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Whether it’s their heritage, the arts, or a holiday, Pittsburghers always have something to celebrate. The following is a list of upcoming festivals and/or events. For more information or additional events, call the Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-366-0093 for updates, or visit the website at www.visitpittsburgh.com.

The event dates are subject to change. The phone numbers may be used to verify dates.

DINOSAURS IN THEIR TIME—T. REX RETURNS
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Oakland
ongoing
412-622-3131
Tyrannosaurus Rex returns to the museum, but it is not alone. In one of the most dramatic paleontological displays ever constructed, Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s original T. Rex is joined by a second T. Rex, and the two are frozen in a confrontation over the remains of an Edmontosaurus, a plant-eating dinosaur.

PENGUIN PREMIERE SHOW
National Aviary, North Side
ongoing
412-323-7235
Meet one of the Aviary’s four African Penguins! Daily at 1:00 PM Free with general admission. www.aviary.org

RAPTOR ENCOUNTER
National Aviary, North Side
ongoing
412-323-7235
Meet one of the Aviary’s exciting raptors or owls, from the favorite Snowy Owl to a regal red-tailed hawk. Daily at 10:30 AM. Free with general admission.

FLIGHT OF THE BUTTERFLIES
Carnegie Science Center, North Side
ongoing
412-237-3400
Flight of the Butterflies is about the remarkable monarch butterfly migration. You will learn about a determined scientist who spent 40 years trying to discover exactly where the butterflies mysteriously disappeared when they flew south for the winter.

HUBBLE
Carnegie Science Center, North Side
ongoing
412-237-3400
Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, tells the gripping story of the Hubble Space Telescope. Journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings and accompany space walking astronauts.

TO THE ARCTIC
Carnegie Science Center, North Side
ongoing
412-237-3400
Narrated by Oscar winner Meryl Streep, the film takes audiences on a never-before-experienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin sevenmonth-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.

GLASS: SHATTERING NOTIONS
Senator John Heinz History Center, Downtown
ongoing
412-454-6000
Before it was known for steel, Pittsburgh was America’s Glass City. Pittsburgh-produced glass has been used in fine tableware for five U.S. presidents, as tiles for the walls of New York City’s great tunnels, and in searchlights at the Panama Canal.

HENRY BUHL, JR PLANETARIUM
Carnegie Science Center, North Side
ongoing
412-237-3400
Catapult into space in the Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium and travel from the Solar System to the outer reaches of the galaxy and beyond.

LASER SHOWS IN THE HENRY BUHL JR PLANETARIUM
Carnegie Science Center, North Side
ongoing
412-237-3400
Enjoy the sounds of The Doors, Pink Floyd, Celine Dion, and more with live laser shows choreographed with lasers and special effects all blended together on the cosmic backdrop of the Planetarium sky.

MEDAL OF HONOR EXHIBIT
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, Oakland
ongoing
412-621-4235
Exhibit includes five Medals of Honor of local heroes from the Civil War, Indian Campaigns, World War II, as well as Korean and Vietnam Wars.

150th ANNIVERSARY OF
THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum,
Oakland
ongoing
412-621-4235
New Exhibit: Gettysburg Hero, Major Gouvernor K. Warren’s Sword and artifacts displayed for the first time publicly. President Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address. This free event runs from 6-9 p
m.

XOXO
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, North Shore

ongoing
412-322-5058
Explore how we learn about love and forgiveness through activities that get us to feel and talk about emotions. Using facial expressions, words, movement and art making, XOXO explores what love and forgiveness mean to you, and to others.

HARTWOOD MUSIC AND DANCE FESTIVAL
Hartwood Acres, Saxonburg
through August 24 (Sunday Evenings)
412-767-9200
Local, national, and international music, dance, and theatre talents are presented by the Allegheny County Bureau of Cultural Programs on the grounds of Hartwood Mansion. All performances are free. www.county.allegheny.pa.us/parks

SOUTH PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
South Park
through August 30 (Saturday Evenings)
412-835-4810
Free outdoor concerts. Local, national, and internationally acclaimed performers. www.county.allegheny.pa.us/parks

BUTTERFLY FOREST
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Oakland
through September 11
412-622-6914
Butterfly Forest features various species of butterflies such as monarchs, zebras, julias, and queens, all thriving in a natural habitat. www.phipps.conservatory.org

SUMMER FLOWER SHOW
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Oakland
through October 15
412-622-6914
Be dazzled by glass creations made here in Pittsburgh as they shimmer and shine in our gardens all summer long. The Summer Flower Show is bringing glass art back to the gardens. Each display will incorporate delicate, dazzling and whimsical forms surrounded by colorful blooms. www.phipps.conservatory.org

August

PITTSBURGH RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
Late August-Late September (Weekends)
724-872-1670
The Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival is a recreation of a 16th century village that brings together craftspeople, acting troupes, combat jousting, musicians, and food purveyors to celebrate the arrival of the king and queen. www.pgh-renfest.com

SHADYSIDE – THE ARTS FESTIVAL ON WALNUT STREET
Walnut Street, Shadyside
August 23, 24
412-682-1298
With more than 100 designers of American collectibles exhibiting their wares, it’s no wonder this festival attracts more than 200,000 people annually. Novelties like recycled art and neon art complement thousands of two- and three-dimensional pieces. www.shadysideshops.com

September

GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, North Side
Early September
412-321-9281
From moussaka to baklava, all your favorite Greek specialties are served. www.holytrinitypgh.org

PITTSBURGH IRISH FESTIVAL
Riverplex
September 5-7
412-422-1113
Traditional and contemporary Irish entertainment. Feast on Irish cuisine, delight in musical performances, and even participate in traditional Gaelic sports. www.pghirishfest.org

A FAIR IN THE PARK
Mellon Park, Fifth and Shady Avenues, Shadyside
September 5-7
412-431-6270
Sponsored by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh, this contemporary craft show features more than 100 nationally known crafts artists, live entertainment, good food, glass-blowing demonstrations, hot air balloon rides, and hands-on crafts and activities for children. www.craftsmensguild.org

RICHARD S. CALIGUIRI, CITY OF PITTSBURGH GREAT RACE
Frick Park to Point State Park
September 28
412-255-2493
About 11,000 runners from around the world, many donning hilarious costumes, compete in this annual race, one of the largest of its kind in the country. www.rungreatrace.com

October

HEAD OF THE OHIO REGATTA
Allegheny River banks, Clemente Park, North Side
October 4
412-231-8772
Rowing teams from the local area as well as from throughout the United States and Canada race on Pittsburgh’s rivers to benefit Mercy Hospital’s Burn Center. www.headoftheohio.org

FALL FLOWER SHOW
Phipps Conservatory, Oakland
Mid October – Early November
412-622-6914
Phipps celebrates the splendor of autumn with a colorful indoor flower display at the Schenley Park conservatory. Call for more information on this popular fall display. www.phippsconservatory.org

November

THREE RIVERS FILM FESTIVAL
Downtown Pittsburgh, Oakland, Regent Square
Early November-Mid November
412-681-5449
Exciting two-week celebration features over 40 films and is the region’s premier film festival. www.3rff.com

LIGHT UP NIGHT
November 21
412-566-4190
The city's dramatic skyline is the backdrop for an evening of holiday activities, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display. Light Up Night features live entertainment, strolling carolers, tree lighting ceremonies, and the unveiling of the holiday window displays.

December

HOLIDAYS AT THE CARNEGIE
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, Oakland
December 1-31
412-622-3131
See the annual Christmas tree exhibit illuminate The Carnegie’s elaborate interior while traditional Christmas carols echo throughout the great halls of this museum. A variety of concerts are performed. www.clpgh.org

HOLIDAYS AT THE NATIONALITY ROOMS
University of Pittsburgh, Oakland
December 1-31
412-624-6000
Start a new holiday tradition. Visit the Nationality Rooms and see them decorated for the season. The 26 rooms depict the city’s diverse ethnic heritage through authentic examples of architecture and decor from Eastern and Western Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. www.pitt.edu/natrooms

CANDLELIGHT EVENINGS AT PHIPPS CONSERVATORY
Oakland
Mid December-Dec. 31
412-622-6914
Phipps will be dressed for the season with lights and festive decorations. The conservatory will remain open later on these evenings and special tours can be arranged. www.phippsconservatory.org

FIRST NIGHT PITTSBURGH
Downtown
December 31
412-201-7380
First Night Pittsburgh is an annual New Year’s Eve Festival, which celebrates the arts, cultural, and entertainment vitality of Pittsburgh. Downtown Pittsburgh is your stage to participate in a magical celebration. www.firstnightpgh.com


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