A Weekend of Events to Skate into the Holiday Season

PPG Place

PPG Place (Photo credit: joseph a)

Like it or not the holiday season swings into gear – today!  Can we please go back to calling it Sparkle Season?  Celebrate light up night downtown this evening or at one of the many other light-up-night-like events around Western, Pa in the month of November.  Share your photos with us by using the hashtag #lunPGH.

Here are the links for the events we shared on WDVE this morning plus a few more.Lots of great ways to explore Pittsburgh this weekend.  Just a reminded that you can find more events on our events page here.

PS – I didn’t get a chance to mention it on air this morning but be sure to check out the Yelp Helps Event on Monday, November 19 – the Yelp Pittsburgh crew throws a great party with lots of tasty snacks and this is a great way to learn about some of Pittsburghs amazing non-profit organizations and how you can get move involved in volunteering with them.


Light Up Night – Downtown Pittsburgh

Beardfest @ Future Tenant

  • Friday, November 16, 2012
  • 7-10pm
  • A celebration of facial hair to benefit prostate cancer research
  • prizes for best beard
More Light Up Nights 

Photo from the Verona Chamber of Commerce


East End Book Exchange Grand Opening

  • The East End Book Exchange is a new book store opening on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield
  • Will be selling used books and new books by local Pittsburgh authors
  • Grand Opening – Friday, November 16, 2012, 6-8pm
  • Regular hours start on Saturday

eatPGH Cooking Demo & Book Signing @ Market District

PittStop Lindy Hop – Swing Dance weekend

  • Friday, November 16-Sunday, November 18, 2012
  • A whole weekend of swing dances – 7 dances planned around Pittsburgh
  • Live music from the Boiler Maker Jazz Band and more
Breakfast & a Movie @ Hollywood Theater in Dormont – Sabrina

  • Breakfast from Sugar Cafe
  • Sunday, November 18, 2012
  • 11am Breakfast
  • 11:30am Movie Screening – Sabrina 1954

Sabrina (1954 film)
Yelp Helps Event 

  • Monday, November 19, 2012
  • 6-9pm
  • The Public Theater
  • Meet & Greet followed by a panel discussion with some of Pittsburghs most innovative non-profit organizations
  • Snacks from Franktuary, Om Nom Nom Bake Shop, Oh My Grill and more
  • Beverages from Wigle Whiskey & Great Lakes Brewing
  • Free to attend but you must follow the RSVP instructions here
Schenley Rink is Open for the Season

  • Pittsburghs largest outdoor skating rink
  • Now open 7 days a week
  • For more information, call 412-422-6523 or visit www.SchenleyRink.com.


Schenley Park Ice Skating

Schenley Park Ice Skating (Photo credit: daveynin)

Last weekend for the Three Rivers Film Festival



Guide to Light Up Nights Around Western PA

PPG Place Christmas Tree & Ice Rink Crowd

PPG Place Christmas Tree & Ice Rink Crowd (Photo credit: daveynin)

Light up night means Downtown Pittsburgh will be hustling and bustling and basically looking like a city after 5pm.

If the crowds aren’t for you – never fear – there are a bunch of light up night festivities happening in neighborhood business districts all around town.  You can get all of the Christmas-light filled fun with out the chaos.

Know of other light up night events? Leave a comment below and we’ll keep updating the list.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2102

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Bringing Back the Book Shops – You’re Invited to the East End Book Exchange Grand Opening

a peek at the new home of East End Book Exchange

Last July my friend Lesley wrote a post about wanting to open a book shop in Pittsburgh.  I wrote a follow up post reminicing about all of the book shops that used to be open in Sq. Hill and Oakland.  I am happy to write yet another post to tell you about the next chapter of East End Book Exchange!

For the past year – the East End Book Exchange operated out of the Pittsburgh Public Market – open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday with an extensive collection of books for their little space.

While the Pittsburgh Public Market may be struggling as a market – it has been the perfect incubator for Pittsburghers to test out their businesses before moving to a storefront.  The Crested Duck Charcuterie started out in the public market before opening a store front in Beechview and they just announced they are expanding again!

East End Book Exchange

This Saturday the East End Book Exchange opens the doors to their new permanent location on Liberty Ave in Bloomfield.  Just down the street from The Big Idea Bookshop – Bloomfield is the perfect home for a used book shop.  There are also at least 3 other awesome resale shops on Liberty Ave – including the newly opened Clothes Minded.  Making Liberty Avenue a perfect place for vintage shopping and browsing unique finds in clothing, books and more.

Read more about the East End Book Exchange in Pop City Media here.

Everyone is invited to their grand opening celebration on Friday night – get a sneak peek and pick up your favorite books before the shop officially opens on Saturday.


East End Book Exchange Grand Opening Celebration
Friday, November 16, 2012
East End Books Exchange @ 4754 Liberty Ave
Please RSVP on Facebook here

Tue. Nov 13 – Propelle Holiday Happy Hour

One of the questions we are asked frequently is how do I meet new people in Pittsburgh?  If you are looking to network with other women in business – then Propelle is the organization for you.  Propelle was founded a year ago and they have been hosting happy hours, workshops on social media and other networking event every month.

If you are free on Tuesday – stop by their Holiday Happy Hour at Verde – event details are available here.

This Weekend in Pgh – German Traditions, A Secret Pinball Clubhouse, Historic Murals


Happy Friday – here is a list of the events we discussed on WDVE this morning.  With Halloween and Election Day behind us we are officially in the holiday season.  Our first, of what is sure to be many holiday events is the Historic Harmony German Christmas Market.

Thanks to the DVE Morning Show for letting us share a few events around town this weekend.  You can hear our segment most Friday mornings at 6:45 am.

We have been working on some updates to the blog!

  • Updated Events Calendar – an easy way to see whats happening in town & we now have an easy form to submit your events to the calendar
  • Daily or Weekly Newsletter  – we made a big upgrade to our email blasts you can subscribe or update your subscription here

Weekend Events

Oakland Chili Contest

  • Friday, November 9, 2012
  • 5-8pm
  • $1 for Chili Samples at Participating Restaurants
  • Vote for your favorites and you could win prizes too
after Hours @ The Library

  • Friday, November 9, 2012
  • 5:30-7:30pm
  • Carneige Library on Smithfield Street
  • Happy Hour benefit for the Library
  • Includes drinks, snacks from Bar Marco
Historic Harmony German Christmas Market

  • Saturday, November 10, 2012 & Sunday, November 11, 2012
  • Traditional German Christmas Market
  • Food, music, horse drawn carriage rides
  • Harmony Museum
Lawrenceville Pinball Classic

  • Saturday, November 10, 2012
  • 1pm-Midnight
  • one day only pop-up pinball arcade experience located at 4115 Butler Street!
  • a local pinball crew will open the doors to their secret clubhouse for the first time before the space gets gutted for renovation.
  • Expect pinball machines from all eras, live DJs, contests for beginners, mini tournaments for players of all levels, and see some of the world’s best in professional pinball!
  • FREE admission! Prizes! Food! Drinks available, and BYOB.
  • Facebook Event
Traditional German Sauerkraut Supper

  • Saturday, November 10, 2012
  • 4:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, 237 37th Street
  • The dinner costs $8 per person, with all proceeds going to benefit the Lawrenceville United Summer Youth Programs
  • will featured roasted pork loin, mashed potatoes, baked beans, sauerkraut, applesauce, red beets, and desert. Call 412-621-2760 for tickets.
Maxo Vanka’s Masterpiece: The Murals at St. Nicholas Church

  • As part of the Three Rivers Film Festival
  • Sunday, November 11, 2012
  • 3pm
  • Regent Square Theater
  • Documentary about the Maxo Vanka Murals at St. Nicholas Church in Millvale

Maxo Vanka Murals, Millvale - 1

Maxo Vanka Murals, Millvale - 1 (Photo credit: the justified sinner)

Steel City Roller Derby – Battle of the Burgh

  • Sunday, November 11, 2012
  • Doors open at 5pm, actions beings at 6pm
  • Allegheny Avengers vs. Penn Bruisers