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Spring Event Guide

by Emma Honcharski


Marcg 30, 2024

Spring has sprung and our events calendar is full of ways to get more engaged in sustainable initiatives in Pittsburgh, from business and architecture, to fashion and arts. Plus, ways to connect more deeply with the natural environment around you from April to June.

Start your month star-gazing with International Dark Sky Week (April 2-8). This worldwide celebration raises awareness about the harms of light pollution – let it create an opportunity for you to learn about how you can get in touch with the benefits of the natural night sky. And don’t forget to make plans to observe the solar eclipse on April 8! 

On April 4th, honor Earth Month by learning from innovators in the realm of sustainable infrastructure and construction at “Building a Greener Future”. The event is the first in a 4-part series presented by Pittsburgh Earth Day and The Green Voice – join us for this free panel series and networking event at the Duquesne Club.

National Gardening Day is on April 14th – if you haven’t started seeds already, now is a great time to learn about local farmers and growers that sell plant starts and seedlings so you can get to gardening this spring. Whether you’ll celebrate in your garden with family and neighbors, or by visiting any of the beautiful gardens in the Pittsburgh area, it’s a great way to say thank you to Mother Earth. 

If you’re looking for a family-friendly way to go green on April 20, check out the Wild Earth Music, Art and Culture Festival at the Pittsburgh Zoo, presented by The Green Voice. Experience a blend of sustainability, education, and creativity with fun and educational programming intended to inspire the next generation of Earth-lovers. Plus, musical performances by MIA Z.,Good Karma, and Jim Donavan and The Sun King Warriors.

On April 22, join us for a Sustainable Breakfast and Networking Event at the Fairmont Hotel. It’s easy to speak about a commitment to being a sustainable business, but what does it take to put this commitment into action? At our 9th annual Sustainable Business Breakfast, part of the Green Voice Speaker Series, learn more about topics like the transition to a circular economy, the future of sustainability, and corporate responsibility. 

Then, on April 26, enjoy live music, educational booths, and interactive activities hosted by some of Pittsburgh's most sustainable brands at PDP Night Market Goes Green, presented by Pittsburgh Earth Day and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. April 26 is also Arbor Day — consider adopting a tree from Tree Pittsburgh or learning more about their initiatives to make Pittsburgh a greener place. 

Have you wanted to learn more about native and non-native species in Pittsburgh? Join the Schenley Park Rangers on a two-mile hike exploring the wildflowers of Schenley Park at the Panther Hollow Wildflower Walk on May 8. 

Camping is one of the most fun ways to share your plant knowledge with friends and family. And what’s camping without a good (and safe) campfire? Venture Outdoors is offering a Fire Starting & Camp Cooking Workshop on May 19 led by two experienced campers and backpackers. 

Keep growing your connection to the great outdoors – wherever you are – with a forest bathing experience in Allegheny Commons presented by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy on May 25. You’ll be guided through a series of invitations that will allow you to slow down and explore nature through your senses. This practice supports health and well-being, and can help build a positive connection to nature, yourself, and others.

If you’re curious about the intersection of finance and environmental responsibility, join us on June 4 for a free discussion on the latest sustainability trends shaping the finance industry at PNC Brunch & Learn, Financing a Greener Future: Building Partnerships to Advance Sustainability

This event is truly one-of-a-kind in Pittsburgh – Ecolution Fashion Gala: The Time for Action is Now. On June 5, experience an eco-fashion show and sustainability gala showcasing hand-crafted designs by local artists, who skillfully use reused and recycled materials in the stunning Carnegie Museum of Art. Ecolution invites designers to create couture fashion through sustainable, recyclable, and organic materials, addressing the pressing environmental issues our planet faces.


Emma Honcharski s a regular contributor to The Green Voice