There are many creative ways to celebrate Valentines’ Day this weekend, plus so lots more to do. Here are the events you need to know about this weekend in Pittsburgh: February 14-16.
Friday, February 14: Talking & Listening Session with Ian Nagoski at St. Nicholas Croatian Church
Stories of music and immigration will converge inside one of Pittsburgh’s most significant cultural landmarks. Surrounded by Maxo Vanka’s breathtaking murals, musicologist Ian Nagoski will present a free talk and listening session highlighting music recorded by U.S. immigrants who fled from war, genocide and economic collapse in Syria, Turkey and Germany during the early 20th century.
Friday, February 14: Make Your Own Heart of Glass at Pittsburgh Glass Center
Heat up your Valentine’s Day to 2,200 degrees. Make your own colorful glass flower, heart pendant or fused valentine, learn glassblowing techniques from experienced artists and enjoy creative time together with friends, family or that very special someone.
Friday, February 14: Bunny Yoga at Animal Friends
Forget downward-facing dog: it’s time for downward-facing bunny. We can’t imagine a better way to feel all warm and fuzzy on Valentine’s Day than by practicing Sasangasana (aka rabbit pose) with the furry professionals themselves — Animal Friends‘ very own resident rabbits.
Friday, February 14: Hopeful Hearts Valentine’s Gala at the Omni William Penn
Help hearts heal this Valentine’s Day. Head to the William Penn’s exquisite ballroom to enjoy a three-course meal, an impressive silent auction and live music by eight-piece powerhouse band, No Bad JuJu — all to support the Joe Beretta Foundation’s services for advanced heart failure patients and their families.
Friday, February 14: High Fidelity at the Rangos Giant Cinema
Can a mixtape help music fanatic Rob Gordon win back his girlfriend? Whether you’ve been struck by Cupid’s arrow or you’re looking for the perfect anti-Valentine’s Day activity, don’t miss John Cusack’s star turn in the rom-com based on Nick Hornby’s bestselling novel — which is being reborn as a new Hulu TV show.
Friday, February 14: Anniversary Weekend at Arcade Comedy Theater
Pittsburgh’s only nonprofit theater dedicated to the art of comedy is celebrating its seventh anniversary with an entire weekend of shows. Spotlighting the city’s uber talented and hilarious comedy artists, the laugh-fest will include everything from improv, cabaret and stand-up, to drag shows and audience games.
Friday, February 14: SteelHacks at the University of Pittsburgh
5 p.m.- 12 a.m.
Are you passionate about technology and design? College students from across the U.S. are invited to roll up their sleeves and join Pitt’s School of Computing and Information to hack and make cool stuff during this free, two-day hackathon.
Saturday, February 15: Free Member Day at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
All month, Pittsburgh’s world-class cultural attractions are saying thank you to their dedicated patrons by hosting free member days. Spend your Saturday exploring one of the region’s top destinations — all you just need to do is show your photo ID and membership card.
Saturday, February 15: Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry at The Frick Pittsburgh
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Peruse exquisite, innovative and imaginative jewelry — and the women who helped design and inspire its creation. Showcasing 200 works, including necklaces, brooches, tiaras and other items of adornment, this stunning exhibition explores global art movements, the role of women as consumers and creators, pioneering designers such as Louis Comfort Tiffany and Charlotte Newman and more.
Saturday, February 15: Bloody Mary Festival at the Pennsylvanian
Dry January is behind us. Sample savory, sweet and unexpected new twists on the iconic cocktail and cast your vote for Pittsburgh’s Best Bloody. Now a two-day affair, the libations fest will also include brunch fare with mimosas, micheladas and craft brews.
Saturday, February 15: The Life of Susan B. Anthony & The Story of Pittsburgh Suffragists at Heinz History Center
The League of Women Voters is turning 100 and you’re invited to celebrate. Experience the story of Susan B. Anthony during a dramatization by actress Christina Rausa, be the first to use the new Women’s History Gallery Guide, feel inspired by the stories of women who fought for the right to vote and more.
Saturday, February 15: Juicy Brews Valentine’s Day Craft Beer Festival at the Ace Hotel
If you love beer and you love love, then this event is a must. For its latest East Coast Invitational beer festival, Hop Culture Magazine will fill the hip Ace Gym with an extensive roster of craft breweries, local food vendors, live music and glassware by Sam Taylor.
Saturday, February 15: The Mother of Fishes at CAPA Theater
Fans of cutting-edge music and contemporary opera should not miss this English-language premiere produced and composed by Roger Dannenberg. Based on a Spanish folk tale that blends love, adventure and magic, the enchanting work features a 30-piece orchestra, an electronics ensemble, six soloists and a chorus.
Sunday, February 16: Poses and Pints at Couch Brewery
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wake up with instructor Maggie Black from Yoga N’at. Start with stretching and snacks, get balanced during a one-hour yoga session and then kick back with some beer, cider or mead.
Sunday, February 16: Quarterly Queer Flea and Food Drive at the Persad Center
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Featuring vendors, artists and activities, the Queer Carnival Flea and Food Drive is a gathering space for makers, finders and peddlers. The cost to get in is a monetary donation or a shelf-stable item for the Persad Center’s pantry, which is part of the organization’s mission to support Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities.
Sunday, February 16: Smokin’ Betties Burlesque at Club Cafe
Wrap up your weekend on a very high note. International drag star Maddelynn Hatter will join the Smokin’ Betties and host Lilith DeVille to perform “Love Letters in the Snow” in celebration of the burlesque troupe’s fifth anniversary.
Looking for more events and live music? Read our top weekly and weekend events, 12 Pittsburgh events you won’t want to miss in February, 10 things for kids to do in February in Pittsburgh and The best concerts in Pittsburgh for February and March.