We rounded up a few of our favorite locally made gifts and picked something for even the hardest-to-shop-for people on your list. Here’s how to shop local no matter your budget and score something special enough to be beloved into 2018. Pierogi soap on a rope? Check. An elegant piece of Pittsburgh jewelry? Got it. Celebrate Small Business Saturday by shopping local with our Pittsburgh gift guide. Need some more inspiration? Check out one of the dozen holiday markets around town to find even more local gifts.
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On the Calendar
The Dirty Dozen bike race was co-founded by Danny Chew in 1983 and takes on the steepest hills in Pittsburgh. This year's race includes riding up 13 hills — aka a dirty dozen — with hill grades from 20 to 37 percent. Same day registration runs from 8 to 8:45 a.m.
Where: Bud Harris Cycling Track at 1401 Washington Blvd. (Highland Park)
When: November 25, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.
How much: $45 for non-competitors | $50 for competitors
It's time for the annual WPXI Holiday Parade. Go Downtown to watch in person, or flip to channel 11 to view it from your couch. See live performances, beloved local mascots, floats and more.
Where: Liberty Avenue between 6th and 11th streets (Downtown)
When: November 25, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
How much: Free
The Community Empowerment Association is hosting Buy Black - A Black Saturday Holiday Market Place encouraging shoppers to use their economic power to support black businesses and black entrepreneurs during the holiday season. "Don't spend your money on Black Friday," the event listing says "but support black owned businesses on Saturday."
Where: 7120 Kelly St. (Homewood South)
When: November 25, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Small Business Saturday kicks off the beginning of four weekly PennStyled pop-ups this holiday season. Trusst Lingerie will turn into a holiday pop-up showcasing four local women designers: Kiya Tomlin of Uptown Sweats, Gillian Preston of Broken Plates, Nisha Blackwell of Knotzland and Shannon Pultz of Blak Rust, with Sophia Berman and Susan Banerjee of Trusst Lingerie.
Where: Trusst Lingerie at 5125 Penn Ave. (Garfield)
When: November 25, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Poogie Bell will front a band of all-star musicians for the annual Suite Life: A Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash. The evening is a musical tribute to Strayhorn's life and legacy and will include remixes of his classic work.
Where: Kelly Strayhorn Theater at 5941 Penn Ave. (East Liberty)
When: November 25, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay what you can