This weekend in the Northside, check out the weekly Northside Farmers Market, grab a free water pitcher from Women for a Healthy Environment, and catch a ride on Pittsburgh’s newest sightseeing riverboat tour. All of this and more! Read on.

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Thursday, June 13

Potholes & Pierogies: Dinner and a Discussion of the 2020 Capital Budget

Meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Allegheny Center at The Museum Lab at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, 15212. Register to attend here. Childcare and Interpretive Services are available upon registration by June 9. Direct questions to

Cave Canem Poets at Alphabet City

One of Pittsburgh’s most anticipated poetry events returns! Each June since 2010, City of Asylum has presented the poets of Cave Canem. The poets and their readings are unique in their appeal to both devoted and casual poetry audiences. These are rousing performances that speak to issues of the day with beauty and excitement. Poets have included future Poet Laureates, National Book Award winners, MacArthur “Genius” award winners, and Pulitzer Prize winners. This year’s annual reading will continue the tradition with acclaimed poets Cornelius Eady, Ruth Ellen Kocher and Matthew Shenoda. A book signing with the poets will follow the reading. For more information, click here.

Sandstone Quarry Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Open House

The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh and TREK Development Group invite you to join them to come see the magic: housing turned into homes at the new Sandstone Quarry – formerly Allegheny Dwellings. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Sandstone Quarry will be held on Thursday, June 13 at 2:00 pm at 1660 Sandusky Court. An Open House will follow.

Friday, June 14

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.

Smoked Bourbon Release Party at Wigle Barrelhouse & Whiskey Garden

Just in time for Father’s Day! Celebrate Wigle Smoked Bourbon’s release with FREE samples from one of our distillers, live music and the opportunity to sample/purchase smoked jerky meats from The Beef Jerky Outlet! The Just Roll’d Up food truck will also be on-site for dinner. The event is free to attend with the option to purchase a $20 passport at the door for the best deals on drinks! RSVP with this link.

106th Annual Elks Lodge #339 Flag Day Celebration

Did you know that the Elks helped to start Flag Day? Come join us for an indoor picnic as we celebrate Old Glory. Open to the public. Doors open at 6 pm, Flag Day Program starts at 7 pm. Please RSVP to Alisha Crose at 412-321-1834 or Picnic Buffet, Baskets of Cheer, 50/50 Raffle, Cash Bar. Facebook event page is here.

The Clint Hoover Jazz Trio at Bier’s Pub

The Clint Hoover Jazz Trio is coming back to Bier’s Pub, “a comfy watering hole offering hefty burgers & other pub grub, craft beer & cocktails!” Check out the only Jazz Harmonica in Pittsburgh! Clint Hoover: Chromatic and Diatonic Harmonica; Michael McCarthy: Upright Bass and George Lardas Guitar. Event is from 7 to 10 p.m. Bier’s Pub is located at 900 Western Ave., 15233.

Saturday, June 15

1st Annual Summer Sale at The Government Center

Whether you want to dig through crates of records priced 4 for $1, or get a great deal on a fancy box set for Father’s Day, this is the weekend. Loads of bargain records, tapes, and CDs, in addition to the regular stock. Giving away stickers, posters, shirts, and who knows what else. More information available via Facebook.

The Free Store at Propel Northside’s Community Wellness Center

Community members are welcome to visit the free store from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to get needed items such as clothing and personal care products. Shoppers of various ages are invited to select up to five items during their shopping experience! They’re encouraged to take only what they need. If you’d like to donate, donations are accepted on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Propel Northside Community Wellness Center is located at 1805 Buena Vista St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15212. Please use the Brighton Road entrance. For more information, visit the Propel Northside Community Wellness Center Facebook page or call 412-325-7305 Ext. 1510. Check out the Facebook event page here.

Grace Lutheran Church Vendor Sale

Vendor sale will take place outside from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Church is located at 1701 Hatteras St. in Troy Hill. For more information, find Grace Lutheran Church on Facebook or call 412-231-0506.

FREE Water Pitchers on the Northside

Women for a Healthy Environment will be hosting its second distribution event of the year! Reduce your family’s lead exposure by filtering the water you use in your home. Women for a Healthy Environment will be distributing FREE water-filtering pitchers and filters certified to remove lead from tap water. Representatives will also be available to answer questions on how to reduce other forms of lead exposures in your home. No requirements are necessary to receive a filter, but priority will be given to households and families with young children, expecting parents, and households inside and outside the PWSA service area with a child with elevated blood lead levels. Distribution will take place from 9 to noon at Allegheny Center Alliance Church, 801 Union Ave. For more information, or to find other distribution locations, visit the Water Pitcher Distribution event page. If you have questions, call 412-404-2872 or email

Sunday, June 16

Sensory Sensitive Science Hours at Carnegie Science Center

As part of its ongoing efforts to create inclusive experiences for all visitors, Carnegie Science Center will offer Sensory Sensitive Science Hours 10 am–1 pm during which exhibits will be modified and activities will be added to accommodate visitors on the autism spectrum and those with sensory sensitivities. Adventure guides, which serve as a visual explainer for navigating the museum, and communication badges, which help visitors signal to staff members their communication needs, will be available.

PGH 101: An Intro to Innovation Riverboat Tour

Get onboard Pittsburgh’s newest sightseeing tour and explore the region’s legacy of innovation. Known as a modern tech and robotics hub, the ‘Burgh has been on the vanguard of industrial revolution for over 250 years! During this meticulously researched 90-minute tour, you’ll discover how Pittsburgh’s challenging landscape, its wealth of natural resources, and the character of its residents and workers have shaped neighborhoods and industries – creating the dynamic city it is today! All the while, you’ll be taking in the beauty of the skyline and riverbanks! Tour starts at 2:30 p.m. Meet at the Rivers of Steel Dock along the North Shore Trail next to the USS Requin. For more information, including ticket prices and dates, click here.

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