Spring has finally sprung here in Pittsburgh, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. We’ll take blue skies over wintertime blues any day, and everyday. So here’s to hoping that the warmer weather holds, because this month’s social calendar is booked solid.
For starters, clear skies and comfortable temperatures make hanging out outside a possibility. Translation: outdoor concerts, eats, and drinking. If you like how that sounds (and we know you do), here’s the rundown on every event you need to know about this May in Pittsburgh.
Pittonkatonk @ Schenley Park
Imagine the perfect block party: the food and music are on point. And you’re dancing harder than you’ve ever danced before. That’s Pittonkatonk in a nutshell. Head to the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion in Schenley Park to hear some great brass bands, local and otherwise, and get lost in the overwhelming sense of community. If you’re still waiting on that next paycheck, keep in mind that there’s no entry fee…but you’ll probably want to bring some spare cash for food and merchandise. May 7.
Vacant Homes Tour @ Wilkinsburg
If you’re in the market for a fixer-upper, you need to check out the second annual Wilkinsburg Vacant Homes Tour. This event is like walking through an HGTV show.. First, you’ll scope out tenantless properties and empty buildings. Then, at the end of the tour, there’s a workshop with information about purchasing and refurbishing vacant properties. Like we said, if you’re ready to get your hands dirty, this is your chance to get started on restoring a grand home to its former glory. May 7.
May Market @ Phipps
The lawns in front of Phipps Conservatory will spring to life in honor of National Public Garden Day. Celebrate it in the most fitting way possible as you admire Oakland and peruse the vendors on-hand hawking plants, gardenware, lawn decorations, handmade jewelry, and much more. Plus, get this: entrance to the awe-inspiring gardens of the Conservatory will be a full 50 percent-off all day. This will be a great event for families – so mark your calendars, pack up your kids, and don’t forget a picnic lunch. May 6.
Head to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh for a 21+ MAKEnight. It’s your chance to do as Peter Pan said and never, ever, ever grow up. Take to the MAKEshop for an evening of hands-on, DIY action complete with drinks and snacks. This event is part of Remake Learning Days, a weeklong celebration and showcase of Pittsburgh’s role as a national leader in innovative teaching and learning. May 12.
Bayardstown Opens @ Bayardstown Social Club
When you think of a traditionally perfect summer evening, you probably think of friends, food, music, and, you know it, a healthy dose of booze. Bayardstown Social Club in Lawrenceville aims to provide that to members and non-members alike. And every Friday night, local bands will play, public grills will be shared by strangers-soon-to-be-friends, and the craft beer will flow freely all night. Because you know you’re on the cusp of summer when the club opens. If you aren’t a member, entry is only $10, and food trucks, bands, and fun people will abound. May 13.
PizzaFest 2016 @ Arsenal Park
There’s no food more universally loved than pizza. And although it’s so mainstream, the simple combination of bread, sauce, and cheese has become a staple of the hipster community. And one of Pittsburgh’s trendiest neighborhoods aims to bring Pittsburgh’s best slices to you on May 14 at Arsenal Park. Vendors will include Spirit, Spak Bros, and Hambones – some of our favorites.There will be live music, too, including The Turpentiners and Turbosonics. May 14.
Do you start conversations by asking, “Hey, have you heard this great TED talk?” Well, this event is for you. TEDx Pittsburgh celebrates the city’s boom in technology, creativity, and entrepreneurship with its very own TED Talk Series. Prepare to get inspired by a wide variety of speakers including Mike Capsambelis from Google, Diwas Timsina from Children of Shangri-Lost, and many others. Your ticket will include healthy doses of wisdom, humor, philosophy, and activism, so make sure you don’t miss out. May 22.
Ohio Wine Festival @ Ohiopyle
Ease into early summer with three of the season’s most enjoyable elements: nature, live music, and wine. Head down to Ohiopyle to catch Randy Myers, Gas House Annie, and more providing rustic musical accompaniment to your drink of choice. A variety of wineries from the tri-state area will be sharing their creations. So if you’re a wine aficionado, this is one event that you absolutely won’t want to miss. Besides, it’s hard to think of a more enjoyable way to spend a day than sipping exotic wine under a canopy of newly green trees. May 21.
May Food Truck Roundup
Tracking down your favorite PGH food truck isn’t always the easiest thing to do. But thanks to Brew Gentlemen Beer Co. in Braddock, you get ALL the trucks, plus beer. It’s the monthly Food Truck Roundup at their brewery! And they’ve invited 11 of Pittsburgh’s best to feed you. Hey, we’ll give you some of our BBQ Pulled Pork Sammy from the Southside BBQ CarnivoreMobile if we can have a bite of your Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwich. You can get your own beer. May 7.
Creative Drinks @ Mattress Factory
Unsure how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Here’s an idea: stop by the Mattress Factory for free drinks, food trucks, music, and, of course, art. Creative Drinks will be hosted, in part, by MIC PGH, a new startup that helps local indie musicians launch their careers. Whether you’re a local musician interested in spreading your sounds with a little bit of help, or someone looking for a great date night, this is shaping up to be a memorable night. May 5.
ZooBrew: Spring Hops @ Pittsburgh Zoo
May is the best month for visiting the zoo. It’s also your chance to scope out the animals while you sip a beer. That’s right, it’s time for the Pittsburgh Zoo’s springtime Zoo Brew event. Snag a ticket and enjoy drinks from an extensive list of vendors, as well as a lunch catered by Taste of the Wild. You’ll even get to leave with a souvenir, since all attendees will receive a free mug. Keep in mind, though, that only a limited number of tickets will be sold. So pick yours up now! May 6.
Music in May
The internet has been abuzz about Beyoncé’s Lemonade since its release last week, and luckily for you, Queen Bey herself will be visiting the Burgh on May 31. Make sure to grab your ticket now, because they’re going to be selling like – you guessed it – lemonade on a hot day. For folk fans, the Avett Brothers will be at Stage AE on May 12. And if you’re a fan of supporting girl power in the music world, Peach Kelli Pop will be at Roboto on May 20, and Savages will be at Mr. Smalls on May 17.