This weekend in the Northside, don’t miss Thanksgiving dinner at Rivers Casino, The Royal Trio at Huszar, Small Business Saturday in the Northside, and World AIDS Day at The Andy Warhol Museum. 

Photo: A snapshot from Small Business Saturday 2018 by Lauren Stauffer

Thursday, Nov. 28

Thanksgiving Dinner at Rivers Casino

“…Join Rivers Casino Pittsburgh in celebrating Thanksgiving Day with dinner on the second level in Grand View Buffet and on the first floor at Wheelhouse and Andrew’s Steak & Seafood. Each spot will offer home cooked, hearty, holiday selections for all guests. Meals in Grand View Buffet will be available all day long from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wheelhouse will offer specials from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Andrew’s Steak & Seafood will be open from 3-8 p.m. The Thanksgiving meal in Grand View Buffet costs $24.99 plus tax and includes various stations. Meal prices in Wheelhouse and Andrew’s Steak & Seafood vary, based on the course. 18% gratuity will be added to the checks of parties of eight or more. Guests must be 21 years of age or over to attend. For more information about Rivers Casino, please visit”

YMCA Turkey Trot

Presented by UPMC Health Plan, the 2019 YMCA Turkey Trot “… is a fun and exciting family tradition that helps support the effort to provide food security to children, families, individuals and seniors in Pittsburgh. The race benefits YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh programs with Y food pantry programs and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank receiving a goal of 10,000 pounds of donated food.” Click here to register, volunteer, or read the FAQ. Event lasts from 7 a.m. to noon.

Friday, Nov. 29

Black Friday Party at The Government Center

“Oh, Black Friday…..the crowds, the traffic, who needs it? Here’s a better idea – avoid all that and come spend the “holiday” with us. We will have tons of great gift ideas for your music-centric loved ones (*ahem* maybe something nice for yourself) and a day full of live music. Doors will be open extra early with: -15% off all used records! -exclusive Black Friday RSD releases -live music starting at 3pm from String Machine, Rave Ami, Drauve, The Childlike Empress, Chameleon Treat, Throwjoy, Bonnie & the Mere Mortals, and Shake the Baby Til the Love Comes Out (NYC). All ages! No door fee for performances! BYOB! The Government Center, 519 E. Ohio St.” More information is available via Facebook.

Family Day 2019 at Mattress Factory

“Skip the lines at the mall this Black Friday, and stop by the Mattress Factory for a day of family-friendly, hands-on activities and three buidlings of installation art. Family Day activities have something for everyone and will include zine making, face painting by Rikki, early learner explorations, teen activities, a hot chocolate bar and music courtesy of DJ Dave Zak.” FREE with regular museum admission: $20; seniors and students $15; veterans $10; children under 6 free. Event is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. More information is available here.

The Royal Trio at Huszar

Huszar is proud to present The Royal Trio direct from Budapest to play Hungary’s most beloved Gypsy Music. The Royal Trio will play six days a week at Huszar starting today at 5 p.m. This small venue fills up, so to make your reservations, or for information and further details, call (412) 322-8795.

Saturday, Nov. 30

Northside Small Business Saturday

It’s the fourth Annual Northside Small Business Saturday. Support Northside Small Businesses by kicking off the holiday shopping season in your neighborhood! Mark your calendar to show support for your neighborhood’s main street merchants on Saturday, November 30th. Click here for specials. Small Business Owners interested in learning more about how to get involve can find more information at The Facebook event provides more information here.

Museum Store Saturday at the Carnegie Science Center

“Yinz shop yet? Kick off your holiday shopping at Carnegie Science Center’s XPLOR Store on Museum Store Saturday, set for Sat., Nov. 30! Enjoy 20% off your purchase of $50 or more! Carnegie Museums members can take advantage of 25% off their purchase. XPLOR Store has plenty of gifts to delight, educate, and inspire people of all ages, including Superpower Dogs 3D merchandise, robotics, science kits, puzzles, books, home decor, jewelry, and many other science-inspired goodies! General admission is not required to shop at XPLOR! For more information, call 412.237.3418.” Check your other Northside museums for Museum Store Saturday deals as well. More information is available via Facebook.

Live Performance: Many Nations at MuseumLab

Please join Many Nations in the Assembly Hall of MuseumLab as they share some of the stories and social dances that people would see at native gatherings and powwows across the US. Many Nations Singers is a Native American drum group of families representing some of the diverse nations of this land, including Seneca, Cherokee, Aztec, Tuscarora, Lumbee, Kiowa Apache, Ute, and Seminole tribes. They share and celebrate Native American culture through song, stories, and dancing. Performances are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. More information is available via Facebook.

Sunday, Dec. 1

Yoga at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) – Allegheny

Take care of yourself by joining one of the wellness classes at CLP – Allegheny, located at 1230 Federal St. Yoga is scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. Call 412-237-1890 or email for more information.

World AIDS Day with Visual AIDS & Jordan Eagle at The Andy Warhol Museum

For World AIDS Day, The Warhol and Visual AIDS present a video screening for the thirtieth annual “Day With(out) Art”. This year’s program, “STILL BEGINNING”, features videos covering broad subject matter from anti-stigma work in New Orleans to public sex culture in Chicago. Event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit The Andy Warhol Museum website for more information.

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