Pittsburgh Jerk Fess, Sunday, July 7, 11 am – 9 pm, Rhododendron Grove Shelter (Lake Drive), Highland Park. Had your fill of hamburger and hot dogs from the picnic on the 4th? Well, head over to Highland Park on Sunday for a taste of the Caribbean. Among the many items offered to tempt your taste buds, are jerk chicken, fish, pork, shrimp and lobster from six Pittsburgh area restaurants. Livereggae music by the Flow Band will add to the Caribbean vibe.
The PGH Flea, Sunday, July 7, 11 am – 4 pm, Spirit Hall, 242 51st Street, Lawrenceville. This free, indoor flea market specializes in all that’s cool and hip, from vintage clothes, records, art and more. If all that shopping makes you hungry, don’t fear, Spirit will have drinks and brunch available.
Saturday Night Market and Downtown Sound Music Series, Saturday, July 6, 5 pm -10 pm., Market Square, Downtown, Check out the wares of 25+ vendors and chill to the sounds of Dan Bubien & The Delta Struts, and The Pierce Dipner Band. This event is presented in conjunction The Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival and the Blues Society of Western PA.
The first Friday of the month brings with it opportunities to stroll through two Pittsburgh neighborhood with artwork on display and music in the air. In Garfield, it’s monthly Unblurred Gallery Crawl (6 pm – 10 pm) will take place along Penn Avenue and in Homestead the Homestead First Fridays Arts and Entertainment Series along 8th Avenue, 6 pm – 10 pm. In Homestead, consider stopping by Honest Johns (216 E. 8th Avenue) for Happy Hour from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm or Enix Brewing Company (337 E. 8th Avenue) with craft brews and D.J. from 8 pm – 11 pm.
In Garfield, Friday is your last chance to see the large format photographs of Chris Mills in his exhibit “And So We Are Here”, Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, 5006 Penn Avenue. While at Unblurred also check out the tattoo artwork at Artisan Gallery (5001 Penn Avenue) at it’s annual Resident Artist Group Show. Also, a new mobile gallery, Roadkill Gallery, will host its grand opening and park it’s gallery truck at 4836 Penn Avenue displaying local artwork.
Anthrocon 2019 “Surf Pacific”, Thursday – Sunday, July 4-7. The 23rd annual Furries convention will be held at the David L. Laurence Convention Center. Hundreds of furries (costumed, humanlike cartoon animal characters) will descend on Pittsburgh for one of the largest furry conventions in the U.S. for workshops, seminars and fun. The public highlight of the convention is the furry parade on Saturday, July 6 at 2 p.m. which will loop from the Convention Center on 10th Avenue. It is anticipated that over 1500 furries will participate. It’s sure to be a sight to see! Let’s hope the heat subsides, so those in the furry costumes don’t get heat exhaustion.