10 Pittsburgh Things You Can't Miss in 2016

Oh, The Pittsburgh Places We'll Go

With apologies to Dr. Seuss...

"You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So...get on your way!"

You don't have to tell me twice, Dr. Seuss. I am going! Great places do await.
And to that end, here's my Top 10 List of way-great Pittsburgh places and events that I'll be most def checking out in 2016 (the Year of the Monkey, in case you were wondering, and like me, get easily sidetracked online when doing important work, like this here blog).

  1. Wilco at the Benedum Center, Monday Jan 25. Seated concert in a beautiful performance hall. Hope yinz got your tickets because it's a sold-out show. No surprise there.
  2. Market Square Public Art ProjectAllard van Hoorn, an Amsterdam artist dude who bills himself as a "performance, sound and installation artist for public spaces" is sure to put on an arty party in Market Square, come mid-March and running through May 1. This marks the Square's third public art installation, courtesy of Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, that's intended to get people out and about in the colder months. Read about the other two amazing art projects here and here.
  3. Pirates Baseball. With home opener tickets for the Buccos harder to come by than say a triple play, you can bet your sweet bippies (or, if you're oldish like me, green weenies) that I'll be parked in front of my TV set on Sunday, April 3, for the Pirates home opener. Sigh. Not being able to purchase single tickets to the Pirates home opener is the price we apparently pay for the Pirates' winning seasons. At least the sight lines in my living room are nearly as good as at PNC Park. The sandwiches, not so much.
  4. Through the Place (Trailer) from Daniel Lovering - Bagamor Media on Vimeo.

  5. Pittsburgh History & Landmark Foundation's Documentary, Through the Place. "You've got the whole history of American architecture spelled out, within walking distance just in downtown Pittsburgh," says acclaimed author, historian and Pittsburgh native David McCullough, in this feature-length documentary slated to debut in the spring. I love Pittsburgh. And architecture. And, after only seeing the trailer, a film on Pittsburgh architecture gets two big thumbs up.
  6. Ai Weiwei at The Andy Warhol Museum. I learned about the Chinese artist and activist when the Harris Theater featured the 2012 documentary, "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," which chronicled the artist's public clashes with the Chinese government. He's a rebel in the best sense of the word. In short, I can't waitwait for Weiwei, which opens June 4 at The Warhol.
  7. U.S. Open Golf Championship at Oakmont Country Club. Until I had the opportunity to check out the U.S. Open in person the last time it was in Pittsburgh, I thought golf was a simple snoozefest. "Booooring," I used to yawn at my sports boy husband if he was watching golf on the television. It took one time watching it live to suck me in and now I've got my calendar marked for June 16-19, with high hopes of watching up close and in person!
  8. Children's Museum of Pittsburgh for the Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit. It runs June 11 through Jan 8, 2017. Prove to your family that Pittsburgh is Kidsburgh, a fun-filled destination with so much to do you won't want to miss a single attraction, especially this one. Also, I am a grandmother. Of five. Enough said.
  9. Visiting Near Hays Bald Eagle Nest. I follow the Eagles of Hays Pa on Facebook and have been known to check out the webcam now and again, but my goal for this here Year of the Monkey is to see a real life bald eagle in flight. Over Pittsburgh. To that end, I'll be reaching out to those in the know to find out the best possible viewing times and locations. Stay tuned!
    Frick Environmental Center Diagram
  10. Frick Environmental Center. When the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy opens this new center in Frick Park in the fall, it's gonna be one of the coolest Living Buildings in the world! And, the only one that's free and open to the public. And, we have it right here in Pittsburgh's own beautiful back yard. How awesome, green, and cool is that?
  11. Florida Keys. Come the first week in February, that's where you'll find me. Because wintertime in Pittsburgh can make you yearn for some warmer places. Take note that there are seven cities in Florida where you can travel nonstop from Pittsburgh International Airport.

Oh, yes! The places we'll go. Come along for the ride, why don'tcha?