The Local Summer Event Preview
Memorial Day Weekend is approaching and usually marks a change in the weather’s tide. We can now abandon those winter coats and opt for cardigans at night. We’ll hopefully be saying goodbye to AM coat weather and hello to breaking a sweat before getting to the office in the morning. With great weather comes great responsibility, however, to entertain the city’s residents and keep them occupied all summer long. Lucky for us, this core group of haps are some of the best shindigs around town for optimizing your summertime steez. Some new, and some familiar, but all are undeniably fit for the season.
The Three Rivers Arts Festival is just around the corner. In addition to stellar national acts on the lineup, such as Kaiser Chiefs, Jeff Tweedy and Curtis Harding, some of the city’s best local bands will be gracing the big stage. Catch the Complaints n’at Choir, which is part of the inaugural Complaint Choirs of the World project, on Friday, Sunday and Wednesday at select times. Catch local favorites Brooke Annibale, Cait Cuneo, Shelf Life String Band and Meeting of Important People, as well as many other familiar faces throughout the 10 days of the fest.
Bayardstown Social Club made its debut last summer and is looking ahead to a strong 2014 season. They recently had their opening party and will be hosting a unique happy hour this Friday in conjunction with VIA, which features DJs, beamers and food trucks. Pandemic Pete has taken the reigns on programming this year, so expect a mix of eclectic events, chill nights, and the friendly community you’ve come to expect ’round these parts. Summer memberships can be acquired here for $20, or you can cough up $5 to visit as a guest. Your call.
Mt. Washington’s Grandview Park without a doubt offers some of the most scenic park views in the city, and also contains a small amphitheater nestled at the bottom of a hillside to provide the optimal spot for parkside chillin, grillin and listenin’. Many local event promoters have taken advantage of this space, which doesn’t host events nearly enough. One group of individuals who aren’t sleeping on this prime real estate are the organizers behind the first installment of the Mountain Top Music Festival, “a brand new indie rock music festival featuring twelve of the top up and coming music acts from the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia markets.” For just $10, expect to see local favorites White Like Fire, Nevada Color, Legs Like Tree Trunks, and others from across the pond. It all goes down on June 8th from noon to 10:30PM.
Don’t forget about the wealth of free concerts offered by Hartwood Acres and South Park Ampitheater. This year’s summer highlights include Pyro Fest this weekend, Macy Gray on August 10th, Ha Ha Tonka, Lovebettie, Joe Grushecky, and many, many more. For a full schedule, visit here. IN addition to these family-friendly events, the Allegheny Green + Innovation Festival relocates to Hartwood Acres in September.
Between Kennywood, Sandcastle, Phipps, the zoo, public pool system, Settler’s Ridge, McConnels Mills, Allegheny Riverfront Trail, and our beautiful three rivers, if you find yourself complaining there isn’t much to do this summer, then you probably aren’t one of our readers. Enjoy!