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What to do this week in Pittsburgh, from the Underwear Bike Ride to the Blues & Roots

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What’s going on this week in Pittsburgh, July 26-August 1? Find out here. Know of a cool event? Email us.

Monday, July 26 and Tuesday, July 27: Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project at The Tull Family Theater
6:30 & 8:30 p.m.
Some movies take decades to make, but would you be able to produce one in 48 hours? See how ambitious and aspiring movie makers rose to this Herculean cinematic challenge during the world premiere of 40 locally-made flicks. Celebrating the 20th-anniversary edition of this fast-paced global event, participating teams had only two days to make an entire movie incorporating thought-provoking prompts. Be there when the curtain rises. Buy tickets.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Project.

Tuesday, July 27: JazzLive at the Allegheny Overlook
5-7 p.m.
Brazilian native Kenia will heat up Downtown’s coolest new outdoor venue during the BNY Mellon Presents JazzLive series. Blending Brazilian pop, samba, bossa nova and choro, the sultry singer will perform upbeat rhythms, lush ballads and classic jazz. Emceed by Bob Studebaker, the free event features a Brew Gentlemen beer garden, games and food trucks.

Tuesday, July 27: Meadow Meditation and Yoga at Hartwood Acres
7-8 p.m.
Find serenity now! Start with a guided stroll to a tranquil wildflower meadow where you’ll learn the art of mindful meditation, including gentle yoga poses, stretching and movement and subtle breathwork as you reconnect with yourself and nature. Buy tickets.

Wednesday, July 28: Summer Institute for Climate Change Education
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
With wildfires, floods and tropical storms raging and temps rising across the planet, there’s no time like the present to take action on climate change. Educators are invited to join partners across North America for a three-day virtual institute including networking, workshops led by climate change experts, keynote talks, trivia events and more. The day will focus on climate change impacts, solutions and relationships across regions. Register now.


Wednesday, July 28: Futuro Beach Screening
7 p.m.
Be transported to Brazil’s breathtaking (but dangerous) Praia do Futuro beach during this online regional premiere hosted by ReelQ. Described as “part gay romance, part inquisitive self-journey,” Karim Aïnouz’s film involved a drowning man, a new love and more. Register for free.

Wednesday, July 28: Movies on the Mon at SouthSide Works
7 p.m.
What better place to watch Tom Hanks in his star turn as Fred Rogers than down along the Mon? Under the Burgh stars, you’ll be inspired by Marielle Heller’s 2019 biopic, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” hear live music by Danny Rectenwald and enjoy bevies from PA Libations.

Wednesday, July 28: Art in Context: Reconstructing Monuments
1 p.m.
Join this timely virtual discussion with artists, scholars and community members, who will discuss the role of public memorials within the context of current political and social issues. Panelists include Kambui Olujimi, Tereneh Idia, Bekezela Mguni, Patricia Eunji Kim and Alaina E. Roberts. Register for free.

Thursday, July 29: Inside Out at Carnegie Museum of Art
4-8 p.m.
One of Pittsburgh’s fave nightclubs will turn CMOA’s courtyard into a summer dance party. The free happy hour will showcase DJs from Hot Mass, along with food trucks and a bar created by Café Carnegie with custom snacks, kid-friendly treats, delicious wines and local beers.

Thursday, July 29: Christmas in July at Inner Groove Brewing
5-10 p.m.
Experience the dog days of Santa in quaint Verona. Dust off your fave Christmas album and take it for a spin on the brewery’s turntable, donate a toy to the Lower Valley Athletic Foundation and snap a selfie with St. Nick. Don’t forget to dress appropriately for the ugly sweater (or tie since it’s so hawt) contest. For more Christmas in July events, go here.

Photo courtesy of the Carrick Community Pavilion.

Thursday, July 29: Grand Renaming Celebration at the Carrick Community Pavilion
7-9 p.m.
Carrick’s new community gathering spot is getting a new name and you’re invited to celebrate. The grand renaming festivities will feature performances by the Pittsburgh Circus Arts Collaborative, DJs and bites from Pgh Smokehouse and Steve and Benny’s Chicken Shack. Formerly the Dairy District Pavilion, the site will host community programs presented by 25 Carrick Ave Project/Tech25, the Carrick Community Council and Hearcorp. Register for free.


Thursday, July 29: Pittsburgh Underwear Bike Ride
8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Hop on two wheels to promote body positivity and explore the city at twilight. The Pittsburgh Underwear Bike Ride is one experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list — and summer is the perfect time to partake in this communal phenomenon. The free-spirited fun continues at the after-party at Spirit.

Friday, July 30: In Bed by Ten 80s Night at the Allegheny Overlook
6-9 p.m.
Making a triumphant return, Pittsburgh’s fave early-bird dance party is hitting the road on a staycation summer tour. The outdoor series kicks off Downtown’s newest gathering spot, where IBBT founder and DJ Matthew Buchholz will be joined by ’80s DJ EZ Lou. The free event includes food trucks, a Brew Gentlemen beer garden and proceeds will support 412 Food Rescue.

Allegheny Overlook Pop-up Park.

Friday, July 30: Music on the Mon ay SouthSide Works
7-10 p.m.
Get to know the artists of Misra Records during this riverside showcase of live music. The free event includes lawn games, food trucks and the PA Libations Bar Car (aka a vintage Airstream) — plus custom merch from Commonwealth Press.

Friday, July 30: Allegheny County Summer Concert Series
7:30 p.m.
Throw it back to the 1980s with Berlin when the LA New Wave band rocks the South Park Amphitheater. And yes, original vocalist Terri Nunn will be there. The free concert series includes craft beer from Hop Farm Brewing and local food trucks.

Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31: Summer with the Symphony at Hartwood Acres
8:15 p.m.
Be swept away by the dramatic music of Brahms under the constellations. Featuring violinist Marta Krechkovsky and conductor Earl Lee, the free concert will feature two movements from Brahms’ lyrical masterpiece, Symphony No. 1. Arrive hungry because food and beverage trucks will be on-site. Buy tickets.

Saturday, July 31: Inside Out at Carnegie Museum of Art
12-5 p.m.
DJ Femi and Afro Yaqui Music provide the courtyard soundtrack for a perfect Saturday adventure. The free event includes drop-in for family-friendly art-making activities, food trucks and a bar created by the museum’s Café Carnegie featuring custom snacks, kid-friendly treats, delish wines and local beers.

Saturday, July 31: Juneteenth Concert (Rescheduled) in Frick Park
1-3 p.m.
The rain is gone and it’s time bring a picnic and blanket and celebrate on the lawn of the Frick Environmental Center. The Juneteenth celebration features live music by Najj Andrea, Jrouz3 and Diarra Imani on ZeroFossil‘s renewable solar-powered stage. The family-friendly event includes educational activities and tours of the From Slavery to Freedom Garden. Register for free.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival.

Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1: Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival at the Pittsburgh Shrine Center
12 p.m.
Cheswick will rock for a cause to raise funds for Band Together Pittsburgh and The Autism Society of Pittsburgh. Featured performers at the two-day festival include Soulful Femme, Jim Donovan & The Sun King Warriors, Chet Vincent, Joanna Connor, Blue Spectrum Band and many others.

Sunday, August 1: Allegheny County Summer Concert Series
7:30 p.m.
Going on 50 years of performing, Average White Band will bring on the funk — and the R&B, soul and disco — when they hit the Hartwood Acres stage. The free concert series includes an opening set by the Pittsburgh-based sextet, Slam Band And Sam, plus craft beer from Hop Farm and food trucks.

For more events go here.


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