This weekend marks the first official day of summer! Celebrate with the annual Allegheny West House Tour, Sommerfest at Penn Brewery, Observatory Hill’s Community Flea Market, and more.

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Thursday, June 20

Small Business Workshop at Penn Brewery

The Northside Community Development Fund (NSCDF) is holding a workshop for Northsiders interested in starting their own business. Community residents can stop by Penn Brewery, located at 800 Vinial St., 15212, to learn about the funding opportunities NSCDF offers for start-up and existing businesses located on Pittsburgh’s Northside. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Direct any questions to Chelsea Newcomer at 412-322-0290 or at newcomer@nscdfund.org.

USB CSV Community Garden 1st B’Day

Celebrate the one-year establishment of a model of community and self-sufficiency. CELEBRATION of the 1st ANNIVERSARY of the United Somali Bantu COMMUNITY FOOD GARDEN in Charles Street Valley. Event is from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Located at the garden at North Charles at Strauss Street, 15214. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Kickoff Event for Citiparks Summer Food Service Program

Join for the kid friendly KICKOFF Event for the Citiparks Summer Food Service Program 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.!!! This FREE Event will have the Mobile Food Truck on hand to serve lunch to all the kids! The Roving Art Cart will be there with fun crafts for all! Join Pittsburgh Steeler Cameron Heyward and City Officials to celebrate this great program. Special Thanks to: Pittsburgh Public Schools, American Dairy Association North East, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Smiles by Hart for their help in putting this event together!! More information available via Facebook.

Public Meeting: Four Mile Run Stormwater Improvement Project and Mon-Oakland Mobility Project

Join the City and PWSA for a project update and share your ideas. The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) and the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) will hold a Public Meeting on the Four Mile Run Stormwater Improvement Project and the Mon-Oakland Mobility Project. The purpose of the Public Meeting is to update attendees on the progress and current status of the projects and encourage input throughout. The meeting details are as follows: DATE: Thursday, June 20, 2019, TIME: 6:00 to 8:00 PM, LOCATION: Local 95 Union Hall, 300 Saline St., Pittsburgh, PA 15207 MEETING AGENDA: Doors Open: 6:00 PM, Presentations: 6:30 to 7:00 PM, Q&A and Small Group Discussions: 7:00 to 8:00 PM. For more information about the projects, visit www.4mr.org and www.mon-oaklandmobility.com. The Public Meeting location is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In addition, if you or an individual with whom you are familiar does not speak English as their primary language and who has a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English desires to participate in this meeting or if you require special assistance to attend and/or participate in this meeting or need additional information please contact Carrie Machuga, at McCormick Taylor, Inc. at (412) 922-6880.

Off-Minor Jazz : Mary Lou Williams at Alphabet City

Mary Lou Williams’ music transcends time in American culture. With a foundation in the Blues, Mary Lou’s compositions reflect her life as a Black woman and a true triumph of the human spirit. NYC Pianist Deanna Witkowski will join bassist Jeff Grubbs and drummer Thomas Wendt in this program celebrating the music of Mary Lou Williams. The Off Minor Jazz Series highlights the music of legendary jazz composers and players. The series has been curated by drummer Thomas Wendt, who puts together the right musicians for each concert. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Friday, June 21

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.

A Tour & Tasting in Old Allegheny

It’s a home and garden tour – with guided wine sampling! Guests will spend a weekend visiting some of the most lavishly landscaped and decorated spaces in the Allegheny West Historic District on Pittsburgh’s Northside. Dates and times are Friday, June 21 @ 5:00pm ~ 9:00pm, Saturday, June 22 @ 1:00pm ~ 5:00pm, and Saturday, June 22 @5:00pm – 9:00pm. BUY TICKETS HERE. Check out the Facebook event page for more information.

Sommerfest – A Party In The Biergarten at Penn Brewery

Ring in The First Offical Day of Summer at ommerfest – A Party in the Biergarten! ?? Featuring Cold Beer, Delicious Food, Traditional Lederhosen, & Live Music! ?? Delicious Penn Beer & Themed Cocktails ?? Special Summer Themed Menu Options ?? Live Music by Autobahn Band & Show ?? Longsword Performance by Broken Plow Western Martial Arts ??Yard Games On The Terrace. Join from 6-10 PM. NO COVER or TICKETS required. See you there! More information available via Facebook.

Saturday, June 22

Biscuits & Bourbon with Wise County Biscuits at Wigle Barrelhouse & Whiskey Garden

Our Drinking Buddies series is back for the summer! Wise County Biscuits will be at the Barrelhouse & Whiskey Garden on Saturday, June 22 for pay-as-you-go biscuits! Order a special Smoked Bourbon Whiskey Buck cocktail for the perfect biscuit and whiskey pairing. Event starts at 5 p.m. Live music from 7-9 PM. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

Gender Creative Playgroup at Troy Hill Spray Park

Gender Creative Playgroup is where all children and their grown-ups are welcome and all gender identities are celebrated. Strives to create an inclusive space, where pronouns are respected and stereotypes are squashed. Bubbles and sidewalk chalk are welcome! *This is a splash park/water playground; please come in whatever swimwear will make you comfortable.* Event is listed from 3 to 5 p.m. Park address is 1300 Goettman St. 15212. More information is available on the Facebook event page.

Sunday, June 23

Stride for Pride 5K

Stride for Pride 5K is coming back to the Pittsburgh community on June 23, 2019! The 5K run/walk and kids dash will be held on the North Shore @ North Shore Park/the Great Lawn. VIRTUAL 5K option added this year! Check out the details on the event registration page here. https://bit.ly/2NhChcW The Stride for Pride 5K benefits the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). $5 from each registration will go to HRC and each 5K race registration (and virtual race registration) will include a year membership to HRC. Stride for Pride and its beneficiary foundation strive for Pittsburgh to be a community that supports equal rights and equal love. More information is available here.

Community Flea Market in Observatory Hill

The Five Points Business District committee will be hosting a community flea market in the parking lot of Perry High School, 3875 Perrysville Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the third annual Observatory Hill Light Up Night event. Stop by and see what treasures you can find while supporting our business district. Vendors, sellers and volunteers are needed. Pre-purchase a space to sell your wares ahead of time for $25 or for $35 the day of the event. If you participated in last year’s sale, you are eligible for a discount on this sale. SELLERS WANTED. For more information, contact info@fivepointsbdohill.com or check out the Facebook event page.

2019 Community Garden Party at the Mattress Factory Museum

Free + Open to All Ages. Come celebrate the Solstice at this family-friendly Community Garden Party from 1 to 5 p.m. Soak in the sun and take part in summer activities for all ages, including bubbles and cyanotypes by the Mattress Factory Education department, flower crowns by Workshop PGH and more! Face Painting by Rikki will be on hand to get you party-ready, DJ Dave Zak will have you out on the dance floor and Roadrunner Hot Dawgs & Catering will have delicious bites available for purchase. This is one sun-sational event you won’t want to miss! More information is available via Facebook.

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