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Welcome to one of the biggest weekends of the year in Pittsburgh, with the start of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival and several Pride festivities.
The annual Three Rivers Arts Festival will feature more than 85 musical acts with a little something for everybody, including India.Aire, Lucius, Too Many Zooz, Tank and the Bangas, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Plus, there’s the huge artist market, a time capsule, and, according to the latest forecasts, a remarkably dry first few days.
In addition, Pride celebrations will fill Downtown, featuring two Pride marches, musical performances, drag shows, and a massive festival.
And, yes, all of this will impact traffic, as TribLive explains in this handy guide.
In other news…
Pittsburgh is the best U.S. city for first-time homebuyers, according to Livability, a research and rankings website. The site mentions the variety of architecture here, the relatively low median home price, and a bevy of cultural amenities. (NEXTpittsburgh)
How did a Butler County man end up in an iconic photo of the D-Day invasion? The photo of Lyndora-native Nicholas Russin being dragged out of the English Channel by fellow troops has been viewed around the world in the 75 years since, and it’s a well-worn testament to tragedy and survival on Omaha Beach. (WITF)
Carnegie Mellon University wants to go the moon. The university is contracting with Astrobotic, one of three private space companies that NASA has funded to carry payloads to the lunar surface, in hopes of launching the first U.S. robotic moon rover to space in July 2021. Godspeed. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
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Pride Month has officially begun with the biggest events kicking off this weekend. Here’s the full report on what to expect this weekend, along with thoughts from the event organizers, details on the fashion you’ll want to check out, and some additional reading.
Plus, we’ve got The Big List of Pride events to add to your calendar for the rest of the month, including a week of queer cinema, OUTrageous Bingo, Stonewall commemorations, and a board game night at TransPride Pittsburgh.
Happy Pride, Pittsburgh.
🕸 June 12: Want to disentangle our society from systemic racism? Come discover the Groundwater Approach to building racial equity. RSVP today. (Downtown)
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👑 Play GAYmes at Liza Minnelli’s Big Gay Game Show, hosted by Queen of the Arcade Schwa de Vivre (Downtown)
🎉 Check out Workshop’s Queer Art Show and stick around for a wig dance party (Garfield)
☠️ Score some one-of-a-kind finds at the Pittsburgh Punk Rock Flea Market (Polish Hill)
🎨 Explore art at the June Unblurred Penn Avenue Arts Crawl — and don’t miss “an ode to Black American hair culture” at Assemble (Garfield)
🖼 Kick off the first day of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, which runs through June 16 (Downtown)
👟 Move your body in this movement workshop with performance artist duo slowdanger at Carnegie Museum of Art (Oakland)
🔎 Get competitive at this scavenger hunt, which promises trivia, activities, cocktails, and fun at each stop (Strip District)
☀️ Make garden crafts and suncatchers at this Art Car pop-up workshop (Millvale)
🍓 Indulge in sweet strawberry treats at Soergel Orchards’ Strawberry Festival (Franklin Park)
✨ Practice self care with healing workshops and healthy living tips in this event by Sisters PGH & True T (Bloomfield)
🏳️🌈 March in or cheer on the People’s Pride March, hosted by SisTers PGH (Multiple locations)
🌈 Attend the annual Pittsburgh Pride Equality March, hosted by the Delta Foundation (Downtown)
🎽 Get your exercise at the PUMPed to Run 5K, which helps our neighbors experiencing homelessness (Highland Park)
🛍 Shop for vintage goods and handmade items at the Neighborhood Flea (Strip District)
🚲 Learn about Pittsburgh’s bridges on this bike tour with an expert (Downtown)
🚣♀️ Learn to paddle like a pro in this beginner’s class at Kayak Pittsburgh (North Shore)
🎨 Work on your own creative projects alongside others at The Windmill: An Artist’s Mobile Studio (Oakland)
🖼 Experience art through social games with City of Play at Carnegie Museum of Art (Oakland)
🍯 Pick up some fresh fruits and veggies at the Green Grocer Mobile Farmers Market (Sheraden)
🙏 Practice Tai Chi in this all-levels class (North Side)
🎶 Enjoy free music in Schenley Plaza at lunchtime (Oakland)
🎳 Bring the kiddos for KidsPlay in Market Square (Downtown)
🍎 Do yoga in the middle of an apple orchard at Soergel’s (Franklin Park)
Do you like ketchup? Do you like Ed Sheeran? Well, get ready.
Heinz has unveiled a special “Edchup” edition of the staple sauce in recognition of the pop star’s ketchup love. Sheeran, who reportedly has a tattoo of a Heinz ketchup bottle on his arm, is predictably excited.
And if you’re also excited, you can order some here while supplies last.