Yule Need a Santa Suit for This Saturday – SantaCon, Handmade Arcade & More

Good morning Pittsburgh!  While the weather outside might be frightful – 5 days of rain is headed our way – there is plenty of holiday fun to keep you busy this weekend!  Here are all the details with lots of links to more information for the events we shared on WDVE radio this morning.  You can listen to our weekend picks Friday mornings t 6:45 am.

Have an event you think we should know about?  Please submit it to our events calendar here.

Unblurred on Penn Avenue

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation on the Big Screen

  • Friday & Saturday
  • 10pm @ The Oaks Theater

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

  • Saturday, December 8, 2012
  • Registration starts at 7am, Run/Walk starts at 10am
  • Holiday dress is strongly encouraged

2009 Richmond Jingle Bell Run/Walk

2009 Richmond Jingle Bell Run/Walk (Photo credit: rogercarr)


Pittsburgh  SantaCon 2012

  • 8th Annual Pittbsburgh Santa Bar Crawl
  • the fun starts at 2pm sharp in Market Square
  • Santa is forgoing the sleigh and has chartered a boat for 2012
  • Follow @DamnSanta on Twitter for updates
  • Facebook Event Link


Santacon 2012

Handmade Arcade

  • Biggest, baddest and crafiest sale in Pittsburgh
  • Saturday, December 8, 2012 @ David Lawrence Convention Center
  • 11am-7pm
  • Over 150 artists from Pittsburgh and all over the country – you can check out a map of the vendors here.
  • Crafty activitites for kids of all ages
  • Live music and DJ’s all day long

Handmade Arcade (Pittsburgh)

Handmade Arcade (Pittsburgh) (Photo credit: Leigh (Rhymes with Twee))

Roller Derby: The Penn Bruisers take on the Mon Monsters

  • Sunday, December 9th, 2012,
  • Romp N Roll in Glenshaw: 1661 E. Sutter Rd, Glenshaw, PA 15116.
  • Doors 5:00, derby action 6:00.
  • $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Kids 10 and under get in FREE!!
The Steel City Derby Demons are recruiting new skaters – find out more here.

Battle of the Burgh

Winter Flower Show @ Phipps

  • Phipps is decorated for the holiday season – the best of the outdoors – all inside a cozy, dry location.
  • Sunday, December 9 – Brunch in Bloom – special monthly brunch at Phipps

Phipps Winter Flower Show

Phipps Winter Flower Show (Photo credit: jennandjon)


This Weekend – Eat Christmas Cookies, Shop Local

cookie tour 005

cookie tour 005 (Photo credit: marshlight)




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



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


This Weekend in Pgh: Fall Fests, Classic Movies, Food Trucks & Free Kayaking

Hello Pittsburgh, wipe those post Steelers game tears of your face – because there is a whole weekend of perfect fall events to take your mind off last nights losses.  From fall festivals to classic movies (Singing in the Rain, Office Space & Friday the 13th) to a Food Truck Rally – there are plenty of ways to enjoy what looks to be a perfect fall weekend.

Even if you can’t make to the Food Truck Rally on Sunday – please keep an eye on PghMobileFood.com and follow @PGHMobileFood on Twitter.  A group of Pittsburgh businesses owners is working very hard to make the local laws much more friendly to more food trucks.  You can read more about  the Austin Food Truck Trailer Park and why I think food trucks would be good for Pittsburgh here.  But you don’t have to take my word for it – the Institute for Justice has been working on food truck laws across the country.  They have put together an awesome booklet – Streets of Dreams – which details some of the opportunities and  benefits of food trucks which can be downloaded here.


Fort Ligonier Days

  • Friday-Sunday, October 12-14, 2012
  • Ligonier is a small town about 30 miles west of Pittsburgh in the Laurel Highlands area
  • Saturday Morning Parade
  • Reenactments of the Battle of Fort Ligonier
  • Amazing street food
  • and so much more
CineBrunch – Singing in the Rain

  • Saturday, October 13, 2012
  • Brunch 10am and a Movie 11am
  • The Oaks Theater in Oakmont
  • Tickets available online here
Singin' in the Rain
Pittsburgh Zombie Fest

  • Saturday, October 13, 2012 @ West End Village
  • Live bands –  Weird Paul, Invader, The Graveyard Rockers, The Bloody Seamen, PLUS a surprise guest from beyond the grave!
  • Contests: The Zombie Olympics, Brain Eating Contest, Ugly Pageant, and Best Scream Contest.
  • Vendors, food, beer, oddities, games, and more.
  • The first annual ZOMBIE MOTORCYCLE RUN 
  • The Walk of the Dead. This year Pittsburgh will attempt to once again claim the Guinness world record for “Largest Gathering of Zombies”
  • Facebook events link


Free Screening of Office Space

  • Saturday, October 13, 2012
  • 8pm
  • The Rex Theater, Carson Street
Office Space
Vintage Horror Series – Friday the 13th

  • Every Saturday in October – Midnight showings of horror films
  • Manor Theater in Sq. Hill
  • Saturday, October 13, 2012 – Midnight
Friday the 13th (1980 film)


Gear & Beer Fest

  • Sunday, October 14, 2012 @Brady’s Run Park
  • proceeds will go toward bike trail development connecting the Montour Trail in Coraopolis to the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway trail.
  • Activities include a mountain bike ride, 15-mile, 35-mile or 50-mile road bike ride, 5K run/walk, kayaking and canoeing, Calland Arboretum Trail Tour, auctions, raffles, children’s bike rodeo & live music
  • Food, drink and free wine and craft beer tasting with proper registration!
Free Kayaking at Kayak Pgh North Park

  • Sunday, October 14, 2012
  • 1pm-5pm
  • Free Kayaking – North Park Kayak Pittsburgh location only
Food Truck Rally

  • Sunday, October 14, 2012
  • 1-3pm
  • 5859 Penn Ave in East Liberty
  • Join the folks from Franktuary and PGHMobile Food to rally support for the food truck community in Pittsburgh
Pumpkin Beer Take Over & Bacon Night

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2012
  • 16 Pumpkin beers on tap
  • AND Tuesday is always bacon night at the Harris Grill