Friday Five: 5 Things To Do In Pittsburgh This Month!

15 Aug

This week’s Friday Five linkup (an awesome weekly event hosted by Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC, Mar @ Mar On The Run, and Cynthia @ You Signed Up For What!) is themed:  Free Friday, which means we are all writing about whatever we want!  Open-ended topics are so difficult for me because I usually have about a thousand things on my mind minute to minute.  How am I supposed to narrow things down into 5 coherent tidbits?!!  After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to share 5 things I’m looking forward to throughout the rest of August.  This link-up is about to get link-heavy so get ready!!  🙂


1.  Yoga In The Square – Yoga has been extended through August!  Hooray!!!  This is seriously one of the coolest programs I’ve been involved in – free yoga offered in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh at Market Square.  I hope they find other interesting ways to offer free yoga (I know of another program in Highland Park on Sundays, but I’ve never been!) because I will support it every single week!  I love that there is a different instructor each week, because as a new practitioner it’s nice to see the different teaching styles.  I’ve all ready got a favorite and I will be searching her out at her home studio.

2.  Little Italy Days – August 21-23, 2014 – I don’t know if it’s the inner fat kid in me or the New Castle native, but I look forward to Little Italy Days all summer.  Give me all of the meatballs, all of the Italian flags, all of the cannolis, and bring your bocci balls while you’re at it!

3.  Savor Pittsburgh – August 21, 2014 – This elegant, end-of-summer fundraiser is worth the hefty price tag!  This exciting food competition and showcase, which will be held at Stage AE for the first time, includes an evening of bites, brews, and dancing shoes catered by Pittsburgh’s top chefs!  The event itself raises money for Magee Women’s’ Hospital, but it also gives prominent chefs the opportunity to bring their culinary A-game as they compete for “Dish Of The Year.”  You don’t want to miss it!

4.  DOG JOG!!!!  – Orientation August 31st, 2014 – I heard about this program through one of the current Animal Rescue League volunteers (my friend Cassie), and knew I had to get involved!  I’ve talked about the dog jog program before over here, but orientation is right around the corner.  I hope you are all looking forward to lots of pictures and stories because I am seriously bouncing up and down excited to spend time with those pups!

5.  Bikefest – August 8-24th, 2014 – The entire month of August is dedicated to biking events, thanks to Bike Pittsburgh.  I highly suggest checking out the schedule – there are so many cool free things coming up like group rides, educational tours, and speaker series on things like the future of downtown’s bike infrastructure.  Also, don’t forget to sign up for Pedal Pittsburgh on August 24th!

BONUS:  Sept. 1st – Doggy Dip @ The Dormont Pool!  I’m including this in August because the early-bird tickets end August 29th.  This is one of my favorite things about the end of summer!  Before they close the Dormont Pool, they host a giant dog pool party!  Tickets are $25 (early-bird) or $35 at the door. Make sure you check the schedule because there are different sessions depending on what you want (small dogs only, large dogs only, or open to all).  All proceeds benefit the Western PA Humane Society.


I hope you enjoyed this Friday Five linkup, I had fun writing it and I can’t wait to participate in more of them!!

7 Responses to “Friday Five: 5 Things To Do In Pittsburgh This Month!”

  1. Rebecca Jo (@RebeccaJoKnits) August 15, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    I want a Dog Jog to happen around here!!!!

    • SOLEfortheSoul August 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

      You should approach the dog shelter! Our is just a pilot program from what I understand, it’s through the Animal Rescue League of Pittsburgh. Maybe your shelter and our shelter should have a chat! 🙂

  2. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner August 15, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    Yum little Italy! Love me some carbs

  3. Jennifer @ Running on Lentils August 15, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    I was just reading about the Dog Jog in the Steel City Road Runners Club newsletter. A few years ago I was a dog walker and cat cuddler for the ARL. At that time, there was a rule that volunteers could actually not run with the dogs (because the dogs could get too excited and out of control for the volunteers). I’m so glad they solved that problem by thinking through how to do it right and training volunteers to do it. I’m sure it will be awesome and I can’t wait to hear how it goes! (If I start volunteering again, I’m sure I will end up with a house full of foster kittens like I used to have, which is why my husband begged me to stop!)

    • SOLEfortheSoul August 15, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

      I all ready have a full animal house (4!), so no fostering for me. I thought this would be such a great way for me to get involved and contribute in a way that works for me. I am so excited to get started!! The orientation is on August 31st if you change your mind 🙂

  4. Jennifer August 18, 2014 at 6:10 am #

    I’ve never been to Pittsburgh. Would love to visit there one day perhaps combining it with the half in May 🙂

    • SOLEfortheSoul August 18, 2014 at 8:47 am #

      It’s one hell of a race and this city loves it’s marathon!!

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