It’s finally here: This weekend, Deutschtown Music Festival celebrates its seventh year, with a brand-new Sunday Gospel Brunch to boot! Plus, an Aquatic Jamboree at The Pittsburgh Project, a Fineview Walking Tour, and AIR’s Annual Open House Party. All of this and more, this weekend in the Northside.

Photo at The Pittsburgh Project by Ashlee Green

Thursday, July 11

Northside Public Safety Council Meeting

Normally this meeting is held on the first Thursday of each month, but this one was rescheduled due to the holiday. The Northside Public Safety Council monthly meeting is held at the Manchester Citizens Council office located at 1319 Allegheny Avenue at 5:30pm. Zone One police officers will be there to update you on the latest happenings and answer your questions.

Garden Theater Block Community Meeting at MuseumLab

Please plan to join Allegheny City Central Association, the Mexican War Streets Society, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh for an important Community Meeting about the Garden Theater Block with PWWG Architecture + Urban Planning, TREK Development Group, and Q Development. The Garden Theater Block Community Meeting will focus on the development’s Conceptual Design Phase. Learn about the overall schedule, the public process, and the emerging designs for the Garden Theater Block. The Community Meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at MuseumLab, located at 6 Allegheny Square. For more information, visit the Garden Theater Block Community Meeting event page here. Direct questions to calcorn@ura.org.

Friday, July 12

Deutschtown Music Festival

The Seventh Annual Deutschtown Music Festival (DMF) kicks off tonight. Over 350 bands, 11 outdoor stages, and 26 indoor venues! Over 35,000 people are expected to attend! Find out more information on the DMF website or on Facebook.

Northside Farmers Market

Did you know the Citiparks Farmers Market accepts ACCESS cards? Check it out this and every Friday for the summer from 3 to 7 p.m. at Allegheny Commons Park at the corner of East Ohio Street and Cedar Avenue. Stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables, meats, cheese, baked goods, flowers, and more. For more information, head to the Facebook event page.

Saturday, July 13

BEHIND THE SCENES OPEN HOUSE at Artists Image Resource

Artists Image Resource (AIR) invites you to a Behind The Scenes Open House | Fundraising Event on Saturday, July 13th from 2-8pm. This year they are coordinating with the Deutschtown Music Festival. With all the bands and activities taking place in the neighborhood that day, AIR is making the party even bigger. There will be Exhibitions, Activities, Print Demonstrations, and plenty of PRINTS and items to take away and own. This year, the event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, so instead of charging admission, funds will be raised by expanding the Annual Art Raffle and by making prints available from AIR’s extensive archive at DISCOUNTED PRICES. Check out the Facebook event page for more information.

Yelp Ice Cream Social

You’re invited to the 2nd annual ice cream festival at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. They’re celebrating National Ice Cream Month the best way they know how… With everyone’s fave frozen treat! Guests will have the opportunity to sample complimentary ice cream and frozen pops from local vendors and vote on best overall and most creative flavor. You’ll also be able to play lawn games, get your own balloon art, and have your face painted. There will be food trucks on hand to nosh on if you’d like to buy some savory items. You won’t want to miss all the actions! Please come with your $10 donation at the door, which will benefit the Children’s Museum. For a $20 donation, you’ll receive an amazing swag bag filled with fantastic items from the museum, Yelp and many more vendors. More information available here.

11 Cares Save a Life Blood Drive

Bring your family and tell your friends, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Allegheny Center Alliance Church located at 250 East Ohio St., 15212. One donor can save up to 3 lives! The event will include: Kid’s craft-making with the Mattress Factory, corn hole and kids’ craft with Propel Northside Community Wellness Center, Giveaways, Free Parking, Refreshments. It’s never to early for “mocktails” – stop by the mocktail bar for a refreshing “blood bag” non-alcoholic drink. After donating, explore Pittsburgh’s Northside and the activities for kids of all ages. Click here to make an appointment.  All donors receive a free Vitalant bandanna, while supplies last. When making an appointment, use Group Code ME020007 to register for this blood drive. More information is available here.

Sunday, July 14

Deutschtown Music Festival Gospel Brunch

DMF is expanding its free music fest to a third day! In coordination with the Allegheny Center Alliance Church (ACAC), they are introducing the first ever DMF Gospel Brunch! Great Christian music, delicious food, and fun children’s activities all morning! Children’s activities will begin at 9:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. More information here.

Fineview Walking Tour

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF) has close connections with this hillside neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s Northside as a result of its efforts to preserve two Gothic Revival homes built between 1855 and 1860. PHLF purchased the Henderson-Metz house in 1975 through its revolving fund, and sold it in 1984 to a development company that restored its exterior and converted the interior for apartments. In 2000, PHLF accepted a preservation easement for Heathside Cottage, thus protecting the facade of the picturesque cottage in perpetuity. As you explore Fineview, you’ll see wonderful views of the city and learn about the concept of suburbia, the philosophy of domesticity, the influence of landscape designer A.J. Downing and architect A.J. Davis, and the reforming mission that guided the development of one of the city’s earliest public-housing projects. Event is from 2 to 3 p.m. Fee: members $10; non-members $20 Paid reservations must be made by Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Registration is limited to 15 people and advance paid reservations are required: marylu@phlf.org or 412-471-5808, ext. 527. More information is available here.

Light of Life Rescue Mission’s Yinzer 5K

The 7th annual Yinzer 5k, a certified race that celebrates the ’Burgh and raises funds for Light of Life, will be held Sunday, July 14, 2019, at the Great Lawn on the North Shore. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. The Lil’ Yinzer Fun Run also returns this year for runners ages 12 and under. The event is emceed by 96.1 Kiss FM Morning Freak Show’s Mikey and Big Bob. Runners are encouraged to dress up in ways that epitomize Pittsburgh to them – anything from black and gold to representing their favorite Pittsburgh landmark. Costumes will be judged by Sally Wiggin and other local celebrities as they watch the race from the Pittsburgh Pedaler. A traditional Pittsburgh cookie table including Eat ‘n Park smiley cookies will be set up after the race, and runners can indulge in free pierogies, kielbasa, and sauerkraut. Over 500 runners are expected to participate with prizes given to top runners and the best-dressed Pittsburgher. For more information, visit www.lightoflife.org/yinzer. Proceeds benefit the critical homeless services at Light of Life Rescue Mission.

Aquatic Jamboree at The Pittsburgh Project

Bring your group, friends and family to a casual, summertime, fun, social event at the pool with Coach Mark at 2 pm on the weekends. Get some fitness, swim tips, and play well with others in a non-contact, competitive, aquatic disk game. Events are slated for 2 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting, on the Northisde at the outdoor pool of The Pittsburgh Project, located at the corner of North Charles Street & Wilson Ave., at Fowler Park. Remaining dates: July 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, and Aug 3, 4. Play SKWIM with Coach Mark and others. Equipment provided with the support of a grant from Pittsburgh Play Collaborative. Cost is $3 at the gate, or free with your 2019 Citiparks Pool Pass. All ages and abilities welcome. Play happens in the shallow water. Pool hours: 1 to 7 pm to August 8, 2019. Questions? Contact Coach Mark Rauterkus at 412-298-3432. Visit
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