What's New in Pittsburgh | Winter 2023

Get in the spirit of the holiday season with an array of immersive cultural experiences, delectable culinary options and more

Planning your next meeting or event in Pittsburgh through the end of 2023? ‘Tis the season, and new experiences coming to Pittsburgh over the next few months are sure to put you and your attendees in the spirit.

Violins of Hope

On Oct. 7, a one-of-a-kind exhibit Violins of Hope comes to the Posner Center on Carnegie Mellon University’s campus. Free and open to the public through Nov. 21, the exhibit shares powerful stories of string instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Plus, several other events and productions will take place around the city in tandem with this moving and important offering.

Photo Courtesy: Violins of Hope Greater Pittsburgh

Holiday Performances and Exhibits

Make sure your next conference includes time to experience the the vibrant arts and culture of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is set to offer an array of new shows over the next few months, including Grupo Corpo on Oct. 14, Giraffes Can’t Dance The Musical on Nov. 10, Mrs. Doubtfire The New Musical Comedy from Nov. 23-Dec. 3, A Magical Cirque Christmas A Holiday Variety Show on Dec. 29-30 and more.  

The Heinz History Center’s holiday exhibition A Very Merry Pittsburgh returns Nov. 18 and includes artifacts from Kaufmann’s Department Store collection, along with a special section featuring family keepsakes, artifacts, film and imagery that explores how Western Pennsylvanians have celebrated major winter holidays, including Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa through the years. The exhibit will run through Jan. 7.

Must-See Museums

The Andy Warhol Museum will open its latest special exhibition Unseen: Permanent Collection Works on Nov. 2-March 4, 2024. The collection features more than 60 works that have never been displayed, reflecting the enormity of the museum’s collection and the complexity of Warhol’s legacy.

The Carnegie Museum of Art’s new exhibit Amie Siegel: Panorama is now viewable through Feb. 11, 2024. This intriguing exhibition details the twisting routes that cultural materials take on their journey to becoming part of a museum collection. Additionally, the art museum is now offering new art-making programs for students up to 18 years old.

Feast on New Dining Options

Taking your attendees to a night on the town? Pittsburgh’s world-class food and craft beverage scenes continues to grow throughout Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods. Consider these new tastebud-enticing options, including:

The Home of the Penguins Gets a Glow Up

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back on the ice, and with the start of the season, PPG Paints Arena introduced its new all-inclusive experience Casamigos Club. The private, upscale event level club is perfect for large groups and features complimentary food stations, beer and wine. Tickets for Casamigos Club are also available for October and November home games online now.

This is just one part of the more than $30 million of improvements made for the 2023 Penguins season. A massive new scoreboard (three times the size of the old one), brand new sound system, lighting and display boards throughout the arena will make being at the game an unforgettable experience no matter where you buy group tickets.

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More Outdoor Fun

For those looking to take advantage of outdoor recreation while the weather still allows, a basketball court and two new pickleball courts are now open at SouthSide Works. The courts are free to the public from dawn to dusk every day, and equipment can be rented at nearby Pins Mechanical. Additionally, the Mon Wharf Trail, a critical section of the GAP trail downtown running along the Monongahela River and into and out of Point State Park, recently reopened.

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