Just before the stroke of midnight, "The Future of Pittsburgh" ball will rise to 70 feet into the air signaling the dawn of a new year. But why exactly does the ball rise, opposite of the iconic New York version? We found out about the history of the celebration and learned some tips for the best spot to watch the festivities.
On New Year's Day, you're probably eating pork and sauerkraut. But why? Where did the tradition get its roots? Well, you see, the pig "roots forward," unlike chickens who "scratch back" — so it's progress. And the kraut is green, like cash money. When you're sick of your house smelling like fermented cabbage, just remember the Pennsylvania Dutch believe it’s your luckiest meal of the year.
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Enjoy six hours of art, dance, music, comedy and theater in the Cultural District before the countdown to midnight. Learn about the history of the Pittsburgh's annual celebration and where to score the best spot to watch the New Year's Eve ball.
Where: Various locations Downtown
When: December 31, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to January 1, 2018 at 12:00 a.m.
Hear from an expert about how to create a block print — draw an image, transfer it to a piece of rubber, cut out the relief of the image and make a print. The workshop is open to beginners. No registration is needed; it's first-come, first-served for the first 20 participants.
Where: Carnegie Library — main branch at 4400 Forbes Ave. (Oakland)
When: January 2, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Start the new year by learning about good health. At this free walk-in holistic health workshop, enjoy a chair massage, have an herbal consultation, try reiki and attend a baby-wearing workshop.
Where: Union Project at 801 N Negley Ave. (Highland Park)
When: January 3, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
It's Friday Jr., so celebrate with a wine tasting. Sample Bersotti wines from Italy's Piedmont region at Lidia's first monthly wine tasting of 2018.
Where: Lidia's Pittsburgh at 1400 Smallman St. (Strip District)
When: January 4, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $25
Get a group of your closest (read: smartest) friends, co-workers, family together, and head to this trivia night with The Incline and Buzz Worthy Pub Trivia to compete for prizes.
Come prepared for 5 rounds of trivia — including a music round. The top 3 teams will win prizes, including 4 tickets to Stage AE, 4 vouchers for a Who's Next happy hour, and Incline swag. Be ready for shout-out questions throughout the night to win individual prizes. Teams will be capped at 4 people.
Bonus: Support our local journalism with your ticket purchase. Doors at 7:30. Trivia at 8.
Where: East End Brewery Tap Room at 102 19th St. (Strip District)
When: January 5, 2018 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $10 in advance | $15 at the door