This weekend: 7 holiday markets, Santarchy & Schitt’s Creek Drag Show

A new holiday pop-up, The Holiday House, 4 new beers at Grist House, 7 different holiday markets, Santarchy and a Schitt’s Creek holiday drag show.

by Lindsay Patross
December 5, 2019

NOW OPEN: A holiday pop-up perched above Market Square
From the folks at Market Street Grocery and Mimi’s Modern; meet The Holiday House. This winter holiday pop-up bar is one floor above The Wine Bar at Market Street Grocery. They offer a calm, welcoming respite from the Market Square hubbub and plan to expand their food and drink menu over the next few weeks.

PODCAST: Slow Fashion
In Episode 05 of The Slaw: Staying on top of Pittsburgh, we talk to Jessa Gibboney about slow fashion in Pittsburgh. Jessa is a Very Local contributor who writes about small business and has profiled several local vintage shops for Very Local. For our collaboration of the week, we spotlight the monthly Pittsburgh Record Night. We’ve got the details on what to drink and how to stay warm at Grist House’s Fire Fest.

VIDEO: Pedaling for pale ale
We rode along during this year’s Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride – an East End Brewing tradition. Watch for the surprise destination and hear from founder Scott Smith about how it all came to be.

SHOP LOCAL: All the holiday markets
We’ve put together a guide to every Holiday Market in Pittsburgh. Here is where to shop local this weekend:

  • 🎁 Handmade Arcade @ David Lawrence Convention Center [SAT]
  • 🎁 Arts & Crafts Fair @ C. C. Mellor Memorial Library [SAT]
  • 🎁 Dormont Holiday Market @ Northway [SAT]
  • 🎁 Pittsburgh Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show @ Teamster Local Union 249 [SAT]
  • 🎁 Avonworth Marching Band 30th Annual Craft Show @ Avonworth High School [SAT]
  • 🎁 Fair Trade Marketplace @ Fair Trade Marketplace ECS [SAT & SUN]
  • 🎁 7th Annual Holiday Book Sale @ Spirit [SUN]

BEER: Cozy up by the fire.
Grist House is reigniting their outdoor winter party this weekend. On Saturday, you can head to Millvale for Fire Fest – a celebration of beer and fire, which is free to attend and features a commemorative 4-way beer release and plenty of food trucks. There will be hot chocolate, s’mores, special merch, glassware and even some Fire Fest cocktails. You can find a preview of Fire Fest in the latest episode of our podcast, too.

TICKET: Bloody Mary Festival
The very popular Bloody Mary Festival will return on February 15 & 16. Tickets are now available. You can even get a two-day ticket if you want to double down on the brunch beverages.

PGH Pro Tip: Everything you need to know before you glow
We’ve got all the details on the Lumaze holiday lights display in the Strip District. We’ve got the scoop on where to park for free and the best places to eat nearby.

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This weekend in Pittsburgh:

Friday, December 6

Handmade Arcade Preview Party @ David Lawrence Convention Center 

Support Handmade Arcade and shop the marketplace without the crowds. For $20 ticket you can shop the night before Handmade Arcade opens to the public.

Saturday, December 7

Santarchy @ Starting at Grist House

Santarchy is an annual bar crawl where the participants dress us in Santa suits and spend the day drinking. Santarchy, sometimes referred to as Santacon, is an event that takes place in cities around the world. (Here is a detailed explanation on the tradition.)

Sunday, December 8

A Schitty Christma$ @ Blue Moon Bar

Bloom Moon in Lawrenceville is hosting a Schitt’s Creek drag show. Dress as your favorite character from the show and test your knowledge with Schitt’s Creek trivia.

Monday, December 9

Beechview Community Cookie Bake-off @ Beechview Healthy Active Living Center

Bring your cookies and your community questions. Representatives from Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works will be there to answer questions.

Tuesday, December 10

A Christmas Story Pop-up @ Industry Public House

You will not shoot your eye out at this event. You might have too many shots. Industry Public House will have “Christmas Story” themed food and drinks.


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

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