This week(end) in Pittsburgh // July 19-24

Friendship Yards Sale, Workshop PGH Garage Sale, Polish Hill Arts Festival, Vintage Grand Prix, Jeff Goldblum Day recap and so much more!

by Lindsay Patross
July 18, 2019

This weekend is the annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, head over to Schenley Park to watch vintage sports cars race through the park. This is one of the only auto races that takes place on a city street!


Last Saturday was Jeff Goldblum Day at Artisan Tattoo. The real Jeff Goldblum showed up. We’ve got a recap here. Jeff Goldblum Day T-shirts and belt buckles are still available.

A hot weekend for hot deals…

This Saturday is the annual Friendship Neighborhood Yard Sale. A great opportunity to stroll through a Pittsburgh neighborhood filled with big ol’ houses and apartments. Bonus: Workshop PGH (located just next to Friendship on Penn Ave. in Garfield) is having one of their epic garage sales. Everything from art supplies to home decor. The Very Local team is a huge fan of the Workshop PGH garage sales and recommends you make a stop.

But first, breakfast. Be sure to stop by the Bloomfield Saturday Market to fuel up for your shopping day. Coffee, breakfast sandwiches and more.

Pierogi powered

Sunday is the 12th annual Polish Hill Arts Festival. Stop by before of after you head to the Polish Hill pool for food, art vendors and live music.

What we’re drinking…

This week we’re sipping the Runway pale ale from Cobblehaus Brewing in Coraopolis. We took a trip out to the brewery and caught up with the owner Scott Mills. Scott is a full-time engineer by day and brewer on the side. Check out the brewery and learn more about why we recommend the Runway in our latest installment of ABV.

Strawberry Pretzel Jello Salad

Our Northside Bicycle Tour this Sunday is SOLD OUT! But you can start getting ready for our next event on Saturday August 3! Buy a ticket to our Ice Cream Sandwich Day Celebration so you don’t miss out on our Very Local, very Pittsburgh ice cream sandwich. Our friends at Leona’s are making a Strawberry Pretzel Jello Salad (it is a real thing and it tastes way better than it sounds) ice cream sandwich just for us. Tickets are just $5.


Even more things to do in Pittsburgh this week

Friday // July 19

5 pm – Summer Fridays @ The Frick

The Tuesday Night Big Band will perform swing music.

Saturday // July 20

All weekend – Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix @ Schenley Park

Free to watch! This is one of the only automobile races that takes place on city streets in the country.

Sunday // July 21

5 pm — Weather Permitting: Pgh Circus Arts Collaborative & Fern Hollow @ Shadyside Nursery

This pop-up concert is very family-friendly. On Sunday evenings the Shadyside Nursery becomes a live music venue. Food trucks will be there for dinner. $10 for adults and kids are free. This week features the Pgh Circus Arts Collaborative and the progressive bluegrass band, Fern Hollow.

Monday // July 22

6pm — Ba-Co Dinner Benefit for 412 Food Rescue @ Kinglfy Spirits

Yes, $70 is steep for a Monday night dinner. But this is for a good cause – 412 Food Rescue. Ba-Co, who you might know from Smallman Galley is hosting a four-course benefit dinner with beverage pairings from Kinglfy Spirits.

Tuesday // July 23 

6pm — Workshop: How to Grow and Care for Your Own Chef’s Herb Garden @ Churchview Farm

Take a tour of this working farm, learn how to start an herb garden and take home a seedling.

Wednesday // July 24

5:30 pm – Yoga in the Square @ Market Square

Free yoga class every Wednesday at 5:30. The class is free, but you must BYOM (bring your own yoga mat). Need more outdoor Om? Check out our guide to all of the outdoor yoga classes in Pittsburgh.


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

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