In this weekend’s Northside Happenings: Riverview Park Heritage Day, The East Northside House Tour, Peoples Pride Performances from Iron City Circus Arts in West Park, and more.

Photo courtesy of Iron City Circus Arts

Thursday, June 6

PCTV21 Orientation and Producer Prep

Orientation is the starting point for anyone wishing to become a PCTV producer. This workshop gives you an introduction to PCTV and the tremendous opportunities it offers. Orientation is Free. Click here to RSVP.

The Big Band Swing with Beginner Swing Dance Lesson

Held on Thursday, June 6 at the Allegheny Elks Lodge #339, located at 400 Cedar Avenue. Mark Peters provides a beginner’s swing dance lesson at no additional charge from 7:15 to 8:00 pm. The Jazz Conspiracy Big Band starts swinging at 8:00 pm. No dance experience or partner required. Great for folks who want to enjoy live music without dancing. General admission is $10 at the door. Students are just $5 with student ID. Families are encouraged to attend. This event is open to the public.

Friday, June 7

George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic at Rivers Casino

George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic will be in our Event Center on Friday, June 7th at 8PM! Hear your favorite songs like “One Nation Under a Groove”, “Mothership Connection” and more! Tickets can be purchased here. More information available via Facebook.

Threadbare Cider House Tour

Every wonder how hard cider is made? Curious about how they got the name “Threadbare” Cider? Have all your burning cider and mead questions answered on a tour of the Threadbare Cider House! Learn all about their “seed to glass” cider making process, starting with local apples and interesting yeasts, that produce a portfolio of bottle-conditioned, wine style ciders. Throughout the tour you will be regaled with the quirky true tale of Pittsburgh’s Johnny “Appleseed” Chapman. This one-hour tour includes five cider tastings along the way! More information available via Facebook.

Saturday, June 8

Riverview Park Heritage Day

Enjoy a day of exploration at Riverview Park Heritage Day. This popular annual event showcases Riverview Park, an urban oasis just north of Downtown Pittsburgh that is home to the landmark Allegheny Observatory as well as an extensive network of trails enjoyed by hikers, joggers and horseback riders alike. Free family entertainment during the Heritage Day celebration includes mascot appearances, petting zoo, bike bowling, bounce house, craft projects, birds from National Aviary, tours of the Allegheny Observatory, refreshments and much more. Located at Riverview Park in Observatory Hill. Event scheduled from noon to 4 p.m.

Pittsburgh Pridefest 2019

This year, Pittsburgh Pridefest will be held on the iconic Andy Warhol Bridge & Ft. Duquesne Blvd on Saturday, June 8 starting at noon and ending on Sunday, June 9, at 7 p.m. Andy Warhol, Pittsburgh’s gay icon, would be thrilled that it will take place on his namesake bridge. PrideFest is a free, festival which features: •Over 175 vendors •Food booths •Family friendly crrats and inflatable attractions •A wide variety of continuous entertainment on three stages •Pride Radio Dance area •Free STI and HIV testing at the Mylan Wellness Village •Check out the 84 Lumber Tiny House. More information available here.

East Northside House Tour 2019

Willkommen! Join from noon to 4 p.m. for the East Northside House Tour, featuring Spring Hill, Spring Garden, East Deutschtown and Troy Hill! Tour will feature more than half a dozen homes, businesses and local landmarks. Highlights include a new renovation of a classic craftsman home, a visionary home worthy of Architectural Digest, an artist’s elegant renovation–and some truly remarkable houses in Spring Hill with amazing views of the city and gorgeous landscaping and art. Local refreshments provided at different houses during the tour, including Penn Brewery craft beer. End the tour at Threadbare Cider and Mead and hear about a modern modular home concept to wrap the tour at 4 p.m. Proceeds will go to both the Troy Hill Citizens, the Community Alliance of Spring Garden and East Deutschtown, and Spring Hill. All funds will support beautification and events in the neighborhoods. If you have questions, please contact eastnorthsidepgh@gmail.com. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

Sunday, June 9

Peoples Pride Open Gym and Performances at West Park

Iron City Circus Arts is partnering with Peoples Pride on June 9th in West Park on the North Shore! From 11-3PM there will be a free open gym for students to come participate and play on the rig. From 3-7PM Coaches and Iron City Aerial performers will be doing fun short sets to the musical stylings of Big Freedia (who is the headliner)! This event is part of the 3rd Annual People’s Pride Celebration where we will again liberate our LGBTQIA+ community through all intersections with celebration and inclusion that centers our LGBTQIA+ communities of Pittsburgh. More information available here.

Building Bridges: Welcoming the Stranger at Alphabet City

Edward Gauvin knows his job is one of the funnest on the planet, and he’s here to share why. The translator of more than 300 graphic novels from French will reflect on changes in the medium over the last fifteen years, the joys of the genre, and the formal challenges of fitting dialogue in speech balloons and reinventing onomatopoeic sound effects (think “BAM!” or “OUCH!”) Edward and Susan will also discuss working as a translator, a profession struggling for greater visibility, in comics, a field still fighting for cultural legitimacy at home and abroad. Screen reader support enabled. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

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