Get Out: The Weekend Planner

Here are 10 events to check out this weekend.

It’s Friday, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do for the weekend. Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work-outta-here time. Check out our top picks for this weekend to find something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Where/When: Downtown Pittsburgh, 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday
Why Go?: The 51st Duquesne Light Light Up Night will kick off this Friday in Point State Park with a Santa Spectacular! The evening will be capped off by lighting of the Legendary 80′ Duquesne Light Tree, followed by the Macy’s Fireworks to Music Finale! Stroll through the city side of Point State Park after 5 p.m. and enjoy treats and activities for kids of all ages! Saturday night will begin with concerts in Market Square beginning at noon. Other activities include a skating performance at the Rink at PPG, pictures with Sugar Plum Fairies at 5th Ave. and a horse drawn candlelight carriage parade. Click here for a full schedule of events.
Pricing: Free admission, prices vary.

Where?/When?: , 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday
Why Go?: Nourish your artistic spirit by creating lovely, hand painted items on silk such as; note cards, canvas bags and window hangings.  Prices are dependent on items made.
Pricing: $5 to $12/window hangings, $3/bookmark, $25/bag, $3/card

Where?/When?: Lowes, 10 a.m. on Saturday
Why go?: Christmas is right around the corner! This kit is the perfect way to get your kids in the Christmas spirit!
Pricing: Free.

Where?/When?: , 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday
Why Go?: This one-hour workshop will cover planes, figure eight spins and basic contact moves. All levels welcome, additional staffs will be available for use during class.  
Pricing: $10 per person

Where?/When?: Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday
Why Go?: This holiday shopping event features local artists, vendors and a homemade bake sale.  Plus, the canned food drive will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
Pricing: Free.

Where?/When?:, 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday
Why Go?: Trax Farms flea market will feature antiques, gifts, collectibles, clothing and more. There will be free parking and free admission.
Pricing: Free parking and admission.

Where/When: Pottery Barn at the Galleria, Saturday, 10 a.m.
Why Go?: The National Geographic Little Explorers Club is coming to Pottery Barn at the Galleria in Mount Lebanon. This week, the club will focus on all things Polar Bears! Children, ages 3 and up, will learn all about these creatures through hands-on activities, songs and more! Children will receive a badge for each event they attend. Call 412-344-1615 to register.
Pricing: Free.

Where?/When?: , noon on Sunday
Why Go?: Come celebrate Thanksgiving at this Charlie Brown Thanksgiving event held in Miesel hall. There will be lunch, activities and the movie!
Pricing: Free.

Where?/When?: John McMillan Presbyterian Church, 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday
Why Go?: A Bethel Park veteran needs your help! Mike Trout has served our country for over 31 years.  Mike was a Master Sergeant in the US Marines.  He survived all sorts of hazardous and critical situations while in the Marine Corps. Mike was awarded the Bronze Star for his valor in combat. Now Mike needs your help!  Mike was critically burned in an unfortunate explosion in his house on June 29, 2011. Mike is now fully disabled due to injuries he received in the explosion and is unable to work. Mike has no local family so his close friends have organized this spaghetti dinner benefit to help him return to a normal life in his home. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time atEvey Hardware, Video Doc Productions and Judy Murtaugh Dance Studio.
Pricing: $8/Adult and $5/Children under 8

Where?/When?: Heinz Hall, 7:30 p.m. on Sunday
Why Go?: In the shadow of their successful tour of Italy last summer, the young musicians of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra now look to Germany and Russia for musical inspiration. Music Director Lawrence Loh will lead the 95-member Orchestra in the most recognizable symphony ever written, Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. Shakespeare's famous characters will come to life in the Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture by Tchaikovsky. PSO Associate Conductor Thomas Hong will conduct the rousing opener Ruslan & Ludmilla by Glinka. Now in it's 65th season, PYSO continues its tradition of presenting free concerts at Heinz Hall. This concert is free, but tickets are required for admission Click here to download FREE tickets.
Pricing: Free.


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