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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.

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.

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week may be ending, but there’s still fun to be had in town this weekend.    

On Friday, Star Wars fans should make their way to the Carnegie Science Center faster than the Millennium Falcon doing the Kessel Run for 21+ SciFri.

For artistically-inclined night owls, Art All Night 18 will take over the Willow Street Warehouse in Lawrenceville Saturday through Sunday (a full 24 hours of free fun!)

On Saturday evening, Ka-Blam! A  Fundraiser for Toonseum will be treating guests to caricature drawings, DJ-spun tunes, refreshments and more while raising funds for Toonseum.  

The Urbanist Release Party & PGH Spring Thing will give guests a preview of food and drink from the newest restaurants in town (hint: The Vandal, The Ballroom, Bread &  Salt, etc.)  

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week - Social Club, April 17

Apr 16, 2015

 It’s Josh’s favorite time of year …

Happy Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week!

This week, Rachel and Josh interview Mike Pound, host of the Post-Gazette’s Beer Me blog, about several keynote events during Pittsburgh’s Beer Week (April 17 – 25).

With an abundance of established local breweries and new ones popping up every day, Pittsburgh residents can spend the next week purveying the regions’ craft beer culture, learning about home brewing, and – of course – sample great beer.

Highlighted events include:

Friday, 4/18: The Unofficial Kickoff of PCBW (With All Collaboration Beers)
Monday, 4/20: Point Brugge Strolling Happy Hour and 4/20 Beer Dinner
Wednesday, 4/22: The Imperial Breakfast @ Pipers Pub
Sunday, 4/25: East End Pedal Pale Ale Keg Ride 

Other Events:
Saturday, 4/18: Hops for HEARTH 
Sunday, 4/19: I Made It! Healthy    

Pups, Suds, and Duds: Social Club April 10

Apr 9, 2015

Rain, rain, go away – or stay, whichever you prefer – because no matter what the weather does, Pittsburgh is bursting at the seams with fun events this weekend.

On Friday night, beer enthusiasts of all levels can get fancy at the Brewer’s Ball at the Grand Wyndham Hotel. If you’re in the East End of Pittsburgh that evening, PULSE will be holding PULSEations 2015: Vision, their annual fundraising bash. Hint: we hear their secret ceramics studio might be open!

On Saturday, pop a leash on your four-legged friends and bring them over to Liberty Elementary School in Shadyside for the Pup Walk, Yard Sale & Neighborhood Flea from 9 AM to 2 PM. Once you’re done loading up on goodies, throw on your best Back to the Future outfit and head over to the Southside for The Dirty Ball at 8 PM. More of a top hat person? Don Wonderland-approved garb for the Mad Hatter’s Twisted Tea Party at 7 PM in Lawrenceville.  

An Egg-cellent Easter Weekend: Social Club, April 3

Apr 2, 2015

Ready to stretch your legs and hunt down some eggs this Easter weekend? 

Families with children aged 3 to 10 years can check out the Annual Egg-cellent Egg Hunt at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History on Saturday, April 4. The first 600 children will be admitted. 

Also, the National Aviary is hosting Eggstravaganza on Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos, and a duck feeding and other "quack-tacular" activities will be offered to guests of all ages. 

It’s officially spring, and we’re ready to start acting like it!

On Friday and Saturday, the Farm to Table Food Conference will take over the David L. Lawrence Convention Center with food samples, local businesses and how to find them (hint: farmers markets around Pittsburgh!) beer, and recipes for culinary-inclined guests.
(On Friday night, an intimate food tasting will be held from 5 – 7 PM.)

On Saturday, Josh will interview author Marcus Rediker and filmmaker Tony Buba on the recetn film Ghosts of Amistad at 10 AM at the SPACE Gallery. The interview is one featured event during the Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, talking place all weekend. 

On Sunday, guests can help fight  hunger here in Pittsburgh one spoonful at a time at the 20th Annual Empty Bowls Dinner at Rodef Shalom Congregation in Oakland from 2 PM to 6 PM. Top restaurants around the city will submit soups for guests to enjoy, and the event will feature family-friendly entertainment and a silent auction.

Coming Up: Get your best ringmaster attire ready for Yelp’s Under the Big Top free event, April 2nd at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.       

Jagoffs N'at: Social Club March 20

Mar 19, 2015

This week, Josh and Rachel sit down with Ya Jagoff blog creator John Chamberlain to talk about the history of the word jagoff, how yinzers from around the world visit Ya Jagoff to blow off steam, and mention a few upcoming events around the Burgh. 

Friday
Yellow Book Road: After  Hours at the Library 

Saturday
Shake Your Booties @ Stage AE (benefit for The Children's Home & Lemieux Family Center) 

Upcoming, April 2
Yelp's Under The Big Top at Children's Museum 

Blarney and Beers: Social Club March 13

Mar 12, 2015

In case you’ve missed the sudden onslaught of green decorations around the ‘burgh, this Social Club is all about Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations!

For those interested in an authentic Irish experience, Rachel and Josh tip you off on how to tell if you’re in an authentic Irish pub, and recommend the top Irish watering holes around town guaranteed to provide the best Saint Patrick's Day celebrations.

Not one for shamrocks and whiskey? On Friday night, the Carnegie Science Center is hosting their 21+ Night, H2OH, and the Thrill Mill will host a Yoga + Wine Mixer.  

'Forties Feminism & Fun at the Heinz History Center's  History Uncorked party

Strap on your melty wristwatch and dance the night away against a backdrop of surrealist art (sure, why not?) at Quantum Theatre's Quat'z Arts Q Ball

...and derange what's left of your senses at the Hell With the Lid Off Barleywine Festival

    

Fish fries abound in Pittsburgh this time of year, and this week's Social Club is dripping with tasty fried batter. (What's the plural for "fish fry" anyway?  "Frys" or "fries"? We'll defer to The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper and go with "fries.") 

Church basements are the place to be on a Friday night for the next six weeks, but the Pub Chip Shop of Pipers Pub serves up the good stuff all year long.

Soup, Suds and Screen Printing: Social Club Feb. 20

Feb 19, 2015

Shivering in your boots, hats, scarves and mittens? We are too. Luckily, there are a bunch of events happening around town this weekend (and even next Tuesday!) to keep us entertained and warm. 

Nothing chases the winter blues away like laughing until your sides hurt. 

On this week's Social Club, Rachel and Josh sit down with Arcade Comedy Theater stand-up instructors/masterminds Kristy Nolan and Aaron Kleiber to talk about what it takes to be a good improv comedian, what sets Pittsburgh joke tellers apart, and how you can get your laugh on every weekend around the 'burgh. 

Arcade Comedy Theater is also celebrating their two  year anniversary this weekend with an anniversary show complete with tales from Rich Sebak and performances from Frankly Scarlett and Missy Moreno and Jesse LE

Look at a calendar lately? That’s right – Valentine’s Day is next Saturday. Wait - don’t panic! Josh and Rachel have a lineup of events for you to enjoy with your loved ones – whether that’s a spouse, partner, best friend, or sibling!

Thursday, 2/13 MAKEnight 21+, My Snarky Valentine 
2/13 & 2/14: Date Night: Wine & Chocolate @ TechShop

Already have plans for next weekend? Great! Book yourself some fun activities for this weekend too:

Yoga in the Square (indoors)
For the Love of Pittsburgh - Food Tasting Party
I Made It! Mine 2015
Carnegie Science Center 21+ Night: StormFest 

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