5 Events to Ring in Summer This Weekend

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Temperatures are (finally) rising and that summer buzz we know all too well has quickly taken over the city. Celebrate in style with a slew of events that range from relaxed shopping ventures to high energy apocalyptic dance parties and promise to be an incendiary start to your seasonal festivities.

Spirit/ Facebook

Spirit/ Facebook

Festa Junina With a Twist!
Saturday, June 24
Spirit
This traditional Brazilian festival has made it’s way to Pittsburgh and will be taking over Lawrenceville’s Spirit Lounge on Friday night. Brazilians celebrate Festa Junina by dressing up as farmers in straw hats, pigtails, and checkered clothing to pay homage to Brazilian country music. Much like the traditional festival, Spirit encourages everyone to dress up accordingly and partake in a feast of Brazilian inspired pizza. Join them from 10pm to 2am and dance the night away to Forró with a Caipirinha (Brazil’s national cocktail) in hand.

I Made it! Market/ Facebook

I Made it! Market/ Facebook

WYEP Summer Music Festival
Saturday, June 25
Schenley Plaza
The annual WYEP music festival is back with a lineup of artists and local collaborators that will propel this free event well into the evening. From 3pm to 10pm join WYEP as they celebrate the first weekend of summer with musical artists Margaret Glaspy, Boy & Bear, and Lucius. At 3pm, WYEP will be kicking off the festival on the main stage with the Reimagination Showcase, a collaboration that will feature HAT Co, Funky Fly Project, and The Incandescents.

Down & Derby/ Facebook

Down & Derby/ Facebook

Down & Derby: Beyond Rollerdome
Saturday, June 25
Belvedere’s Ultra-Dive
If you’ve been looking for an event that allows for extreme sportsmanship AND extreme costumes, look no further. Slap on some skates and roll over to the Mad Max themed roller disco party you never knew you needed in your life. From 9pm to 2am, get your post-apocalyptic party face on and skate with the best of ’em. Rollerskates will be available to rent for $5 (but you’re welcome to bring your own) and admission is $10 at the door, or $6 when you RSVP.

Pgh Bro Club/ Facebook

Pgh Bro Club/ Facebook

Pgh Bro Club presents Browatch: 2016 Summer Beach Party!
Saturday, June 25
Brillobox
Do you long for the beach but not so much the sand and saltwater that come along with it? Then slap on a swimsuit and make your way down to Pgh Bro Club’s 2016 Summer Beach Party! This indoor beach party is the most fun you’ll have in pool attire without having to slather on any sunscreen. So come dance in your skivvies for a good cause, because all proceeds will benefit the Pulse Victims Fund. This event runs from 10pm to 2am and costs $5 at the door.

Anemoia Vintage/ Facebook

Anemoia Vintage/ Facebook

Vintage & Handmade Pop-Up Shop at Ace Hotel
Sunday, June 26
Ace Hotel
Vintage lingerie, handmade candles, henna tattoos, and handcrafted leather goods are just a few of the local goods you’ll find at this carefully curated showcase of Pittsburgh-based artisans and sellers. Anemoia has teamed up with Ace Hotel to bring you a brunch time vintage and handmade shopping experience complete with bloody marys from the pop-up cafe in The Gym. While you’re there, be sure to stop by Tin Type Studio for a one-of-a-kind portrait created on glass using a technique that dates back to the 1800’s.