Things to look forward to in 2019

There's a lot to be excited about in Pittsburgh in 2019. Here are just a few highlights.

There are many adventures to be had in Pittsburgh throughout the year, and 2019 is already stock full of new things to do, whether you're looking to keep busy or chill out. From restaurants to music, and museums to roller coasters, the 'Burgh offers something for everyone, no matter what you're into. As we close out 2018 and look forward to what next year will bring, be sure to mark your calendar with this list of things to see and do in 2019.

Youth Invasion at the Warhol Museum

From April 5-20, get ready to see the Warhol Museum through the lens of a teenager. Throughout the Youth Invasion program, young artists and performers will be featured at the museum, presenting their take on Warhol’s iconic art. 

Museum Lab 

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is always finding ways to think outside the box, and Museum Lab will be a perfect way to do just that! The creative space will be housed in the North Side’s former Carnegie Free Library, originally built in 1890. The Children’s Museum hopes to preserve the structure, while reimagining the interior into a “cultural campus” for people of all ages to enjoy. Look for the grand opening in April 2019.

The Steel Curtain

Calling all members of Steelers Country! Kennywood and the Steelers have teamed up for what is sure to be the ride of a lifetime. In the 2019 season, fans will be immersed in all things black and gold upon entering Steelers Country at Kennywood, from the food and merchandise to practice drills and touchdown dances. The highlight, however, will be the 220-foot Steel Curtain coaster, a high-energy thrill ride sure to give you some team spirit!

Steel Curtain Roller Coaster in progress. Photo Credit: Kennywood Facebook Page

Material World

Stop by the Pittsburgh Glass Center March 1 through May 12 for a look inside consumer culture and its impact throughout history. See works from artists including Slate Grove, Morgan Peterson and Karina Guevin.

Photo Credit: Nathan J. Shaulis and Pittsburgh Glass Center's Facebook Page

The Pennsylvania Market

Okay, this place opened in late 2018, but we barely got a chance to enjoy it before we blinked and it was December! We can say without a doubt that this will be a staple for us in 2019, especially when things warm up and we can enjoy the beautiful courtyard. This warm, spacious market has everything you need to unwind for an hour or five!

The Pennsylvania Market. Photo Credit: The Pennsylvania Market Facebook Page

Must-Hear Concerts

There's something for everyone in this year' lineup of concerts. Here are a few of our favorites, all happening at PPG Paints Arena

  • KISS: ‘End of the Road’ Farewell Tour - March 30 
  • New Kids on the Block: The Mixtape Tour - June 23 
  • Backstreet Boys: DNA World Tour - Sept. 14 
  • Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour - Nov. 12 

Honorable Mentions: Ariana Grande, Michael Buble, TWENTY ONE PILOTS, Iron Maiden, and New Kids on the Block!

The Great Gatsby

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, joined by the PBT orchestra, will be putting on a spectacular performance of the Great Gatsby this coming February. This classic story allows us to be swept into the allure and romance of the Roaring ‘20s while we take in the sights and sounds of this beautiful story on stage.

Photo Credit: Duane Rieder. Pictured artists are Hannah Carter and Alejandro Diaz

North Shore Seven

In the spring of 2019, Ben Rothlisberger will be off the football field and...into the kitchen? Yep, that’s right, we’re getting a brand new upscale sports bar from the football star. While Big Ben himself may not be doing the cooking, the North Shore space is expected to have scratch-made grub, and a selection of craft beer to wash it down. Plus, plenty of TVs for watching the big game.