5 things to do in Pittsburgh this weekend: May 26-28 August


It’s going to be a festive weekend in Pittsburgh, with events celebrating everything from the fine arts to tiny houses to vegan food.

Tiny house road show

The Reuse Box Truck Roadshow will be making a stop at Construction Junction, 214 N. Lexington St., Point Breeze Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Promoting the value of reusing materials that would otherwise end up in landfills, the event will feature tiny home experts Alex Eaves and Derek Diedricksen, along with demonstrations from the Pittsburgh Glass Center, the Pennsylvania Resources Council and other organizations; Food truck and a mobile mocktail minibar.

In addition, Eaves and Diedricksen are screening their new documentary, The Box Truck Film: Building A Reuseful Home, Saturday at 9 p.m. at the Hollywood Theater, 1449 Potomac Ave., Dormont. The film documents the transformation of a 17-foot moving truck into a 98-square-foot tiny house and mobile educational center for reuse, using primarily reclaimed materials.

Information on the roadshow can be found at cjreuse.org. Visit hollywoodtheaterpgh.org for screening information.

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Josh Minyon of Regent Square makes chalk art during the 21st Annual Shadyside…The Art Festival on Walnut Street in 2017.

Art on Walnut Street

The Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh becomes an outdoor fine arts gallery and sales fair with the 25th anniversary of Shadyside… The Art Festival on Walnut Street, held Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

The seven-block event will feature visual arts in multiple mediums by local and national artists, as well as a craft market featuring handmade jewelry and accessories, clothing, leatherwork, food, homeware and beauty products.

Visitors can also check out the eclectic shops, restaurants, and bars in the downtown tree-lined neighborhood.

Visit artfestival.com for more information.

Vote for vegan

Pittsburgh VegFest, a celebration of the vegan lifestyle, takes place Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Allegheny Commons Park East at North and Cedar Avenues on the north side.

The all-vegan event showcases vegan food, shopping, and local animal welfare and non-profit organizations. Live music and family-friendly activities are planned.

The festival precedes a 2.4 km walk through the park with Dr. Natalie Gentile ahead. Registration opens at 9am, hikers set off at 9:15am

Festival visitors are welcome to bring well-behaved pets on a leash.

Visit pittsburghvegfest.org for more information.

Art and Music Jam

The Pittsburgh Art Jam is scheduled for Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at The Sleeping Octopus, a historic mansion that now hosts community activities at 1300 Wood St., Wilkinsburg.

Around 20 local artists will demonstrate their skills in a variety of mediums, from stained glass and sculpting to garment making and body painting.

The free event for all ages also features a painting and sculpture exhibition, children’s activities, and live music throughout the evening, including a drum circle and sing-alongs.

For more information, visit Pittsburgh Art Jam on Facebook.

pedal pusher

Bike Pittsburgh is hosting the 29th annual UPMC HealthPlan PedalPGH ride Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning and ending at Southside Riverfront Park under the Birmingham Bridge. The event includes a finish line feast with beer and refreshments.

PedalPGH, the largest charity bike ride in Pennsylvania, welcomes cyclists of all ages and fitness levels and offers 10, 25, 40 and 62 mile routes. The event raises funds for Bike Pittsburgh, which works to keep bikes and pedestrians safe and accessible in the city.

Visit pedalpgh.org for information and registration.

Shirley McMarlin is a Contributor to the Tribune Review. You can contact Shirley via email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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