It's Rain Day in Waynesburg, which means live music, festivities and (fingers crossed) rain. It's a tradition that dates back to the late 1800s, when a farmer remarked to a drugstore clerk that it seemed to always rain on July 29. The Southwestern Pa. town still tracks the rain on that day and makes a hat bet on the weather with a famous person. Even the president lost his hat to Waynesburg.
"Ugly" fruits and vegetables are getting a second chance with 412 Food Rescue's Ugly CSA. The program offers up a selection of local produce deemed too unsightly for grocery store aisles. The Ugly CSA is so popular that it sold-out for this year, but you can get on the waitlist for next year.
On the Calendar
An Instagram-worthy 35-foot giant Heinz pickle balloon will fly above Picklesburgh, a festival featuring how-to demonstrations, live music, a pickle juice drinking contest, and of course, plenty of pickle-themed foods. The event runs from noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Where: Roberto Clemente Bridge (Downtown)
When: July 28, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to July 29, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The morning begins with a yoga class set to electronic music, then transitions into a dance rave, then concludes with an all-you-can-eat brunch. Participants are welcome to contribute "something sacred" for the community altar and to bring props or costumes for dancing.
Where: Spirit at 242 51st Street (Lawrenceville)
When: July 29, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
How much: $33 in advance | $35 cash at the door for Yoga + Dance Rave + Brunch
Learn how to make a "personal greenhouse" (a.k.a. a terrarium) with the help of a Frick artist and instructor. The workshop, which includes materials, will offer guidance in designing, constructing and personalizing houseplant arrangements. Advance registration and pre-payment is required.
Where: The Frick Pittsburgh at 7227 Reynolds Street (Point Breeze)
When: July 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
How much: $30 non-members; $25 members
Vine Rewind, a two-day music festival and neighborhood block party with local food, libations and art, will celebrate Pittsburgh's music scene. More than 20 bands are set to perform, including Gene the Werewolf, Cello Fury and Joy Ike.
Where: 2800 block of Penn Avenue (Strip District)
When: July 29, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. to July 30, 2017 at 9:45 p.m.
How much: Free
Dogs are the stars of this party, which benefits Humane Animal Rescue. Dogs get free brewscuits, baths, treat bags and professional photos, along with the opportunity to participate in a pooch smooch station and doggy treat eating contest. Humans get giveaways, goodies and a raffle entry.
Where: East End Brewing Co. at 147 Julius Street (Larimer)
When: July 29, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: $15