Oakland Forever Festival

Published On September 26, 2014 | By Nuria Marquez | Community

oakland foreverSome call it home, some call it “the dirty O.” Whichever you choose, there’s no denying Oakland is its own kind of neighborhood. It’s where the tallest academic building in the Western hemisphere resides. But it’s not just known for its universities. It’s considered by many as the healthcare hub of Pittsburgh, as well as one of the city’s major cultural centers.  In celebration of this unique neighborhood, the Oakland Task Force has put together a two-day festival right in the heart of Oakland.

Oakland Forever is centered around Schenley Plaza in Oakland in honor of the 175th anniversary of this neighborhood. The festival kicks off on Friday October 10th at 3PM with a special opening ceremony in the plaza. The two days will be filled with local music, food, vendors and tours around Oakland’s worldy treasures.


Photo credit: Lovebettie

Live music will be played throughout the day on the Main Stage, featuring local acts like Bastard Bearded Irishmen, who have been heralded as the “Best Rock Band in Pittsburgh” alongside Lovebettie, a “swagger rock” foursome recently named “Band to Watch” by Rolling Stone magazine. Along with them is Five-piece live hip hop band Formula 412 and the electronic group Beauty Slap set to perform on Friday.  Saturday events start at 10 AM with performances by Nameless in August, world-class jazz guitarist, Joe Negri and several other local favorites. A second stage will be set up on Saturday for Pneumatica, the Squonk Opera.

It wouldn’t be a true Oakland celebration without including the neighborhood’s gems. For a few hours each day, several spots around Oakland like the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History and Soldiers & Sailors Hall and Museum will be free and open to the public. To celebrate our dear “Cathy,” volunteers will be giving free hour-long tours of the Cathedral of Learning’s 29 nationality rooms.


Photo credit: Oakland Forever

You can hang out with Animal Friends and play with puppies, listen to Andy Warhol‘s nephew speak at the Carnegie Library, hang out with Roc and members of Pitt Athletics, or check out the tiny microorganisms that live inside you at Pitt’s Mobile Science Lab. The list goes on and on… Check out the full schedule below:

Friday, October 10th
3:00PM: Opening Ceremony
5:00PM: Food & Fashion Truck Roundup
10:00 AM-4:00PM: Free admission to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum
4:30-5:00PM: Free tour of Frick Fine Arts Cloister
2:00-5:00PM: Free hour-long tours of the Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning
7:00-9:00PM: Heinz Chapel open to the public

Main Stage:
5:00PM: Beauty Slap
6:30PM: Bastard Bearded Irishmen
8:00PM: Lovebettie
9:30PM: Formula412

Saturday, October 11th
10:00AM- 5:00 PM: Free admission to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History
10:00AM- 4:00 PM: Free admission Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum
12:00-4:00PM: Science & Technology Exhibits, Demonstrations & Activities
12:00-4:00PM: Free tours of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
12:00-5:00PM: Free hour-long tours of the Nationality Rooms
1:00PM: Andy Warhol: A Family Perspective, by Donald Warhol, nephew of Andy Warhol in the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater
2:30-3:30PM: Meet & Greet with an African Penguin from The National Aviary

Main Stage:
10:00AM: The Swag Monkeys
11:00AM: Nameless in August
1:00PM: Joe Negri
3:00PM: Jessica Lee
4:30PM: Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers

Squonk Stage:
12:00, 2:00, and 4:00PM: The Squonkers

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