It’s gonna be May–and the inevitable excitement of summer is almost here. With that in mind, this month brings in some fantastic outdoor events. Get up close and personal with wildlife at Zoo Brew, enjoy the peaceful glow of the Water Lantern Festival, and devour ribs at Kennywood Ribs and Blues Fest. Ahhh, summer is right around the corner.  

Zoo Brew: Spring Hops- May 10 6pm-9:30pm- Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

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Have some brews and support wildlife! Taste over 45 craft beer samples in 3 outdoor locations– including the Village, the Garden Tent, and PNC Pavilion. Every ticket sold helps support the Zoo and wildlife conservation in Western PA. Experience awesome up-close animal encounters with sea lions! Tickets $63

Pittonkatonk- May 11- Vietnam Veterans Pavilion- Schenley Park- 1pm-11pm

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The annual BBQ hosts 15 brass bands from Pittsburgh to Havana. Their facebook says,“Our mission is to promote music performance as a means of achieving positive personal, social, and political outcomes.” The intimate musical performances will blow your mind!

Lawrenceville Art Crawl- May 18- 3pm-11:55 pm

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Local art and music take over Butler Street for the annual Lawrenceville Art Crawl. Over 25 venues will showcase 150 artists and 30 bands displaying a wide variety of artwork and musical genres. According to their Facebook, “The Lawrenceville Art Crawl mission is to generate community-wide interest in local artists, musicians, performers, and small businesses.”

Check out our preview of this years Art Crawl!

Pittsburgh Water Lantern Festival- May 25-5:30 pm-10:30 pm-Allegheny Commons Park

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Serene water lantern bliss! This is a special night to sit back and reflect with the beautiful sight of 1,000 tiki torches floating along the water. How often can you do that?! You’ll receive your very own floating lantern, commemorative drawstring bag, marker, and wristband. Light up the water!

Crawl of Thrones May 25- 2pm-10pm-Southside

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The Game of Thrones craze has extended to new heights. Proudly show off your love for the show and take a journey on the Crawl of Thrones bar crawl. You can use your 16 oz color changing cup for each bar, along with the kick off, halftime, and after parties. Prizes will be awarded to the scariest, funniest, or sexiest outfit. The bar crawl is coming!

General Admission ticket– $29.99
Week of- $39.99

Kennywood Ribs and Blues Festival- May 26- 10:30am-10pm

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Begin the unofficial start to summer at Kennywood! The Ribs and Blues festival features food from Kennywood’s own The Swhinery, along with local BBQ and music. Summer is pretty much here!  

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Josh McCann

Josh McCann is a contributing writer for Made in PGH, where he writes about events and music. He's a Point Park University alumnus, musician, and founder of the music blog Where The Bands Are. His writing on rock and roll has appeared in the Globe and the Northside Chronicle.

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