Be still, my heart: We stand on the precipice of the holiday season. It is a magical time full of friends, family and enough logistical challenges to overwhelm a Boeing engineer. But, alas, we soldier on in the name of good cheer.
With that in mind, we have lovingly assembled a list of things to do this week to make kicking off the holiday season as effortless and ire-reducing as possible — everything from Friendsgiving trivia to a holiday parade to a murder mystery. That last one is for all the holiday skeptics out there. We’re sure you’ll come around soon.
But for the rest of us, indulge in this holiday bounty courtesy of your friends at The Incline. And don’t forget, sign up for our daily newsletter to have events like these delivered straight to your inbox each morning — down the ethernet chimney with care.
🎉 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 (Downtown): Celebrate 25 Pittsburghers making a difference in local politics at a happy hour for our third Who’s Next: Politics class.
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Monday, Nov. 19
☕️ 6 p.m. Monday (Downtown): Steel yourself for the coming holiday onslaught with a stiff drink — better yet a warm one. Learn how to make the famed Hot Toddy (if you don’t know, ask your grammy) at the Wigle Whiskey Tasting Room & Bottle Shop. It’s like flannel pajamas in liquid form.
Tuesday, Nov. 20
🛎 7 p.m. Tuesday (Harmar): Don’t know who The Rembrandts are? You’re gonna want to find out before you head to this “Friends”-centric Friendsgiving trivia at Zone 28. Prep by reading articles from BuzzFeed’s very active “Friends” beat.
Wednesday, Nov. 21
🦃 5 p.m. Wednesday (Spring Garden): It’s Blackout Wednesday. But if you’re not in the mood to get rip-roaring drunk at a college bar, Spare the Turkeys at Threadbare Cider and Mead. A vegetarian menu with a vegan option will be available. Free to attend, but pay for the food as you gobble.
Thursday, Nov. 22: Thanksgiving Day
🍽 9 a.m. Thursday (Homewood South): Make others thankful this Thanksgiving Day by helping The Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh and Nazarene Baptist Church in the annual Thanksgiving distribution of hot food to senior citizens. Doing good feels good.
Friday, Nov. 23
🏡 10 a.m. Friday (Point Breeze): Experience the holidays circa 1908, and enjoy the lavishly decorated home of the Frick family during this year’s holiday tour of the Clayton Mansion. House envy meets holiday decoration envy.
Saturday, Nov. 24
🚲 8 a.m. Saturday (Highland Park): Cheer on cyclists as they get ready to take on 13 of the steepest paved streets in the world in this grueling competition.
🚨 9 a.m. Saturday (Downtown): The WPXI Holiday Parade returns with marching bands, festive floats, billowing balloons and a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.
✨ 2 p.m. Saturday (Brookline): Get lit with Brookline as the enclave kicks off the holiday season with its annual light up celebration.
🏳️🌈 3 p.m. Saturday (North Shore): Join artist educators at the Warhol Museum for Dandy Andy, a tour focused on Warhol’s queer history.
🧐 6 p.m. Saturday (Downtown): “America’s largest murder mystery dinner show” comes to the Omni William Penn. Eat, drink and detect. Whodunnit? You tell me.
🎻 8 p.m. Saturday (Allegheny West): Celebrate immigrant contributions to the U.S. landscape and the musical landscape with this performance of musical creations by composers who migrated to the United States from all over the world.
Sunday, Nov. 25
🎄 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily (Oakland): Phipps’ Holiday Magic: Let It Glow! is now open. If this doesn’t get you into the holiday spirit, nothing will.
🎥 8 p.m. Sunday (Lawrenceville): Watch a screening of “Life Is Beautiful,” about “how love, humor, and imagination can help us get through the darkest times, in this case a Holocaust concentration camp” at Row House Cinema to benefit Pittsburgh’s chapter of Repair the World, a Jewish-American organization mobilizing volunteers to give time and effort to those in need. Here’s how else you can help in the aftermath of Tree of Life.
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