Spring will be here before you know it, but there’s still plenty to do before it arrives. Here’s a look at 11 things to do this weekend!
Saturday, 11 a.m.
A lot of folks are going to be “freezin’ for a reason” at the Pittsburgh Polar Plunge at Heinz Field this weekend. This plunge helps raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania. If you want to throw yourself into the frigid pool, all it takes is a minimum of $50 in raised funds. The money raised will support more than 20,000 athletes across Pennsylvania. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and the plunging kicks off at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, 6 p.m.
Larimer Volunteer Fire Department
It’s a weekend for pet lovers, starting with Woofstock 2020 in Larimer. This is a charity fund raising event to benefit the animals at Pet Friends. Inside the Larimer fire hall guests can enjoy two live bands, tons of food and drinks, and lots of great prizes. Participants who bring a can of wet dog or cat food will get a free door prize ticket. This is a 21 and over event, and it’s cash only. Tickets are $15 and the doors open at 5 p.m. and the music starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Sunday, 1 p.m.
The fun continues on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Wampum. Guests can bring their dog and family out to the big field at the end of 2nd Avenue to play a fun, friendly game of K-9 Frisbee toss and fetch. The members of Steel City Disc Dogs will be there to show you the ropes. During the event, participants and dogs have 60 seconds to make as many throws and catches as possible. This event runs from 1 until 4 p.m. and it’s free to take part in.
Starts Friday, various showtimes
Carnegie Science Center
More feline fun continues with the CatVideoFest 2020 at the Rangos Giant Cinema at the Carnegie Science Center. This event is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos pulled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos and classic internet powerhouses. Think of it like the Cannes Film Festival, but with less subtitles and 100% more cats. CatVideoFest is a joyous experience and raises money for cats in need through partnerships with local cat charities and shelters.
Saturday, 6 p.m.
Independence Township Community Center
It wouldn’t a complete weekend without a good chili cook-off. On Saturday, you can throw your hat into the ring in Independence Township at the sixth annual Chili Cook Off. Whether you want to cook and compete, or just swing on by and eat, this is sure to be a great time. For those looking to unseat the current reigning champion Wayne Potts, this is your chance to challenge the king. It’s $20 to enter, or $10 for adults to chow down and just $5 five for kids to taste some of the best chili in the region. This chili throwdown of epic proportions is happening at the Independence Township Community Center in Aliquippa from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
The David L. Lawrence Convention Center is the place to be if you’re a fan of beer. Guests will find hundreds of brews at the winter edition of the Pittsburgh Beer Fest. Breweries and beer enthusiasts from across the region will gather on Friday and Saturday for an unlimited sampling of hundreds of fresh craft beers, all while raising funds for animal rescue partners. There are a lot of ticket options, including designated driver admission, and you can find all the information you need on the convention center’s website.
VIP session: 11:30 a.m.; session 1: noon; session 2: 1 p.m.
Monroeville Convention Center
Not to be outdone, the Monroeville Convention Center is hosting “Wine, Shine and Mac & Cheese." Guests will be able to sample all the finest wines, spirits, ciders and beer the region has to offer, along with mac and cheese! Food trucks will be on hand with special macaroni and cheese-based menus. This event is Saturday only and there are two sessions: one from noon to 3 p.m. and another from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 when bought online, and VIP tickets are $15. VIP tickets will allow guests to enter at 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m.
PPG Paints Arena
Athletes will be able to take in a nice run through the Steel City this weekend with the Sportsburgh 10K Tour. It’s a guided running tour on Sunday morning that leaves from the Peoples Gas gate at PPG Paints Arena and takes runners on an educational journey through Pittsburgh sports history. The run will be at a casual pace to accommodate all abilities. The tour starts at 9 a.m. and is hosted by Pittsburgh Running Tours. Participants need to register online for the run.
Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
The Palace Theatre
There have been a lot of hot tickets at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg lately, and this weekend, they’re opening the doors to celebrate culture in Westmoreland County with their annual masquerade party. The “Party at the Palace” begins with a masquerade ball on the time-honored palace stage with jazz being played live from the balcony. The main event begins at 7:30 p.m., when guests can explore the festive ambiance of Venetian Carnevale, the colorful excitement of Mardi Gras or the elegant charm of a French Tea Room. Tickets to this elegant evening are $85, or $150 for VIPs.
Friday, 11 a.m.
BrewDog Pittsburgh is opening! This Friday, February 28, the brewery is opening up its latest taproom and a mini-production facility in East Liberty. The 4,000 square foot craft beer haven in Steel City will feature a 24-tap bar, dog-friendly outdoor patio and a brewery production area that guests will be able to view. The location will serve elevated bar food including specialty burgers and tacos. In addition to the classic BrewDog and Pittsburgh-exclusive BrewDog beers on tap, the bar will also feature craft beers from other local Pittsburgh breweries such as Helltown and Pizza Boy, among others. The grand opening festivities start Friday at 11 a.m.
We’re sure you’ve been hearing about the new life saving program “Minutes Matter.” The weekend is the perfect time to sit down and check it out. Visit minutesmatterpgh.com to learn how you could save a life. “Minutes Matter” is a partnership between UPMC and the City of Pittsburgh that provides our community with access to basic emergency information and education about life-saving interventions.
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