Pittsburgh Happenings: November 14-20

As the holiday season springs into action, glittery events are popping up all around Pittsburgh. Get into the spirit by enjoying a relaxing concert, learning about The Nutcracker, or getting a leg up on your shopping for the sneaker lover in your life.

A woman with black hair plays a classic violin, picture is taken from behind the woman.
Photo courtesy of Carnegie Mellon University School of Music

Carnegie Mellon Chamber Series: Violins of Hope, feat. the Clarion Quartet

Kresge Theatre, November 16

Join members of the Carnegie Mellon faculty and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for a night of music honoring the Holocaust. The Clarion Quartet, featuring David McCarroll, performs works written during the Holocaust by Jewish composers. The group will use the Violins of Hope that were played by Jewish musicians while in concentration camps. 

A woman with blonde hair stands in a jacket with a red bag in front of an amusement park fence.
Photo courtesy of Robin Pappas

Sound Series: An Evening with Nellie McKay

The Warhol, November 17 

Singer/songwriter, Nellie McKay visits The Warhol for a special CD release show on her first album of original material in 13 years. Nellie’s music has been featured on television, in movies, and even landed her some experiences with celebrities like Joan Rivers. Come hear her new music for the first time and join her new era. 

A woman dressed as Ariel from The LIttle Mermaid holds a crab stuffed animal and speaks to little girls in dresses.
Photo courtesy of Gateway Clipper Fleet

Dazzling Pink Party

The Gateway Clipper Fleet, November 18

Enjoy a girl’s night out sailing the Three Rivers on the Gateway Clipper Fleet with everything pink. The kiddos can get dressed up to meet their favorite characters and even take part in a Barbie themed karaoke. Make it a true party experience with tinsel wigs, face painting, dance parties, and of course, costume changes.

Colorful sneakers lined up in a row with boxes beneath them.
Photo courtesy of The Sneaker Travelers

The Sneaker Travelers Pittsburgh

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, November 18

Calling all sneaker lovers: tighten your laces and dash to Pittsburgh for this convention filled with shoe vendors. Find the rare, limited edition products you’ve been looking for and connect with like-minded aficionados. This event is for all levels of sneaker fanatics from hard-core collectors to newcomers. Chances are, you’ll discover there are more shoes out there than you could ever imagine. 

Male and female ballet dance partners in costume, posing for a picture
Pittsburgh Ballet principals Hannah Carter and Lucius Kirst bring magic to the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. Photo by Jeff Swensen for TABLE Magazine.

Afternoon of Enchantment

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, November 19

Pirouette into the holiday season with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s family-friendly studio experience. Explore The Nutcracker like never before where you’ll learn to dance like a snowflake, craft holiday magic, and see a preview of the second act from the ballet’s pre-professional dancers. There will be plenty of photo opportunities so make sure you bring your camera.

See what else we’re excited about this November. 

Story by Kylie Thomas

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