Winter in Pittsburgh can be a weird time of year. You want to go out and have a good time, but you don’t actually want to go outside. Because, well, it’s cold out there. And you’re not getting done up and leaving the house for any old event.
Here’s the thing, you won’t have to worry about any of that this month. There’s so much going on this February that the real challenge will be trying to hit them all. Of course that’s a good problem to have. Especially if you’re prepared. And now you are. Thanks to this list of every event worth going to this February in Pittsburgh. Choose wisely.
Calling all makers, founders, and hackers. Here’s your chance to mix it up with Pittsburgh’s startup community. Come out to talk shop with the entrepreneurial-minded crowd. Celebrate local startups. And connect with other creatives and change-makers working to bring their idea to life. Did we mention that this event is being held at the Ace Hotel? Yeah , that’s reason enough to go. Go ahead and mark it on your calendar now. Feb 24.
I Made It! Mine
It’s February. So we all know what that means. Valentine’s Day (ahem, gentlemen!). Whether you’re single, dating, engaged, or happily married you’ll want to make time to stop by I Made it! Mine. This is your chance to find one-of-a-kind, locally crafted gifts for that special someone in your life. Or for yourself if you’re on an anti-Valentine’s kick. S’mores from Millie’s Homemade and a hot chocolate stand make the trip to the Waterfront totally worthwhile. Feb 6.
Breakfast in Bed @ the Mattress Factory
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an artsy, boozy brunch at the Mattress Factory. You’ll receive free admission to the museum. Plus, you’ll be treated to a Bloody Mary bar from Wigle Whiskey, mimosas from Salud Juicery, and a waffle bar from Waffallonia Liège. And Animal Friends will be on hand with adoptable pets you can take home (or just snuggle for a little while). Feb 14.
The Heinz History Center is throwing its annual dance party and networking event for young professionals in Pittsburgh. Don’t let that “networking” word throw you. History Uncored isn’t your average mixer. Live music and stellar eats combine with a museum as the backdrop. Plus this year’s theme, Toys features a playful and nostalgic celebration of iconic toys from ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Feb 19.
All of the beer! That’s what awaits you at the Winter Beerfest. This event has grown into one of the ten largest craft beer festivals in the country! Which means you can expect to encounter 300-350 craft beers brewed in our backyard, as well as your favorite brews from around the country. Plus, plenty of beers you didn’t even know existed. Combine that with local restaurant booths and food trucks and you’re in for a night of shenanigans. So buy your tickets now, then download a rideshare app immediately. It will come in handy on February 27.
The Moth StorySLAM
Who doesn’t love a good story? We sure do. And if you enjoy stories too, you should plan on checking out the Moth StorySLAM. At the Moth, the art of storytelling is center stage for an hour of powerful and person stories, around one theme, told without notes. For this event, the theme is love hurts. So, stop in to hear what storytellers come up with. Feb 2.
Crafts and Drafts: PGH Vintage Mixer Pop-up
Arts and crafts are fun. But Crafts and Drafts is better. You can thank East End Brewing and PGH Vintage mixer for this ingenious idea. Stop by the brew pub for the release (and free sample) of the Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout or coffee and espresso from Commonplace. Oh, don’t forget about the arts, crafts, and vintage finds from Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer and other local vendors. Feb 13.
If you’re wondering how to break into Pittsburgh’s growing creative community, look no further than Creatives Drink – an event aimed at showcasing culture and collaboration among creative-minded individuals in Pittsburgh. This month the forum will be held at Constellation Coffee. Prepare for three hours of vibing with positive people, good music, and free drinks on Penn Avenue. Feb 4.
It’s very special Snarky Valentine version of 21+ arts and crafts night at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. You know what that means? All of your favorite DIY activities from childhood paired with your favorite adult beverages. You’ll have the chance to use a laser cutter to create a wooden heart with a snarky, scandalous, or sassy phrase carved into it. Did we mention booze? Yeah, we’ll see you there. Feb 11.
In Bed By Ten
If you love to party, but can’t justify staying out until the wee hours of the morning, this event is a dream come true. Get a sitter for the kiddos, grab your dancing shoes and get to Spirit for a killer dance party from 6-9pm. Party your heart out right up until the clock strikes 9:00 pm. Then it’s call it quits. Or let this be your pre-game dance party for a full night of rabbel-rousing ahead. Feb 12.
The Rec Room: Winter Games
The summertime concert series Weather Permitting is taking the party indoors for The Rec Room: Winter Games. Although it doesn’t actually feel like it (yet), it actually is winter. So join Weather Permitting as they transform Spirit Hall into a space of play and entertainment. The unique offering of parlor sports will include Bally, GaGa, Molkky and Bucket Pong, plus new hybrid physical-digital games. Feb 7 & 21.
The Gym Grand Opening @ Ace Hotel
Back in December the Ace Hotel opened its Pittsburgh location and kicked off service at Whitfield – the onsite neighborhood tavern. Now, they’re ready to celebrate the opening of The Gym, a venue, performance space and neighborhood center in the heart of East Liberty. You’re invited to the Gym Grand Opening Party, feast, and Super Bowl watch part, catered by Whitfield. Feb 7.