April Events Near Pittsburgh You Shouldn’t Miss

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.

Vintage Pittsburgh

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.

April Events Near Pittsburgh

2020 Ford Expedition Limited FX4 Off-Road Package

If you’ve been looking for an SUV that gives you incredible off-road capabilities matched with premium features, you can end your search with the 2020 Ford Expedition Limited FX4 Off-Road Package. This is the first year Ford has offered the off-road package on this trim level and it’s exciting, to say the least.

“There’s a growing trend in people looking to enjoy rugged terrain without having to give up the refinement, comfort or convenience of getting there,” said Devin McParlane, Ford Expedition consumer marketing manager.

The Expedition Limited comes standard with upscale amenities like leather-trimmed seats, ambient interior lighting, and an upgraded 12-speaker audio system. You also get an 8-inch touchscreen with the SYNC® 3 system and the Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite of active safety features.

Adding the FX4 Off-Road Package gives the Expedition impressive capabilities. It comes with helpful features like 18-inch metallic gray-painted cast-aluminum rims, premium off-road-tuned shocks, seven underbody skid plates, a shorter chin spoiler to improve approach angles, and chrome-plated running boards with an angular step bar.

The 2020 Expedition is powered by an impressive 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine rated at 375 horsepower. Power is sent to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission and a two-speed electronically controlled four-wheel-drive transfer case. When equipped with the available heavy-duty trailer package, the Expedition Limited FX4 can tow up to 9,200 pounds.

Thinking of going off-road this summer? Be sure to stop and see us at Shults Ford Wexford to take a closer look at the 2020 Expedition.

2020 Ford Expedition Limited FX4 Off-Road Package

Romantic Restaurants in Pittsburgh Perfect for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means it is time to plan for your romantic night with that special someone. If your idea of a great date night is a dinner you won’t forget, these romantic restaurants in Pittsburgh have something on the menu for you and your sweetheart.

Altius

Your date will be highly impressed with the sweeping views of Pittsburgh afforded by the panoramic windows in the dining room at Altius. Named one of the most scenic restaurants in America by Insider, you and your date will enjoy a sumptuous contemporary menu crafted by executive chef Jessica Gibson. Share a charcuterie board, sample Chilean sea bass, and round off your meal with ricotta cheesecake.

Centi Anni Alla Famiglia

If Italian food is your date’s favorite, family owned Alla Famiglia is one of Pittsburgh’s best romantic eateries. With a sophisticated ambiance and a refined menu including favorites like calamari, burrata, and tiramisu, your Valentine’s Day is sure to be one to remember. Don’t forget to make your reservations online since this spot can get pretty crowded.

Eleven

Eleven Contemporary Kitchen is an upscale American dining experience in the Strip District. Built within a remodeled warehouse, Eleven aims to honor the industrial history of Pittsburgh. Chef Wahl has cultivated a menu that includes standout favorites like prime beef carpaccio, foie gras, and crème brûlée.

Your friends at Shults Ford Wexford wish you a happy Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking to sweeten the deal in 2020, stop into our showroom and check out our selection of great new Ford trucks and SUVs.

romantic restaurants in Pittsburgh

Ford Performance and ARB Developing Winch-Ready Bumper for Ranger

Ford Performance and ARB 4×4 Accessories have announced that they’re teaming up to build off-road accessories and parts for Ford vehicles, which can only mean plenty of great things to come if you love getting down and dirty. The first of those great things: a winch-ready bumper for Ranger pickups, which you’ll be able to have installed right here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford starting next year.

For just $1,495 MSRP, you can purchase a winch-capable bumper for the Ford Ranger from Ford Performance Parts. Built using 3/16-inch-thick welded sheet steel and featuring an Integrit® powder coat finish, the bumper mounts directly to the chassis mounting points of the Ranger and works with bumper-mounted safety accessories.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Ford and ARB will team up for future parts and accessories for Ford trucks and SUVs. Here’s hoping that will include the new Ford Bronco, which is set to break cover at last next spring.

“The goal of the relationship between ARB and Ford Performance is to provide Ford customers premium and functional off-road accessories that inspire personalized vehicle customization, improve off-road capability, and empower customers to feel comfortable using their vehicles —  even in remote areas,” said Lachlan McCann, ARB chief operating officer.

If you’re in need of a capable and stylish midsize pickup truck, check out the all-new Ford Ranger at Shults Ford Wexford.

winch-ready bumper for Ranger

Tips for Tailgating in Pittsburgh

It’s almost football season, which means it’s time to start planning for tailgating. If this is your first time tailgating in Pittsburgh, check out these tips:

  1. Know where to go: Generally, before games downtown, people tailgate at surface lots, in parking garages, and in water shuttles. If you aren’t sure where to go, look for groups on social media who may be happy to have you for your first game.
  2. Pack the Cooler Well: Start with pre-chilling anything/everything. When it comes back to pack the cooler, put any beverages at the bottom, and then add a layer of ice and give it a good shake to get the ice to fall between any crevices. Put food, ideally in water-tight containers, on top and pack it full. A full cooler means no warm air sneaks in.
  3. Bring games to play: Tailgating is about eating good food, but it’s always fun to play cornhole or pass the football around.
  4. Dress for the weather: It gets cold in Pittsburgh in the fall and winter, especially in the morning. Bring layers that you can take off as the day warms up.
  5. Bring trash bags: Sure, water, drinks, food, plates, etc. are all important, but if you want to be a good fan, you should always pick up your trash. Bring extra trash bags to pass out to people you see littering. They’ll take the hint.

If you need a tailgate-ready ride, look no further than our great selection of Ford F-150, Ford Explorer, Ford Escape, and Ford EcoSport. They’re all ready to rock and roll right here at Shults Ford Wexford.

tailgating in Pittsburgh

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Gets 760 Horsepower

Imagine being at the top of your game for 55 years and continuing to pull new tricks out of your bag after five decades. Ford has done it again with its iconic pony car, revealing that the new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 gets 760 horsepower. Yes, you read that right: 760 horses.

The new Shelby GT500 will deliver 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle ever put to the road. It also means that the supercharged 5.2-liter aluminum alloy V8 is the world’s most power-dense supercharged V8 engine currently in production.

Also offered with the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 is a segment-exclusive Tremec® TR-9070 DCT dual-clutch transmission, which offers superior control and quick shifting in all driving scenarios.

“In many ways, this is like having two transmissions in one,” said Pat Morgan, Ford Performance powertrain manager. “On one hand, it enables performance at the outer reaches of straight-line quickness with minimal torque interruption yet provides an incredible amount of finesse and control in track environments for maximum stability and predictability at the limits of lateral acceleration.”

Ford promises that the Shelby GT500 will offer a mid-three-second 0-60 mph time and will be able to go from 0-100-0 in just 10.6 seconds. To achieve this, Ford has equipped the new Shelby GT500 with performance-enhancing equipment such as 16.5-inch two-piece Brembo® rotors and larger Brembo® six-piston calipers, next-gen MagneRide™ suspension, and Ford Performance-spec Michelin® Pilot® Sport 4S tires.

Ford also offers two packages for the Shelby GT500: the Handling Package and the Carbon Fiber Track Package. The former adds a Gurney flap spoiler and strut top mounts. The latter adds Michelin® Pilot® Sport Cup 2 tires, 20-inch carbon fiber wheels, adjustable exposed carbon fiber GT4 track wing, and splitter wickers with integrated dive plane.

If you have a need for speed that you want to satisfy, look no further than the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500, which should be arriving at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford later this year.

Mustang Shelby GT500

Beat the Heat with Live Pittsburgh Theater This Summer

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.

Peter Pan

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.

If you want to make a thoroughly theatrical impression the next time you pull up for a date night, look no further than the great selection of new Ford vehicles available at Shults Ford Wexford.

Live Pittsburgh Theater

Check Out the New 2020 Ford Escape SUV

Earlier this year, Ford pulled back the covers on the next iteration of its popular Escape SUV, including hybrid and plug-in options. In total, you can choose from four powertrains for the 2020 Ford Escape.

If you want to go the hybrid route, the 2020 Escape can be ordered up with a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle hybrid engine that creates 198 horsepower and boasts a range of more than 550 miles. Or if you are ready to step into the plug-in hybrid arena, you can go with the Escape’s new propulsion system that achieves a best-in-class EPA-estimated all-electric range of 30 miles or more.

Traditional gas models for the 2020 Escape are also appealing. You can choose the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost® engine, which serves up 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque and achieves a max tow rating of 2,000 pounds. But for pure power, go with the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine that cranks out 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque and enables towing up to 3,500 pounds.

Technology is a hallmark of the new Escape, including selectable drive modes (normal, eco, sport, slippery, snow, and sand) and Ford Co-Pilot360™ driver-assist technology. Two class-exclusive driver-assist technologies available on the 2020 Ford Escape are Evasive Steering Assist and Active Park Assist 2.0. The 2020 Ford Escape is coming to Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford, and we want to make sure you’re one of the first on your block to drive one. Stop in to learn how to make that happen.

2020 Ford Escape (2019 Escape pictured)

Check Out the Greater Pittsburgh Soapbox Derby in June

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.

Greater Pittsburgh Soapbox Derby

Are You Racing in the 2019 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon?

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.

2019 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

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