What to do this week, from the Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books to the Freaky Fair

What to do this week, from the Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books to the Freaky Fair

What’s happening this week in Pittsburgh, May 9-15? Find out here. Be sure to visit each organization’s website and social media for Covid protocols. Do you know of a cool event? Email us.

Tuesday May 10: Gab Bonesso and his friends at Brillobox
8 p.m.
Bloomfield’s beloved bar is back, and so is this monthly showcase. Produced by award-winning Pittsburgh comedian Gab Bonesso, the show features seven comedians from Burgh and New York. To buy tickets.

Photo courtesy of Gab Bonesso.

Wednesday May 11: Globally Grounded by the World Affairs Council
6-7:30 p.m.
This new series provides much-needed opportunities for self-identifying members of the BIPOC community to participate in conversations about global issues in a safe space. Tonight’s talk is sure to be inspiring, as the series welcomes innovative educator Michelle King. A middle school teacher who taught locally for 22 years, King’s practice combines her passion for game-based learning, design, social justice, the environment, and teacher empowerment. Free registration.

Wednesday May 11: “This Much I Know to Be True” at the Harris Theater
8 p.m.
Fans of Australian musician Nick Cave cannot miss Andrew Dominik’s new documentary. Filmed in London and Brighton, the film documents Cave’s collaboration with British comic book writer Warren Ellis. Capturing the duo’s first-ever performances on two albums, the film includes a guest appearance from legendary British musician Marianne Faithfull. To buy tickets.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Thursday, May 12: Farmer’s Market Place du Marché
10am-2pm
The bustling downtown market kicks off the season for fresh produce and outdoor shopping. Brimming with locally grown produce, organic produce, small-batch foods and fresh lunch options from 30 vendors, the market rain or shine also includes the Just Harvest Fresh Access program, free bulbs by Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and live music by Byron Nash.


Thursday, May 12: Remake Learning Days in Western AP
Various times
Where can kids build robots, make movies, conduct experiments, compose music, and use 3D printers? For 12 days, children, young people, families, caregivers and educators will explore the innovative learning taking place in our region. Educational Open House offers 175 events (almost all are free!) at accessible locations including K-12 schools, parks, universities, museums, community centers, libraries, and nonprofits. Display a schedule.

Thursday, May 12: Gwen’s Girls Gala at the Wyndham Grand
5pm-8pm
It’s been 20 years since the late Commander Gwendolyn Elliott founded Gwen’s Girls to advocate for local black girls and women. Fast forward to 2022 and the nonprofit serves 350 girls across the region by offering holistic, gender-responsive programs at sites in Wilkinsburg, Clairton and North Side. Celebrate their historic milestone at a Roaring Twenties-themed gala where you’ll support a new forever home for Gwen’s daughters and a safe space for women and their families. To buy tickets.

Thursday, May 12: Live virtual gallery evening: SLAY
7 p.m.
Join the Frick Pittsburgh for this behind-the-scenes look at one of Pittsburgh’s most important artistic presentations. Chief Curator Dawn Reid Brean and Consulting Curator Kilolo Luckett will take viewers on a virtual tour of the gallery, sharing their observations and insights into the powerful paintings by Artemisia Gentileschi and Kehinde Wiley on display at SLAY – a unique exhibition in his genre pairing masterpieces depicting the same subject painted 400 years apart. To buy tickets.

Friday, May 13: Cocktails & Cuisine at Woodlands
6pm-10pm
Foodies will gather under the stars to support victims of domestic violence when the Crisis Center North fundraiser returns. Hosted by Court TV’s Julie Grant, the outdoor event features 24 of the region’s top restaurants, chefs, dessert specialists and beverage purveyors. While sipping and grazing, attendees will experience a Chef Showdown and be treated to jazz music. To buy tickets.

Friday, May 13: Pittsburgh Wine & Spirits Festival at Rivers Casino
6pm-10pm
Calling all cocktail connoisseurs and wine lovers on the North Shore. Sample 200 selected wines and spirits from around the world, meet winemakers, distillers and brand ambassadors, and savor dinner at the Grand View Buffet. The event also includes bottle signings and an on-site store. To buy tickets.

Friday May 13: “Misery” at barebones productions
8 p.m.
Welcome one of Pittsburgh’s most adventurous theater companies to the stage. Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, William Goldman’s adaptation of “Misery” will delight audiences at the barebones Braddock Theatre. Directed by company founder Patrick Jordan, the gripping story follows novelist Paul Sheldon, who wakes up from a car accident to find himself in the house of his “number one fan”, Annie Wilkes. To buy tickets.


The shine of the stars. Photo courtesy of
Children’s theater festival.

Saturday, May 14: EQT Children’s Theater Festival in Downtown Pittsburgh
Various times
Families will rejoice when this exceptional festival returns to in-person programming for the first time in three years. During the 36th annual festival, the region’s youngest theater fans will fall in love with engaging professional performances from France, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States. From a magical play about the constellations and a hip-hop remix of favorite fables, to acrobatics and a visual trek across the ocean – it’s all about immersive experiences and using your imagination. To buy tickets.

Saturday May 14: Family Day at Contemporary Crafts
10am-4pm
Make your way to Saturday on this free family day filled with hands-on activities. Get crafty with jewelry making and weaving, watch woodturning demonstrations and participate in a community needlepoint project. Be the first to see the new Fiberart International 2022 before it opens to the public in June.

Saturday, May 14: Greater Pittsburgh Book Festival at East Liberty
10am-5pm
Pittsburgh has a venerable literary history with illustrious writers who grew up, lived or worked here, so it’s easy to see why this festival is making its debut here. This is the premier free event celebrating the love of reading and showcasing the region’s heritage and exceptional literary talent. Don’t miss Emmy, Tony and Grammy winner Billy Porter, star and Pittsburgh native, who will join 75 acclaimed authors with Pittsburgh ties to share their work across six venues. There are countless ways to dive in – readings, talks, signings, activities, performances, exhibitors and more. Display a schedule.

Photo courtesy of Dress for Success.

Saturday, May 14: Dress For Success Cookie Table Drive-Thru at Hartwood Acres
11am-2pm
You don’t need a wedding to enjoy a table of Pittsburgh cookies. Take advantage of cookies for a cause by supporting women re-entering the workforce. Climb up decked in black and gold to feast on cookies from the local woman-owned bakery, The Little Kitchen. Kid- and pet-friendly, the event includes a cookie scavenger hunt, food trucks, music from DJ Jess, and Magnolia on Main’s Mobile Shop. To buy tickets.

Saturday May 14: Freaky Fair at Monroeville Mall
11am-6pm
We can’t think of a better location for this market than the historic mall where George Romero’s zombie classic “Dawn of the Dead” was filmed. Browse 50 vendors selling horror-themed crafts, catch live performances, and enter the Living Dead Museum (if you dare!). Other odd activities include tarot readings, raffles, and face painting. To buy tickets.

Saturday May 14: PA Brewery Running Series at Allegheny City Brewing
11:30 a.m.
Combine your love of fitness and foam and when this creative series enters its 10th anniversary season. Participants can walk or run a 5 km course and then drink beer (it’s as simple as that!). Benefiting from local nonprofits, the event features live music, food trucks, giveaways, a collectible pint glass, and loot. To buy tickets.

Saturday May 14: Golden Age Lager Fest at THIS IS RED
1pm-4pm & 6pm-9pm
Call all the lagers at Munhall where the golden libation will flow inside the 100-year-old former St. Michael’s Church. Savor tastings from 20 brewers who all strive to create the perfect lager. Featured local breweries include 11th Hour, Allegheny City, Cinderlands, Dancing Gnome, East End, Grist House, Trace, and more. For daytime drinkers, the afternoon session will feature live music from Sierra Sellers and Buffalo Rose, while Natural Rat and The National Reserve will rock the evening session. In a perfect match, the event will keep patrons fed with pierogies and sausages. To buy tickets.

Photo courtesy of Pittonkatonk.

Saturday May 14: Pittontatonk Brass Festival at Schenley Park
4pm-11pm
Knock, honk, and cheer ’til summertime with one of Pittsburgh’s most beloved and coolest grassroots events. May Day spirit, community building and creative expression will propel this celebration that fuses a music festival and potluck vibe. Acts featured include Son Rompe Pera, Gili Yalo & Anbessa Orchestra, Kiko Villamizar, Undertown Brass Band, Detroit Party Marching Band, Bitch Thunder, Afro Yaqui Music Collective and others. It’s as diverse a lineup as you’ll find anywhere, with sounds ranging from Balkan brass, cumbia, hip-hop and big band, and musicians hailing from Mexico City, Ethiopia, Israel, Canada and Colombia.

Saturday May 14: State to State Hip Hop Showcase at Level Up Studios
8 p.m.
Level Up Studios is partnering with Team Currency to present this new showcase featuring hip hop artists from Pittsburgh, Atlanta and North Carolina. Hosted by Cease, the festivities will also feature HotxxMagOnlineRadio host Tara J, food from Fast Eddibles, vendors and more. To buy tickets.

Photo courtesy of Renee Rosensteel/Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Sunday May 15: Yoga Place du Marché
10am-11am
We can all exhale, because Pittsburgh’s favorite free yoga series is back. Grab your mat, help Downtown bounce back from the pandemic, and rejuvenate yourself with a class led by Inhale Yoga’s Meeraj Moosa. Arrive early to secure your spot!


For more things to do in Pittsburgh, read about the must-see May 11 events in Pittsburgh, from a chalk festival to a lager festival.

For live music, check out Pittsburgh’s Top 25 Upcoming Concerts in April, from Jack White to Girl Talk.


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