On June 8, PGHRetail kicked off the California Markets, a series of open-air markets planned to boost the California Avenue business district in Brighton Heights. In addition to children’s activities and vendors, the first market series had a live DJ, an art walk sponsored by the Brighton Heights Citizen Federation and the Steer and Wheel food truck served gourmet burgers.

If you’re good with a spatula or into brewing your own beer, the next California Markets on July 13 will have a BBQ cook-off sponsored by Tom’s Friday Market. It’s free to enter your beer or fire up a grill and there are prizes for first place winners. . There will be information days at the Java N’Creme Coffee House at 3619 California Ave on June 29 at 11 a.m. and July 10 at 6 p.m

(All photos courtesy Stephanie Lauren Stauffer)

Brighton Heights resident Kelly Day was there to DJ.
Brighton Heights resident Kelly Day was there to DJ.
The Steer and Wheel was on site with gourmet burgers.
The Steer and Wheel was on site with gourmet burgers.
Kids entertained themselves with bubbles, chalk and a variety of other activities.
Kids entertained themselves with bubbles, chalk and a variety of other activities.