We're not superstitious — even when a black cat crosses our path. Actually, we're feeling kind of lucky this week because this Friday, July 13, will be one of the most eventful nights in Market Square (and the rest of Downtown) this summer! Along with the Downtown Live! free concert series, the Golden Triangle will glow all night long as thanks to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Summer Galley Crawl and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's first ever night market. So here's your guide to navigating the festivities and turning 13 into your lucky number...
Let's start off with a trip to Margaritaville via Market Square. That's where Tom Watt, or "The Buffett Man," will find a safe harbor for his Jimmy Buffett tribute act that thrills tens of thousands of Parrotheads up and down the East Coast. While Tom brings his "Buffett Man" review to the Square, you won't have to go too far to find your own cheeseburger in paradise — or any other type of divine dish — at one of the Square's many fine eateries. Even if you're not a Parrothead, you'll find many birds of a similar feather in the Square singing along to tunes that sound so much like the real thing that you'll swear there have been changes in attitudes and latitudes.
Now, just about the time the sun sets, the real fun starts for our inaugural Project Pop Up: Night Market located on one of the Rugby Realty properties in the emerging Liberty Avenue corridor of the Cultural District at 917-919 Liberty Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets, from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. If you're looking for that spot on the map, here's a clue...it's right across the street from Monte Cello's and the futuristic mural on the side of the Liberty Avenue-Smithfield Street parking garage. This nocturnal, one of a kind marketplace will combine some of the city's top restaurateurs and craftspeople in a decidedly hip, urban setting as part of our Project Pop Up: Downtown series. And while you're enjoying the excellent edibles from Meat & Potatoes and the soon to open Conflict Kitchen, the amazing DJ Soy Sos will spin the perfect soundtrack for perusing the jewelry, artwork and other creations on display and for sale from vendors such as Tugboat Printshop and Devorah Naturals.
So if you're looking for the perfect antidote to triskaidekaphobia — that's the fear of the number 13 — join us Downtown this Friday evening for a cure that will last all night long.