3 Solar Eclipse Parties in Pittsburgh on April 8th

Inner solar corona seen during an eclipse

Solar eclipses are rare treats when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, and even rarer to see here in Pittsburgh!

While we are not going to be able to see the total eclipse in its full glory, Pittsburgh is still set to receive quite the impressive show all the same with a 97% magnitude (coverage) viewing.

In fact, April 8th, 2024 is going to be your last chance for twenty years to have the opportunity to see a total eclipse in the country as the next total eclipse won't occur in the United States until 2044 (in the northwest) and our region will not see one again until 2079 in eastern PA and 2099 in Ohio and the extreme southwest of PA!

Suffice it to say, when we say now is your chance, we really mean it. So in this one, we thought we'd share more information about the looming eclipse, where you have to travel to to see it in full totality, and share a few fun eclipse parties that are taking place right here in the city!

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Phipps Conservatory’s Spring Flower Show – A Closer Look

As the cold of winter begins to leave Pittsburgh, there is one thing we always look forward to in order to ring in the start of spring – Phipps Conservatory's Spring Flower Show!

2024's Spring Flower Show has the theme “A Closer Look” and invites you to get a closer view of the flowers than you have before!

We visited this one shortly after the show opened and wanted to share some of our favorite rooms and exhibits with you today. As with all of our museum posts, we're only sharing a selection of our favorites because you truly must visit for yourself to experience it all!

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Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show – Spring or Fall?

Ever since buying a house, we've been inundated with projects left and right. At times, it is really hard to know where to even begin as our list of improvements seems never ending.

So we've been heading to the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show at the convention center for their spring and fall shows to get ideas.

These events are quite massive and feature hundreds upon hundreds of local vendors covering everything from general contract work to gutter sales and everything in between.

While we'll be the first to admit that the spring show is the one to be at, if you are looking to get ideas for a future home improvement project, this one may need to be on your radar!

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7 New Year’s Eve Parties in Pittsburgh to Consider

It is hard to beat a good New Year's Eve party to say goodbye to the year that was and look forward to the next one. 

As far as Pittsburgh New Year's Eve parties are concerned, there are many to choose from- way more than even we could feature in a single article. So, in this one, we wanted to share some New Year's Eve parties at various business types, party styles, and more!

So whether you are looking for a bar to toast the new year, a dinner experience to send 2023 off with a bang, ring in the New Year at a dance club, or to enjoy other activities that wind down for the holiday season on December 31st, we've got some ideas for you.

As with most of our guides, this is not a complete list of New Year's Eve parties. This is just a selection covering different styles that we wanted to highlight!

Note: Most New Year's Eve parties put on by local businesses require tickets being purchased in advance as capacity is limited.

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Tinseltown is a Different Kind of Holiday Pop-Up Bar

Prior to 2023, Tinseltown was known as The Tipsy Elf and was located in Hough's in Greenfield. Starting this year, the popup was renamed and can be found at Mixtape in Garfield.

Tinseltown is a ticketed pop-up bar experience with mulled wine, cocktails, holiday games, and more.

As we are always on the lookout for the best Christmas popup bars in Pittsburgh, you know we had to check this one out. As it so happens, we were invited to this event by the folks at Hidden Pittsburgh for a media night and couldn't pass up on the opportunity.

As ticketed pop-up bars are a different kind of bar experience, we thought we'd share a bit about what the pop-up was like and then dive into the ticketing aspect of it more to share what you get for the entry fee.

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Phipps Conservatory’s Winter Flower Show – Holiday Magic

When it comes to holiday festivities, one of the best places in Pittsburgh to visit is Phipps Conservatory. Their winter flower show, which begins the Friday before Thanksgiving and runs until early January, is a celebration of the holiday season with festive art pieces, an array of gorgeous winter flowers, and some of the most beautifully decorated Christmas trees in Pittsburgh.

The 2023-2024 flower show is themed Holiday Magic and takes an elegant look at all things Christmas. With traditional decorations and subtle design elements, this one is simply beautiful.

As members of the conservatory, we got the chance to visit this one on opening weekend this season (running until January 7th, 2024) and wanted to share a few of our favorite rooms here!

Note: The outdoor garden shots were from a previous show while indoor shots were from the 2023-2024 show. As such, there may be some differences outside when you visit this year.

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11 of the Best Places for Christmas Lights in Pittsburgh

There are many reasons to love the holiday season in Pittsburgh, and perhaps one of the most amazing ones is your ability to see many beautiful Christmas lights all over the region.

From the holiday displays downtown, to the many drive-thru light shows, and more, there really is no shortage of impressive Christmas lights in Pittsburgh. So in this one, we wanted to curate all the best places where you can see holiday lights and decorations in the region!

Note: Many of the experiences below are drive-thru light displays such that you can enjoy the holiday lights and decorations from the comfort of your own car. However, we felt we would be doing you a disservice if we didn't mention a few other light viewing opportunities that take place outside of your car as well!

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25+ Pittsburgh Black Friday Deals to Check Out in 2023

Who doesn't love a great discount? Naturally, the Black Friday to Cyber Monday shopping weekend presents a wealth of shopping opportunities with discounted prices.

Naturally, Pittsburgh businesses and attractions are getting in on the Black Friday celebration as well.

So in this one, we thought we would share some of the best deals that we see popping up on our feeds to help you get the most out of exploring the city. From annual memberships and season passes to special releases at area breweries and distilleries, we've found some gems!

Note: The following is a quick summary of some of our favorite deals we have found so far. Black Friday deals tend to come out on an on-going basis and we will be updating this article over time as we find more. Additional terms and conditions may apply that are not included in our summary, please read deals in full prior to purchasing. Some discounts may be available now, while other promotions may only occur on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

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TITANIC: The Artifact Exhibition Comes to Pittsburgh

When it comes to tragedies that are known the world over, the sinking of the Titanic is one of the most documented.

But the touring show, TITANIC: The Artifact Exhibition at the Carnegie Science Center, takes what you know about the Titanic and moves it one step forward. While this one does cover the building, sailing, and subsequent sinking of the ship, there is a human element in this one that ties the experience together.

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