This Week(end) in Pittsburgh: celebrating local bookstores & pedaling for pale ale

Wrap up the month of April with Arbor day, bookstore day, and a few other ways to spring into May

by Lindsay Patross
April 25, 2019

It is the last week of April and spring is in full swing. Here at Very Local Pittsburgh, we are eager to help you explore this fine city. We have been focusing our efforts on stories that will hopefully inspire you to cross a river and check out a new-to-you neighborhood. ICYMI, check out our latest video on Pittsburgh’s crossing guards. Meet the Pittsburghers who are helping to make it safer to cross the streets every day.

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, May 18 is our next event. Fries and shine for an amazing brunch with Pittsburgh Sandwich Society. Tickets for brunch and a beverage are just $10; be sure to buy your ticket ASAP.

TALKING TRANSIT: We hopped on the bus for Rep. Innamorato’s mobile Transit Town Hall. Check out our recap of this community meeting on a moving bus.

BEER OF THE WEEK: Meet the 1890 Lager from Burgh’ers Brewing.

BOOKSTORE DAY: Saturday, April 27, 2019, is Independent Bookstore Day. We’ve updated our Guide to Pittsburgh’s Independent Bookstores for the occasion. The header photo is a sneak peek of the Bookstore Day preparations at City of Asylum, they have lined up a list of Pittsburgh book lovers to help you select a book or two.

Keep reading for our top Pittsburgh picks for the week(end)…


Thursday, April 25

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

Attack Theater is back with a 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
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 kids ages 10 and up, 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 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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