LOCALPittsburgh Weekend Uncovered – June 14-16


Quench Your Thirst

Beers of The Burgh Festival at the Carrie Furnaces, Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, June 15, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.  Quench your thirst by tasting some of the best brews around in an iconic Pittsburgh backdrop of our steel industry heritage.  Over 50 breweries from Western Pennsylvania will offer up their best brews.  Live music and several food trucks will round out the afternoon.  You’ve missed the early ticket purchase discount and some ticket categories are already sold out (like the one that includes a tour of the furnaces), but you can still snag an admission ticket that gets you through the gate an hour early for $65 or a general admission ticket for $49 at www.beersoftheburgh.com (No tickets will be sold at the door).  Cheers to our steel heritage!! Proceeds of the festival benefit the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation.

Wine Time at the Colony, June 15, The Penn’s Colony grounds (365 Saxonburg Boulevard, Saxonburg), 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.  While beer drinkers are enjoying their suds at Beers of the Burgh, wine lovers also have their opportunity to sample and sip.  15 Pennsylvania and New York wineries are participating in this year’s Wine Time at the Colony outdoors under a canopy of trees just 40 minutes north of Pittsburgh in Saxonburg.  There will also be live music and specialty food purveyors.  Tickets are $25 or $18/each if you purchase 2 or more at www.winetimeatthecolony.com


Pittsburgh Plays Sir Paul McCartney, June 14, Jergel’s Rhythm Grill, 103 Shade Lane, Warrendale, Doors 6 p.m., Show 8 p.m. If your dad is a Beatles fan (or if you are), this may be the perfect Father’s Dad gift/outing.  Over 25 local Pittsburgh musicians/bands, including Beauty Slap and Cello Fury, will play some of Paul McCartney’s most iconic songs. Tickets are $21 in advance and available at www.pittsburghplays.com, or $26 at the door (if they don’t sell out!). 724-799-8333.

Honkey-Tonk Jukebox at Allegheny Elks Lodge #339, June 15, 400 Cedar Avenue,  7 p.m. – 11 p.m., Many are familiar with the weekly Wednesday night banjonight at the Elks in Northside, but come out on Saturday to get a taste of another genre.   Listen to local musicians play their versions of songs by Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and the like.


Tropical Forest Cuba Festival, June 15, Phipp’s Conservatory, One Schenley Park, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.  Feel the beat and eat – learn to rumba and savor some Cuban specialties, all while being surrounded by a tropical plant paradise.  Let the atmosphere and your senses take you on a Caribbean vacation without leaving the Burgh.  Admission to Phipp’s is $17.95 for adults, $11.95 for children (2-18).


Vanessa German: The Window Series, Concept Art Gallery, 1031 South Braddock Avenue, June 11-July 6.  No need to worry about gallery hours to view this exhibit.  Pittsburgh-based artist Vanessa German has created a site-specific installation for the gallery’s windows. German found her way to Pittsburgh in 2000, via Wisconsin, California and Ohio, exhibiting her work locally, nationally and internationally. German considers herself a “citizen artist”, focusing on relationships and interactions within neighborhoods.


TEDxPittsburgh 2019, June 15, Byham Theater, 101 6th Street, Pittsburgh 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (including lunch)  Big idea and bright minds are presented in this TED format, highlighting how people are making an impact on our region and world.  A diverse collection of 11 speakers ranging from a human rights advocate to an immunology researcher, will share transformative ideas.  The Homeless Gospel Choir and The Get Down Gang will also perform. General admission is $35 (includes lunch)  Box Office:  412-456-6666, www.trustarts.org

Celebrate Dear ‘Ole Dad

Looking for a special way to get outdoors and celebrate dad on Father’s Day this Sunday? Perhaps one of these outings will fit the bill and put a smile on dad’s face and yours.


Hartwood Acres Father’s Day Car Cruise and Concert, June 16, 4070 Middle Road, Allison Park, Car Cruise 2 p.m – 7 p.m., Concert 7:30 p.m.  This event, part of the Allegheny County Summer Concert Series, features a car show followed by a concert by oldies band Pure Gold.  Check out the cars and then break out the folding chairs and picnic blanket.  Bring your own picnic or purchase food from one of the 7 food trucks on site and toast dad with a beer from the Hop Farms Brewing Company truck.

Summer Hammock Hangout,  June 16, the grounds of Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Boulevard, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Free.  Let dad take a load off and relax in one of the hammocks set up by REI.  Learn the proper and safe way to set ups a hammock for both people and trees.  XPogo and Steel City Slackers will also be on hand to help attendees find their balance on pogo sticks and slack lines.