From Opening Day to Earth Day, Our Picks for Every Day in April

Pgh Fringe Festival, Thrift Shopping, Keg Ride, Museum Lab Opening and many more ways to spend your days in April

by Lindsay Patross
April 1, 2019

Save the dates, buy your tickets, RSVP now. Here are our picks for what to do EVERY day in April in Pittsburgh.

Monday, April 1

PATIO – Opening Day @ Redfin Blues

It is not just opening day at PNC Park, everyone’s favorite patio for waterside dining opens for the 2019 season.

Tuesday, April 2

STORYTELLING – The Moth: Bamboozled @ The Rex

The April edition of this live storytelling event invites Pittsburgh’s to share 5-minute stories about cons, scams and general deception.

Wednesday, April 3

LECTURE – Maggie Haberman @ Chatham University

Chatham University hosts the New York Times White House correspondent for a free lecture.

Thursday, April 4

PERFORMANCE – Live Read: Clue @ Arcade Comedy Theater

The screenplay of the 1985 cult classic film “Clue” presented live at Arcade Comedy Theater.

Friday, April 5

WATCH – Banff Mountain Film Festival @ Byham Theater

The annual Banff Mountain Film Festival rolls into Pittsburgh for a three-day run. Each day features a different lineup of films. Tickets start at $20 and proceeds from the film screenings support the Pittsburgh nonprofit Venture Outdoors.

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Saturday, April 6

SHOP – Pgh Vintage Mixer Home Show @ Teamsters Temple in Lawrenceville

All the best vintage sellers bring out their finest home accessories for this one-day vintage sale.

Sunday, April 7

THEATER – Pittsburgh Fringe Festival: “The Internet Ate My Brain” @ Irma Freeman Center for Imagination

The Pgh Fringe Festival has over 100 performances in town from April 4 – 7. “The Internet Ate My Brain” is a live musical performance by Bill Dyzel, who also happens to be the author of “Microsoft Outlook For Dummies.” Tickets are $15.

Monday, April 8

YOGA – Silent Disco Yoga @ Belvederes

Every Monday, Cassie hosts a silent disco-style yoga class at Belvederes. Learn more about silent disco and silent disco-style yoga in our story here.

Tuesday, April 9

EAT – Casa Brasil Residência: Zapiekanki Pop-Up Dinner for Pittonkatonk.
What’s a zapiekanki? Popular street food in Poland, zapiekanki is an open-faced sandwich made of half of a baguette or other long roll of bread, topped with sautéed white mushrooms, cheese and sometimes other ingredients, and toasted until the cheese melts. It’s typically served hot with ketchup, and we know how much yinz love ketchup.

Wednesday, April 10

SING – Puppet Karaoke @ Boom Concepts

Karaoke with your favorite friends.

Thursday, April 11

SHOP – Spring Thrift and Designer sale @ Thriftique Pittsburgh.
Stop in on the first day of the sale so you get first dibs on the best finds.

Friday, April 12

SIP – Fizz-Elegant: Champagne Stroll & Easter Egg Hunt @ Artifacts

This Easter egg hunt is not for kids. Sip champagne while you browse antiques at Artifacts, a massive antique store in the West End neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Tickets are $35.

Saturday, April 13

MOVE – Big FREE Yoga @ Ascend Climbing Gym

Ascend Climbing Gym opens the doors for a free yoga class.

SPORTS – Pittsburgh Forge Rugby Home Opener @ Phillip Murray Playground
Don’t know much about rugby? Us either. But stay tuned because we’re going to find out more. The Pittsburgh Forge has both men’s and women’s teams. Games are free, family-friendly and BYOB. You can even bring your dog. Pittsburgh Forge Rugby Home Opener.

Sunday, April 14

SHOP – Mother of All Pottery Sales @ Union Project

Monday, April 15

SPIN – Carousel Opening Day @ Schenley Plaza

For only $2, both kids and the young-at-heart can ride the Schenley Plaza carousel on its opening day of the season. Did you know that there is also a season pass for the merry-go-round? For $45, two adults and two kids can ride all summer long.

Tuesday, April 16

WATCH – The Breakfast Club @ Row House Cinema

Row House Cinema host Growing Up Sucks week with favorites such as Reality Bites, The Breakfast Club, Napoleon Dynamite, and the more recent release, Eighth Grade.

Wednesday, April 17

EAT – Imperial Breakfast @ Pipers Pub

The eighth annual Piper’s Pub Imperial Breakfast, or as they call it, a “Reason To Call Off Work On A Random Wednesday Morning In April.” Featuring over-the-top breakfasts and over-the-top beers, it is a totally valid reason to use some of your accrued sick time. The beer list and breakfast list hasn’t been announced yet, but last year’s lineup had some real heavy-hitters.

Thursday, April 18

LISTEN – Beer Hall Boogie @ Lorelei

Ease into the weekend with DJ MB’s soul/jazz/R&B sounds and an equally smooth cocktail at Lorelei.

Friday, April 19

PARTY – Save the date and follow Very Local on Instagram for details.

Saturday, April 20

MUSIC – Keystoned @ Club Cafe

Get your supergroup fix with Keystoned – a one-night-only event hosted by Paul Luc featuring special guests André Costello, Liz Berlin, Jenn Wertz, Randy Baumann, Zoob + more.

MORE MUSIC – Honkey-Tonk Jukebox @ Allegheny Elks

Or maybe you’d rather check out one of the other Pittsburgh supergroup shows, Honky-Tonk Jukebox hosted by Jon Bindley of Bindley Hardware Co., every month at the Elks Lodge in the Northside.

Sunday, April 21

SHOP – Made & Found Spring Market @ the Ace Hotel

25+ Vintage vendors in the gym at the Ace Hotel.

Monday, April 22

EARTH DAY – Volunteer with REI @ South Side Riverfront Park

REI is looking for a few good volunteers to help with some earth day projects in partnership with Allegheny Cleanways and Friends of the Riverfront.

Tuesday, April 23

BOOKS – Sloane Crosley @ Carnegie Library Lecture Hall

Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures presents acclaimed essayist Sloane Crosley, author of “I Was Told There’d Be Cake” and “How Did You Get This Number,” as well as the latest “Look
Alive Out There.” Crosley is known for her humor and wit; you might laugh until you cry. Tickets are $22 and include a paperback copy of her new book.

Wednesday, April 24

WRITERS – The Bridge Series: s-e-x @ Ace Hotel

April is National Poetry Month, so celebrate with The Bridge Series @ the Ace Hotel. This month’s theme is s-e-x, with featured readers Melanie Dione, Michele James-Parham and Deesha Philyaw. Proceeds benefit the MAYA Organization.

Thursday, April 25

PERFORMANCE – The Rube Goldberg Variations @ The New Hazlett Theater.

Attack Theater is back with a brand new performance that includes a parking chair and other neighborly feuds.

Friday, April 26

PLANT A TREE – Arbor Day Seedling Giveaway @ Market Square

In honor of Arbor Day, Tree Pittsburgh will be giving away 500 tree seedlings in Market Square.

Saturday, April 27

For those over 21 years of age…

BIKE – Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride @ East End Brewing
OVER 21: PEDAL PALE ALE KEG RIDE For the past 15 years, East End Brewing has been leading a slow-moving procession of cyclists to a surprise destination for the annual release of their Pedal Pale Ale. Yes, you actually pull the kegs to the party. Heck, if you donate $200 you can be crowned King Keg and have the honor of pulling a full keg by yourself at the front of the ride. Proceeds benefit Auberle Foster Care Foundation.

For the kids & kids at heart…

MAKE – Opening Weekend @ Museum Lab

It’s the opening weekend for Museum Lab, a brand new project of the Children’s Museum. For ages 10+, the new exhibit areas include Studio Lab, Make Lab and Tech Lab

Sunday, April 28

KIDS – Make for Mom @ Hatch Art Studio

Mother’s Day gifts solved. Hatch Art Studio in Point Breeze has two sessions where kids can make Mother’s Day gifts by hand.

Monday, April 29

SHOP – CMU Thrift @ College of Fine Arts Lawn

The musical fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota, is collecting donations and will be hosting a pop-up thrift shop at CMU all week from 10 am to 6 pm.

Tuesday, April 30

BAKE – Beginners Bread Baking Class @ Gaynor’s School of Cooking

Learn the basics of bread making so you can make your own carb creations.

Pittsburgh born and raised, Lindsay has been writing about the people who love Pittsburgh since 2008.

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