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What To Do In Pittsburgh Over Spring Break

Youse guys ready to have spring break in Pittsburgh?

Spring break is on the horizon, Penn State. Put your feet up and turn off your Outlook notifications because it’s time to make your way downtown to keep yourself busy during the week. If you’re headed back to the 412 for spring break (or 724, no judgment), we’ve compiled a list of events and performances in the area to keep you entertained throughout the first week of March.

Events & Attractions

The Pittsburgh Record Convention Spring Show

The Pittsburgh Record Convention will host its spring 2024 show during spring break for the 28th year. The convention will feature both national and local vendors selling vinyls of nearly every genre, but it will also have CDs, cassettes, posters, and other music-related memorabilia.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at the West View Banquet Hall. Folks arriving between the hours of 8 to 10 a.m. will pay an admission fee of $10, and attending from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is free. More information is available on the organization’s Facebook page.

The Frick Pittsburgh Museums & Gardens Exhibitions

The Frick Pittsburgh is a cluster of museums and historical buildings in and around the Point Breeze neighborhood. The complex includes “Clayton,” the restored 19th-century residence of the Frick family, and the Frick Art Museum, among others.

The museum frequently holds many exhibitions at the same time across its various buildings and in partnership with many organizations from the Pittsburgh area. During spring break, folks can swing by to see “From Stage to Page,” in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University Libraries. The exhibition will offer the public the opportunity to see copies of all four early printed collections of Shakespeare’s plays to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s first folio. There is no cost to attend, but the Frick politely asks guests to consider donating so similar projects may be offered in the future.

Another noteworthy exhibition at the museum is artist-in-residence Vanessa German’s “Reckoning: Grief and Light.” A powerful installation of new sculpture by Artist-in-Residence Vanessa German, a nationally celebrated poet, performer, sculptor, and activist, the exhibition will present three altarpieces envisioned as “reckoning works.” The pieces will allow visitors to reflect on the ideas of grief, love, and social healing. More information is available here.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition

The “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” is in Pittsburgh for a limited time at the Carnegie Science Center. As guests embark on the voyage back in time to the era of Titanic, the stories of real passengers and crew come to life through a curated collation of more than 154 genuine artifacts and immersive settings. Guests will be handed a boarding pass bearing the name of an actual passenger when entering the exhibition and will travel through full-scale room re-creations and authentic artifacts that help tell the stories of the ship’s many passengers and crew.

The exhibit will be open every day during spring break, and more information about the exhibition and ticketing is available online. Admission for adults is $20, however Carnegie Science Center members can pay $12.50.

Concerts & Performances

The Book Of Mormon

As part of PNC’s “Broadway in Pittsburgh” slate of shows, the Benedum Center will host “The Book of Mormon” for a series of musical comedy performances throughout the early days of spring break. The brainchild of the creators of “South Park,” the musical follows two missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as they attempt to spread their faith to a remote village in Uganda. Throughout their efforts, the duo is challenged by a series of ongoing hardships, like HIV/AIDS, famine, and oppression by the local warlord.

Showings will occur throughout spring break, including an 8 p.m. curtain on Friday, March 1, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, March 2, among others. Additional information on all show times being offered and information to purchase tickets is available here. Discounts are also available for Penn State students, faculty, and staff here.

And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank

Written by James Still with direction by Art DeConciliis, “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank,” is a multimedia story detailing the real experiences of Eva Schloss and Ed Silverberg, who were childhood friends of Anne Frank.

Showings will be offered on various dates throughout the break, including on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Student tickets are available for $19. Information on the production and ticketing can be found here.

Fat Ham

A new Pulitzer Prize-winning play from Broadway, “Fat Ham” is a modern revamp of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” with plenty of humor. “Fat Ham” follows Juicy, a queer, pensive, young Black man who is trying to find his way in the world when the ghost of his father demands Juicy avenges his murder. The tragedy examines love, loss, and a host of other issues throughout the plot.

Like many of the other performances throughout spring break, showings of “Fat Ham” will begin on Saturday, March 2, as part of the production’s “Pick Your Price Preview” and will offer various showings throughout the week. Tickets and more information on showtimes are available here. Student discounts are not available, but persons under 30 can purchase tickets for $20 by calling the City Theatre Box Office at 412-431-2489.

Rosamunde String Quartet

The Rosamunde String Quartet was founded in 2015 with membership of young stars from three of the world’s greatest orchestras: first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Noah Bendix-Balgley, concert violinist and former member of the Pittsburgh Symphony and New York Philharmonic Shanshan Yao, principal violist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Teng Li, and New York Philharmonic cellist Nathan Vickery. The four international musicians join together to bring a unique voice to the ensemble and create a distinct sound. The event will feature repertoire from Franz Joseph Haydn, Kevin Puts, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

The event will be held at 7:30 pm. on Wednesday, March 6, at the Benedum Center. Tickets are available here.

Grease

“Grease” the musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, is coming to the City of Bridges by way of the Bynam Theater over break. The show follows Rydell High’s Class of 1959 and the seniors who exude the look and sounds of the 1950s with help from the music that came to define the period.

The show, which opens on Thursday, March 7, will be offered a few times throughout break, with the first three shows starting at 7:30 p.m. Another matinee showing will occur at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, too. Tickets are available online and are subject to the same student discount pricing.

Zach Bryan’s The Quittin’ Time Tour

Before he makes his way to Happy Valley and the Bryce Jordan Center on Tuesday, March 9, country star Zach Bryan will bring his “Quittin’ Time” tour to PPG Paints Arena. The event will feature special guests The Middle East and Levi Turner and feature new music from his critically acclaimed studio album.

Zach Bryan will take to the PPG Paints Arena stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. Ticket availability is extremely limited, but if you’re able to snag a seat, this is a showing worth going to.

Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins

Terrible towels in hand, folks, because the Pittsburgh Penguins will be taking to PPG Ice Arena for three appearances over spring break.

  • 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
  • 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 vs. Washington Capitals
  • 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 vs. Edmonton Oilers

Tickets are available online at Ticketmaster or by calling 1-800-642-PENS.

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Luke Pieczynski

Luke is a sophomore accounting major hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, and is one of Onward State's social media editors. He can often be found in the Starbucks line waiting for a nitro cold brew, or listening to one of Dua Lipa's latest releases. He's a fiercely loyal Sheetz Freak and will not settle for another Pennsylvania gas station. Please send your best political thriller to him on Twitter @lukepie11 or to his email [email protected].

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