Pittsburgh is filled to the brim with things to do, especially as the weather warms up and spring comes calling. To help get you out and enjoying the warmer spring weather, here are some April events near Pittsburgh that you should add to your calendar.
Take a trip back in time during the Vintage Pittsburgh retro fair at the Heinz History Center. This fair has amazing vintage vendors offering one-of-a-kind goods, ranging from vintage clothing and accessories to vinyl records and home décor. You can enjoy delicious food from local restaurants and even make your very own retro shrinky dink. This event takes place Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Steel City Con
Celebrate the comic books you love during Steel City Con, which takes place from April 17-19 this year at the Monroeville Convention Center. This con gives you the opportunity not just to hunt for memorabilia and back issues, but also to meet some of your favorite TV and film celebrities, including Denis Lawson, Loretta Swit, Freddie Prinze Jr., and John Carroll Lynch. There will be Q&A panels, photo ops, and so much more to check out.
PurpleStride Pittsburgh 2020
On Saturday, April 18, join thousands of walkers as they raise awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer research. The PurpleStride event will take place at North Shore Riverfront Park and will meander throughout the city, giving patients, families, and friends the chance to gain both comfort and encouragement.
With spring here at last, what better time is there to get behind the wheel of a sparkling new Ford truck or SUV? Visit Shults Ford Wexford and we’ll put you in the driver’s seat.
As we approach the holiday season, many of us have plans to spend time with family and friends. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in the Pittsburgh area who may not get that chance or don’t have the resources that many of us have. Volunteering is a great way to give back to our community and help those who might not have has much as we do. These three volunteer opportunities in Pittsburgh are a great way to make sure the 2019 holiday season is bright for every Yinzer.
The Downtown Beautification project meets every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and works toward to goal of making our city cleaner and more beautiful. You can sign up for the day that works best for you and get to know your neighbors while also lending a helping hand.
Knowing how to read is probably something you don’t even think about anymore. However, there are lots of people, including adults, who struggle with this critical skill. Literacy Pittsburgh is looking for people who would like to serve as a literacy tutor, providing much needed education and confidence to folks who need it most.
The Amachi Pittsburgh group works with young children who have incarcerated parents. This group is looking for youth mentors who can work with these children to help them overcome their unique challenges.
If you’re looking to give back to your city, stop into Shults Ford of Wexford. We can tell you about some of the most worthwhile causes around and let you know how we’re doing our best to give back.
In Pittsburgh, the temperatures are rising, which means it’s time to think of ways to cool off. If you’re looking for some family-friendly inside activities to take part in this summer, then why not consider heading to the theater? Here, we’ve put together a list of live Pittsburgh theater shows that you should add to your calendar before school starts.
SPAMILTON: An American Parody
If you’ve been one of the lucky people to see the Broadway hit musical about Alexander Hamilton — or if you’ve been on the waiting list for tickets — why not check out SPAMILTON: An American Parody? As you might guess, this play is filled to the brim with singing, dancing, and comedy as it riffs on the well-known musical. This play will take place at CLO Cabaret from May 16 to August 25. The specific performance schedule can be seen here.
There is nothing quite like a classic, which is why Peter Pan should be on your list of shows to take your family to. This Tony Award®-winning musical has been performed for over 60 years, delighting everyone that sees it. Step into Neverland with Tinkerbell, Wendy, and Peter himself and enjoy the iconic music and adventure that this play has to offer. It will take place at the Benedum Center from July 12-21.
Looking for a new kind of summer fun for the kids now that school’s out? Try out the Greater Pittsburgh Soapbox Derby, a free event that will take place on Eden Park Blvd in McKeesport. That’s a 40-minute drive southeast out of downtown Pittsburgh and about an hour away from our dealership here in Wexford.
The Greater Pittsburgh Soapbox Derby will be held on June 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., meaning there is plenty of time for your family to stop by and check out the high-speed action.
The Soap Box Derby has long been a youth program beloved across America, getting its start in our neighbor to the west, Ohio. The first All-American Soap Box Derby race was held in Dayton back in 1934, and since then the sport has grown in popularity. The sport is great for young kids who learn the value of hard work in readying their competing cars and then get the fun pay off of actually competing in a race that values sportsmanship above all else.
Want to learn more about this year’s race event? Contact the race director, Bryan Brain. You can find contact info for Brian here. We hope to see you at the derby! If your vehicle needs are just a bit bigger than a soapbox, stop into Shults Ford Wexford and peruse our selection of new Ford vehicles.
While our preferred method of transportation at Shults Ford Wexford is on four wheels, we are all incredibly excited about the upcoming 2019 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. This event is a great opportunity to set physical fitness goals and reach them with friends, family, and other health-focused individuals.
And the best part? You can run for a cause! Choose a charity that you are passionate about and use this marathon to raise money to support it. Official charities this year include the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Humane Animal Rescue, the American Cancer Society, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
The 2019 marathon starts early in the morning — 7:05 a.m. on Sunday, May 5. If you are not able to complete a full marathon, try out the half marathon or the marathon relay, both of which start at the same time.
This year, marathon sponsors include Dick’s Sporting Goods, UPMC Sports Medicine, PNC, Blue Buffalo, UPMC Health Plan, FedEx, Brooks, Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh, GNC, and Bank of America. You can register for the 2019 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon online here, as well as select a charity to run for. The site also has a shop for official race apparel to peruse.
Once you’re done breaking a sweat, jog into Shults Ford Wexford and let one of our brand-new vehicles carry you the rest of the way home.
Every year, Pittsburgh turns into a haven for those that love the performing arts. Across the East End, you can catch a play, laugh with a comedian, or enjoy some family-friendly entertainment — all thanks to the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival.
From April 4-7, Pittsburgh will be transformed for this festival with venues popping up around the area, from Bloomfield and Friendship to Garfield and East Liberty. Based on the world-renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival — which takes place each year in Edinburgh, Scotland — the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival will showcase a range of performing arts, including comedy, theater, puppetry, music, dance, opera, poetry, and literature.
For 2019, there have been some changes made to the festival. Not only is there a new Fringe location, which you can find here, but the festival is also changing the way it works. It will truly take after the Edinburgh Fringe by allowing the venues to run themselves, opening up more opportunities for performers to host their shows in unique locations.
More information regarding the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival will be available in the future, so make sure you check out its website soon. You can even apply to be a part of the festival in three simple steps, so start thinking about what you would like to perform now!
The Savor Pittsburgh event is right around the corner. Held on Thursday, September 28 at the Petersen Events Center, you can sample some of the best cuisine in the Pittsburgh area. Serving top-notch foods, chefs from around the region will ultimately compete for the prestigious “Dish of the Year” title.
Currently in its 12th year, the Savor Pittsburgh event is designed as a fundraiser for the Magee-Womens Research Institute. Promoting women’s and infant’s health, the Magee-Womens Research Institute studies cancer prevention, fertility treatment, and women’s health. Tickets for general admission (6:30pm to 10:00pm) are just $75, while the VIP tickets (including the reception at 6:00pm) cost $150, according to the official website.
Savor Pittsburgh is a 21+ event, so be sure to bring your ID. You should also wear cocktail casual attire, and, if you plan on drinking, secure a safe ride home before the event. Special guests include No Bad Juju, featuring Chris Jamison from The Voice.
There will be more than 20 restaurants from the Pittsburgh area in attendance, as well as a silent auction and raffle items. This is one event you simply don’t want to miss. Here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford, we can’t wait for Savor Pittsburgh.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – Cleveland, OH – 2.5-hour drive
Situated beautifully on the banks of Lake Erie, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates the rock artists that helped shape this unique brand of music. Interactive and multimedia exhibits tell the fantastic stories of many great artists, both past and present. New exhibits are added all of the time.
Fallingwater – Mill Run, PA – 1.5-hour drive
Even if you are not an architecture buff, you will still find Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous project breathtaking. It’s hard to not perceive how Fallingwater, built in the 1930s, blends so well into its natural surroundings. After all, it’s built around a waterfall! Be sure and sign up for a tour to learn all of the exciting details of this iconic home.
Penn’s Cave – Centre Hall, PA – 3-hour drive
Sailing on the underground river to take in the strange rock formations of Penn’s Cave is a truly wondrous experience. The boat trip takes about 45 minutes, during which a tour guide will explain how the stalagmites, stalactites, and draperies are formed. The cave is not far from State College, a college town where you’ll find lots of other interesting things to do.
Do you have plans in late April? If not, you could. The Pittsburgh Jam Fest is just around the corner, and it’s sure to be tons of fun, especially for basketball lovers.
Just what is the Jam Fest? It’s not actually about “jam”, so don’t come hungry. It’s an event that puts tons of basketball team members together in one place. Every year for the Jam Fest, coaches and players from colleges all over the AAU circuit meet in Pittsburgh to play against each other. Thanks to all of the space available in the David L. Lawrence Convention center, there are over thirty courts at this event.
Last year, more than 400 teams and 225 coaches attended the event. Imagine what it will look like this year! It will be easier than ever for teams to participate in these events, because Jam Fest is now a “Stay & Play” event. The partnership between Hoop Group and several Pittsburgh hotels means that teams will get lower rates and discounts on everything local.
If you’re in attendance, then you won’t be the only one. ESPN, Scout.com, CBS Sports, SLAM Magazine, and more media groups will all be there.
So make your plans now for April 28th– 30th to catch these awesome teams compete.
Have you ever wanted to have fun while working for a good cause? If that sounds a little far-fetched, don’t worry; we have more information. You’re invited to the Shake Your Booties Down Bourbon Street event in Downtown Pittsburgh on March 25th, the 16th annual Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center’s signature gala. Enjoy an exciting and fun Mardi Gras vibe as you take part in this outdoor dance party for a cause.
General admission is $150 for a night of drinking, dancing, dinner, and even reserved parking at Stage AE. Last year, Shakes Your Booties 2016 was one of the biggest celebrations in the event’s history, raising over $200,000 for The Children’s Homes three local programs – the Pediatric Specialty Hospital, Child’s Way, and Adoption. You can take part in the stunning yearly gala, all the while donating money to children in need. There are even raffle tickets available if you would like to donate even more; all proceeds go to the cause!
Don’t miss out on great food and drinks and a night of live entertainment. Stop by the Shake Your Booties 2017 event this March 25th from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. It’s sure to be a wild ride!