August Wilson Center
December 9
12 — 8 p.m.

This Saturday is a terrific time to make a dent in your holiday shopping list while exploring one of the Cultural District’s leading venues.

Hosting a holiday-themed community celebration, the August Wilson Center invites visitors to enjoy a day filled with free programs and dynamic performances celebrating African American experiences and the art and culture of the African Diaspora.

Marking the launch of its new quarterly series, the AWCommunity Days event is free to all ages. Head to the Maker Space to get creative with Gateway to the Arts and enjoy live, music and dance performances taking place throughout the site.

Visit the Holiday Market to shop for artisan gifts from 12-plus local vendors, such as Djoi Designs, FlowerHouse, Idia’Dega, Mobutu Reynolds, the Warped Weaver, and others.

Catch live performances by the Reed Dance Ensemble, African American Music Institute Boys Choir, Barrels of Beethoven, DJ SMI, and Philadelphia-based street violinist Zaki Hagins.

The event will culminate with the 8 p.m. ticketed event, “Growing Pains,” featuring actor, poet, playwright and Pittsburgh native, Nathan James. Incorporating spoken word poetry, monologues, movement and multimedia imagery, James’ one-man show amplifies authentic voices of hip-hop culture and explores African-American identity, media, politics, beauty and the human spirit.