Can’t miss festivals, shows and arts events for the next 30 days

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Hell Yeah, July 13 is Jeff Goldblum Day!

By Amanda Reed
PC Staff Writer

Thursday, July 12

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert featuring composer John Williams’ score performed live to the 1977 film. 7 p.m. Also July 13 at 7 p.m. $25-$105. Heinz Hall, 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412-392-4900 or

Friday, July 13

Visit Artisan Pittsburgh today for a Jeff Goldblum Day celebration. In summer 2004, Pittsburgh City Council declared today “Jeff Goldblum Day” to celebrate the “Jurassic Park” and “Independence Day” actor’s Pittsburgh roots. Buy t-shirts with Jeff Goldblum’s face on them, Jeff Goldblum-themed trivia and watch a real-time painting of Jeff Goldblum by Artisan Pittsburgh artist Shervin. Come as you are, or dressed up as Jeff Goldblum. 12-7 p.m. Free. 5001 Penn Ave., Garfield.

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble presents What I Leave Behind beginning today at City Theatre. View “Spirit Rising” by Pittsburgh visual artist Linda Price-Sneddon and Val M. Cox while listening to two world premiere commissions by composers D.J. Sparr and Ivette Herryman, with text by Caitlin Vincent. 8 p.m. Also July 14, 8 p.m. $25 (10 for students, $15 for seniors). 1300 Bingham St., Southside. 412-431-2489 or

Saturday, July 14

The Pittsburgh Summer Beerfest at Stage AE returns for its sixth year, where you can enjoy food truck fare and sip on more than 120 craft beers while listening of live music. The two-day event supports great causes: the Animal Rescue Partners and Biggies Bullies of Pittsburgh. 6:30 p.m. Also July 14, 6:30 p.m. $20-$65. 400 North Shore Drive., North Shore.

School’s out, which means the weekdays are fair game for family-friendly activities. Head to the Mattress Factory for Mini factory: Early Childhood Learning for hands-on projects that both kids and their caregivers can enjoy. This week is inspired by themes of nature and togetherness, with mini artists making art that requires them to collaborate with nature. 10 a.m. every second and fourth Saturday. 10 a.m. $5 for one child and caregiver. 500 Sampsonia Way, Northside. 412-231-3169 or  

Sunday, July 15

The 11th annual Polish Hill Arts Fest returns today with free kid-friendly, accessible and inclusive fun. More than 40 artists, like Kibblewood Crafts, Serpentine Stained Glass and Bread & Water Print Shop will sell their products at the event, which features live music and food. 12-8 p.m. Free. 3060 Brereton St., Polish Hill. 412-681-1950 or

Tuesday, July 17

Brigadoon (Photo Courtesy of Matt Polk)

The Pittsburgh CLO debuts “Brigadoon” tonight at the Benedum Center. The 1947 musical about the power of true love follows two New Yorkers, Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas, who stumble into the mythical town of Brigadoon and find love — only to realize the disastrous effects on the town if they leave. 7:30 p.m. Through July 22. $25.75-$65.75. 237 7th St., Downtown. 412-456-6666 or

Wednesday, July 18

Looking for a night filled with Brahms? Look no further than this event, called Brahms in the Haus, presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Francesco Lecce-Chong. The orchestra will play three selections by the German composer: Hungarian Dance No. 5 , “Double” Concerto for Violin and Cello- Movement 1 Allegro, Symphony No. 1. 7 p.m. $20. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412-392-4900 or

Thursday, July 19

Spice up your next social gathering with delicious herbal cocktails, which you can learn to make tonight at Una Biologicals. Use herbs found in your herb garden to make simple infusions you can use to class up your favorite summertime beverage. 6:30 p.m. $20. 4322 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412-621-4126 or

Friday, July 20

Picklesburgh, presented by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, returns today. The Roberto Clemente Bridge is transformed into a pickle hall of fame — giant, custom-built Heinz pickle balloon included. The event celebrates everything pickled, from international dishes to artisan cocktails. 12 p.m. Through July 22. 6th St., Downtown. 412-566-4190

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble presents To Love and Be Loved tonight and tomorrow at City Theatre. Soprano Lindsay Kesselman sings songs of triumph and tragedy, with music by David Lang, Amy Beth Kristen, William Bolcom, Lee Kesselman, John Bucchino, Jeff Nytch and Kieren MacMillian. The event also features writing from James Joyce to e.e. Cummings, Rita Dove and Dana Gioia. 8 p.m. 1300 Bingham St., Southside. $25 ($10 for students, $15 for seniors). 412-431-2489 or

Saturday, July 21

Visit the Pittsburgh Food Park today for Eats N’ Beats, a food truck festival benefiting refugee and immigrant services at NAMS Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement, a Pittsburgh-based refugee resettlement agency through Northern Area Multi-Service Center- Landmark Home Health. Hear live music from Murder For Girls and The Gothees and enjoy food from BRGR and McFeely’s Arctic Ice. 2-8 p.m. 52 River Front Drive., Millvale. $30.

Night in the Tropics returns for its 16th year tonight at the National Aviary, bringing the flavors of the tropics to the Steel City. Sip beer, wine and speciality drinks while exploring the Aviary at after dark and dance in the heat of the night to live music by the Lava Game. All proceeds from Night in the Tropics support the Aviary’s education, avian medicine and conservation programs. 7-11 p.m. 700 Arch St., Allegheny Center. $85-$150. 412-258-9463 or

Monday, July 23

Learn some hot dance moves to match the weather tonight at Air in Motion Pittsburgh with its weekly belly dancing classes. The mixed-level belly dance class is open to all ages and genders, who can workout while learning about the cultural roots of the dance style and accompanying music. The class also incorporates finger cymbals for an added song-and-dance experience. 6 p.m. 1001 Main St., Sharpsburg. $20 ($60 for a months’ worth of classes). 412-447-1827 or

Tuesday, July 24

Visit Phipps Conservatory to check out its Butterfly Forest, which runs from now until Sept. 3. The event showcases the lifecycle of nature’s most graceful pollinators as you travel through an exhibit featuring bridges, ponds, and even a tunnel. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (until 10 p.m. on Fridays). 1 Schenley Park, Oakland. $11.95-$17.95. 412-622-6914 or  

Thursday, July 26

Movies and music combine tonight at Heinz Hall for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert, performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and presented by CineConcerts. Watch the iconic 2001 film while listening to the award-winning PSO performing John Williams’ score. 7 p.m. Also July 27. $25-$105. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412-392-4900 or

Friday, July 27

Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble’s The Gray Cat and the Flounder returns to the stage this weekend. Inspired by a true story about a couple who frequented PNME shows, the musical/opera/children’s cartoon/chamber music concert is a tale of friendship, life and loss. Headphones worn by the audience provide a close, shared experience. 8 p.m. Also July 28. 1300 Bingham St., Southside. $25 ($10 for students, $15 for seniors). 412-431-2489 or

The third annual Pittsburgh International Children’s Film Festival kicks off today with a screening of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”, the 2018 documentary about the history of Fred Rogers’ hit children’s television program, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” which captivated audiences for more than 30 years. Local t-shirt company Steel City Tees will sell shirts from its recent Mr. Rogers line in the lobby of Row House Cinema. 7 p.m. 4115 Butler St., Lawrenceville. $9. 412-904-3225 or

Celebrate Pittsburgh’s cutest landscapers today at the second annual Goat Fest in South Side Park. The fest has two locations in the park: visit the Bandi Schaum Community Garden where you can grab grub from food trucks, listen to live music and learn about changes coming to South Side Park; at the Paved Loop and Jurassic Valley, meet the furry crew behind the Allegheny Goatscape and check out their progress munching on the Jurassic Valley. 12-4 p.m. Greeley St., Southside. Free.

Sunday, July 29

Dive into history this Sunday with a tour of the USS Requin, brought to you by the Carnegie Science Center. During the tour, guests can learn about the difficulties Requin crew members faced aboard the Cold War-era submarine. Requin Tech tours require full mobility and participants must be 15 or older. 9-11 a.m. (also Aug. 12 and 26 and Sept. 9) 1 Allegheny Ave., Chateau. $20 ($15 for members). 412-237-3400 or

Monday, July 30

Comedian April Richardson visits Pittsburgh tonight as part of her Trivial Moonlight tour. Richardson is also joined by Chris Pope, Felicia Gillespie and Sean Collier. Originally from Atlanta, Richardson moved to Los Angeles and eventually got a job writing for Chelsea Lately on E! She has toured with Dana Gould and now co-hosts “Almost Genius” on truTV with Chris Fairbanks. 8 p.m. Club Cafe, 56 South 12th St., Southside. $10. 412-431-4950 or

Wednesday, August 1

Are you a Game of Thrones fanatic? Learn about the real medieval history that inspired the hit television show with Crash Course: Medieval Art, beginning today at the Carnegie Museum of Art. See how important events like the fall of the Roman empire, the rise of Christianity and the Black Death affected art and culture at the time. 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Through Aug. 22. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland. $88 ($48 for students, $72 for members). 412-622-3131 or

Thursday, August 2


The 90s heartthrob boy band Hanson perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony as part of Hanson String Theory tonight at Heinz Hall. Have you ever wanted to hear what “MMMBop” would sound like with a full orchestra? You can with Hanson’s Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra debut. 7:30 p.m. $25-$85. 600 Penn Ave., Downtown. 412-392-4900 or

Friday, August 3

The 41st annual EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta returns today with powerboat races, live music, stunt shows, fireworks, a performance by 90s rock band Sugar Ray, BMX and jet ski stunt shows. 12 p.m. Free ($20 for Sugar Ray and Randy Houser concert). Through Aug. 5. Point State Park, 601 Commonwealth Place., Downtown.

Saturday, August 4

The Pittsburgh Pancakes & Booze Art Show combines the three most important things in life: breakfast, alcohol and bettering yourself by attending a cultural event. Ranging from pop art to photography and fine art, more than 70 local and emerging artists will attend to show off their works and wares. Make sure to also check out the live art and body painting while you stuff your face with unlimited free pancakes. 8 p.m.-2a.m. $10. Spirit, 242 51st St., Lawrenceville.

Monday, August 6

12 Peers Theater’s “Stupid F**king Bird” continues its run today in the Richard E. Rauh Studio Theater in the Cathedral of Learning. Written in 2013 by Aaron Posner, the play is a contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s 1896 play, “The Seagull.” It follows Con — short for Conrad — a playwright who is struggling to write a new work he is putting on in his mother’s country home and the tragedy and hilarity of writing it. 8 p.m. $20. 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. 412-626-6784 or

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