Things to do for free: Rooftop Shindig

Have you been to a Rooftop Shindig before? If you haven’t, we’re here to tell you you should go. There are two more slated for this season, so you can take your pick (or go to both!).

What’s cool about these events? For starters, admission is free, and if you bring your own seating for the movie screening, you won’t even have to pay for a seat. Though you can buy a folding chair at the event for $12. When we were there last month, the chairs were those snazzy camping chairs complete with a cup holder in the arm rest and a pouch for convenient carrying.

Now, these events offer more than just excellent live music and outdoor film screenings. There’s also a giant chess board and a giant Connect Four to kill time before the show starts.

At the June 3rd event, Fireball Whiskey had a booth of free samples set up. Patrons 21 and over were able to sample 3 different mixed drinks made with Fireball Whiskey that were available for purchase at the next booth over. They were also handing out free Fireball Whiskey swag.

In addition to drinks, there were some seriously good eats for sale (hello bacon wrapped hot dog!) from pulled pork sandwiches to vegetarian egg rolls and fried rice. The Chicken on a Stick stand was also selling some delicious lemonade squeezed from real lemons for anyone not up for (or old enough for) alcohol.

It gets cold up on the roof after sunset, so bring a blanket as well as sweatshirts and windbreakers for layering. If you’re bringing little ones (or if you’re an adult with sensitive hearing) bring ear plugs, because the volume of the movie will be cranked up full blast to reach the back row.

If you’re worried about parking, put your mind at ease and take the T or bus instead: the Theater Square Garage is just a short walk from Wood Street Station.

The next Shindig is at 6 p.m. on August 26. Bastard Bearded Irishmen will be playing, followed by a screening of The Warriors.

Bacon Festival coming to Pittsburgh next month

Do you love bacon? Lots of people do. So many people love bacon that there’s a traveling bacon festival, and it’s coming to Pittsburgh on May 16th.

The America Loves Bacon Festival Tour is making its stop from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Station Square, with a VIP sampling starting at 11:30 a.m.

Bacon Festival
Do you love bacon? Consider attending the Bacon Festival at Station Square next month. By cyclonebill (Bacon) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
So what can you expect at a bacon festival? Well, bacon, of course. Lots of it. Both from the ALB touring menu and from local vendors. There will also be live music, comedians, cooking demonstrations, and vendors selling all things bacon, including apparel. Plus, the Children’s Zone will have bacon-themed fun for the little ones.

The event website for the Pittsburgh stop isn’t fully updated yet, but it looks like there will be a full service bar inside the festival for the 21 and over crowd. No specific information about vendors or live acts is available yet.

Tickets are on sale now for $15 general admission, and children 12 and under receive free admission. If you’re a true bacon lover, you could splurge on a $60 VIP ticket and get swag along with access to the VIP sampling before the festival opens for general admission.

The nice thing about the festival’s location is that it’s right on the T and both Red and Blue Line trolleys stop at Station Square. So if the T is convenient for you, you can skip driving and trying to find parking in Station Square.

Roundup: public transportation

We’ve featured several posts in the past regarding public transportation in Pittsburgh. We’ve rounded them up here in one convenient spot just for you!

Keep these tips and tricks in mind, and you’ll find it much easier to find a new home in a neighborhood you love with full access to all Steel City has to offer.

Apartments near public transportation in Pittsburgh

Last week, we offered advice on how to find an apartment near public transportation in Pittsburgh. This week, we’re featuring the Prudential Realty communities close to bus and T stops. If you’re on the hunt for a new place, one of these might just be exactly what you’re looking for.

pet friendly apartments
Alvern Gardens has all the amenities you need, including a dog park and a T stop close by.

Alvern Gardens Apartments

Looking for an affordable home for yourself, and maybe for a small pet? Not only is Alvern Gardens mere blocks from the St. Anne’s T stop, it also welcomes cats and dogs under 40 lbs. There’s even a dog park on site as well as a pool. If you’re interesting in Alvern Gardens, email alverngardens@yahoo.com or call 412-561-4663.

The Brett Apartments

The Brett Apartments in Shadyside are close to several bus stops that will take you to Oakland, South Side Works, and beyond. Plus, if you have a car, you could park it in the garage. Call 412-722-8546 for the current availability at the Brett Apartments.

free parking
In addition to its garage, Place Seville has a free, first come, first serve parking lot for its residents.

Cornell Place

For an apartment in a beautiful building complete with stained glass windows close to shopping and dining in Mt. Lebanon, Cornell Place is just what you’re looking for. Located about 10 minutes walk from several bus and T stops, you have plenty of options for getting where you need to go. Call 412-401-9848 for the current availability at Cornell Place.

Place Seville Apartments

covered parking
Some of the Sleepy Hollow Townhouses have a little deck over the garage entrance, so a second car in the driveway can be partially covered as well.

If you’d like to live at the heart of Castle Shannon, Place Seville is the place for you. Located steps from the Overbrook Junction T stop, Place Seville offers 1 and 2 bedroom apartments as well as covered parking for those who have cars. Call 412-563-7256 for the current availability at Place Seville.

Sleepy Hollow Townhouses and Apartments

From 1 bedroom apartments to 3 bedroom townhouses, Sleepy Hollow has the right size home for you. Plus, the Memorial Hall T stop is right down the road. Call 412-401-9848 for the current availability at Sleepy Hollow.

Heading downtown for First Night? Here’s what you need to know about public transportation

Last week we told you all about Highmark First Night and how to plan your visit. Now it’s time to talk about your transportation options on the big night. Because it’s New Year’s Eve on Wednesday, we’re posting early this week to give you all the info you need for attending the festivities in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.

Pittsburgh First Night
Pittsburgh’s First Night celebration features not one, but two fireworks displays, plus so much more.

First of all, it’s a good idea to take public transportation into the city, as parking will be hard to find and many streets will be closed for the celebration. But be warned: lots of people will be using public transportation, so plan to leave early and weigh your options toward the end of the night: head home early to beat the crowd, or stay for the fireworks at midnight and join the crush. Either way, you’re better off than those who decided to drive. They had to pay an arm and a leg for parking and are still facing the same timing dilemma.

In any case, take note that the Port Authority is running special hours for New Year’s Eve, and the usual holiday hours for New Year’s Day. Plus, kids under 12 accompanied by an adult wearing a First Night button ride for free starting at 4 p.m. If you don’t have a ConnectCard already, consider getting one for each member of the household and loading it up with a value or a pass. The cards are easier and faster than providing correct change. You can get cards at most Giant Eagle stores around Pittsburgh.

Be sure to use the Port Authority trip planner to schedule your ride so you know when to arrive at the stop.

It’s a good idea to check the weather before you head out as well. It’s been an unseasonably warm winter in the area, but it looks like it’s getting colder just in time for New Year’s. Bundle up in layers before you head out for the night, and bring cash for hot beverages.

Don’t live close to public transportation? Consider moving to a Prudential Realty Community like Alvern Gardens, Place Seville, or Sleepy Hollow in 2015.