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EXPLORING THE UNIQUE, OFFBEAT, AND MAGICAL SIDES OF PITTSBURGH There’s something magical about this city. Pittsburgh City Paper has been around since 1991, and we’re still discovering something new ourselves nearly every week. On the following pages, we’re highlighting some of our favorite finds — from brand new venues in town like Liberty Magic (see page 8) to old favorites like tours at Carrie Furnaces (see page 34). You’ll also find some Pittsburgh Fun Facts scattered throughout, as well as a few road trip recommendations for locals looking to explore beyond city limits. (Seriously, you need to see how cute that shaved ice stand is in Portersville!) This guide is only the beginning of the adventure, of course. We’re hoping our recommendations will help cast a spell on you like they’ve done to us, leading you to go on even more adventures throughout this magical city we’re proud to call home.

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SUMMER 2019 JU LY 19 Potterfest After Dark (21+ event) 6:00–10:00 p.m. The science behind potions, spells, and magical creatures.

Baby and Me Movement 10:00 a.m.–Noon Yoga practice followed by a stroller tour.

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Moon Party (18+ event) 8:00–11:00p.m. Astrological art party for the moon landing anniversary.

Super Science Saturday: Scientist Takeover Noon–4:00 p.m. Meet our celebrated scientists and curators.

Subtle Viewing Noon–3:00 p.m. Dancers interpret artworks in the galleries.

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Meet the Mollusks Super Science Saturday: Pet-palooza!

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10:15–11:15 a.m. Tour the collection with hands-on materials.

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Crash Course: Photography and the City 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Art history series about urban photography.

Noon–3:00 p.m. Dancers interpret artworks in the galleries.

10:15–11:15 a.m. ASL-interpreted tour of the collection

10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Art history series about urban photography.

Noon–4:00 p.m. Meet pets with fur, feathers, and scales.

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Crash Course: Photography and the City 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Art history series about urban photography.

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Third Thursday: Pittsburgh Fest 8:00–11:00 p.m. Celebrate the stories, films, and artwork of Pittsburgh at this adults-only party!

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AUGUST 17 Super Science Saturday: Pet-palooza! Noon–4:00 p.m. Meet pets with fur, feathers, and scales.

10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Art history series about urban photography.

11:30 a.m., & Noon One of the best real dinosaur displays in the world.

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MAGIC MOMENTS You won’t believe your eyes when you visit Liberty Magic (trustarts.org), the only all-magic venue in Pittsburgh. See sleights of hand, amazing illusions, daring escapes, and more. The intimate venue gives everyone a front row seat to some of the most incredible tricks ever performed on stage. Does someone look familiar? Many of the touring acts have been featured on television shows like America’s Got Talent or Masters of Illusion. But that’s not the only magic act in town. Pittsburgh illusionist Lee Terbosic, one of Liberty Magic’s artistic advisers, also performs 52 times a year. Catch his 90-minute performance 52 Up Close (52upclose.com) a few blocks away at the hip Hotel Monaco. Liberty Magic, 811 Liberty Ave., Downtown; 52 Up Close, 620 William Penn Place, Downtown


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EVOLUTION REVOLUTION At the freaky and fascinating Center for PostNatural History (postnatural.org), visitors can see a ribless mouse embryo, the body of a goat modified to produce silk in its milk, and a chestnut tree engineered to be resistant to blight. The free museum specializes in collecting and studying organisms that have been intentionally altered by humans and the effect they might have on human culture and evolution. 4913 Penn Ave., Garfield

ROSIE THE RIVETER While commonly thought to be a recruitment poster for WWII, the popular image of Rosie the Riveter was actually created in 1942 by Pittsburgh artist J. Howard Miller as a commission from the Westinghouse Company. It briefly hung in Westinghouse facilities, only for employees to see, and it wasn’t until the 1980s that it became part of pop culture iconography. 10 PGHCITYPAPER.COM


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ROADSIDE MUSEUM One of the city’s most unconventional history lessons can be found on a pedestrian trail beside one of the city’s busiest highways. Walk parallel to Route 28 on the East Ohio Street Corridor and learn about the North Side’s rich history and Croatian immigrants from its landmark signs, sandblasted artwork, and a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, all while traffic zips by a few feet away. Enter trail in parking lot across from Penn Brewery on Troy Hill Road.

EATT AT GRANDMA’S ’S (SORT OF F) If you don’t have a grandma ma in Pittsburgh willing to makee you some home-cooked soul oul food, replicating that stick-to-your-ribs your-ribs taste can be difficult. But Bloomfield mfield residents are in luck with Nana’s Place by Gibsons (nanasplacebygibsons.com). The Penn Hills soul food joint opened up a satellite location in Bloomfield in 2015, named for co-owner Amicia Collins’ grandmother. The decor and the food are grandma-esque, with an old comfy couch were you can enjoy roast beef or catfish dinners. 4510 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2019 11


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WHERE THE BISON ROAM When most people want to see bison, they travel to more northern and remote parts of the country. But did you know there are bison roaming in Pittsburgh? The South Park Game Preserve (alleghenycounty.us) has been home to a herd of bison since the 1920s. The free park has plenty of other wild animals, as well as over 20 miles of trails. 2075 Buffalo Drive, South Park


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SECRET CHAMBERS No one who’s lived in Pittsburgh has left a legacy quite like Charles Brown III. Not only did he build a German-style mansion in O’Hara Township in the late 1970s, but he filled it with a collection of odd, antique music boxes and machines, many over a century old. Visitors to Bayernhof Museum (bayernhofmuseum.com) can take a tour of the house, including secret caves and a lavish indoor pool. 225 St. Charles Place, O’Hara Township

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There’s a new one-stop source for culture in Pittsburgh: artsburgh. Not just any events calendar, artsburgh.org lets you filter and personalize your preferences for experience, price and more, so you can find exactly what you want — or perhaps something surprising! When you’re looking to hit the town, make artsburgh your first stop!

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SWIM LIKE A STEELWORKER Open since 1915, the Oliver Bath House (pittsburghpa.gov/citiparks) is a throwback to when private pools were rare and most were shared by the public. Entering the historic South Side building, you can easily imagine a steelworker jumping into the large pool, cooling off after a grueling day at the mill. The prices are historic, too. An annual pass costs city residents $30, meaning a dip a week equals about 60 cents per trip. Closed for the summer, reopens Sept. 3. 38 S. 10th St., South Side 14 PGHCITYPAPER.COM

The oldest ride at Kennywood (kennywood.com) is Garfield’s Nightmare, which was originally built in 1901. It’d be cool if Garfield had existed back then, dreaming about lasagna at the turn of the century, but he was not. The water tunnel ride, previously called “Old Mill,” used to feature skeletons holding guns and playing banjo. Now it features surreal and garish neon images from the depths of Garfield’s psyche, and it rules. 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin

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SHOW OFF NEW UNDIES The concept of shopping local applies to underwear, too. Trusst (trusstbrands.com) specializes in an underwire-free bra line aimed to support women of all shapes and sizes. Trim Pittsburgh (trimpittsburgh.com) brings men’s socks, underwear, swimwear, and clothing brands from around the world to ensure people are comfy from head to toe. Soma (soma.com), found in South Hills Village, Ross Park Mall, and The Mall at Robinson, is designed by and for women with undergarments that are both comfortable and beautiful. There are a plethora of places in the ‘Burgh to find well-fitting underwear for every body. Find your favorites and show them off at the Pittsburgh Underwear Ride (facebook.com/pghunderwearbikeride) on the last Thursday of every month from May to October. The goal is to have fun and support body positivity.

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BARK AT THE PARK There’s nothing better than a game of baseball with your best friend. No, not a close human friend. We’re talking about bringing your dog to a Pirates game. Every Tuesday home game is Pup Night at PNC Park (mlb.com/pirates), where doggos are welcome with a special ticket. Limit one dog per person, and a release must be signed before the game. Proceeds benefit local animal shelters. Tuesday home games during Pirates season. 115 Federal St., North Side ide

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There is little that Pittsburgh Oddcast (oddpittsburgh.com) creator John Schalcosky doesn’t know about the city’s history. On his podcast, appearances on local news, and his Facebook page (The Odd Mysterious & Fascinating History of Pittsburgh), Schalcosky shares secrets behind locations Pittsburghers encounter every day, as well as famous national histories with unknown Pittsburgh connections. Recent posts include the 1888 Downtown spot “Dime Museum of Human Freaks” and a full episode recorded with Mayor Bill Peduto in his office.


THE SNOWMAN STAND IN PORTERSVILLE Forget Frosty! In Portersville, there’s a giant, 13-foot tall, grinning snowman that never melts. The Snowman (thesnowmanportersville.com), who found a permanent home in Pennsylvania in 2013, operates as a frozen treat stand just off of I-79. Stop by for shaved ice, ice cream, or a milkshake. 238 E. Portersville Road, Portersville

HEAVY METAL FOOD Onion Maiden (onionmaiden.com) started as a pop-up food cart and is now a brickand-mortar restaurant in Allentown. The heavy metal-themed vegan restaurant specializes in Asian and American comfort food like rice-noodle salad and a wide variety of vegan hotdogs with names like “War Pig” and “Kale Satan.” There are also vegan baked goods such as donuts, muffins, and fruitfilled turnovers. Onion Maiden is cash only, but there’s an ATM on site if you forget. For a one-dollar fee, you can also BYOB. 639 E. Warrington Ave., Allentown PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER CITY GUIDE 2019 17


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ZIPPITY ZOO ZAH Experience the thrill of flight when you strap into the Zipline at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium (pittsburghzoo.org). Start at the highest point in the zoo overlooking the Allegheny River and then coast over exotic animals from all over the world. See a Pygmy hippo, ocelots, fossa, and giant anteaters from an exciting bird’s-eye view. Guests must be at least 6-years-old and weigh between 60-250 lbs. to zip the line. Open through Labor Day. 7370 Baker St., Highland Park


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TIKI TOWN Escape to the tropics with a taste of tiki. Tiki Lounge (tikiloungepgh.com) in the South Side takes cues from retro, 1950s-era tiki culture. Inside, it’s a fantasy world; the cavernous bar is a maze of waterfalls, life-size statues, and bamboo bars. For a more modern take, visit Hidden Harbor (hiddenharborpgh.com) in Squirrel Hill. Drinks boast rum, rum, and more rum, with the bar serving an impressive 320 varieties. Cocktails are inventive, using tropical fresh fruits and returning to the classics (think fresh pineapple cups and mermaids). Try tiki on the river courtesy of Cruisin’ Tiki (cruisintikis.com/pittsburgh-pa), a fleet of floating bamboo huts. These BYOB boats offer a unique way to see the sights or “boat-gate” a Steelers game.

Canton Avenue in Beechview is the steepest street in the U.S., but it might even be the steepest street in the world, depending on who you ask. Guinness World Records cites Baldwin Avenue in New Zealand as the steepest, but it has a gradient of 35 percent, versus the 37 percent of Canton.

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HOT PIZZA, COLD TOPPINGS The Pittsburgh region has its own style of pizza, but even locals barely know about it. Ohio Valley pizza is square, with a light, doughy crust, topped with sweet tomato sauce and baked quickly. Toppings are added cold after baking and typically melt in. These spots are usually located near the Ohio River, hence the name. Beto’s (betosoriginalpizza.com) in Beechview is the most well-known and piles toppings so high, most don’t melt. Pizza House in Ambridge (aka Police Station Pizza) adds some cheese before the bake. Beto’s Pizza, 1473 Banksville Road, Beechview; Pizza House, 1007 Merchant St., Ambridge

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CURIOSITY SHOP Make an appointment to tour Trundle Manor (trundlemanor.com), a museum gallery touted outed as the “most unusual tourist trap in the world meets the most bizarre private collection on n public display.” Enjoy a smoke or alcoholic beverage (yes, they’re allowed) as you view items curated by Mr. Arm and Velda Von Minx, including antique taxidermy, jarred animal specimens,, medical implements, and unusual weaponry. Open by appointment. 7724 Juniata St., Swissvale

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LIFE IMITATING YOGA Twist into rabbit pose among real, live bunnies. Downward dog with puppies. Do yoga with goats! Two Pittsburgh organizations, Animal Friends (thinkingoutsidethecage.org) and Have U Herd (haveuherd.com), bring animals and yogis together for a relaxing, mindful practice, complete with a few snuggles. Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Ben Avon Heights; NamastHay Goat Yoga of Pittsburgh, various locations

GOTH LANDMARK The North Side neighborhood of Fineview features a piece of Victorian history. Heathside Cottage (heathsidecottage.com), a nationally registered Historic Landmark, was built in the mid-19th century by architect James Andrews, who was known for building bridges. The cottage has since been renovated back to its early Victorian style, demonstrated by its features throughout the gothic interior and the garden. Open for special events. 416 Catoma St., North Side

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WE CAN BE HEROES (OR ZOMBIES) Grab your pelt, pick up your sword and shield, and gear up for an epic battle through Pittsburgh Roleplaying Organization (pittsburghroleplaying.com), one of the region’s biggest LARP communities (Live Action Role Playing). If medieval fantasy isn’t your speed, games also include zombie apocalypses and less violent world-rebuilding. It’s a great opportunity to break up the monotony of daily life, rock clothes you’d never wear down the street, and be the hero (or villain) you’ve always wanted to be.

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HIDDEN HISTORY The Hill District is not the first neighborhood people associate with Jewish communities in Pittsburgh, but it has a rich, slightly hidden history woven throughout its streets, known as the Jewish Holy Houses. Take a walk through the Hill and keep an eye out for buildings adorned with plaques recognizing the Hebrew calendar and weathered Stars of David. Highlights include the Hebrew Institute (now the Blakey Program Center) and Lebovitch Synagogue (now Enon Baptist Church).

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SLEEP ON IT Grab a sleeping bag and pajamas for Science Sleepovers at the Carnegie Science Center (carnegiesciencecenter.org). Stay over for a night of hands-on learning, movie screenings, laser light shows, and other activities designed for kids and their caregivers. Each sleepover has a different theme where attendees can explore the galaxy, play to their hearts’ content at game night, or celebrate with events tailored for Halloween or the winter holidays. One Allegheny Ave., North Side

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HEAVENLY RIDES Want to gaze upon a banana seat classic complete with bendy handlebars? Bicycle Heaven (bicycleheaven.org) has several, as well as hundreds of other bikes, trikes, and other pedal-powered vehicles. Described as the world’s largest bicycle museum and shop, visitors can wander its large warehouse rooms and find unique cycles available no place else. The free museum is located just a couple blocks from the Three Rivers Heritage Trail that follows the Ohio and Allegheny rivers, so you can even ride your bike there. 1800 Preble Ave., North Side


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SPLASH MOUNTAIN There are over 700 city-owned steps in Pittsburgh, but only one of them also serves as a free public swimming hole. North Side’s Pittsburgh Water Steps are made of up 500 blocks of sandstone and provide a perfect spot to take the kids to cool off on a summer day. Kids love running up and down the hill of steps and diving into the shallow water. Adults can join in on the fun too — stick your feet in the water and soak in the sun and city skyline views. North Shore Riverfront Park, along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail

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LIVING DEAD MUSEUM Located about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh is Evans City, Pa., where George A. Romero shot his 1968 horror classic, Night of the Living Dead. Take the drive and stop by the Living Dead Museum (livingdeadmuseum.com), a themed attraction showcasing a visual history of zombies in cinema and pop-culture. View props and memorabilia from Romero’s Living Dead series or visit the zombie gift shop. For an extra spooky treat, go during Living Dead Weekend for a full schedule of zombie walks, celebrity meet-and-greets, film tours, and more. 121 E. Main St., Evans City 30 PGHCITYPAPER.COM


You are where you eat. The Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant designation gives you the power to make dining decisions that align with your personal values. There are over 150 designated restaurants in our region that care about the growth and health of our region. With a range of price points, a variety of cuisines, and all types of dining experiences, Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants make it easy for you to eat sustainably.

Look for this symbol. Find out what it means at EatSustainably.org. A Program of Sustainable Pittsburgh

Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants pictured: Della Terra Italian Bistro; Jambo Grill; Kimberley Ashlee Catering; Lidia’s; Monterey Bay Fish Grotto; or, The Whale; Scratch F&B; Square Cafe; The Commoner Restaurant; The Pittsburgh Juice Co; V3; and Yuzu Kitchen. Additional photography credits: Adam Milliron, Amy Myers, Distrikt Restaurants PGH, Elsa Santos, Kimberley Haugh, and Paul Selvaggio.

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MACABRE MERCHANDISE The dark and bizarre items on the shelves at The Weeping Glass (moroseandmacabre.com) in Allentown include animals, strange art, and more — the perfect place to search for a gift for the Wednesday Addams in your life (even if that’s you). The shop also holds performances, tarot readings, and classes, so customers who don’t want to buy an animal that’s been taxidermied by someone else can learn to do it themselves. 817 E. Warrington Ave., Allentown

FORT PITT BRIDGE This year, the Fort Pitt Bridge celebrated its 60th birthday. The iconic bridge is known for its bright yellow steel and picturesque view of the city. When it was built in 1959, it became the first computer-designed bowstring arch bridge, as well as the first double-decker bowstring arch bridge.

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INTO THE FURNACE Admire a monolith of Pittsburgh’s industrial history during a tour of the Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark. Towering 92 feet over the Monongahela River, the remnant of the Homestead Steel Works now hosts everything from music festivals to theater productions. Rivers of Steel (riversofsteel.com) guides visitors through this preserved marvel while highlighting the site’s iron-making technology and the culture of its workers. Tours offered seasonally from May through October. Carrie Furnace Blvd., Rankin

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Hidden in the small neighborhood below Troy Hill known as Washington’s Landing is one of Pittsburgh’s best seafood restaurants. Redfin Blues (redfinblues.com) sits next to boat docks on the Allegheny River and is known for its pub-style seafood, shellfish, and buckets of beer. 100 Waterfront Drive, Washington’s Landing

KECKSBURG SPACE ACORN Any UFO enthusiast knows about the events surrounding Roswell, N.M. But believers in Western Pennsylvania claim there was an encounter with the third kind when a mysterious, fiery object landed in the woods of Kecksburg in 1965. Head to Kecksburg (kecksburgvfd.com) and take a selfie with the Space Acorn, a replica of the object allegedly seen being removed by U.S. military personnel after the crash. Also be sure to check out Kecksburg’s UFO Festival, an annual summer event with fun activities and paranormal experts. 5113 Water St., Kecksburg 36 PGHCITYPAPER.COM

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CEMETERY TOURS The Allegheny Cemetery (alleghenycemetery.com) in Lawrenceville is not just an attraction for Pittsburgh tourism, it’s also a National Historic Landmark. Many Pittsburgh legends are buried in the cemetery, including 22 mayors, as well as sports stars, actors, composers, and more. Some big names include Thomas Mellon, Stephen Foster, Lillian Russell, John Baptiste Ford, and Don Brockett. Guests can experience the history at Allegheny Cemetery through guided or self-guided tours. 4715 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville

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ACCLAIM OF THRONES A good public toilet is hard to find, but in the tradition of Pittsburgh’s “roll up your sleeves and get things done” work ethic, a local YouTube channel has taken on the task. VintageToiletsPittsburgh’s toilet review videos have racked up more than a million views since 2008. Some entries review an entire restroom, some just a urinal, but they’re all weirdly passionate and serious (and if you think it sounds gross, it’s mostly not). No. 1 of all time? That’s a side-spud Welling toilet at the Washington Trust Building in Washington, Pa. Search “VintageToiletsPittsburgh” on YouTube


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SPORTS N‘ART Fans of street art will be happy to discover more of it popping up around town, with area businesses hiring artists to make the city more colorful than ever. Pittsburgh artist Jeremy Raymer (jmraymer.com) has combined the fad with one of the city’s other great loves: sports. Explore the city with a tour of the artist’s sports murals, from a huge painting of iconic Pirates superstar Roberto Clemente in Troy Hill to Steelers great Troy Polamalu and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby in the Strip District. His website includes a map to all of his murals, including non-sports related pieces.

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY Try to find an empty space on the wall at Bob’s Garage — we dare you. This iconic dive bar is covered wall-to-wall in festive lights and decorations year round. During the holidays, the bar is a seasonal sensory overload in Christmas lights or St. Patrick’s Day ornaments, and in summer, decor goes South, diving into the tropics. 1372 Freeport Road, Blawnox. Search Facebook for “Bob’s Garage”

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Pittsburgh is home to hundreds of public steps (more than any other city in the U.S.) helping people navigate its many hills and inclines. In the South Side Slopes (southsideslopes.org), a neighbor-driven public art project brightens up the risers of the Oakley Street steps with a mosaic tile image. At the bottom, you can see an entire scene depicting animals, houses, plants, and people. Check out the mosaic on your own or during one of the South Side Slopes StepTrek urban hike events. 27th and Josephine St., South Side

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ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HALL Johnny Angel is a local rock musician whose career has spanned over 50 years. Angel currently plays with his band Johnny Angel and the Halos, a group that performs music from the ’60s and ’70s. Throughout the years, Angel collected plenty of memorabilia from shows and other experiences in the music business. He showcases his many pieces of musical history at Johnny Angel’s Ginchy Stuff (jaginchystuff.com), his free museum and store on the North Side. 1800 Preble Ave., North Side

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T Take some time to explore the t Troy Hill Art Houses (troyhillarthouses.com), a series of o homebound art installations commissioned by Pittsburgh collector Evan Mirapaul. The art houses are private works open to curious strangers by appointment. Examples include the “La Hütte Royal” (or “The Royal Hut”) and “Kunzhaus,” two houses on Rialto Street showcasing the work of their respective artists, Thorsten Brinkmann and Robert Kuśmirowski.


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GODLY GARDEN The largest biblical garden in North America is right here in Shadyside. Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical Garden (rodefshalom.org) features a third of an acre of natural beauty, including a waterfall, a stream, and representations of biblical places such as River Jordan, Lake Galilee, and the Dead Sea. The free garden also boasts more than 100 different types of plants on display, each labeled with bible verses. 4905 Fifth Ave., Shadyside

FIRST MOVIE THEATER Pittsburgh gets talked about as a film hub these days, but really, the city is just getting back to its roots. In 1905, the first movie theater in America opened on Smithfield Street Downtown. People lined up on the street to pay five cents to watch a 15-minute movie at the nickelodeon.

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If there’s one place in Pittsburgh to see a killer drag show, it’s Blue Moon. From karaoke to pageants to frequent performer Sharon Needles (Ru Paul Drag’s Race season 4 winner), Blue Moon has a welcoming vibe, divey aesthetic, and cheap drinks. 5155 Butler St., Lawrenceville

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PEOPLE (AND DINOSAUR) WATCHING The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Main (carnegielibrary.org) is a sight to behold, from the outside and the inside. Its grand architecture and marble staircases make it one of the more regal libraries in the city. But past the main library area is something special; in the stacks in the back of the library, among the narrow shelves cramped with books, is a window into the adjacent Carnegie Museum of Natural History (carnegiemnh.org). Grab a book, take a seat on the bench, and read while glancing out at visitors gawking at dinosaur bones. 4400 Forbes Ave., Oakland

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BEER TO GO Need that beer to go? Some of Pittsburgh’s beer distributors will let you go through the drive-thru lane. There’s Brookline Beer Distributor in Brookline and Sudz Brew Thru Beer Distributor in Homewood West, as well as McTighe’s Drive Thru Beer Distributor in Glenshaw, a short drive from the city. Though Pennsylvania’s open container law means customers can’t crack their wares open until reaching home, the convenience of the drive-thru means they’ll get there that much sooner.


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WALK ON WOOD Wood streets have all but disappeared in the U.S., but Roslyn Place in Shadyside has lasted for more than a century. The residents of the 250-foot cul-de-sac take pride in their street, built from more than 26,000 brick-shaped wooden blocks in 1914. The street is narrow and parking is limited, so park on nearby Ellsworth Avenue. Roslyn Place, Shadyside

SING-A-THON ON There’s no way to make karaoke, the act of singing badly adly in front of strangers, any weirder right? Wrong! BOOM Concepts epts (boomuniverse.co) in Garfield offers Puppet Karaoke every eight ight weeks, making it a little easier for those with stage fright. Meanwhile, hile, the Tennyson Lodge (facebook.com/thetennysonlodge) in Bethel Park offers Bareoke every Friday. Patrons belt out their karaoke songs while fully nude dancers gyrate to the beat (so maybe don’t pick “Daughters” ers” by John Mayer). Then there’s Punk Rock Karaoke Collective Pittsburgh urgh (facebook.com/pg/punkrockkaraokepgh). With an all-punk catalog, log, the group holds events to raise money for social justice issues. ues. 48 PGHCITYPAPER.COM


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At the Wheel Mill (thewheelmill.com), bikers, BMXers, and even unicyclists, can increase their riding ability without ever going outside. With eight rooms inside the “park� featuring all kinds of terrain from mountain bike trails to a foam pit with varying difficulty, bikers of all ages and skill levels can push the pedal to the metal. All-women classes are available to ensure a comfortable and safe learning environment for all. 6815 Hamilton Ave., Homewood

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PIPING HOT MEMES In a country as divided as this one, there are at least two things people can agree are necessary: pizza and memes. Better yet, memes about pizza! The Instagram account @Pittsburghpizzamemes (instagram.com/pittsburghpizzamemes) posts Pittsburgh-specific memes about pizza, but occasionally memes about local politics and celebrities. In one post, the account made a fake Pittsburgh City Paper Best Of plaque, awarded to Red Baron frozen pizza at ShurSave. Get ’em while they’re hot!


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BIG MAC MUSEUM The first McDonald’s Big Mac was created in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1967. Forty years later, in 2007, the Big Mac Museum opened just outside of Pittsburgh. The museum, which is also a working restaurant, features a 14-foot tall Big Mac, a collection of Big Mac packaging through the years, memorabilia from the “Rock the McVote ’86!” campaign, and more. It’s a museum sponsored by McDonald’s, so it’s not a particularly incisive experience, but it’s a fun and kitschy ode to fast food and Pennsylvania history. 9061 State Route 30, North Huntingdon

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It’s easy to see reptiles at the zoo, the aquarium, or even your own backyard. But rarely is it possible to see as many at one time as at the Pittsburgh Reptile Sale and Show (pghreptileshow.com) at the Harmar House. The monthly event features thousands of animals, including snakes, turtles, birds, frogs, turtles, mice (live and frozen) and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 1321 Freeport Road, Cheswick.

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TAKE ME TO THE RIVER BEACH Neville Island bar and bowling alley Paradise Island Bowl & Beach (paradiseislandbowl.com) describes itself as “Pittsburgh’s most exotic bowling center, on the shore of the island.” And they’re not wrong. The bar has a full bowling alley, as well as a riverside beach complete with tiki torches, a bar, and sand to wiggle your toes in. There’s even a sand volleyball league and a place to dock boats. 4601 Grand Ave., Neville Island


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DIVINE DENTISTRY The reliquary at St. Anthony’s Chapel (stanthonyschapel.org) in Troy Hill is home to the second largest collection of catholic relics in the world (first place goes to ... the Vatican). The story of how Pittsburgh landed this treasure trove is long and fascinating and worth hearing in completion during a tour. Some of the most stunning relics include a thorn from the Crown of Thorns, partial skull fragments from several saints, and St. Anthony’s actual tooth. 1704 Harpster St., North Side

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TOYNBEE TILES

In the 1980s, a mysterious public art project called the Toynbee tiles began popping up across the country, including Chicago, Boston, and Pittsburgh. The tiles, embedded into streets and asphalt, featured cryptic messages. While most in the city are now gone and their creator never came forward, the Heinz History Center salvaged some and they now sit in storage.


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Strip District Meats (stripdistrictmeats.com) is the city’s prime spot for exotic meats. Ostrich comes in steaks, python is coiled into spring rolls, and kangaroo is cut into filets. Test your mettle with alligator andouille and ground camel, or just stick to the selection of “normal” meats. 2123 Penn Ave., Strip District

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OFF THE TRACK Most know of Pittsburgh’s Rivers Casino (riverscasino.com) right on the Allegheny River, where many a night of gambling, dining, and entertainment can be had. But betting folks looking for a trip back in time need only travel up the road to Meadows Harmar (meadowsgaming.com/racing/racing). You’re likely to find a room full of smoking yinzers yelling at a hodgepodge of TV screens as they toss back a few cold ones and wager on ponies at this unique off-track betting spot. 1 Anchor Drive, Harmar

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Dependable Drive-In (dependabledrivein.com) is a four-screen outdoor theater that shows movies year round, so the whole family always has a place to see new releases under the stars. Pack up the car and head over for a regular double-feature, or make the trip for one of its special events. There are also plenty of tasty treats at the snack bar, including classics like popcorn, nachos, and cold drinks, as well as a full menu of hot food items and frozen goodies. 549 Moon Clinton Road, Moon Township


Welcome to Metro Community Health Center. “Whole People, All People.” Metro exists to serve the needs of our community. As a non-profit organization, Metro has provided health care for 20 years, with medical providers who specialize in family practice, geriatrics, women’s health as well as holistic and integrative care and HIV and LGBT comprehensive care.

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WHOLESOME ADULT GAMES Play is an essential act for everyone, not just kids. City of Play (cityofplay.org) aims to create more opportunities for adults to interact with one another and have fun in an urban environment with its pop-up play events. Offering a variety of game play options, including life-size board games, dodgeball, immersive theater, and more, City of Play shows up for public gatherings, neighborhoods, workplaces, festivals, and private groups.

THEME NIGHT South Side has more to offer than just regular bars — some of them are themed! Feeling spooky year round? Check out Jekyl and Hyde (facebook.com/jekylhydesouthside), a Halloween-themed bar where every cocktail comes with plastic fangs. Like to bike? Over The Bar Bicycle Cafe (otbbicyclecafe.com) is decorated floor-to-ceiling with murals, upcycled bike gears, wheels, and entire bike frames. For the inner child (who can legally drink), Bar11 (facebook.com/pittsburghsouthside) offers candy necklaces and fun little toys with the purchase of a drink. 62 PGHCITYPAPER.COM


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CRAWFORD COUNTY, PA. Come up and see us sometime! Affordable vacation in Crawford County, PA. Pymatuning State Park features a 17,088-acre lake and has 19 miles of trails. The Park was named in the Top 10 in the Nation for the best family fishing vacations. A must see in the Park is “Where the ducks walk on the fish”. We have two-member Amusement Parks, Conneaut Lake Park and Waldemar. Love bird watching visit Erie National Wildlife Refuge with an observation deck and many hiking trails. Canoe or kayak our Upper or Lower French Creek Water Trail or boat on one of our 7 lakes. Boat Rental are available. Delight your taste buds and visit our; Frozen custard stand, Eddie’s Foot-long Hot dogs, Brew Pubs, Wineries, New distillery, Meandry, Cidery, and our Outdoor Farmers Markets. Crawford has miles of scenic Hiking and Biking Trails. Golf on challenging, or fun golf

courses. Our courses feature rolling hills with tree and water lined holes. You can play 18 holes of golf with a cart for $28 (seasonal). Hotel/Golf packages are available. Visit Drake Well Museum in Titusville. Edwin L. Drake drilled the first successful commercial oil well in 1859 which launched the modern oil industry. After your visit, take a ride on the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad “Through the Valley that changed the World” and spend the night in a Caboose Motel. The OC&T hosts many fun events, like murder mystery dinner theatres, to Peter Cotton Tail and Santa runs. Titusville’s Annual Oil Festival is held in August. Events: Maple Taste and Tour, Thurston Classic Hot Air Balloon Event, Pymatuning Waterfowl Festival, Fishing Tournaments, Crawford County Fair is the largest agriculture Fair in PA, Fall Pumpkin Fest, Antique Wood Boat Parade, Haunted Ghost Lake and so much more. c o n ti n u e s o n p a g e 6 4

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Call and request our Visitors Guide, which includes a map, so you can find our member businesses. We have trail maps for hiking, biking, Taste and Touring for our brew, wine, distillery, cidery and Mead. You can also request our Events guide. All FREE just for you! Call 800-332-2338 or visit our website www.visitcrawford.org

MERCER COUNTY WINE & BREW TRAIL For groups looking for a different and fun way to celebrate birthdays, bridal parties or other special occasions – or would just love a relaxing weekend away – Mercer County, PA offers a Wine and Brew Trail in a picturesque setting. With eight wineries, six breweries, and a distillery, this Trail experience is tailored to each group’s wishes, and includes a customized itinerary, transportation, free wine tastings, entertainment, and assistance in arranging an overnight stay and dinner. Getaways to Mercer County mean leaving the city behind and enjoying the beauty of scenic countryside. Joal Wolf, owner of Conneaut Cellar Winery and Distillery comments… “You can get away from the city and enjoy the countryside surroundings here, including woods, lakes, and the peacefulness of the Shenango River. Our backdrop is a big part of why people enjoy visiting our wineries and breweries. There’s also plenty to keep everyone busy, like great shopping and outdoor activities.” In addition to Conneaut Cellars Winery, area wineries include Fractured Grape, Knoggin Noggin, Lago Winery, Nova Cellars Winery, Volant Mill Winery, Webb Winery and Wilhelm Winery. Breweries on the trail have also become a major draw. Brewtus Brewing Company knows that customers are always looking for a great place to sit, relax, enjoy a couple beers, and have a delicious meal. Over the years, this family-owned business has grown to include a menu that includes favorites and craft beer that’s great for those who love to try homegrown drafts. The meticulous brewing process includes a seven-barrel brew system that creates the perfect in-house craft beer that can be changed through the seasons. “Besides our amazing brews, we focus on having a from-scratch kitchen that serves delicious farm-to-table meals. Our 1920s décor provides a friendly atmosphere, and we’re known for our fresh burgers,” says Brewery Manager Gabby Rahn. Other breweries in the area also have plenty to offer on the Brew Trail. Stone Church Pizza House & Brew Pub in Hermitage is housed is a vacant church, and is surrounding by sparkling stained glass windows. They take pride in using traditional and non-traditional processes to create an American take on classic European beer styles. Plus, their menu of Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza draws locals and out-of-towners. TimberCreek Tap & Table in the Grove City area has four flagship beers on tap year-round, plus seasonal selections. If you’re new to craft beer, they also carry lighter selections so that your introduction is smooth. Besides Black Angus burgers, they also feature fresh seafood, steaks, and ribs. Barley House Brewing Taproom & Grill is a nano brewery offering a fresh variety of c o n ti n u e s o n p a g e 6 6


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Mercer County Golf Trail Mercer County is one of America’s Top Golf Destinations offering a great selection of middle to high end courses, low green fees and a variety of accommodations centrally located to the courses. To request a golf package quote, go to GolfMercerCountyPA.com.

Upper Shenango River Water Trail The scenic Upper Shenango River Water Trail provides 23 miles of easy canoe and kayak paddling or inner tube floating. There are seven nonmotorized boat launches so paddlers can choose several different lengths for their float. To help visitors enjoy the river, two companies, Carried Away Outfitters and Pymatuning Rentals and Information Center, make planning your water adventure easy. John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Trail Maurice K. Goddard State Park features a 12.2 mile scenic multi-use paved trail that loops around Lake Wilhelm. There is a lot of nature to view from this trail so don’t be surprised to see Bald Eagles, Osprey or Trumpeter Swans. For more information, go to VisitMercerCountyPA.com, then click on Outdoor Adventure.

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Wine & Brew Trail For groups looking for a different and fun way to celebrate birthdays, bridal parties or other special occasions – or would just love a relaxing weekend away – Mercer County, PA offers a Wine and Brew Trail in picturesque settings. With eight wineries, five breweries and two distilleries in the area, this Trail experience is tailored to each group’s wishes and includes a customized itinerary, transportation, free wine tastings, entertainment and assistance in arranging an overnight stay and dinner. Getaways to Mercer County mean leaving the city behind and enjoying the beauty of lakes and scenic countryside. Visitors can enjoy a unique experience on the Wine and Brew Trail, stay at fabulous accommodations and dine at great restaurants. For more information, go to VisitMercerCountyPA.com, then click on Wine & Brew Trail.

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craft beer made onsite, as well as a full service restaurant. Brew 32 features 10 beers on tap from traditional stouts, unique shady and even Jalapeno Mango. Enjoy live music every Friday night. Located on the shores of Pymatuning Lake, Mortals Key Brewing Company relies on innovative recipes to produce its beer. The brewery, located in a tractor barn that the owners refurbished with repurposed materials, welcomes live entertainment and welcomes visitors with an outside area.

TAKE A CRUISE ALONG THE MUSKINGUM RIVER ABOARD THE LORENA STERNWHEELER! CRUISING NOW THROUGH OCTOBER.

We offer serveral different types of cruise options: Public Rides and Twilight Cruises Lunch and Dinner Cruises Civil War Reenactment Cruise Paint and Party Cruise Charter Cruises For ticket information call the Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention and Visitors Bureau 1.800.743.2303

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The 38th Annual Wine Country Harvest Festival opens September 27 – 29 in beautiful and historic North East, PA. This three day celebration features wine tastings, winery tours, live entertainment with over 20 bands, cruise-in car show, hand crafters, artisans, exhibitors, a variety of food vendors and much more. Hop on the free festival shuttle to experience activities taking place in two parks. Pre-sale tickets are available online at www.nechamber.org. While you are in North East, bike along meandering country lanes and farms, hike scenic trails, fish in clear, cold streams or relax on the beach. Tour the many wineries the region has to offer and visit the shops and restaurants in and around North East. History buffs should stop by the Historical Museum or Lake Shore Railway Museum. Call the North East Area Chamber of Commerce at 814-725-4262 or visit www. nechamber.org for a complete schedule of activities and lodging information.

PALACE OF GOLD New Vrindaban, Land of Krishna and Home to the Palace of Gold. Hidden just an hour south of Pittsburgh is one of West Virginia’s most magnificent treasures. Deep in the rolling hills just outside of Moundsville, West Virginia, lies New Vrindaban, Land of Krishna and home to the Palace of Gold, a spiritual Hare Krishna community and place of pilgrimage. It was established in 1968 by Srila Prabhupada (founder and spiritual master of ISKCON) who envisaged a tranquil society communing with nature while spreading the teachings and ideals of Bhakti Yoga or Krishna Consciousness. Now celebrating 50 years in the Ohio Valley, New Vrindaban is a well-established part of the local community, welcoming some 50,000 tourists annually from all walks of life and all parts of the globe. When you begin your journey at Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold (coined “America’s Taj Mahal”) and tour its breathtaking gardens and landscape, you will feel as if transported to mystical India. Although you will see the Palace with over 8000 square feet of 22karat gold, antique teak-wood carvings, one of a kind artwork, and more than 250 tons of marble, the real beauty is in the unalloyed love and devotion that built this stunning memorial. No expert architects or experienced artisans were employed in the construction but young men and women who built it without blueprints and who were inspired to create a home for their spiritual teacher, Srila Prabhupada. It now stands as a memorial shrine dedicated to carrying on his loving spirit and universal message. Next you may take a short walk or drive to the main temple complex, which hosts various attractions, including a traditional Hindu temple, Govinda’s vegetarian/vegan restaurant, guest lodging, a newly constructed yoga pavilion, shops, nature trails, and much more. This unique experience will allow you to step outside of the ordinary and escape the hustle and bustle of modern urban life. New Vrindaban hosts a wide range of festivals all year long, so you will surely catch something that fans the fire of the soul. Whether it’s one of the daily gatherings in the main temple with dance and song, or a fireworks display over the lake (Saturday nights in the summer), or whatever way you end up spending your time, you will surely leave with happy memories that you would want to share with friends and family. Take time out for yourself this summer, kick off your shoes and feel the grass beneath your toes, milk a cow, photograph a peacock, or watch the swans swimming in one of the many lakes. New Vrindaban is here for you, a haven of peace and harmony. Please visit us online at www.palaceofgold.com or www.newvrindaban.com, and plan your trip today.

VISIT ZANESVILLE-MUSKINGUM COUNTY TODAY! Experience all our area has to offer. In addition to a cruise on the Mighty Muskingum River make plans to explore the Wilds and get up close and personal with new baby cheetahs, giraffes, rhinos, zebras and ziplining and horseback riding are offered as well. Take a trip to space through a guided tour of the John and Annie Glenn Museum. Explore the Underground Railroad at The Stone Academy. Visit the largest Suri alpaca farm in the region, take in the beauty of the area’s gardens and hiking trails, sample award winning wines, visit artists in their studios and galleries, enjoy the views from our famous Y Bridge. Call today for a free guide and to book your overnight stay. 800.743.2303 www.visitzanesville.com


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