Things To Do In Pittsburgh

Saturday and Sunday Entry for 1, or Saturday or Sunday Entry for 2 or 4 at Pittsburgh Pet Expo (Up to 50% Off)

Pittsburgh Pet Expo

Convention Center

Furry entertainments such as a dog show, demonstrations, and presentations fill animal lovers with joy at the the seventh annual Pet Expo

$18 $9

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's "Isle of the Dead" at Heinz Hall on October 31 or November 1 (Up to 50% Off)

"Isle of the Dead"

Heinz Hall

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Two Rachmaninoff works that quote from eerie hymn Dies Irae bookend violinist Nicola Benedetti’s rendition of Szymanowski’s Concerto No. 1

$64.75 $35

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$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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The Buster Williams Quartet: Something More and the Sonny Fortune Quartet on Friday, November 7 (Up to 61% Off)

The Buster Williams Quartet: Something More / The Sonny Fortune Quartet

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild

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Two legendary jazz musicians who’ve worked with icons including Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock perform with their own quartets

$51.50 $20

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$69 for a Six-Week Rowing Class at Three Rivers Rowing Association ($150 Value). Three Options Available.

Three Rivers Rowing Association

Millvale

Rowers take their positions in two eight-person indoor rowing tanks; blast calories on an ERG machine during a full-body workout

$150 $69

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Lego Play Sessions and Camps at Snapology (Up to 50% Off). Five Options Available.

Snapology

Bethel Park

Children use Legos to create their own creatures and worlds; parents can drop off kids and run errands or have a date night

$34 $17

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$35 for Anti-Bullying and Self-Defense Class with Uniform at MAASV Martial Arts Academy ($150 Value)

MAASV Martial Arts Academy

Pittsburgh

Students learn how to guard against bullying, defensed themselves, and build healthy fitness practices in martial arts class

$150 $35

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5 or 10 Kung Fu Fit Classes at Rothrock's Kung Fu & Tai Chi (Up to 79% Off)

Rothrock's Kung Fu & Tai Chi

Multiple Locations

Classes combine kung fu, kickboxing, and self-defense raining into one high-energy workout

$65 $17

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$24 for BYOB Paint Night for One at Art Party Pittsburgh (Up to $45 Value)

Art Party Pittsburgh

North Hills

Create your own masterpiece with easy step-by-step instruction at this BYOB painting event

$45 $24

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$69 for a Kids' Summer Camp at Mad Science of Pittsburgh ($150 Value). Four Options Available.

Mad Science of Pittsburgh

Etna

Young scientists and engineers can bend light, spark chemical reactions, alter voices, or create a small-scale storm

$150 $62

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Three or Six Training Sessions with Physical Evaluation at Club Cappella (Up to 71% Off)

Club Cappella

Upper St. Clair

Fitness evaluation measures body composition, strength, flexibility, and aerobic ability, helping trainers develop a personalized plan

$110 $35

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Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Downtown

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

$50 $25

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5, 10, or 20 Yoga Classes at Stretch Yoga Studio (Up to 64% Off)

Stretch Yoga Studio

Mount Lebanon

Move through Vinyasa poses inside a small, slightly heated studio where an instructor offers personal attention for students of all levels

$55 $20

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60-Minute BYOB Pottery or Jewelry-Making Class for One or Two at Little House Big Art (Up to 60% Off)

Little House Big Art

Pittsburgh

Aspiring artisans learn the basics of crafting pottery or jewelry and sip beverages brought from home

$50 $20

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Up to 51% Scuba Class for Two at Splash Water Sports

Splash Water Sports

Pittsburgh

Experienced, certified team of divers introduces students to scuba diving in safety and familiarity of swimming pool

$80 $39

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10 or 20 Fitness Classes at The Body Bar Experience (Up to 53% Off)

The Body Bar Experience

McCandless

Fitness classes such as Barre Toning, Dance Cardio, Yoga, PIlates, and Boot Camp

$100 $49

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$10 for $20 Worth of Arcade Gaming at Latitude 40

Latitude 40

Robinson

Play big-screen video games and 70+ other arcade and redemption games in an all-ages game room

$20 $10

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$20 for Two Hours of Bowling Including Shoe Rental for Up to Five (Up to $48.50 Value)

Fun Fest Entertainment Center

Fox Chapel

Balls careen down lanes as groups of up to five enjoy two hours of bowling at facility with billiards, laser tag, karaoke, and air hockey

$48.50 $20

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18 Holes for Four Plus Pull Cart, or Golf-Simulator Session at Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park (Up to 51% Off)

Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park

Squirrel Hill North

Secluded metropolitan greens invite golfers to swing through

$72 $35

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Designed by Mark Ormison in 1897, the fairways of Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park sprawl over 51 acres and invite linksmen to frolic among foliage that has been flourishing for more than a century, while also gazing out on metropolitan views. Players find themselves challenged right from the get-go with a second hole that is also the toughest, but can strive for birdies at holes 8 and 17 to recover. At the 11th hole, golfers encounter a quirky rectangular green, whose geometric origins are likely found in a house having occupied the space long ago. The course is managed by the local charity The First Tee Pittsburgh, which strives to encourage good character, values, and healthy life choices in children through the game of golf, and proceeds from the course benefit its programs.

Before hitting the course, players can hone their form at the course’s driving range in good weather, take lessons with a Class A PGA professional, or strengthen their swings at the Full Swing simulator, which tracks ball flight, speed, and distance in real time. The simulator offers high-definition projections of more than 35 notable courses, including Pebble Beach, Oakmont Country Club, Pinehurst Country Club, and Harbour Town Golf Links, and lets golfers sharpen their swings in the dead of winter without fear of losing a limb to frostbite or abominable ground squirrels.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 67 course
  • Length of 4,620 yards from the farthest tees
  • Course rating of 63.3 from the farthest tees
  • Slope rating of 104 from the farthest tees
  • See helpful course notes
  • 18 hitting stations at driving range
5370 Schenley Dr
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Though he has studied, practiced, and taught yoga in such far-flung locales as Mexico and Southeast Asia, Zeb Homison counts his childhood living room in western Pennsylvania as the site of his fondest yoga memory. That's where, as a tottering pre-kindergartener, he worked through poses alongside his mother. After studying dance and theater, Homison—now the owner of Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh— moved to San Francisco, where he rekindled his relationship with yoga while working at a Bikram yoga studio.

The heat, combined with the repetitions of the postures, focused his mind while conditioning his body, and he was hooked. Studying under Bikram Choudhury, the father of Bikram yoga, was another clarifying experience and one that taught Homison to open up and accept the inevitable. That could mean working through intensely fatigued muscles to push toward greater flexibility, or performing all 26 poses at a black-tie dinner party whenever guests clink their glasses and shout "Pose!"

"When studying yoga, you have to be patient with yourself," says Homison, echoing the philosophy that his staff repeats to encourage students to take their time learning the practice. Together, the team works with patrons, inspiring them through bouts of frustration. "Yoga can be a lifelong process," Homison says, "and you just have to be open to it."

2031 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

More than 50 years ago, Mr. John E. Connelly set his sights on cleaning up Pittsburgh's polluted three rivers and returning them to their former glory as the Steel City's heart and soul. As then-treasurer of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, John was in a prime position to complete his ambition. With the belief that he could get the public engaged and committed to a cleanup, he decided to give the local people access to the rivers via boat tours, knowing the city's characteristic architecture as viewed from the rivers would engender a genuine appreciation for the region's waterways and environment.

After getting his nephew, Captain Jack Goessling, on board, John purchased a 100-passenger fishing boat they would christen the Gateway Clipper, which would later launch from Monongahela Wharf for the first of its many pleasure cruises. Today, with Gateway Clipper Fleet, his dream of engaging locals and visitors in the city's history and waterways thrives with a fleet that has grown to five boats capable of accommodating 2,500 guests. Through the years, the fleet has ferried more than 25 million passengers, treating them to dinner cruises, sightseeing tours, and entertainment jaunts along the clean, blue waters of Pittsburgh's three rivers.

350 W Station Square Dr
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

When Dr. John Gabbert Bowman became Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh after World War I, he had a vision of a monument to education. So he built it, creating an astonishingly detailed work of architectural art that was also a fully usable addition to the growing university's classroom space.

The Cathedral of Learning didn't just honor the university?it was a tribute to the city itself. More than two dozen rooms serve as portals into a golden era of the history and heritage of nations ranging from Yugoslavia to Africa's ancient Asante kingdoms. And the collection is still expanding.

The Europe-centric first floor boasts the oldest rooms. Modeled on a Romanian Orthodox monastery, the Romanian Room is equipped with hand-carved chairs and an Orthodox iconostasis, while the stone arches and column bas reliefs of the Irish room symbolize the Gaelic oratories of the 12th century. On the third floor, visitors find the Indian room, boasting dramatic arena seating and a colorful watercolor triptych, and the baroque style of the Ukrainian classroom with vividly carved wood and colorful ceramics traditionally designed to test the willpower of rowdy young students.

4200 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

At Bossa Nova, it’s okay to begin a meal with cupcakes. In the baked chicken cupcakes—one of many tapas plates on the menu—mashed potatoes are substituted for frosting, and there’s a garnish of sautéed zucchini. Such innovative recipes are mixed in with a number of classic ones; you can also try fried calamari, spicy tuna tartar wrapped in cucumber, and a bacon, brie, and potato sandwich. These dishes are centered on a communal dining experience, which encourages you to try whatever tapas plate your friend is eating without first pretending to have somehow misplaced your own. In addition to tapas, the kitchen serves up larger entrees such as Spanish chorizo and beef filet.

The restaurant's space is just as eclectic as the cuisine, with a circular bar covered in mosaic tiles acting as the centerpiece. Stop here to order wine and cocktails, and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, guests head to the dance floor during DJ sets. Chandeliers and vibrant artwork surround the tables spread throughout the dining room, and there are nooks embedded into the walls if you want a more intimate setting.

123 7th St
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

The annual Pittsburgh International Auto Show brings brand-new cars and auto enthusiasts together for four days of gazing and gear talk. An expansive layout of sparkling domestic and exotic international rides unfurls within the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, where show-goers can snap pictures with the auto industry’s latest crop of carriages. Daily events keep attendants abreast of new, innovative technologies and reveal how automakers fit live horses into today’s car engines. The Pittsburgh International Auto Show also keeps youngsters occupied with kid-focused entertainment like the SimZilla extreme racing simulator and a NASCAR racing simulator Hank the interactive robot. For those who are not-so automotively enthused, there are plenty of other forms of entertainment including a 30 ft. ultimate gaming experience trailer, spa treatments, car raffles, and tons of other giveaways and attractions. Discount parking and free shuttles from Smallman St. in The Strip are also available.

1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd.
Pittsburgh,
PA
US