This weekend in the Northside: A screening of David Bernabo’s “Wild Human” at the Mattress Factory, a lecture at the Allegheny Observatory called “How to Go Beyond the Discovery of the Higgs Boson,” a Bar Climb in Troy Hill and Spring Garden, a BBQ in Fineview, and more. 

Photo from David Bernabo’s “Wild Human,” courtesy of the artist.

Thursday, July 18

Square Solutions: Get the most out of Square tools at Nova Place

Square is hosting a series of FREE “Night School” workshops to give small businesses the opportunity to learn from Pittsburgh-based thought leaders and business owners through a series of educational courses. They designed these courses to include hands-on learning activities, facilitated networking sessions, and much more. In this session, Andrew McCoy, Customer Support, Square, will teach you about all the Square products and features available to help you run your business. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Eating Disorder Support Group at Spring Hill Brewing

You don’t have to be going through something major to join the group. Maybe you just want to befriend some strong courageous humans who are looking for more out of life! That’s great too. This group is welcome to anyone looking to make new friends, share their story, and build each other up! Essentially, if you have been struggling with feeling like you are not enough, feeling alone in what you are going through and you are ready to start living a more honest authentic life then this is the group for you. Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. More information available via Facebook.

Pittsburgh Winery Alfresco Wine Party in the Priory’s Courtyard

You’re invited to a great summer wine party with host Tim Gaber of the Pittsburgh Winery! “Drink local but source worldwide” is Tim’s motto. He will be showing some new wines, made here in Pittsburgh with grapes sourced from California and South America. As always, wines will be paired with innovative small plates from chefs Pete Phillipy and Mike Henney, and you’ll also be treated to live music in the courtyard (weather permitting) by Daryl Shawn. Tickets are $60 (plus ticket processing fee). Questions? Please email Zachary Webb at More information available via Facebook.

Friday, July 19

Lecture at Allegheny Observatory

Why and How to Go Beyond the Discovery of the Higgs Boson, a Lecture by John Alison, Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University. This event is part of the 2019 Public Lecture Series offered at Allegheny Observatory every third Friday of the month. The night starts at 7 p.m. with light refreshments. Lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. and lasts approximately one hour. After the lecture, there will be a tour of the building. Allegheny Observatory is located at 159 Riverview Ave. in Riverview Park. For more information, or to find out how to register for the lecture, visit the Allegheny Observatory Tour and Lecture Information web page,  or call 412-321-2400 between the hours of 1 and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Reservations are required for this event.

Wild Human documentary screening, Day 1 of 2

The premiere of David Bernabo’s new free-wheelin’ documentary will screen at the Mattress Factory on Friday, July 19. (A second screening will occur the following night at the Carnegie Museum of Art as part of their Moon Party event.) Doors 6:30PM. Screening 7PM. Suggested Donation accepted at the door. Learn more about the event and the film via Facebook.

Bar Climb: Troy Hill & Spring Garden

The Bar Crawl is going vertical! There will be beer, whiskey, cider and cocktails for you in Spring Garden and Troy Hill. Start at Threadbare Cider House, climb city steps to Spring Hill Brewery and Penn Brewery. Then finish up at the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse & Whiskey Garden. You’ll get a walking trail map when you start at Threadbare Cider House between 5-7 PM. Food and drink specials for registered bar climbers will be offered at each spot once you pick up your map! Climb your way through Spring Garden and Troy Hill to redeem your Bar Crawl specials! Wigle Barrelhouse Hours: 5-10 PM, Penn Brewery Hours: 11am-11 PM, Spring Hill Brewery Hours: 5-11 PM. Facebook event page is here.

Jazz & Blues at Arnold’s Coffee & Tea

Friday! Saxophonist Chris Hemingway will be in PGH for a rare Open-to-Public set of Jazz. Please join them at Arnold’s Tea in PGH’s North Side (6 to 8 p.m.) Share and invite you friends. All ages are welcome. Jessica Lee, Chris Hemingway, and Joe Defazio. Arnold’s Tea is located at 502 E. Ohio St., 15212. For more information, call 412-322-2494.

Saturday, July 20

Fineview BBQ at Fineview Baseball Field

Enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, and an assortment of sides! Meet DJ Gerald Watkins, Balloon Artist Brother Strawberry, Face Painter Michelle Johnson. Play kickball and enjoy other activities! Visit with City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) and Propel Schools. Bring a dish to share and a lawn chair or picnic blanket. Please walk or park on Myler or Jay Street and walk down, unless you have a physical disability. Time of event is from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Fineview Baseball Field is located at 414 Jay St., 15212.

Gimme a Brake (Light): Free Repair Clinic

The Pittsburgh chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America will hold a free brake light repair clinic on the North Side for anyone in need of a new brake or tail light bulb on their vehicle. A burned out brake light is one of the most common reasons for a traffic stop, increasing the likelihood of police interaction. Funded by the Pittsburgh DSA chapter, “Gimme A Brake (Light)” will be conducted by members of the organization who will be on hand all afternoon to welcome anyone in need of a new brake or tail light. Pittsburghers interested in reserving an appointment for a specific time may send an email with their car’s make/model to, but no appointments are needed; drivers may pull in day-of for the service. More information available on the Facebook event page.

Free Showing of “First Man” in Riverview Park

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of man walking on the moon, Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park will show “First Man” (PG-13) on Saturday, July 20, at dusk on Observatory Hill in Riverview Park. “First Man” starring Ryan Gosling takes a look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969. So grab a lawn chair or blanket and head out for an unforgettable evening of cinema under the stars when the City of Pittsburgh Office of Special Events presents “Dollar Bank Cinema in the Park” on July 20 in the shadow of the Allegheny Observatory in the North Side. More information available here.

Storytelling with 123 Andrés at Alphabet City

Experience 123 Andrés with an engaging program of music and movement all about the Spanish language! Latin Grammy Award-winner 123 Andrés are Andrés and Christina, a high-energy duo with catchy songs and a fun-filled show that gets kids and families singing and dancing, in Spanish and English. Event is from 3 to 4 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Sunday, July 21

Casual Northside Brewery Bike Ride with Very Local

BIKE FRIENDS! Join Very Local PGH’s (casual) group ride through the Northside breweries. The theme is “Christmas in July.” It’s a festive, themed brewery bike tour of the Northside led by Bear Dog Bicycles. This social, low-key ride covers a short distance and includes trail ride time, some use of protected bike lanes and some street riding. Get in the spirit by decking out your bike in holiday decorations. Lights, ornaments, garland, wreaths, Santa hats and ugly sweaters are all encouraged. We don’t discriminate; Hanukkah decorations are encouraged, too. Best bike (both Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice) wins a gift package that includes a bike tune-up. #BearDogBikes will lead bicyclists to FIVE stops featuring food & local beer. Begins at 11:30 a.m. $20 per ticket (includes food + beer). Decorations encouraged. More information available here.

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 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 and for more information.

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