Social Club

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Need to know what to do this weekend when your best friend from your 1980 Girl Scout Troop shows up? We've got you covered with Josh and Rachel and the Social Club.

Josh is our own Morning Edition host, Josh Raulerson and Rachel Carlson is the muscle behind the Pittsburgh Yelp arm. They do a great job of culling through events and trends so you don't have to.

Now you can automatically get the skinny on what to do each weekend in and around Pittsburgh by subscribing to this podcast here.

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Music by famous-guy Pittsburgher Josh Mobley.

    Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? 2015 is slipping away until it’s gone forever, the winter onslaught arrives and the dark night feels like it arrives earlier and earlier…so HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

WESA’s Josh and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel are here to cheer you up and get you ready for that festive time of year with some amazing events around town.

Let’s kick it off with Light Up Night. There are two celebrations going on- Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s 55th Annual Light Up Night and Duquesne Light Santa Spectacular. Come down to Market Square for the grand opening of the European Market. There is also a bigger and more spectacular ice rink this year at PPG Place. You’ll be able to catch Santa and his reindeer and get your #SelfiewithSanta in Santa’s custom workshop. Pittsburgh Symphony is doing a free concert, Friday November 20th at Heinz Hall as well. Basically if you go downtown you will be immersed in Christmas everywhere.

It’s Friday the 13th, oh no!

Josh from WESA and Rachel from Yelp Pittsburgh are here to help you get through the weekend without bringing yourself seven years bad luck. So remember, don’t walk under that ladder, don’t open your umbrella indoors, and for the love of all that is good in the world, DON’T BREAK ANY GLASS!

Speaking of glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center will be at the Carnegie Science Center’s 21+ Night, this Friday. Explore the science of melting glass with artists from the Pittsburgh Glass Center and make your own colorful fused-glass tile as well! Enjoy music, snacks, and a cash bar!

    While we can always hope for an artisanal water party, we will live in reality and enjoy some of these amazing events going on in Pittsburgh this weekend! Josh from WESA and Rachel from Yelp Pittsburgh tell you everything you need to know post-Halloween. Let’s celebrate Christmas! Just kidding…not yet.

Pittsburgh Record Fest # 14 is this Friday at Spirit. Buy and sell vinyl and enjoy a night-time record swap! Join for music, booze and more!

November Food Truck Roundup is happening this Saturday at Brew Gentlemen Beer Co in Braddock. Enjoy some of the best food trucks Pittsburgh has to offer including Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches!

The build-up of anticipation of Halloween finally comes to a peak this weekend! Pittsburgh has a spider web of events to choose from for you holiday celebration.

Friday, October 30th is the Chills, Thrills, and Gills party at the Pittsburgh Zoo at 8 PM. The Pittsburgh Zoo is partnering with the Scare House, so guests can get VIP RIP admission to the haunted house and its horrifying basement (if you dare). The zoo’s aquarium will host a DJ, and there will be snacks and a costume contest. The event is 21+.

   What’s on the agenda this weekend? Whiskey, beer, zombies, and of course, Halloween! But first, coffee.

It’s Specialty Coffee Week in Pittsburgh, and the events wrap up this weekend, starting with An Evening of Curated Espresso Beverages on Friday, October 23rd from 5-8 PM at Commonplace Voluto in the East End. You can try signature espresso beverages, espresso-based specialty cocktails, and hopefully avoid correction of pronunciation of espresso as “expresso.” Saturday, October 24th features a “Worst Coffee Competition” at 21st Street Coffee from 5-7 PM. You can get in one last coffee run at Sunday, October 25th’s Taste of KLVN at the Melwood Screening Room from 3-5 PM, providing samples from Pittsburgh’s newest roasting additions.

    Have you picked your Halloween costume? Rachel is going to be “Pizza Rat” or “Sexy Pizza Rat” for Halloween. Rachel threw it out there, but Josh, maybe you could be Sexy Donald Trump?  …let’s move on….

This Friday is 21+ night at Carnegie Science Center with the theme Back to the Future. Fun fact, did you know October 2015 was the time Marty goes to the future in the second movie? Come for food, drinks and learn some science. Also, WHY DON'T WE HAVE HOVERBOARDS YET?

Brew Cinema at the Hollywood Theater benefits American Heart Association and Hollywood Theater. Come down Friday night and enjoy brews and the show. Grist House will be there and you can get all of this with a $10 ticket price

    First off, Rachel has never seen the Big Lebowski. Let’s all just take a moment and let that sink in.

Also, Josh had a birthday recently. Happy Birthday! Let’s party with some great events brought to you by Social Club.

Carnegie Museum of Art is bringing you Hops and Hopper event celebrating the great American artist Edward Hopper! Lots of different breweries will be on tap, including Grist House Brewing, Hitchhiker Brewing and more! Come on down Saturday night!

   The truth about cats and dogs, scotch whiskey and chocolate, and meats delivered to your doorstep.

Have you posted a picture of a dog today? Josh reveals that people get more social media followers if they post photos of dogs rather than cats. But enough about puppies; let's get to the events. 

Nanograms premiered last week at Thrival. Be sure to check it out!

    This weekend is going to be amazing.

Josh has been so busy with Thrival and the launch of his new podcast, Nanograms. It launches today and you can find out more about it here.

    Even with the fire alarm going, Josh and Rachel are DETERMINED to bring you all things social going on in Pittsburgh. They are so brave.

Carnegie Science Center 21+ Night- Robots is happening Friday, September 18th.  Learn about all things robotic, check out some of the most famous robots around, see the Omnimax theater, listen to live music and enjoy some great food. The Omnimax will be showing the film ROBOTS. It’s only $10!

    The British are coming! Fun fact about Josh. He has an amazing British accent. It’s so good that he can’t show it off. It will just put you all to shame.

Josh is off to Presque Isle to enjoy some vacation time. Rachel definitely suggests it.  While Rachel loves talking about Erie and some of its amazing restaurants and locations, it’s time to talk PITTSBURGH!

Labor Day Weekend: Social Club September 4

Sep 3, 2015

    Happy Labor Day Weekend from WESA’s Josh and Yelp Pittsburgh’s Rachel! You have one job this weekend and that is to sit back, relax and enjoy. Go to a bbq, drink something refreshing and don’t go to work.

Josh and Rachel are taking their own advice and taking a little break this week. But don’t worry. They will be back next week with all your weekend plans.

Hope you have a great weekend! 

Baby showers go on forever. “Diaper Parties” (what?) are boring. So let’s go out this weekend.

Pittsburgh Comedy Festival starts August 27th and runs through the 29th.  Laughter is good for the soul so come on down to the Henry Heymann Theater in Oakland to enjoy comedy from local comics and national comics. Todd Glass, who has appeared on “Last Comic Standing” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”will be there (27th and 28th), Bombardo, Audrey Plaza’s (“Parks and Recreation”) female improve group will perform Friday night.

Mamma Mia!: Social Club August 21

Aug 20, 2015

Josh and Rachel are getting ready for back to school. Josh is entering 32nd grade and Rachel has her Lisa Frank backpack ready to go.

There is a lot going on this weekend in Pittsburgh, starting off with the Bloomfield Little Italy Days. This festival, voted one of the best Italian festivals around, features music, molto bene Italian food, bocce tournaments and more. It will run from Thursday to Sunday at 7pm.

It's Pittsburgh Restaurant Week! Visit one of over 80 participating restaurants now through Sunday for good food, specialty cocktails and possible discounts. But make sure to make a reservation at your favorite participating restaurant or check out a smaller place you've been dying to try.

Josh and Rachel are back from vacation (which they talk about for approximately 9 minutes) and back to business! 

This weekend kicks off Friday with the Steel City Con at the Monroeville Convention Center! The event will host over 750 vendors and run all weekend.

Braddock Community Day is this Saturday from 11am-4pm. The free event includes music, games, food, a petting zoo and more! 

700 arcade and pinball games, over 2,000 retro console games and tabletop games all free to play with admission? Sounds like the Greatest Arcade in the Universe if you ask us, which is exactly what ReplayFX is promising. The arcade will be open all weekend, beginning Thursday, at the David Lawrence Convention Center. 

Namast'ay Outdoors: Social Club July 24

Jul 23, 2015

With the weather warming, the rain reducing and summer in full swing, many events are moving outside this weekend!

What's the Big 'Dill?' Social Club July 17

Jul 16, 2015

This weekend's events are kind of a big "dill" since PicklesBurgh comes to town. Events include demonstrations from chefs, live music and pickle themed food and games, including a pickle juice drinking competition. The free event will be held on Friday evening and all day Saturday on the Rachel Carson Bridge.

The First Ever #IceCreamSocial: Social Club July 10

Jul 9, 2015

I scream, you scream, we all scream because its National Ice Cream Month and Social Club is hosting its first ever Ice Cream Social! Josh and Rachel welcome a panel of three ice cream specialists, Anna from Mercurio's, Ryan from Betsy's, and Katie from Leona's.

The panel, along with Josh and Rachel, talk all things ice cream. From wildest flavors to trips for inspiration, like Anna's trips to Italy to Katie's possible trip to France. They also talk about ice cream creating contests and most popular flavors including a Pittsburgh Pride flavor at Betsy's, cinnamon ice cream on an oatmeal lace cookie at Leona's and dark chocolate starcciatella at Mercurio's.

4th of July Celebrations: Social Club July 3

Jul 2, 2015

It's the 4th of July weekend and that means fireworks, good food and sunshine...according to meteorologist Josh Raulerson. 

Speaking of fireworks, there are many places around town to check them out. Rachel suggests the west end overlook on Mt. Washington or the 31st street bridge in Lawrenceville.

Start the long weekend off with Wigle Whiskey's Fourth of July Eve with City of Play. Guests can enjoy cocktails, food and backyard games.

Also this weekend is the Three Rivers Regatta with boating, racing, the I Made It! Market and Food Truck Row. 

Grab some dessert at the DreamOn Pittsburgh Ice Cream Festival. Each flavor of ice cream helps out a great cause all weekend. 

Kennywood's Open: Social Club June 26

Jun 25, 2015

Social Club welcomes a special guest this week! Nick Paradise, the man behind Kennywood’s social media pages, joins Social Club to talk about the park and upcoming events.

Kennywood will be hosting Celebrate America from June 30-July 5. The event will consist of a multitude of events from a hot dog eating contest to nightly fireworks along with Kennywood's day-to-day festivities including rides, food and games.

In Rachel's opinion, the Urban Garden Party at the Mattress Factory is the social event of the year.

Rowhouse Cinema's one-year anniversary celebration features a marathon reprise of the year's most popular screenings.

21+ Night at the Carnegie Science Center is all about games.

Northside Sandwich Week is exactly what it sounds like.

Flea Markets, Feathering and Fun: Social Club June 12

Jun 11, 2015

Friday night Wigle Whiskey hosts Tar & Feather 2015 from 6-10PM. Guests can enjoy cocktails, art, food and live music while watching members from Pittsburgh non-profits get tar and feathered.

If you’re looking for something to do a little earlier this Friday, head over to the Wyndham Grand hotel downtown for the first annual Create Festival from 8am-5pm. This art and technology festival will feature tech products like virtual reality goggles and an immersive computer.

Festivals, Food and Fun: Social Club June 5

Jun 4, 2015

This jam-packed weekend begins with First Fridays at the Frick. Feel free to bring friends, family and even food to this free event, which begins with live music at 7PM in Frick Park.

The Three Rivers Arts Festival opens this Friday with food trucks, art and free entertainment. The event starts Friday at noon but runs all day and continues until June 14.

Fun For Everyone (21 And Up): Social Club May 29

May 28, 2015


This weekend is full of fun for everyone over the age of 21. The Carnegie Science Center 21+ Event is Friday night from 6-10PM. Guests can roam the science center and learn the science behind one of everyone’s favorite beverages, coffee!

Thinking of another beverage you’d like to be drinking this Friday? Check out Wigle Whiskey’s Bourbon Release and Birthday Bash, held at Wigle’s Barrel House in the North Side from 6-9PM. Wigle Whiskey will be releasing the first batch of Pennsylvania whiskey in 30 years. There will also be cake, party hats and a piñata to celebrate Wigle Whiskey’s 3rd anniversary.

Red, White and Brew: Social Club May 22

May 21, 2015

Kick off your long weekend and get summer started at the Bakery Square Summer Kick Off on Friday. The free event is from 5-9PM at Bakery Square in East Liberty and will have live music, food trucks and drinks to enjoy.

Did Someone Say Bacon Festival? Social Club May 15

May 14, 2015

What better way to start your Saturday than with bacon? The America Loves Bacon Tour arrives in Station Square from 1pm-6pm. Guests can sample bacon from vendors across the country, attend musical performances by six local bands or compete in a bacon eating contest.

Whether your mom would prefer grilling outside with some brews or vintage shopping until she drops, there’s something to make every mom (or person) in Pittsburgh happy this Mother's Day weekend.

The Lawrenceville Blossom Tour, May 8 through 10, is a celebration of spring and local goods and services in Lawrenceville. Follow the Blossom Tour map and enjoy local artists, craft makers, and local shops. Each official tour stop will give out free local, sustainable seed packets to customers.

Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, an innovative performing arts festival, is a perfect event for artsy moms; and features a bounty of performances ranging from music to spoken word to puppetry and opera. May 8 – 10 in the North Side.

On Friday, Bayardstown Social Club opens for the season with an evening party kicking off at 6 PM. For $10, guests get access to this private space with fire pits and food trucks like Brassero Grill and Berlin Street Food. Guests can also BYOB and BYOM (Bring Your Own Meat!)   

On Sunday, the Neighborhood Flea at Pittsburgh Public Market will offer vintage, mod, handmade, food, and furniture products for sale. There is also a free yoga class, and a schedule of workshops great for crafty moms – for example, they can make their own perfume from natural oils, or make an herb planter. 

It's A Marathon, Not A Sprint: Social Club, May 1

Apr 30, 2015

Running the marathon on Sunday? Cheering from the sidelines? Don’t worry – there’s fun to be had, no matter what speed you’re going this weekend.  

On Friday, Wigle Whiskey kicks off the opening of their Barrel House in the North Side with their Barrel Roll event, starting at 5 PM. On Saturday, Wigle will host a Derby Party; complete with a best dressed and best hat contest, telecast of the Kentucky Derby, and mint juleps.

On Saturday, East End Brewing will host Crafts and Drafts from noon to 5 PM. Guests can enjoy fare from food trucks, a shopping market of 12 artists’ wares, a crafting station from Girls Rock! Pittsburgh, and more.

On Friday and Saturday, the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, and is free and open to the public.