Pittsburgh Happenings: February 13-19

This week in Pittsburgh we’re inspired by the arts… and maybe by a little bit of booze too. With the days getting longer each day, and some (for now) warmer temperatures, now is a great time to get out of the house and explore what the city has to offer. Take in a new play from a local playwright, discover the distilleries of Pittsburgh, or take the kids for a day of craft making. 

A woman clown with a purple wig paints a blue dot on the face of a little girl with long brown hair.
Photo courtesy of Hofbrauhaus

Fasching & Family Night All In One!

Hofbräuhaus Brewery and Restaurant, February 13

Chow down on jambalaya, gumbo, hurricane drinks, paczki donuts and plenty of live music at this combination family night and Fat Tuesday celebration. In addition to the Fat Tuesday activities, kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree and CoCo The Clown will be available for face painting and balloon art. 

A Black woman is in a green circle wearing a white tank top with her hair up in a hair tie.
Photo courtesy of New Hazlett Theater

Teaira Whitehead

New Hazlett Theater, February 15-16

Local playwright Melanie Taylor’s new play is about finding truths in Pittsburgh’s past, inspired by real events in her life. Teaira Whitehead follows three friends who are struggling with the news that their school has been closed. When one of the three friends goes missing, the other two make it their mission to find her and in their journey they come upon the spirit of Teiara Whitehead.

A group of four people stand in a line holding little samples of beer and all smiling at the camera.
Photo courtesy of Beers of the Burgh

Spirits of the Burgh Festival

The Grand Hall at The Pennsylvanian, February 17

The first ever Spirits of the Burgh Festival celebrates Pittsburgh’s diverse community of distilleries, spirit-makers, mixologists, and other fine libations. Local beer, wine, cider, and nonalcoholic options will also be available, alongside festival food vendors to snack between samples.

A man in a red baseball cap watches his daughter in a purple shirt hammer a nail into a round piece on a wooden table.
Photo courtesy of Contemporary Craft

Community Day

Contemporary Craft, February 17

Bring out your inner artist at Contemporary Craft’s free, family-focused Community Day. Check out local artist demos, make some take-home art projects in the studio, enjoy light snacks, and head out on a scavenger hunt based on the new exhibition, Oneness: Brie Ruais.

A bunch of violinists in black dress play on a stage with a cello accompanist nearby,
Photo courtesy of Chatham Baroque

Apollo’s Fire | Violin Fantasy

Calvary Episcopal Church, February 18 

Apollo’s Fire celebrates the release of their new album, Violin Fantasy, with a release concert in Pittsburgh. The entire program is inspired by Heinrich Biber’s stunning Sonatas on the Mysteries of the Rosary and is ready to take you on a stylus fantasticus Baroque adventure.

Story by Kylie Thomas

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