Events This Week in Pittsburgh

What's happening in Pittsburgh this week, you ask?

For things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend and upcoming events that will pique your interests, fire up your taste buds and inspire new adventures, look no further. Check back each week for an up-to-date list of what to do in the 'Burgh.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical 🎪🎩

Sept 27-Oct 8 | Benedum Center, Downtown
Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur, and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical! Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. 

Evil Dead the Musical 🌳👿🌳

Sept 28-Oct 22 | West End Canopy, West End
This hilarious show takes all the elements of the cult classic films The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness and combines them into one of the craziest theatrical experiences of all time. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. 

Open Air 💃🕺🎶

Sept 29-Oct 1 | Hazelwood Green
Join the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, August Wilson African American Cultural Center, and Hazelwood Local for Open Air at Hazelwood Green! This free, 3-day event will feature live performances by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and others, along with art vendors, demonstrations, kid's activities, food trucks, and more!

Hispanic Heritage Festival 🎪💃🕺

Sept 30 | Heinz History Center and Clemente Museum
A city-wide celebration of culture, empowerment, and unity hosted by the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and UC Entertainment. Honor Hispanic Heritage Month at the Heinz History Center for the Community Festival, afterwards and pay homage at the Clemente Museum for Roberto Clemente's 3000th hit.

Coming Soon...

Pittsburgh Reel Q Film Festival 🎬🍿

Oct 6-15 | 
The 2023 Pittsburgh Reel Q Film Festival is back with a lavish slate of features and short programs from all corners of the earth. Around the world in nine days, one story at a time.

Festival of Combustion 🔥

Oct 7 | Carrie Blast Furnaces
Showcasing the creativity of our region’s artists, makers, and builders, the Festival of Combustion takes inspiration from the iron-making legacy of the Carrie Blast Furnaces. An all-day iron pour is at the heart of the festival—learn to mold your own design or simply watch the spectacle as designs are cast from hot metal. Check out other demonstrations by blacksmiths, glassblowers, welders, metal fabricators, and more, then get creative with hands-on activities for adults and children alike. After dark, the sparks fly during a performance pour, followed by fireworks over the furnaces!

Violins of Hope 🎻✡

Oct 7-Nov 21 | Posner Center on Carnegie Mellon University, Oakland
The Violins of Hope Exhibit relates remarkable stories of string instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Each surviving instrument has a unique and inspiring story that connects both young and old to the history of the Holocaust in a deeply emotional, personal, and relatable way. Paralleling lessons of the past to present day issues is key to creating a future where diversity, equality, and inclusion are valued.

Last Chance...

Asian Lantern Festival: World of Wonders 🏮🐯🐲

Through Oct 29 (select dates) | Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, Highland Park
The 2023 Asian Lantern Festival: World of Wonders at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium honors our 125th anniversary with a global passport. Get ready for an adventure over the mountains, through the jungle, and under the sea to learn about decades of conservation with a dazzling display.

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival 🎭🤹‍♂️🤺

Weekends through Oct 1 | West Newton
As you wander down the village streets and pathways of the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival, experience a 16th Century Medieval Amusement Park! Ready yourself to revel with master revelers, watch artisans create original works of their ancient craft, and be taken in by the tantalizing aromas of roast turkey legs, steak on a stake, fresh baked goods, and much more.


Billy Strayhorn: Something to Live For 🎹

Through Oct 11 | O'Reilly Theater, Downtown
Featuring a stunning score, Billy Strayhorn: Something to Live For brings to life the remarkable true story of one of the greatest composers of all time. From his impoverished beginnings in Pittsburgh to his lifelong collaboration with Duke Ellington, this world-premiere new musical follows the highs and lows of Billy Strayhorn's career, the joys and heartbreak of his personal life, and the challenges he faced living as an openly gay Black man in mid-20th century America at the dawn of the civil rights movement. 

tick, tick...BOOM!⏰💣

Through Oct 22 | Greer Cabaret Theater
Before RENT, there was tick, tick...BOOM! This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer of RENT, is the story of a composer and the sacrifices that he made to achieve his big break in theatre. Containing fourteen songs, ten characters, three actors and a band, tick, tick...BOOM! takes you on the playwright/composer's journey that led to a Broadway blockbuster.

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