Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Pittsburgh Puzzle

Hey Pittsburgh! Join us each month to solve the Pittsburgh Puzzle.

The puzzle is an image from somewhere within the great city of Pittsburgh.  We promise not to stump "Yinz" too bad! - So we will make sure that the puzzle is of a well known place or event in Pittsburgh. 

Good Luck! 
If you recognize the Pittsburgh Puzzle,  please leave us a comment below and please be sure to leave your first name or business and which part of the city or place you are from.

All correct "Puzzlers" will be mentioned in our  blog.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Holidays! Happy New Year! Happy Winter Solstice and Happy Pittsburgh!

Happy Holidays Pittsburgh!  We've come up with a list of Pittsburgh events and activities from that will hopefully guarantee to bring holiday cheer and joy to everyone's heart this festive season... unless your green as the Grinch.  If you would like to add a Pittsburgh event or two - please leave us a comment or post up for free on

Seasons Greetings! Keep checking back often as we add  new events daily.
- The Elves at

Three Rivers Ringers Winter 2013 Concert Series

St. Stephens Church, Sewickely , PA on 12/15, 13, 7-8
Start a new holiday tradition this winter with Silver Bells, Three Rivers Ringers’ 2013 Winter Concert series.  Come hear your favorite holiday tunes, including Sleigh Ride, Greensleeves, Silver Bells, and many more. JOY!

Christmas Bird Count 

Latodami Nature Center North Park Pittsburgh, PA on 12/28 
Meet at the Rose Barn on Pearce Mill Road to take part in the ongoing research to document winter birds in North Park. No experience necessary. Tweet!

Russian and Rusyn Christmas
Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra on 12/21
The Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra continues its theme of  "Travel the World in Music” with a celebration of Russian and Rusyn Christmas music.  Fa La La La!

Breakfast with Santasaurus 
Carnegie Museum of Natural History on 12/14
Let your little ones dress up as their favorite dinosaurs and come to the museum for a truly amazing family event! Hang out with Pittsburgh's own Santa-saurus! Ho! Ho! Ho!

Santa's Workshop  
The Waterfront on 12/14 
Join the revelers at Pittsburgh's Waterfront Town Center for a return visit from Santa! His elves will be there with free crafts, carolers, holiday movies, games and more! You better be good!

Sounds of the Season
Ingomar United Methodist Church on 12/8
Ring in the season with the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale as we present holiday classics, traditional Christmas carols and popular favorites. White Christmas!

Yoga for a Cause at Pittsburgh Winery
Pittsburgh Winery on 12/8
An afternoon of vinyasa yoga set to live music by Bill Deasy at the Pittsburgh Winery in the Strip District. Stretch!

The Nutcracker
Carnegie Performing Arts Center 12/6-12/15
The Nutcracker is presented by the Carnegie Performing Arts. Truly a Pittsburgh event for the holidays. Crunch!

Noon Year's Eve
Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium on 12/31
Ring in the New Year at noon with your entire family and Radio Disney. Count down to a noon ball drop and celebrate with live entertainment.  Growwwlll!

Southwestern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial
North Shore Riverfront Park on 12/6
Dedication Ceremony ~ Located on the banks of North Shore Riverfront Park on a portion of the Great Lawn called the Bosque. Salute!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

2013 Winter Pittsburgh Events Should Include Ice Skating at The Rink at PPG Place

With winter rolling into western Pennsylvania, outdoor enthusiast should start sharpening their skates to prepare for the annual ice skating extravaganza at The Rink at PPG Place.  There is no better outdoor winter activity in Pittsburgh than ice skating in the middle of Downtown in the shadows of the famed spires of PPG Place. Although Pittsburgh boasts many fine local establishments for skating, The Rink at PPG Place is considered by many to be the "King." The ice opens during Pittsburgh's Annual Light-Up-Night in November and closes in February. During the skating season the venue keeps regular hours and hosts a number of Pittsburgh events which include:
  • Mascot Skate
    • Saturday, November 23    1p-3p
    • Join more than 30 area mascots in a special holiday skating party at The Rink
  • Skate with Santa and Star100.7 with Bubba
    • Saturday, December 7, 14, 21      2p-4p
  • Student ID Nights (January-Close)
  • Tuesday Family Nights (January – Close)
To learn more about events and hours of operation, please visit The Rink at PPG Place.

Magic Ice USA is the company that manages The Rink at PPG Place and hosts a great photo gallery of events at the Pittsburgh ice rink.- Click the images below to visit the gallery!
Images by MagicIceUSA

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Off the Beaten Path - Pittsburgh's Latodami Nature Event Center at North Park

Looking for a place to take a brisk hike, a quiet nature walk or participate in an outdoor conservation event? Then visit the Latodami Nature Center, the gem of North Park in Wexford. The nature center boasts a newly dredged pond, a historic old barn originally part of the dairy farm, many forest and field habitats, as well as a few stream and wetlands.  There are currently eleven nature trails that wander the nature center's 250 acres of the fields and forests of the immediate area.
that is off the beaten path but still close enough to the city of Pittsburgh?  Well then you need to visit

Whether it is a warm summer morning or a snow blanketed landscape, the trails are are open from dawn to dusk.  Check their website for all of their terrific outdoor Pittsburgh events and happenings

View all of the Latodami Nature Event Center activities here.  Be sure to checkout for a variety of Pittsburgh events and local happenings.

Monday, November 18, 2013

2013 Light Up Night: Fireworks, Santa, Holiday Lights and Ice Skating in Pittsburgh!

In Pittsburgh, the official start of the holiday season begins with Light Up Night.  There are so many great events that has chosen to gift wrap a few cool events for you! Enjoy the 53rd Light Up Night in Pittsburgh brought to you by The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership* -  Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.

12:00 P.M. City-county building tree lighting
12:00 P.M. U.S. Steel tower dedication of the Creche
5:30 P.M. Allegheny courthouse tree lighting
5:30 P.M. PPG Plaza American Cancer Society Tribute of Light Tree Lighting
5:45 P.M. One Oxford Center tree lighting
5:45 P.M. Santa lights BNY Mellon season of lights
6:45 P.M. Macy's windows unveiling
7:00 P.M. Highmark unity tree lighting with rooftop

6:00 - 7:00 P.M.
Holiday window unveiling

Open until midnight on light up night and magic ICE USA is donating $1 of each skate admission to the American Cancer Society.

9:38 P.M.
 Zambelli fireworks launched form the Warhol Bridge w/ live holiday broadcast of 3ws 94.5 fm.

Be sure to also check out the many other Pittsburgh events that are happening throughout the month of November at Celebrating The Holiday Rush, Light-Up Night, Pie and Giving Thanks in Pittsburgh.

Post all of your Pittsburgh events and happenings for free at

Follow us on Twitter!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Southwestern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial: and Art Science Nexus Bringing Pittsburgh Art Events to Forefront

Art Science Nexus recently shared a event on their top stories for Tuesday, November 12, 2013.  A Pittsburgh event by Artist Lecture: Larry Kirkland and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council  for the unveiling of the Southwestern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial will be held on December 16, 20013 on the North Shore Riverfront.

Read more about the event at Greater Pittsburgh Arts and Art Science Nexus (November 12, 2013) and continue to share and post your Pittsburgh events for free at Sign up for our free e-newsletter for top events in Pittsburgh.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

November Pittsburgh Puzzle?

Hey Pittsburgh! Join us each month to solve the Pittsburgh Puzzle. The puzzle is an image from somewhere within the great city of Pittsburgh.  We promise not to stump "Yinz" too bad! - So we will make sure that the puzzle is of a well known place or event in Pittsburgh. 


Good Luck! 
If you recognize the Pittsburgh Puzzle,  please leave us a comment below and please be sure to leave your first name or business and which part of the city or place you are from.

All correct "Puzzlers" will be mentioned in our monthly e-newsletter and blog.

Tim Brown
for solving the November Pittsburgh Puzzle

Friday, November 1, 2013

2013 Thanksgiving Pittsburgh Events: Celebrating The Holiday Rush, Light-Up Night, Pie and Giving Thanks in Pittsburgh

Hey Pittsburgh! It's that time of year that we all jump on board for the holiday rush, take in the amazement that is Light-Up Night and just give thanks for our family, friends and pets!  We've come up with a list of events and activities from that we hope you will enjoy.  If you would like to add an event to the list please leave us a comment or post up for free on

Happy Thanksgiving Pittsburgh! Keep checking back often as we add  new events daily.
- The Pilgrims at

Pittsburgh Veterans Day Parade
November 11

The Veterans Day Parade on Monday, November 11th, will begin at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Pittsburgh.  The parade route starts at Grant Street and Liberty Avenue.  It travels on Liberty Avenue to Wood Street and will finish on the Boulevard of the Allies. Salute!

City Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 22
Don't miss the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony at noon on Friday, November 22nd at the City-County Building Portico.  Joy!

Breakfast with Santa at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
November 30

Your kids' eyes will light up when the guest of honor enters the room.  Santa, Mrs. Claus, Jingles the Reindeer and more characters will be in attendance for our annual Breakfast with Santa event.  Enjoy pictures with Santa, holiday games and arts and crafts in Santa's Workshop.  Open to both resort guests and the public! Ho Ho Ho

Nemacolin Annual Light Up Night Festivities 
November 29
Celebrate the beginning of the Holiday Season at Nemacolin.  Take in the Resort's holiday decorations, which grace the property from the outside and into our Lobby.  Catch the holiday spirit with a Choral performance, Charity donation presentation, and introduction of Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Elves and the much-anticipated countdown for our lighting ceremony. After the ceremonies commence, join Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s additional evening events including Ice Carving Demos, pictures with Santa and shop our Heritage Court Shoppes!
Let it Snow!

23rd Annual PNC YMCA Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
November 28
Join the Y for the 23rd Annual PNC YMCA Turkey Trot at PNC Park. Register for the 5K, 5-Mile or 1-Mile Run/Walk available for all ages. Gobble! Gobble

2013 Peoples Gas Holiday Market 
November 23- December 23 
Inspired by the original Christkindlemarkt created in 1545 in Nuremberg, Germany, and the Christkindlmarket in Chicago, IL,  Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ brings a cherished German tradition with international flair and local charm to Downtown Pittsburgh. Visitors will be in for a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience as they stroll through an illuminated Market Square, weaving through the European-style wooden chalets, adorned with holly and illuminated with little white lights. It's the perfect atmosphere for families and friends to enjoy the magic of the season.  Shop!

Pittsburgh's Light Up Night
November 22
Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with Light-Up Night Pittsburgh. Events include the official lighting of the city Christmas Tree and the entire skyline around the city!  Take part in the official unveiling of the annual holiday display windows at Macy's.  Have a skate and a hot chocolate at the Rink at PPG. And it wouldn't be Pittsburgh without fireworks! Learn more!

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital- Give Thanks Walk
November 23
Non-competitive 5k to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at PNC Park. Give Thanks!

Venture Outdoors Holiday Pie Hike
November 29
Looking to get a little fresh air after the holiday? Come join Venture Outdoors for a great 4-5 mile hike through the local forests just before they go to sleep for the winter. After the hike finish up with pumpkin pie, apple pie, and a special pear-cranberry pie! Pie!

Phipps Conservatory Presents: Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes
November 22
Kick off the holiday season with two of Pittsburgh's most treasured traditions. Don’t miss this one-night-only opportunity to enjoy the botanical delights of Phipps and vignettes from Pittsburgh Ballet Theater's rendition of The Nutcracker on the very same night. Nutcracker!

Friday, October 11, 2013

2013 Pittsburgh Halloween Events

Hey Pittsburgh! Halloween is coming and why not get the haunt howling by visiting some of the Burgh's best haunted attractions and events.  If you would like to add a Halloween event to the list please leave us a comment or post up for free on!

Good Luck and Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!
- The Ghouls at

96.9 Bob FM BOO 'N BREW Halloween Bash
October 26
Gateway Clipper
Boarding will begin at 7 pm and we'll shove off at 8 pm. Dance the night away with local Pittsburgh band RANDOM PLAY, come dressed in your Halloween best for a chance to win tickets to see the Black & Gold on the field or on the ice. First place takes home a prize so hot, we can't tell you yet! Be one of the first 25 on the boat and receive a free Halloween DVD. Be part of a live medium group reading, hosted by medium Rev. Marjorie Rivera plus everyone on the boat will get 2 questions answered from a well-known psychic, Tamar George. Tickets to this over 21 event are just $25.

13 Hours of Horror
 10/19 Doors Open at 10:45am
 Hollywood Theater Dormont
Learn more and more

Halloween Mayhem
October 26
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
A FREE FAMILY EVENT! Zombies, a costume parade, puppets, live performances, games and more fill Kelly Strayhorn Theater for the 5th Annual Halloween Mayhem, a day of activities designed to delight and entertain the whole family. Zombies!

Pajama Nights featuring Creepy, Crawly Carnegie!
October 26
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Wear your PJs and try out our Pajama Nights without actually staying overnight! Contact Group Visits at 412.622.3289 

Haunted History Tours in Point State Park
October 18-26
Want a little haunting with your history? For more information, click the link and search for events in Point State Park.

The Running Dead - Connellsville's Inaugural Zombie Run!
October, 26
110 North Prospect Street, Connellsville, PA 724-777-0922
A fundraising zombie run with zombie events to follow including horror movie screenings. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., race at noon.  They're Coming to Get you Barbara!

Allen's Haunted Hayrides
Fayette County
October 10–12, 17–19, 24–26 and 31, 2013
Travel through the country side on what some consider to be the most frightening trip of their lives! A wagon departs every 15 minutes and travels into the darkness on Route 666. Journey through the woods, corn fields and into the authenticated "Haunted Barn". And if that is not enough, we even have carnival rides, games & concessions for all to enjoy! Allen's barn was proclaimed "Haunted" during a live KDKA Radio broadcast on Halloween night, October 31, 2001. The Angel Ladies, spiritualistic mediums, detected paranormal activity in and around the barn. With all this in mind, we have been listed in PA 80 Haunted Sites! Visit If You Dare!

Cheeseman's Fright Farm
Butler County
October 11–13, 17–20, 24–27, 2013
The tractors are warmed up and the ghosts and gouls have arrived to put a chill in the night air.   Be warned this is a physically demanding attraction that will assault your senses with intense audio and visual effects.  Your heart will quicken and your skin will crawl... As always, parking is free and your admission price includes all of our attractions and activities. Enter At Your Own Risk!

Castle Blood
Westmoreland County
October 11–13, 18–20 and 25–27, plus October 31, 2013
The MacCabre Family fiendishly invites you to a Gothic Halloween tour of their home, Castle Blood, Pittsburgh's most unique haunted house. Look Out!

Creatures of the Night
Allegheny County & Butler County
October 18 & 19 at Beechwood; October 25 at Succop
Delight in our annual autumn experience! Fireflies guide you on our trails to encounter larger-than-life costumed nocturnal creatures. Hear stories from a Great Horned Owl, observe the acrobatics of the Flying Squirrel, go batty with Little Brown Bat, and more. Hoot Hoot

Demon House - McCue Mansion
Washington County
October 11–13, 18–20, 24–27 and 31, 2013
McCue Mansion in Monongahela, PA is a Demon House Haunted Attraction, More Than Just A Quick Walk Thru...WE ARE The Haunted Experience Of A Life Time... Don't Look Behind the Door!

Freddy's Haunts

Beaver County
October 11–13, 18–20 and 25–27, 2013
The residence on McCune Road has been left abandoned and over grown for years. What happened here years ago shocked and disgusted the quiet township of Independence. Come out and enter the all enclosed 1/2 mile of hell. Maybe you will make it out. Or then again maybe not… Run!!!

Gateway Clipper Halloween Cruises
Allegheny County
October 16, 25 and 26, 2013
A Haunted Halloween show: SPIRITS on the MON! a frightfully fun evening of comedy, illusion and juggling
that will tickle your funny bone and send a chill up your spine! Splash!

Ghost Tours of Nemacolin Castle
Washington County
Ghost Tours Every Sat. & Sun. throughout Oct.
Also Oct. 31st & Nov. 1, 2, & 3 Halloween Weekend

History tours of the castle will be conducted both days from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. At night, Ghost Tours will wind their way through the darkened castle hallways from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Boo!

Hallowboo at Idlewild 
October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, & 26-27
Operating Hours: Noon – 6:00 PM. (Gates open at 11:30 AM)

It’s the Idlewild you know and love with a FUN, family-oriented, Happy Halloween twist! Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage of Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands and the rides and attractions of Olde Idlewild, Jumpin’ Jungle, Hootin’ Holler, Raccoon Lagoon, and Story Book Forest. Trick or Treat!

Halloween Happenings at Phipps
Allegheny County
October 25, 2013 4 – 8 p.m.
Visit Phipps Conservatory in Oakland for a different Halloween experience this year. Come in costume on October 25th for a festive evening of Halloween activities, surprises and trick-or-treat.  Magic!

Haunted Hills Hayride
North Versailles Allegheny County
October11–13, 18–20 and 25–27, 2013
The North Versailles Haunted Hills Hayride celebrates its 14th season in 2013, with two attractions - the Haunted Hayride and the Haunted Walking Trail - Valley of Darkness. Proceeds benefit the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Spectrum Charter School. Keep Your Feet In The Wagon!

Haunted History Hayride & Candlelight Walk
Westmoreland County Bushy Run Battlefield in Jeannette, PA
October 26, 2013
Col. Bouquet saved Fort Pitt and the hills of Bushy Run Battlefield were plowed and farmed by local families. Take a historic haunted hayride and hunt the ghost of Colonel Henry Bouquet and his British soldiers! Don't Close Your Eyes!

Haunted Mini-Golf
Beaver County Hopewell Township
Through November 5, 2013
Halloween-themed holes, glow-in-the-dark balls after dark and roaming monsters! Spooky!

Owl-o-Ween at the National Aviary
Allegheny County
October 19 & 26, 2013
The National Aviary will celebrate its annual Owl-o-Ween complete with a Halloween party, trick-or-treating, costume contests, crafts, and even a creepy crawly bug station. Enjoy close encounters with raptors, owls and other creatures of the night. All activities are included in price of admission. Raptors and Owls!

Hobgoblin Hikes
Westmoreland County
October 18 (Mammoth Park) and 25 (Northmoreland Park), 2013
Recommended for ages eight and over, the Hobgoblin Hikes are half-mile outdoor guided walks through the haunted woods of our County Parks. Visitors can expect to be led through mazes and cemeteries, and past more than 100 ghouls, goblins and monsters. The Hobgoblin Hikes are offered to provide a safe, family alternative to conventional trick-or-treating. Parents are encouraged to attend the events with their children. Goblins!

Hotel Beacon Haunted House & Maze
Butler County Renfrew
October 11–12, 18–19, and 25–26, 2013
Head out to Renfrew in Butler County for this popular haunted corn maze. Don't Get Lost!

Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House
Allegheny County South Park
October 9–13, and 16–30; and November 1–2, 2013
This large haunted house attraction in South Park, located at the former home of Phantoms in the Park, benefits the Homeless Children's Education Fund and Animal Friends. This is one of Pittsburgh's most popular haunted attractions. Run for your life, scream bloody murder, haunted attraction on the acres family estate. South Valley hospital was opened to the public in 1904 as Pittsburgh’s premier medical research facility and much more! Scarrrryyyy!!!

Lonesome Valley Farms Haunted Hayride & Walk-Thru
Westmoreland County
October 11–13, 18–20 and 25–27, 2013
When it comes to Halloween FEAR and FUN…Lonesome Valley Farms Delivers. They will take you to terrifying places that you wish did not exist or we will get you all turned around in our huge NON-HAUNTED Get Lost Corn Maze. Visit for a unique Halloween experience that you won't soon forget! Don't Go At It Alone!

Northern Nightmares
Butler County, Zelienople
October 18–19 and 25–26, 2013
As the Sun Dissolves and Shadows Grow, Vision Dims and Nightmares Flow... Watch Your Step...

Phantom Fright Nights
Allegheny County, Kennywood
October 11–13, 18–20 and 25–26, 2013
The worst nightmares keep coming back. Like the undead crawling out of their graves, Phantom Fright Nights is back at Kennywood. Come experience the most intense spectacles of sheer terror – BioFear, Voodoo Bayou, Mortem Manor, Villa of the Vampires, and others too horrific to mention. Turn On The Lights!

Allegheny County, Etna
October 10–13, 17–20, 24-27 and 31; and November 1–2, 2013
Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House! ScareHouse has been ranked as one of “America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by Travel Channel and featured in multiple online and print publications including USA TODAY, Forbes, AOL News, Yahoo, Funworld, and Money magazine. Behind You!

Pittsburgh KDKA Zoo Boo
Allegheny County
October 19–20 and 26–27, 2013
Venture through the Zoo collecting great candy, enjoying the animals, and participating in other fun activities along the way. Stop by your favorite haunts – Gymkhana’s Haunted hideaway and the not-so-spooky CoGo's Time Travelers Express train ride. Conjure up a frightfully fun costume for the Halloween Parade and Costume Contest at Water’s Edge. Make a deliciously sweet treat at Casper’s Craft Corner or get spooked at the Docent Council’s Haunted House. Lions, Tigers, Bears and Ghosts!

Terror Town
Allegheny County, Strip District
October 12–13, 17–20, 24–27, and 31, 2013
Pittsburgh's largest indoor haunted attraction premiered in the historic Strip District September 24th 2011. Terror Town is 30,000 sq of spine tingling action, and will be open select dates in September, October & November. Don't miss the most terrifying haunted attraction the tri-state area has to offer. Go Ahead, If You Dare!

West Deer Nightmare
Allegheny County
October11–13, 18–20, and 25–30, 2013
One of Pittsburgh’s top rated Haunted Houses is back again in 2013 after its comeback year last year! The West Deer Nightmare is a high scare volume, insanely intense haunted attraction not designed for the weak. Come and tour the possessed house of Noah Hobbs and experience all the horror and terror that was committed in what some say was a portal to Hell. Come and experience the legendary West Deer Nightmare! Happy Halloween! is Powered by Elliance, a Digital Marketing Agency
and Supported by Ennect Online Marketing Software
600 River Ave, Suite 201 - Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Elliance: 888-926-6262 / Ennect: 866-435-1212