stores and eateries in an attempt to melt your heart and perhaps find their new home.
For the Outdoor Enthusiasts!
If you’re from Pittsburgh, you probably already know that the Pittsburgh Marathon is one of the biggest athletic events that takes place in May here in the city. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see a ton of other awesome outdoor and athletic activities going on this month! I mean running isn’t so bad when you know your final destination is the bar, right?
1. The 2015 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon – May 3rd: The Pittsburgh Marathon has grown rapidly from its beginnings and is on course to be one of the biggest marathons in the country. According to the official website, there are currently over 30,000 people set to run, 4,000 volunteers, and 52 charities being supported. Even if you are not running, there are endless opportunities to volunteer or come down on race day to cheer on the runners. I (no surprise) will be volunteering on Friday and Saturday for the Animal Rescue League and their team of runners. Saturday I’ll be at Point State Park volunteering at the Pup Walk (because dogs should have their own mini-marathon) – so be sure to stop down if you are in the area! more info
2. Color Me Rad 5K – North Shore - May 17th: Prepare to get color bombed on the North Shore! This race that takes place all over the country comes to Pittsburgh once again this May. All participants receive a t-shirt, knee high socks, a color pack, and free photos from professional photographers. This year the race is working with Ronald McDonald House as their local charity. more info
3. Yoga in the Square – Market Square – May 31st: Yoga in the Square returns again this year with it’s kick-off on May 31st! The free community yoga classes run all summer. Afterwards, you can refuel at one of the awesome downtown restaurants in the Square. more info
4. Venture Outdoors Festival – Point State Park – May 16th: This day long celebration of the outdoors will allow visitors to try their hand at numerous outdoor activities including kayaking, rock climbing, fishing, and dragon boating. (I don’t even know what that is – but I’d like to find out!) And once again – this is a FREE event! LIKE their Facebook Page
5. Happy Hour Run Group - May 27th - Shadyside: Do a fun 3 or 5 mile run around Shadyside and end at Shady Grove in time to catch the start of Happy Hour! The event is brought to you by True Runner and the first round of appetizers is on them! more info
For the eating and drinking enthusiasts (aka me)!
I continue to be impressed with the great restaurants and unique venues that have (thankfully) been spreading through the city. For those of you interested in some food and libations, read on!
1. Bayardstown Social Club - Strip District - May 8th: This members only social club reopens May 8th. The members must be doing a good job keeping it quiet because I never heard of it until recently - and it's such a cool idea. Bayardstown is basically a backyard space where members can gather to eat, drink, and catch some entertainment. It's BYOB and BYOM (Bring Your Own Meat) - but grills, seating, and fire pits are available! more info
2. Pittsburgh Wine Festival - Heinz Field - May 7th: Ummm it's a wine festival - I don't really need to know more - sign me up! more info
3. Market Square Farmers Market - May 14th: Back for its 11th season, the Market Square Farmers Market will feature as many as 30 weekly vendors and free afternoon concerts. The markets run weekly through October. What's better than buying fresh, local produce in the spring? more info
4. Zoo Brew - Pittsburgh Zoo - May 8th: Enjoy food, music, and of course some awesome craft beers! All guests receive a mug for sampling throughout the night. more info
A little bit of everything!
1. Don't forget Mother's Day is May 10th - so do something special with your mama!! There are a lot of great Mother's Day brunches being held around the city....so hopefully you called early and got reservations. I slacked and now most places are booked....sorry mom...love you!
2. Indulge Night-Out for Women - Grove City Premium Outlets - May 7th: This fun girl's night-out event is packed full of food, fashion, beauty demonstrations, and prizes! P.S. There will be a special Blogger Challenge that I am really excited to be participating in - more details to come! more info
3. Cinco de Mayo - May 5th: Cinco de Mayo just happens to also be my beautiful mom's birthday! If she had a Facebook account - I would send everyone over there to wish her a happy birthday. Besides the birthday, many of us will also be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with colorful cocktails and delicious food. Check your local restaurants for specials that day!
4. Vintage Pittsburgh - History Center - May 9th: This unique event will feature more than forty local vendors selling everything vintage - clothing, housewares, home decor, books, collectibles, and much more! more info
Hopefully, you find something on this list that sparks your interest! I'm exhausted just putting it together and trying to decide which events I want to attend! Happy May everyone!
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~Mark Twain