Cue the festive tunes: This week is all about the holidays, and there’s a little something for everybody.
If you celebrate Hanukkah, don’t miss the menorah parade.
Krampus fan? Krampusnacht is coming … and he’s been watching.
Shopping for Christmas gifts? There are plenty of opportunities to buy local this week.
And don’t forget Festivus. A musical tribute to the holiday will, of course, include feats of strength.
Here’s your guide to the week.
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Events you’ll love
Monday, Dec. 3
🎧 7:30 p.m. Monday (South Side): Hear from the Unorthodox podcast live at this free Hanukkah show that promises “all the fun of a regular live show plus holiday treats, festive giveaways, and more.” The “Gentile of the Week” will be an Iranian refugee who helped raise more than $1 million for Tree of Life synagogue.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
🗣 12:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oakland): Learn about hate crimes, hate speech, and how you can respond at “Confronting Hate – A Discussion of the Tree of Life Synagogue Tragedy.”
🕎 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (Homestead): Just after the annual menorah car parade, celebrate at the Chanukah Festival at the Waterfront featuring live music, activities, and a grand menorah lighting
🎅 7 p.m. Tuesday (East Liberty): Attention Seinfeld fans: Check out this Festivus-themed evening of song from Aria 412. There will, of course, be an airing of grievances and feats of strength.
Wednesday, Dec. 5
👹 7 p.m. Wednesday (Downtown): Don’t miss Krampus — a half goat, half demon — who will visit Pittsburgh and spend his evening drinking and revealing who wasn’t so good in 2018. The band Sleigher performs at 7:30 p.m. From our archives, here’s the background on what Krampusnacht is all about.
Thursday, Dec. 6
🍻 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Strip District): Grab a beer and listen to (or perform) poetry. Find Poetry & Pints at East End Brewing.
Friday, Dec. 7
😱 7 p.m. Friday (Etna): Scare the stuffing out of yourself at ScareHouse’s “A Creepy Christmas.” Here’s what to expect from this literal nightmare before Christmas. The limited run on Dec. 7 and 8 might finally make your family holidays seem normal.
Saturday, Dec. 8
🏠 10 a.m. Saturday (North Side): Get a taste of an old-fashioned Pittsburgh Christmas at the Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour.
🎄 10 a.m. Saturday (Garfield): Make your own glass ornament and shop for some expert-made glass items, too, at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.
🐶 10 a.m. Saturday (Ohio Township): Bring your furry friend for a photo with Santa Paws at Animal Friends.
🛍 11 a.m. Saturday (Downtown): Shop more than 230 vendors at Handmade Arcade, including 83 first-time vendors and a showcase of 12 young artists ages 16 to 18.
🎸 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Stanton Heights): Experience NAT 28’s RE:Quenza, a performance featuring flute, clarinet, guitar, and cello music.
Sunday, Dec. 9
🛍 10 a.m. Sunday (Bloomfield): Get cozy and shop local at the HyperLocal Queer Craft Market.
🔍 1 p.m. Sunday (Crafton): Attend the mysterious Crafton Reimagined House Tour, where the number and architectural styles of featured homes are not revealed in advance.
🏡 2 p.m. Sunday (Dormont): While touring Dormont’s homes on the Dormont Library Holiday House Tour, pick up some decorating ideas that might be suitable for your own home.
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