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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.

Have a suggestion or question?  Email Josh.

Music by famous-guy Pittsburgher Josh Mobley.

4th of July Celebrations: Social Club July 3

18 hours ago

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 

Rachel and Josh help you beat those winter doldrums with a slew of brewing and chewing-based events this weekend, and Josh endorses a favorite local establishment that challenges guests to break out of prison.

Saturday, January 31
Steel City Sampler: A Rust Belt Culinary Tour
East End Food Co-op: Winterfest
Pierogi Night: Pad Thai vs. Pierogi

This weekend, Rachel and Josh have all the bases covered for fans of beer drinking, art observing, do-gooding, and live music-rocking (with the family!)

Pour For a Cure, held at the US Steel Tower on January 23, invites guests to sample new and different beers (Rachel's favorite? Well's Banana Bread Beer,) while raising funds for The Leukemia & Lymphona Society Western PA & Western VA Chapter. 

Also on Friday, Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District will offer a wide sampling of free attractions to patrons downtown: from art gallery browsing to yoga class offerings, karaoke to comedy shows; there's something for every refined (and more relaxed) taste. 

A winter spinoff of the popular Shadyside Nursery Weather Permitting concert series, called (surprise!) Winter Weather Permitting, will kick off at The New Bohemian on Sunday, January 25 and will feature tunes from The Working Poor, The Pressure, and Charlie Hustle & the Grifters. Food, drink, and games for even the youngest music fans will be available in the all-ages space.  

Ah, coffee.  The magical beverage that makes us all feel more human by 9 AM. What would we do without it? Grab your mug and settle in for a very buzz-worthy Social Club.  

Matt Gebis of Espresso a Mano in Lawrenceville joins Rachel and Josh to share his journey into owning his own business, explains why he doesn’t sweat Starbucks as competition, and instructs us on how to brew the most delicious hot (and cold!) cup of coffee at home.

Also happening this weekend:
Carnegie Science Center 21+ Night
 

Being Busy is So 2015: Social Club, Jan. 9

Jan 8, 2015

Let’s talk about New Years Resolutions.  

Want a new hobby? Sip beer and learn about the brewing process while meeting brewing experts at Pittsburgh Brew N Chew!

Perhaps your goal is to try new things. Schedule a reservation for that so-hip dining spot during Pittsburgh Restaurant Week.

How about the old classic: “This year, I’ll get in shape!” Grab a kettlebell and get ready to pump some iron at a free class at Get Fit at Stout Training Pittsburgh.

Or, maybe you just want to enjoy life a bit more: prepare your best belly laugh for Second City’s N’Ats All Folks show – a comedic act making fun of everything Pittsburgh.

Fear not, Pittsburgh: Josh and Rachel have your New Year's Eve all planned out in the final Social Club of 2014.

Tired of bar hopping and over deafening club music? The Social Club proposes an evening of exclusive Pittsburgh parties; including Round Corner Cantina’s No Mames Party, a Post-Apocalyptic 3014 Bash (yes, 3014) at The Cloak Room, and a Ball Drop Bash at Brillobox.

Classic options like Highmark First Night in Downtown Pittsburgh and the Gateway Clipper Cruise are discussed, as well as a kid-friendly daytime celebration Noon Year’s Eve at the Pittsburgh Zoo. 

Don't be a hero! Heed our sanity-saving holiday tips: intercept and re-gift your kids' presents, keep your sippy cup topped up at all times and phone it in whenever possible.

If you insist on making an effort, here's a taste of the finest last-minute holiday cheer Pittsburgh has to offer:

Market Square Holiday Market

Pittsburgh Symphony Holiday Pops

As the holidays approach, this week there’s a guest on tap for the Social Club: Vito Gerasole of Natrona Bottling Company and Girasole in Shadyside joins Yelp’s Rachel and 90.5 WESA’s Josh. He stops by to answer some pressing questions. For instance, is it soda or pop? Listen in for why, “Josh doesn’t give presents for his kids! He’s a Grinch.”

This weekend’s events:

Neighborhood Flea at the Pittsburgh Public Market

Superfriends Holiday Market: 12 Days Until Christmas

Is there more to life than beer and cookies? Sure! There's also haggis, alligator tail, and other deep-fried curiosities.

Your weekend agenda in Pittsburgh:

Handmade Arcade

Brew Gentlemen's Food Truck Roundup

The Joy of Cookies

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