7. History Uncorked ’80s Night at Heinz History Center: February 21, 7:30-11 p.m.
Dust off those Day-Glo parachute pants, legwarmers and headbands and jam to your favorite mixtape when History Uncorked takes over. Rock out to tubular tunes by Ridgemont High, snap gnarly selfies with the Steel City Ghostbusters and play retro arcade games. Co-chaired by 105.9 the X Morning Show Host Abby Krizner and 96.1 KISS DJ Tall Cathy, Pittsburgh’s premier young professionals’ party will also feature a wicked dance party hosted by DJ Bamboo, a Mad Maxx-themed photo booth and giant games. Need some fashion tips? Think fingerless gloves, spandex and jumpsuits. Buy tickets.
8. Fermentation Festival at Spirit: February 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where can you find a microbial forest, sourdough volcano and kombucha stream? Mold will rock your world — and your kitchen — when this homegrown foodie fest convenes local businesses, restaurants, farmers, gardeners, scientists and artists to celebrate all things fermented. Make your own kimchi, fungus beet charcuterie and even a “spit beer” concocted from chewing cassava root. Design a mold terrarium with the Ferment Pittsburgh Culture Library, which will host a community culture swap. Compete in the Fermenter Olympics, sample products from local purveyors and attend workshops exploring everything from kombucha to Japanese Natto. Yum.
9. Pittsburgh Fashion Summit at the Union Trust Building: February 24, 12-7 p.m.
Co-hosted by Mayor Peduto and the Downtown Community Development Corporation, the city’s first-ever Fashion Summit aims to put Pittsburgh on the global runway. All perspectives are welcome — from designers, makers, manufacturers and models, to influencers, business owners and wholesale buyers. Inside the National Register of Historic Places landmark, the fashion-forward community will convene for panel discussions, keynotes, workshops and networking. Educational experiences will focus on topics such as e-commerce, brick-and-mortar shops and concept development. There will be a special workshop for makers, and six new fashion initiatives will be launched. Buy tickets.
10. Cats at the Benedum: February 25-29
Feline February is here (see below). Love it or hate (or love to hate it), “Cats” is back with a resounding roar. This first-ever Broadway revival of the iconic musical is a must for all Jellicle junkies. Follow the feline tribe to their epic annual ball where the drama will be revived via brand-new sound design, direction and choreography. Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on a collection of T.S. Eliot poems, the production launched the phenomenon of the mega-musical, nabbing seven Tony Awards and becoming Broadway’s fourth longest-running show. Buy tickets.
11. Winter Beerfest at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center: February 28-29
There’s nothing quite like a cold crisp brew on a cold crisp night. Make that 400 beers from 130 breweries and you’ve entered beer heaven. One of the country’s largest beer festivals is back with 150,000 square feet of frothy fun. Forget 99 bottles of beer on the wall, this brew bash expects to dispense 10,000 gallons. It’s an affordable way to sample what are often expensive beers while learning about the process and products firsthand from brewers and distributors. And it’s a drink-fest with a purpose because proceeds benefit Animal Rescue Partners and Biggies Bullies. Buy tickets.
12. CatVideoFest at Rangos Giant Cinema: February 28 & 29, Various times
Cats on YouTube are cute but cats on Pittsburgh’s largest movie screen are downright irresistible. You’ll be purring along while immersed in a 70-minute compilation reel of the latest, greatest feline videos including music videos, internet sensations and cult favorites. More than just a feline-nomenal feel-good time, the screening will raise money for Humane Animal Rescue and Frankie & Friends. Yes, your heart might burst from cuteness overload. Can’t make it to the North Shore? Catch the feline fest at Row House Cinema. Buy tickets.
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