16 Awesome Events in April

April showers (snow or rain) will eventually bring May flowers.  While we are waiting for those flowers to sprout, there are a whole lot of events happening in Pittsburgh this month.  From StartUp Weekend to the Dirty Ball – there is plenty to do in Pittsburgh this month.

votePGH events : May 21st is Election Day in the city of Pittsburgh.  Voters will head to the polls to choose the next mayor.  There are lots of events where you can meet the candidates and learn more about their visions for the city of Pittsburgh.  We’ve included some of the mayoral forums below.  If you know of other candidate events  – please let us know in the comments.

Just a reminder – anyone can submit events to the IheartPGH events calendar.  Click here to submit an event.

1. Friday
April 5, 2013
Outside the Box

Location: Union Project

  • Annual fundrasier for Future Tenant Art Gallery


2. Friday
April 5, 2013
INCH BY INCH, BLOCK BY BLOCK – A 1″ Button Art Show Opening

Location: Roboto Project

  • Over 250 pins will be on display
  • There will be a new slate of ROBOTO pins and new custom pins from (at least) five local artists including Max Traffic, Mike Q Roth, Jes LaVecchia, Andy Scott and Dave Scheponik.
3. Friday-Sunday
April 5-7, 2013
StartUp Weekend Pittsburgh

Location: East Liberty Presbyterian Social Hall & ShiftPgh (111 North Whitfield Street)

  • Weekend event where teams create a business in 48 hours
4. Saturday
April 6, 2013
ReWork’s Scrimmage in the Rustbelt

Location: Thrill Mill

  • The Scrimmage in the Rustbelt is about supporting and accelerating businesses based in the Rustbelt region that are striving to improve our community and environment. Learn Google’s method for rapid prototyping through an interactive day of problem solving with the region’s top entrepreneurs and business leaders.
5. Saturday – Sunday
April 6 & 7, 2013
Banff Mountain Film Festival

Location: Byham Theater, 101 6th treet, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

  • The Banff Film Festival tours the world and stops in Pittsburgh each spring
  • Benefits Venture Outdoors
  • Tickets are available here
6. Sunday
April 7, 2013
Soup N’At

Location: Union Project 801 N. Negley Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206

  • For a $10 donation, SOUP N’AT attendees receive a tasty meal and a ballot. All proceeds are pooled into a cash award. Artists present their ideas, and attendees cast their votes to determine which proposal will receive funding. The winning proposal is announced at the conclusion of the evening.
7. Tuesday
April 9, 2013
Social Entrepreneurs’ Meetup Featuring GTECH: How Hard is Creating a Green Job?

Location: Revv Oakland

  • Andrew Butcher, Executive Director of GTECH (Growth Through Energy & Community Health) which works in Larimer, the North Side, and all around Pittsburgh, doing land reclamation will speak at this monthly meetup.
8. Friday
April 12, 2013
PULSEations 2013

Location: Union Projct

  • Fundraiser for PULSE – a nonprofit that recruits college graduates to Pittsburgh and partners young leaders with Pittsburgh non-profit organizations.
  • Facebook Event Link
9. Thursday
April 11, 2013
votePGH – Community & Economic Development Mayoral Candidates Forum
  • hosted by Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
  • Union Project
  • Please RSVP to csandvig@pcrg.org by April 5, 2013
10. SundayApril 14, 2013
Having Our SAY and Eating It Too: Indie Publishing Panel
  • This is a panel discussion on the possibilities of indie publishing in the age of Amazon. Two touring NYC writer/publishers will be on the panel, along with three Pittsburgh small press folks.
  • East End Book Exchange

East End Book Exchange

11. MondayApril 15, 2013
Propelle Presents: So You Want to Open a Storefront

Location: Shining Light Prenatal Education, Butler Street

  • Panel discussion hosted by the Women’s networking group Propelle
  • Panelists include female business owners from all over Pittsburgh
  • Tickets are limited
  • Facebook Event
12. Thursday
April 18, 2013
votePGH – Candidate’s Forum on Women in Western Pennsylvania

Location: Welker Room, James Laughlin Music Hall, Chatham University

  • Join Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates & PAC and candidates for the Pittsburgh Mayoral race and City Council candidates for an in depth conversation about the status of women in Pittsburgh and their plans to support and improve issues that affect women in our community
13. Wednesday
April 24, 2013
votePGH – Candidates Forum on Greenspace Issues

Location: Heinz History Center

14. Wednesday
April 24, 2013
The 2013 Beer vs. Cocktails Dinner

Location: East End Brewing, 147 Julius St.,Pittsburgh, PA 15206

  • 5 course dinner with beer and cocktails at the brewery
  • This is just one of the MANY events for Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week (check out the entire Craft Beer Week schedule here).
15. Saturday
April 27, 2013
The Dirty Ball

Location: The Clock Building, 2010 Mary Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

16. Saturday & Sunday
April 27 & 28, 2013
Art All Night 16

Location: Warehouse at 40th and Willow Streets, Lawrenceville

  • 16th Annual 24-hour art show
  • Anyone can submit art for the show



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