If you still haven’t started your holiday shopping or need just a few extra items to wrap things up, there are lots of opportunities this weekend to find just what you’re looking for.
9th Annual Highland Park Pottery Tour, Saturday, December 14, 11 am – 5 pm, Free This annual pottery sale gives you a chance to meet the potters and get a peek at some of their studios. Over a dozen ceramic artists will have their work displayed at six locations in the Highland Park neighborhood, including a stop at the Union Project (801 N. Negley Avenue) where members of the Ceramic Co-op will hold their sale. A map with all the stops can be seen on the tour website. So, walk a little, shop some and meet the makers who express their creativity with clay, whether it be in the form of a mug, vase, bowl or sculpture.
Crafts & Drafts Holiday Market, Sunday, December 15, 12 pm – 5 pm, East End Brewing, 147 Julius Street, Larimer. If you tend to get parched while shopping, then this is the event for you. Enjoy a fresh, local beer while shopping 17 local makers and artisans. If you also work up an appetite, Larder (the newish on-site restaurant opened by Chef Justin Severino of Cure and Morcilla) will be serving brunch and lunch. Sounds like a crafty and delicious way to spend an afternoon!
August Wilson Center Community Day Holiday Edition, Saturday, December 14, noon – 5 pm, August Wilson African American Cultural Center, 980 Liberty Avenue, Downtown, Free. Enjoy some holiday festivities and shop for a few holiday gifts at this free event. Grab a complimentary photo with Santa, try your hand at some holiday crafts, listen to holiday tunes sung by the CAPA choir (City of Pittsburgh School of Creative and Performing Arts), check out the gifts available at the holiday artisan market and more.
I Made It! for the Holidays, Saturday, December 14, 10 am – 5 pm, The Block Northway, 8013 McKnight Road, Free. Head a bit north of the City for another opportunity to see the handy work of some of the ‘Burgh’s most creative people. 80+ local artists and food sellers will have their wares for sale at The Block I Made It! for the Holidays Market. It’s a great stop for a few last minute artsy finds, plus the shopping complex features Nordstrom’s Rack, Marshall’s, J. Crew Factory Outlet and others if you still need to find that holiday sweater for the office party or something glitzy to wear on New Year’s Eve. The Dave & Buster’s at The Block will also be hosting a Breakfast with Santas from 9 am – 11:30 am that morning, if you have any little shoppers with you and need a diversion or a bit of bribery to get them geared up to shop. Tickets and more information for the Breakfast with Santa are available via Eventbrite.
Anemoia Vintage’s Made & Found Holiday Market, Sunday, December 15, 10 am – 4 pm, Ace Hotel Pittsburgh, 120 South Whitfield Street, East Liberty, Free. If you are on the hunt for vintage items to gift or cherish yourself, The Ace Hotel will host over 50 vintage and handmade vendors for a super Sunday. This century-old YMCA building converted to hotel, provides an apripo setting for vintage sales in its gymnasium area. Grab some brunch at the hotel tavern, Whitfield (reservations suggested) or a cocktail to toast the holidays at the bar before or after perusing the market.
Off The Wall, Friday, December 13, 6 pm – 9 pm, Gallery One, 4106 Howley Street,. The works of 41 artists of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh (AAP) will be on display and for sale at Gallery One, allowing patrons to buy artwork “off the wall” and take home with them on the spot. All art pieces will be priced at $300 or less. Support local artists and give the gift of original artwork. Be one of the first to view the exhibit and make a purchase at the opening reception at the gallery on Friday from 6 pm – 9 pm.
Irreversibility of Time, Saturday, December 14, 4 pm – 7 pm Christine Frechard Gallery, 5126 Butler Street, Lawrenceville. The Gallery’s last show of the year will feature a selection of paintings, photographs, illustrations and sculptures by a dozen local and international artists.
Take a break from the holiday preparations and check out a show or event
Yinzer Yuletide: Pittsburgh Lights & Legends, Friday- Sunday, December 13-15 (thru Dec. 22), O’Reilly Theater, 621 Penn Avenue, Tickets: $31- $41. This variety show definitely brings the holiday spirit to life Pittsburgh style. Some of the city’s most beloved performers will share their holiday cheer, including WQED’s Rick Sebak serving as host for the evening and sharing some of his favorite Pittsburgh stories; and the musical talents of Nick Stamatakis, Jazz Icon Etta Cox, Broadway Legend Lenora Nemetz and more.
The Klezmatics, Saturday, December 14, 7:30 pm, Carnegie Lecture Hall Oakland, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Oakland. Tickets:$50, students: $20. The Calliope folk music series brings this unique sound of the Klezmatics to Pittsburgh. The Klezmatics erupted out of New York City’s East Village in 1986 and revitalized klezmer for the new century with music that is steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, while incorporating contemporary themes such as human rights and anti-fundamentalism with eclectic musical influences including Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, jazz and punk. Your ticket includes a workshop with The Klezmatics at 6:30 pm, followed by the concert at 7:30.
The Guns of Brixton performing London Calling in its entirety w/ Eleventh Hour, Saturday, December 14, 7 pm, Mr. Smalls, 400 Lincoln Avenue, Millvale. Tickets: $20. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of The Clash album “London Calling,” Mr. Smalls invites lovers of the iconic punk band to spending an evening with some classic tunes.
Winter Wonderland +21, Friday, December 13, 7pm – 10pm, Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Oakland. Tickets: $20- $25. Celebrate the holidays at the art museum! Snap a photo in the photo booth, dance under snowflakes on two dance floors, grab a drink to toast the holidays, craft your own holiday wrapping paper, get cozy in the galleries surrounded by fantastic art, and see the beautifully decorated evergreens covered in handmade ornaments in the Hall of Architecture. It’s sure to be a festive and fun evening.